Top 9 Tips for Saving Money for a Hawaii Vacation
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Whether you’re planning a romantic couples getaway or a fun family vacation, budgeting for your trip can help keep you entertained. Let us help you, so you can focus on the sand, sun and surf of tropical island life. Here are our top tips for getting the most out of your Hawaii vacation.
Traveling in low season
The best time to visit Hawaii is the low season: April to mid-June, September to mid-December. It is not only because of the reduced prices of the flights; you also fight the extreme summer heat and avoid queues for tourists. If you come in the fall, we recommend that you come between September and October as the wind and rain start to pick up in November.
Go in a group
Why not invite your family and friends? Traveling in a group means that you will always have someone to share your vacation memories with. It also means you can claim discounts at some of Hawaii’s best accommodations and attractions. Popular tourist attractions like Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and the Dole plantation offers half-price entry for large groups.
Try alternative accommodation
While the convenience of an all-inclusive resort can be very tempting, its price is rather inconvenient. Avoid the resort and see the islands from a local’s perspective. There are a ton of cool condos and unusual AirBnBs available for short term rentals. You can have the privacy of a peaceful rainforest treehouse, the luxury of this balinese house, or the unique stargazing experience from this lava rock gazebo.
Sleep under the stars
Nature lovers can enjoy some of Hawaii’s best sites by getting out of town and pitching your tent in one of the beautiful camping areas scattered around the islands. Kalalau Campsite is an appropriate reward for strenuous hiking through Napali Coast State Wilderness Park. Or, for something a little more sophisticated, try this Glamping hammock place near Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. You can have all the fun of camping with modern comforts. If you really want to see it all, consider hiring a Caravan on Maui, Oahu or the Big Island. You can sail around the island and carry your house on your back, just like a Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle!
Get Cookin ‘
Rather than spending all your money on pricey dinners at the resort’s restaurants, check out the fresh local produce. On the big island, Hilo Farmers Market offers a great selection to make your mouth salivate. Or you can try KCC Farmers Market Sunday mornings and Tuesday nights for the best and freshest Oahu produce. These are the best places to stock up on snacks and groceries to pack a picnic for your hike or lazy day at the beach.
Eat like a local
If you want to save your money for exciting experiences like surfing or scuba diving lessons, try eating like a local. In Honolulu, you will often hear locals talking about having a “lunch dish”. Usually it consists of rice, macaroni salad and some kind of meat. You can try this inexpensive and delicious local favorite at Rainbow drive-in for less than $ 10. If you prefer to try fresh seafood, grab a food truck like Jawz Tacos in Maui for tasty fish tacos. Want something fresh? The Japanese-inspired poke bowl is very popular in Hawaii; especially at Da Poke Shack in Kailua-Kona, the Big Island. For dessert, stay tuned for Ululani Shaved Ice – a chain that can be found all over Hawaii that sells the traditional “shaving ice” treat.
Choose the right island
While it can be hard to resist the temptation, trying to see it all will drain your wallet. Island hopping flights add up quickly, so if you’re mindful of your budget (and environmental impact), it’s best to pick the island that suits your style and stick with it. The four most popular islands – Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and Big Island – are actually less expensive than the smaller and isolated Lanai and Molokai. Each island has its own charm, so it’s best to research each island to find the right one for you.
Search for offers
There are plenty of ways to save money on experiences and activities all over the Hawaiian Islands. If you are staying in Oahu, be sure to sign up for a GoOahu Pass card to save on attractions, tours and activities all over the island. For deals on accommodation, surf lessons and boat trips try browsing Groupon.
Enjoy the free fun
Surfing lessons and scuba diving can be expensive, why not spend some of your time in the great free activities available. Get a taste of history at Pearl Harbor, soak up the sun while watching a surf competition, or hike the lush trails for scenic views. In the evening, don’t miss the complimentary fireworks display at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki.
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