When you think of Hawaii you most likely think of relaxing by the beach, drinking Mai Tais by the pool, and snorkeling with sea turtles, but all of that comes with a hefty price tag. But that doesn’t have to be the case! You can indeed make your way to Hawaii and not break the bank! So, how do you do that? We have a few ideas to make sure you can enjoy your time on the islands, and still have some money to spare.
Pick an affordable island
Though you may think that staying on any of the islands runs at the same price, that is actually incorrect. Oahu is the most affordable to visit because it is the most tourist-centric and much of what it has to offer is built to cater to tourists—including pricing. This makes it so your expenses are lower while staying there. Now, that does mean that you will be around more tourists than you would be if you decided to go to Kauai, but your money saved will more than make up for it.
Go in the off-season
Yes, you want to go to Hawaii in June and July when the kiddos are out of school and you can use your saved-up vacation time, but the good news is there is rarely a day in Hawaii where the weather isn’t beautiful. So, think about traveling there in the off-season. Not only will there be deals on flights, but you will also be able to save on non-peak accommodations, activities, and maybe even food while you are there!
Hit the beaches for free
There are plenty of adventures you can go on while in Hawaii that will cost you a pretty penny, but if you don’t have the budget for that, just head to the beaches! They are free to visit and they are one of the most beautiful parts of the islands. You will be able to relax, enjoy a picnic on your towel there, participate in a few water activities, and then head home for the day. You may feel like you aren’t doing enough, but trust us, there won’t be too much more you will want to do once you spend some time enjoying the waves.
Find a resort perfect for you
The happier you are with the place you stay, the less inclined you will feel to have to adventure away and spend more money. If you take a look at what the different Hawaii resorts have to offer, you will be able to find the one that has all the amenities you are hoping for, which will help you to stay there and not stray from your plan or your budget. Making sure that you stay somewhere with a private beach will cut down on needing a rental car. Additionally, finding a resort that has restaurants on-site will save you having to search for new places to eat, and possibly not be satisfied with it. Trust us, at the end of the day, picking the right resort, will make all the difference.
Enjoy the outdoors
It is going to be easy to want to spend your time going to see different sites and tourist traps. But by just being outside in Hawaii, you will see that there is so much that the land has to offer you for free. You can hike, walk, go for a run, rent a bike, or swim. The free outdoor adventures on the islands are definitely something to take advantage of.
There are plenty of affordable food locations on all the islands, and they are the ones that are created by the locals. So not only will you be saving money, but you will be able to truly stimulate the local economy with the money that you are spending while you are there. Head to a food truck to get a delicious meal from a local. Your stomach and your wallet will be glad you did.
We hope you have fun in the Aloha State!