Hawaii is a popular tourist destination and is one of the more expensive places to visit and live. I have been living here in Honolulu for a while now and decided to put together a list of some cheap but fun things to do in Hawaii.
Even though Honolulu, Hawaii usually ranks in the top 3 most expensive places to live in the U.S there are still a lot of great activities that won’t break your bank account. I recommend these things for visitors and locals.
1. Enjoy the Sunset – Go for a jog or swim before dinner and enjoy the sunset. Apparently there is a “green flash” which is what I always like to look for when viewing a sunset. It happens when the sun suddenly changes color.
2. Watch Surfers Ride Mountains – If your fortunate to visit during the winter time I recommend going to the North Shore of Oahu to watch some monster surf if there are winter swells. Watching waves is therapeutic and stress relieving for me. It makes me feel like I am in one of those Corona commercials.
3. Take a Hike- Hiking is great because you also get a workout. There are so many scenic hikes in Hawaii. Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture the views and a good pair of shoes. Going on hikes is another stress reliever of mines, I get leave the office exercise and enjoy simulating conversation with a hiking partner.
4. Vacation Rentals – If you travel with a family you might want to consider the benefits of getting a vacation rental. They provide you with extra space and allow you to save quite a bit of money on eating out since you will have access to a kitchen.
Cost: Varies – Compare to Hotel Rooms
5. Life is a Beach – I’m not a surfer but I enjoy a quick swim or a lazy day at the beach. I feel it revitalizes the soul.
6. Public Transportation – Honolulu’s public transportation system has been ranked as America’s best several times. It is the 20th most utilized transit system in the US. It cost $2 to hope on the bus and I think a $1 for seniors. With gas prices around $3.50 a gallon and downtown parking $200+/month you might consider taking the bus.
I think one of the big differences I have noticed about Honolulu’s transit system from other big city systems is that to me it feels much safer. Honolulu is also going to be building a $3.7 billion rail system.
Cost: $2 – $1
Honu – Hawaiian Sea Turtle, Photo Credit
7. Snorkeling – You can get a decent snorkel and mask for under $20. I like to to dive with fins to move faster in the water. I’m not a very good swimmer but I sill enjoy snorkeling and it is good exercise. If you have an underwater camera you can take some great photos.
Matsumoto’s Shave Ice – Photo Credit
Cost: < $3
9. Enjoy a Book at the Beach – I’m sure a lot of people have this peaceful and relaxing vision of enjoying a great book while lying down under an umbrella at the beach. Don’t forget to bring your sunglasses to protect your eyes. Sounds relaxing? Because it is,
10. Picnic – Take advantage of the beautiful weather and go for a picnic. It doesn’t have to be fancy, again you don’t want to stress out just getting there. Enjoy the process of picking up food or making food and hanging out at the park or beach. You can pick up a plate lunch or bento and your good to go.
Cost: < $20
11. Enjoy Some Unique Hawaii Food – Hawaii has some unique food items even at fast food restaurants like McDonalds, see my article on Hawaii fast food. See hawaii restaurant reviews here. Also see Hawaii Entertainment Books for buy one get one free deals.
Cost < $10
As you can see there are many priceless things you can do in Hawaii that don’t cost much. Check them out and I’ll see you at the beach.