Budget, Destinations

O’ahu on a Budget

August 22, 2012 by

O’ahu is a dream getaway for most. The perfect beaches, laid-back atmosphere, temperate climate, exquisite cuisine and plethora of activities are enough to make anyone want to flock to this tropical paradise.

However, the large price tag for a trip to one of the Hawaiian islands is enough to keep many people from visiting. Luckily, there are a few ways that you can experience O’ahu on a budget.

Travel in September or October to miss most of the crowds on this Hawaiian island, and also to save on airfare and hotels. Also, try booking a package deal that includes both airfare and hotel to save the most.

Look for a hotel with a fridge in the room, so that you can stock up on snacks, lunch foods and drinks at a grocery store or farmer’s market instead of dining out for all of your meals. For your other meals, try street food from one of the many reputable food trucks or an inexpensive meal in Honolulu’s Chinatown.

There are also many inexpensive activities to do in O’ahu. While hitting the beach is the most obvious one, you can get pretty creative and adventuresome on this island for just a few bucks.

Head to the Lyon Arboretum near Waikiki to see Hawaii-specific plants, and flowers for a small donation, take a free guided history tour of Waikiki, tour the Aloha Tower in Honolulu for free or take a hula, ukulele, or lei-making lesson at The Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center in Waikiki, for free!

Researching free activities to do in O’ahu will save you a bundle on your trip and make visiting this Hawaiian island fun and affordable.

Photo source: Go Hawaii

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  1. Penny W. says:

    Some good money-saving ideas here. I’d love to go there and have a big budget and splash out on expensive meals and five-star hotels, but I don’t see it in my near future. Scaling back expectations might help save quite a bit.

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