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Hawaii Travel on a Budget

Hawaii Travel on a Budget | The Early Air Way

Your guide to experiencing all that paradise has to offer without breaking the bank.

Hawaii is one of the most fascinating destinations in the world, but it can be expensive to visit. Fortunately, there are a variety of ways to experience all that Hawaii has to offer on a budget. Here are some of the best ways to save on your next vacation to Hawaii.


Booking a hostel can be a great way to save money on lodging in Hawaii. Hostels are usually much less than a typical hotel. In addition to being friendly on the budget, hostels offer many things that traditional hotels do not, such as tours and other fun events. Many, like the popular Waikiki Beachside Hostel, offer free breakfast and beach access.


Transportation is probably one of the biggest expenses when it comes to traveling to Hawaii. Commercial flights are expensive and fees are often added for luggage and other items, which can make a trip to the islands prohibitively expensive, especially for a family. Luckily there are some ways, that many travelers are not aware of, to get to the islands without breaking the bank. Here are a few secrets to help you get to paradise for less.

Getting There

Flying to and from Hawaii is a given, but there are ways to get there inexpensively. Although most people arrive via commercial flights, that may not be the most cost-effective form of transportation. In fact, private jet travel can be cheaper than commercial flights due to last minute discounts on unused inventory. Jet charter companies will often offer unused seats on private flights at a significant discount. How do private jets end up with empty seats? Well, a celebrity or CEO, for instance, might charter a private jet to pick them up after a week-long vacation in Hawaii. Rather than lose money by flying without any passengers to Hawaii to pick up the private passenger, charter companies will offer the “empty leg” flights at a discount to the public. There are a number of advantages to private jet charters, including impeccable service, no long lines and the utmost in comfort and luxury. Private jet flights are great for travel, not only to and from Hawaii but between the islands, as well. This lets you avoid the hassle of inter-island flights on commercial planes, which are often overbooked and crowded.

Travel Around the Islands

Frugal travelers have many options when it comes to getting around the islands. Many resorts offer complimentary shuttles to local beaches and other hotspots. Here are more tips for getting around specific islands.


Travelers on O‘ahu can take advantage of Hawaii’s wonderful public bus system, TheBus. TheBus offers over 80 routes all over the island. Riders can book four days of unlimited travel on The Bus for only $35.

Hawaii-The Big Island

The Hele-On bus is The Big Island’s public transportation system. This bus is cheap and will get you all around the island. Exploring the island via the hele-on bus will introduce you to many interesting sights, as well as local residents. This will provide you with an opportunity to experience a unique side of Hawaii.


Maui also has a great bus system operated by the Maui Department of Transportation. Service is provided to the most popular areas and attractions around the island. Fares are reasonably priced at $2.00 a ticket.

Hawaii, with its beautiful sunsets and gorgeous vistas, is a must-visit destination. As you can see, it is possible to experience the trip of a lifetime to this breathtaking archipelago of islands on a budget.

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