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Budget based tips and Guide for those travelling to Hawaii

by Dr Prem Community Writer

Hawaii is considered to be one of the paradises on earth. If you are planning your next family vacation, a romantic holiday with your partner or an adventurous journey with your friends, Hawaiian offers a lot more interesting thing to do. You don’t have to spend a huge amount on vacation in order to enjoy your vacation. There are some tips for travelling to Hawaii on a budget and make the most of your vacation.

Tips for travelling to Hawaii

1.    Plan your vacation during Off-season

hawaii-travelThis is one of the top tips to consider when you are planning for your Hawaiian vacation. The first step in saving your bank account is travel during offseason, yes, planning your trip at the right time which means avoiding the trip during peak season where hotel and flight fares are the most expensive.

The best month to travel ate the months of August, October, and November. Traveling during these months would result in low flight fares and cheap hotel prices as well. During this month, the prices are lower because there is a reduced crowd and as a result, they attract visitors by giving them hotel discounts and fares.

2.       Look for affordable vacation packages in hotel

During the off-season, many hotels offer great hotel deals and packages at great discount rates. This is done to attract more numbers of visitors as the crowd is lesser in these months and it affects the business of the hotel. You can book your hotel in advance to get the best advantages and great discounts from the hotel. Look for breakfast which is the part of your packages. If you want a little luxury stay, go for small cottages at beaches, condos with best ocean views and suits again with beachfront resorts. If you are planning to stay for a longer period, there are options in a vacation rental where you can make your own meal. This is a good option if you are planning your trip with the family.  Choose from the variety of options that fits your pocket and budget.

3.     Outdoor activities on a budget

Outdoor activities on a budgetFor the outdoor activity, snorkeling is the one activity you can enjoy at a lower cost. You will just have to rent the tools which are required to explore the beautiful marine life. Get a glimpse of this beautiful water and beaches which is the highlight of Hawaii. You don’t have to spend much if you want to explore outdoor activity. Plan your visit to one of the beautiful Hawaiian beaches and spend quality time there. Take a nice sunbathe on the beautiful beaches or lounge. Consider going to Koke’s state park if you are planning hiking. There are also a range of many other parks.

4.     Sightseeing and attractions

Sightseeing comes in the first place; there are so many tourists where you can visit without paying a penny. Explore the city life with the beautiful capital Honolulu can offer. Start with the Pearl Harbor museum which offers free tours for unlimited members of visitors. You can go to enjoy the sightseeing to the top of the diamond crater where you can witness a dramatic panorama. Apart from all this, you can also visit one of the best places in Alaska falls, it looks amazing and one of the most viewed and photographed spots on the big island. Those who are the music lover, go to Lolani palace every Friday at 12 to enjoy royal Hawaiian band’s free performance. This way you can have the best outdoor fun and most affordable vacation of your lifetime.

5.     Choose a rented car

Choose a rented carIf you want to explore Hawaiian in its best, the best option is to rent a vehicle. One of the most affordable ways to enjoy Hawaii as the beautiful island offers a scenic drive. There are various rental options in Hawaii you can choose from. Drive through the city to witness some of the amazing views of some of the least expensive Hawaiian Islands conveniently. You just need some food and fuel on your budget to experience these road trips to remember for a lifetime.

6.     Free shows and events

At the end of the day, check out from your hotel about the additional events and shows for their guests. Several hotels in Hawaii offers to arrange shows and events for free.  Everything is included in the tariff. While staying in the hotel some of the hotels have local bands and cultural programmer shows which are worth seeing and they don’t need extra charges. Make sure to check with your hotel staff.

7.     Cut down on food

food in HawaiiThere are tips on saving on food in Hawaii; you don’t have to spend so much on your food. Try to choose a local restaurant where you get nice local and authentic food at a much lower rate. Choosing a restaurant in heavy crowd areas can cost you more. Enquire from the local and ask for a recommendation for local spots to try. Farmer’s markets goodies and local produce offer budget-friendly foods. One of the best ideas is to try stock up local food and farmer market goodies if you are staying in rented apartments or cottages.

10 ideas for a romantic getaway in Oahu, Hawaii

Hawaii has always been one of the most romantic places in the world.Whether you’re on your honeymoon or on a romantic getaway vacation, read on to discover 10 of the best ways to get romantic in Oahu.

1) Picnic on a secluded beach:

kayak adventure

Paddle out to sea on a kayak adventure together with a break for a picnic on the secluded beach of Mokulua Island, just offshore from Lanikai Beach on the windward side of O’ahu.

2) The most romantic table in town:

Watch all of Waikīkī beneath your feet as a glass elevator zips you 30 stories up to The Hanohano Room at Sheraton Waikiki.  Enjoy a romantic candlelight dinner for two, with spectacular views of Waikiki, Diamond Head, and Pearl Harbor.

3) Pampering for two:

pampered and relaxed togetherGetting pampered and relaxed together is great for the heart, soul, and romance.  Many spas on O’ahu now offer treatments and massage for couples with professionally trained masseuses who incorporate Hawaiian, Asian, Western, and Polynesian beauty and relaxation concepts into a truly extraordinary pampering experience.  Try the spa at the Kahala Hotel and Resort Spa Suites; SpaHalekulani at Halekulani; or Na Ho’ola Spa at Hyatt Regency Waikiki.

4) Fireworks – in more way than one:

Love fills the air at Bali by the Sea at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort and Spa, which offers a dramatic oceanfront setting, a relaxed atmosphere, and selection of 350 fine wines.  A weekly fireworks show on Friday nights makes this dinner spectacular and the perfect surprise for a romantic night out.

5) Explore each other with chocolate:

Mandara Spa at the Hilton Hawaiian Village

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Mandara Spa at the Hilton Hawaiian Village offers for couples, “An Exploration in Chocolate” treatment, which starts with side-by-side massages in a twin spa suite, followed by applications of chocolate macadamia nut exfoliation scrub, and ending with an aromatic bath.

6) Go for a night on the town:

Nightlife on O’ahu celebrates love with romantic music, dancing and special acknowledgment of wedding and honeymoon couples.  Get down with your partner at Wonderlounge at W Honolulu Diamond Head; the Lotus Soundbar on Kuhio Ave.; or Pearl Ultralounge at Ala Moana Center.

7) Beachside drinks at sunset:

Mai Tai Bar at the Royal HawaiianImage Source : royal-hawaiian.com

Waikiki’s beachfront hotels offer spectacular views sure to make lovers swoon, especially at sunset.  Try the Mai Tai Bar at the Royal Hawaiian; House Without a Key at Halekulani Hotel; or Tiki’s Grill and Bar at ResortQuest Waikiki Beach Hotel.

8) Movie for two:

For a thoughtful and unique romantic evening, the Movie Museum offers movies for two.  The intimate 18-seat movie theater can be rented exclusively for private screenings of all of your favorite romantic classics.

9) Dinner under the stars:

Kahala Hotel & ResortImage Source : kahalaresort.com

For an intimate dinner served under the stars in a cabana setting, the Cabanas Seaside Grill has been home to many marriage proposals.  With a direct view of the Pacific Ocean, this private dinner at Kahala Hotel & Resort won’t disappoint.

10) One-of-a-kind keepsakes:

Let your love shine with elegantly designed Hawaiian jewelry by Philip Rickard at the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center.  Phillip Rickard can custom design special Hawaiian heirloom pieces, engraved with your names translated into Hawaiian.

For more on visiting Oahu, go to: www.visit-oahu.com.

Top 10-day trips and tours in Hawaii

With eight beautiful islands, Hawaii is the perfect destination for those looking for a variety of flavors on a holiday or vacation.  Since each island is a short flight to the next, day trips are a great idea when you’re travelling in Hawaii.Read on withas we bring you the best day trips and visitors’ favorite experiences of the six main Hawaiian islands. 

1. Big Island or Hawaii

Whale-watching:

Whale-watchingAnyone who climbs aboard a vessel in Hawaii from mid-December to early May and heads for the open ocean can expect to see humpback whales. There are so many of them that most tour companies don’t hesitate to guarantee sightings. And what a sight these playful, 40-ton creatures are. Indulge in the fascination of these gentle sea giants aboard a Hula Kai Whale Discovery Cruise, where guests not only view the humpback whales, they learn fascinating whale facts and even listen to their underwater song with a special hydrophone system. Go here for more information.

ATV Trip:

Cowboys of Hawaii offers tours of historical Parker Ranch on fully automatic all terrain vehicles. Explore the backcountry on morning, afternoon or sunset tours. Private, custom rides are also available. Riders must be 16 years and older. Snacks and beverages are included for all rides. Go here for more information.

2. Lanai

Play a round of golf:

This tiny island, once a pineapple plantation, has two of Hawaii”s finest golf courses. Even the course names are wonderful: The Challenge at Manele and the Experience at Koele.  But very few people play them because of where they are located. Few realize that one does not even have to stay on Lanai to enjoy a round of golf here. You take a ferry in from Maui, play your round, have a drink and lunch after, and be back on your home island by dinnertime. However, if you want to stay there are two luxurious resorts waiting to receive you. Go here for more information.

3. Maui

Zip-lining: 

Maui Zip-lining.Kapalua Resort’s zipline course is one the country’s largest. Nearly two miles of parallel line zipping action takes you soaring within the West Maui mountains. Zippers ride side by side with a friend on a slower, shorter span as a warm up, then once they’ve  gotten the hang of it (so to speak), they progress onto the remaining zipline course. It is the only parallel-line system in Hawaii. Visitors can custome design their ride, enjoying a single zip trip or a combination of lines plus the Giant Swing. Go here for more information.

Horseback riding:

Outside Makawao, at the edge of an Upcountry rainforest, Piiholo Ranch offers horseback rides and a glimpse of another era of Hawaii’s history. Owned and operated by Peter Baldwin, the ranch has been in the Baldwin family for six generations. Tours, conducted by family and friends, offer gorgeous views, stories about Maui’s ranching history, and glimpses of wildlife like the endangered Hawaiian nene goose, which is the state bird. Go here for more information.

4. Molokai

Ride a mule:

There was a time when the tiny settlement of Kalawao, on the island’s north shore, was locked away from the world. Located on the Kalaupapa Peninsula, Kalawao was a place where people came to die, banned by kingdom law to this stunningly beautiful place because they had been diagnosed with leprosy. It’s fortress-like location made it a natural prison for its occupants. Today’s visitor is more likely to arrive on the back of a mule. The trip begins in Pala’au State Park. The trek follows the Kalaupapa Trail, which descends approximately 1,700 feet to the settlement below. Three miles and 26 switchbacks later, riders reach their destination. It is a memorable trip. Go here for more information.

5. Oahu

Kayaking: 

paddling tour

This paddling tour takes place on calm-reef protected waters on Kailua Bay. A trained naturalist guides kayakers along this beautiful coastal area to several close offshore islets. Along the way, you will probably see one or more Hawaiian green sea turtles. Your guide, well-versed in Hawaiian history, marine life, and our island’s geological formations, will tell stories and impart thought provoking information. Paddlers will and their safe and stable sit-on-top kayaks on one of the two-world famous beaches (Kailua or Lanikai) for some snorkeling with the tropical fish and turtles. Go here for more information.

Learn to surf:

When the surf’s up, all else pales in significance. Surfing captures one’s body and soul through the very power and fury of the ocean. Waikiki, with reliable waves almost all year round, is a good choice for the beginner. The “Seven Mile Miracle,” which stretches from Haleiwa to Sunset Beach on Oahu’s North Shore, contains many of the major surf spots on this big wave coast, including Rocky Point, Banzai Pipeline, Ehukai, Waimea Bay, Chun’s Reef, Laniakea, and Sunset Beach. Lessons are given throughout the island. Go here for more information. 

6. Kauai

Helicopter tours: 

Kauai Helicopter-toursKauai is world-famous for its helicopter tours. Few will ever forget the sensation of dropping over the edge of the mist-shrouded Waialeale Crater. This crater is considered the wettest place on earth. Most people only see a small portion of Kauai and never get to the interior wonders of the island, like this natural wonder. Helicopters will take you into this incredible spot and if weather permits also take you to the top of the crater. The Waialeale Crater was an important place to the ancient Hawaiians and still has remains of a sacred Heiau. Go here for more information.

Zodiac tours:

Kauai Sea Tours is unique among the boat tour operators on Kauai as it they offer both traditional catamaran tours and adventurous zodiac boat tours of the Na Pali Coast. Both tours are run by experienced boat captains, who are educated on Kauai wildlife, Kauai conservation and Kauai history. Take advantage of our unique permits to land on the Na Pali Coast and hike into an ancient Hawaiian fishing village. Enjoy a catered lunch on board and view some of the most diverse marine life in Hawaii. Go here for more information. 

Before you go, here’s a final note on traveling to Hawaii

If you are planning a romantic trip this season, there is no better destination for you than Hawaii. Apart from being one of the most affordable destinations to travel to, Hawaii is packed with romantic sights and treats for the hopeless romantic traveler in you.

The attractions are endless in Hawaii; you just have to plan your trip in advance and smartly. With some homework and recommendation, you can have the best time of your life without putting a burden on your bank accounts and this way you can have the most affordable vacation.

Extensive information on all of days trips, and many more, is available on Hawaii.com, your source for everything Hawaii!