Waikiki Trolley has some insider tips on things to do in Waikiki on a budget. Let’s face it vacations aren’t cheap but there are a few ways to cut your cost on a trip to Hawaii.
Stay at a hotel on Kuhio
There are over 50 hotels in waikiki. The beautiful hotels on the beach side of Kalakaua are the most expensive, the hotels across the street are a little less expensive but the hotels one street inland on Kuhio Avenue are the best places to stay in waikiki on a budget. Just because they are cheaper doesn’t mean they are going to be terrible, there are several cute boutique hotels that are newly renovated along Kuhio.
Swap meet for trinkets
When you visit Hawaii you must come back with special treats for coworkers, friends and family. Here we call them omiyage, it means gifts in Japanese. The Aloha Stadium Swap Meet has the best gifts at the best price. The swap meet is every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Tons of vendors gather so you are guaranteed to find the best gifts on a budget. The Waikiki Trolley’s Purple Line stops there every hour and 10 minutes.
Trolley 4 day pass
The Waikiki Trolley has a 4 day pass so you can explore Hawaii on your own time. When you get a 4 day pass you have a week to use it. So anytime with in 7 day you can use your pass 4 days. Let’s say Monday you want to spend the day at Pearl Harbor, Tuesday you might just want to spend the day at the beach with a 4 day pass you have the luxury of doing what you want.
Come during off season
The peak season in Waikiki is from June to August, finding great deals on travel and accommodations is going to be hard. If you come in the spring or fall you will have better luck on coming to waikiki on a budget. The best part about coming during the off season is the beaches are less crowded and the weather is beautiful, it’s about 85 degrees everyday and 75 degrees at night.
Take advantage of Waikiki Trolley Admission Bundles
Save on admission tickets to Sea Life Park, Iolani Palace, Waikiki Aquarium, Bishop Museum and other great places of interest with admission bundles, available with our 4-day and 7-day passes.
Have dinner along Kapahulu
The new Honolulu Dining Express Trolley Line will take you out of Waikiki and up Kapahulu Avenue to some of the most amazing food Honolulu has to offer. You can go to Rainbow Drive-In for burgers or family style dining at Side Street Inn. If you really want to try authentic Hawaiian cuisine visit Haili’s Hawaiian Foods.
Do an all inclusive tour with E Noa Tours
The Majestic Circle Island Eco Tour takes you around the North and East sides of the island. Explore natural wonders, delight in local foods, and experience cultural sites all while learning about Oahu and its unique ecosystem. The Deluxe Tour is all inclusive meaning it includes lunch so you don’t have to worry about your budget.