How to Travel Economically as a Single Person to Hawaii

How to Travel Economically as a Single Person to Hawaii
Hawaii can be an expensive place to visit. Airline tickets can be costly, and many of the lodgings you see advertised in brochures are big resorts designed for families and couples. However, if you're traveling by yourself, you have the flexibility to visit during the off period and take advantage of cheap stays and last-minute deals, which can make things considerably more economical. You get to go only where you want to go, and you get to meet new people.


Difficulty: Moderate

Step 1
Avoid the peak travel season. In Hawaii, this tends to be from December to April and then during June and July. May and September are particularly good months, since it's not quite as humid and plane tickets are cheap.
Step 2
Stay at a hostel. Prices range from $20 for a dorm room to about $75 for a private room. A hostel is a great place to meet other single travelers. Many have kitchens, which also helps you save money.
Step 3
Get a discount card for the local grocery store. One of the biggest chains in Hawaii is Foodland, which has the Makai discount card. It costs nothing but offers substantial savings.
Step 4
Try a plate lunch. Eating at restaurants can be expensive, since most goods have to be shipped to the islands. However, many locals get plate lunches, which typically consist of a meat, like Kalua pig, and two carbs, such as rice and macaroni salad. Although it's not the healthiest food, it's very filling and can be cheaper than a burger.
Step 5
Take the bus. Hawaii (particularly Oahu) has an excellent bus system. Two dollars will get you from A to B with free transfers within the next two hours. Oahu even has bus routes that circle the island.
Step 6
Enjoy Hawaii's natural beauty for free. Buy or rent some snorkeling gear and explore the clear waters or hike through the many rain forests to spectacular waterfalls.
Step 7
Take advantage of last-minute prices on tours. Since boat or helicopter tour operators don't want to leave only half full, many will offer discounted rates if you call at the end of the day before the excursion.

Article Written By Shiromi Nassreen

Shiromi Nassreen has been writing professionally since 2005. She specializes in travel and outdoor topics, and her articles have appeared in various print and online publications, including "DISfunkshion Magazine" and Matador Travel. Nassreen holds a Bachelor of Arts in theatre studies from Rose Bruford College of Speech & Drama.

Keep Me Informed

Weekly newsletters, announcements and offers from to your inbox.

Sign me up!

We HATE spam and promise to keep your email addresses safe and secure.