Just getting to Hawaii can be exceedingly expensive. It would seem that paradise doesn’t come cheap, yet everyone wants a slice. We’ve put together a few tips so you can get there without breaking the bank and finally say aloha to Hawaii heaven.
A Breath of Fresh Air
While many things in Hawaii aren’t cheap, the best things do in fact come for free. Mother Nature certainly hasn’t held back when dishing out natural wonders in Hawaii. Once you’re there, you won’t have to pay a penny to lounge on some of the world’s most outstanding beaches. You can snorkel the crystal clear waters to your heart’s content and stroll though expansively beautiful botanical gardens without spending more than a few dollars. Nature will take you to new heights as you hike to the tops of majestic green mountains, discover pockets of roadside caves and marvel at wonderful waterfalls.
Eat Like a Local
As Hawaii is such a remote location, most of the food is imported. Ditch the hotel breakfasts and expensive restaurants and learn to eat like the locals. The wonderful thing about Hawaii’s produce is that it is exotic, fresh and very local. Explore the farmers' markets and tantalize your taste buds with juicy lychee, fragrant guava or some traditional poke (marinated raw fish). Head to a hole-in-the-wall diner for some amazingly fresh and healthy fast food. Don’t be put off by the decor, what the places lack in appearance they more than make up for in taste.
Ditch the Rental Car
Rental cars are a sure fire way to spend more money than you need to in Hawaii. Not only do you have the hassle of parking and the worry of vandalism, but half the time you’ll be throwing money away as the car sits in a lot while you’re busy enjoying yourself. Luckily, getting around the islands has never been easier. Honolulu and Waikiki both have a new bike-share program, which means you can hop from beach to bar in no time. Alternatively, the public bus system offers very reasonably priced travel to keep you on the go all day long.
Sleep Under the Stars
Forking out for hotel costs is one of the biggest expenses you’ll incur on your trip to Hawaii. There is no need to break the bank, though, as long as you’re willing to compromise on your creature comforts. Instead of the fancy hotel, why not consider pitching up at a campsite. You can either bring your own gear, rock up in a camper or opt for a cabin. With such incredible weather all year and views that make you want to stay outside, what better way to rest than under the stars? If you need a little more luxury, Airbnb in Hawaii has some pretty good rentals, especially if you’re willing to stay a little more off the beaten track.
Time it Right
As Hawaii is a year-round destination, you don’t have to wait for the high season to enjoy the fabulous climate. While low seasons aren’t long, they are worth waiting for. The best discounts can be found during October and November. You’ll want to keep your options open and keep your eyes peeled for last-minute deals. New airline routes will often have lower prices and considering different arrival airports can make a big difference too. The less crowded islands and airports are usually cheaper to fly to, all you need to do is juggle your island-hopping plan around.
Stick to One Island
This one might not be for everyone, especially if your Hawaiian dream is of island hopping. However, once you’ve found your slice of paradise, why move? Traveling between islands might not seem too expensive, but it all adds up. If you decide to explore one island at a time, you’ll have more time to dig your heels into the sand and embrace the unique charm it has to offer. All you need to decide is whether you want to head for active volcanoes, adventurous landscapes or awe-inspiring beaches.