Oahu on a Budget: Inexpensive Family-Friendly Activities

It’s no secret that a trip to Hawaiʻi can seriously rack up the bill. After all, it pays to spend time in paradise! From dining decisions to pricey attractions, an island vacation can bring up some serious questions about the best way to spend your savings. 

This Week Hawaii is making it easy for you to experience paradise on a budget. Here we’re showcasing popular things to do on Oʻahu at a reasonable price.

Tackling Oahu on a Budget 1Experience Pearl Harbor – Tour the historic site where the US officially entered World War II with a visit to Pearl Harbor. On December 7, 1941, Japanese forces targeted Pearl Harbor in a devastating attack on its aircrafts, ships and soldiers. Today, the Pearl Harbor Historic Sites are made up of the USS Arizona Memorial, USS Bowfin Submarine Museum, Battleship Missouri Memorial and Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor, and are open to the public to experience on a variety of walking, narrated and virtual tours. Pearl Harbor Historic Sites offers a variety of packages and combo tour offers to help you get the most of your money. PC: Battleship Missouri Memorial.

Tackling Oahu on a Budget 2Enjoy free Waikīkī activities – As the hub of activity for visitors enjoying a Hawaiʻi vacation, Waikīkī is also home to a variety of free offerings for passersby just taking in the sights. All around the visitor mecca there are free hula shows and live performances, the most popular including those at Kūhiō Beach Hula Mound and Royal Hawaiian Center. After enjoying an authentic hula show, close out your evening with a spectacular Friday evening fireworks show at Hilton Hawaiian Village where the fireworks burst above dazzling Waikiki Beach. PC: Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority.

Tackling Oahu on a Budget 3Visit and tour Dole Plantation – Dubbed Hawaiʻi’s “Pineapple Experience” since opening its doors in 1989, Dole Plantation is one of Oʻahu’s most popular attractions, and welcomes over a million visitors every year. Dole Plantation is filled with family-fun activities including the Pineapple Express Train Tour, the Pineapple Garden Maze and the Plantation Garden Tour. Of course, no trip to Dole Plantation is complete without a refreshing cup of Dole Whip, a world-famous pineapple soft serve! Tour packages and group rates are available at a low cost. PC: Dole Plantation.

We know planning a trip to Hawaiʻi is an investment—This Week Hawaii wants you to make the most of your money! Just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a memorable vacation in paradise. If you’re looking for continued inspiration, check out our blog to learn more about our favorite places to explore.

Photo courtesy of HTA / Blake Bronstad

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