You may be thinking, “how can there be ten places to travel on a budget in Hawaii." You thought Hawaii was expensive, right? Well, just like with anything else, it depends on how well you shop for bargains. Here are ten places to see and activities to do that will prove Hawaii can be one of the best places to travel on a budget.
- Snorkeling on Maui. Maui’s beautiful beaches and bountiful Pacific Ocean make Maui one of the ten best places to visit on a budget in Hawaii. $20 or less will let you rent all the equipment you need to observe Hawaii’s abundant marine life.
- Hiking. Check out Kipahulu Ohana hiking tours to provide you with lots of hiking options. Guided tours are available, or you can ask for information on trails that are safe enough to hike without a guide. Hiking is a great way to see the free wonders of nature that continue to provide one of the ten best places to travel on a budget in Hawaii.
- Watch professional and amateur surfers tackle the waves. The North Shore of Oahu is the best place to do this, especially in the winter, when weather conditions make for some monstrous waves. Make sure to check the best times to enjoy this totally free place to travel on a budget in Hawaii.
- Visit a volcano. Many of Hawaii’s volcano sites are managed by the U.S. National Parks Service. As with most attractions in the National Parks system, visiting them is either free or available at a nominal charge.
- Museums. Another of the best places to travel on a budget in Hawaii are the many museums depicting the state's diverse culture, both past and present. Information on any of the museums on any of the islands can be obtained from the Hawaii Museums Association.
- Molokai. This offering as one of the best ten places to travel on a budget may come as a bit of a surprise. That’s because the island of Molokai, specifically Kalaupapa, was and still is the location for one of the most famous leper colonies. Father Damien, known as the “leper priest,” sacrificed his life, literally—as he himself contracted the disease—to care for the people who had been banished to this colony once it was discovered they were suffering from Hansen’s disease, the medical term for leprosy. However, you can visit the museum devoted to Father Damien’s life and work.
- Honolulu’s Chinatown. Many major cities in different states have a Chinatown section, and Hawaii is no exception. Browse the shops (looking is free, remember) and eat authentic Chinese food at the many locations in this unique setting.
- Dole Pineapple Plantation. Did you ever wonder just exactly how that fresh, frozen or canned pineapple got from the pineapple fields to your grocery store? Well, now you can see for yourself. This fun location offers tours and other fun things to do on this working plantation.
- Pearl Harbor. See the place where events occurred that drew our country into World War II. Parts of Pearl Harbor are on an active Navy base, so while certain areas are off limits, you can still explore such sites as the USS Arizona Memorial and Pearl Harbor museum.
- Whale Watching. In some places, you can do this from your hotel balcony. If you want to get closer, take whale watching excursion.