I know Hawaii is expensive... but my FH has been to 49 states and he wants his 50th (Hawaii) to be with his wife (😭 s’cute). Has anyone been before and have some suggestions for cheap-ish things to do or places to stay? We are not exactly millionaires 😂
I have never been to Hawaii but from what I've heard from friends who have traveled there is: Stay in a non touristy town (avoid Honalulu if possible), get an airbnb or an all inclusive resort, Everything in Hawaii is exspensive due to it being an island and HUGE tuorist destionation.
We had a great stay at the Royal Lahaina Resort on Maui. Husband booked a package through our AAA membership that included flights, car and the resort. As others have said, everything in Hawaii is relatively expensive, but the Royal Lahaina was very nice without being off the charts expensive. It's located in Kaanapali with beach access and a couple of pools, tennis courts, etc. In addition to the hotel restaurant, it's a short walk to a cool little place right on the beach that we visited a couple times for lunch or breakfast, and the resort does their own luau so if you want to do that it's right there. It's walking distance to the big shopping/restaurant complex at Whaler's Village. With the rental car we did Haleakala for sunrise, the surfing town of Paia, a snuba boat excursion, and a helicopter ride over the western part of Maui and other islands. It was an awesome trip!
Have y’all thought about doing a cruise around Hawaii?? That’s actually pretty funny I’ve been to every state (but I rode my motorcycle across every state including Alaska) Hawaii will be my last state to visit (just no motorcycle) and we’re cruising around Hawaii for our honeymoon.
We are going to Maui & Oahu for our honeymoon. We are going for 7 nights, flying in from Denver. We budgeted ~$6,000 but a lot of that was nicer hotels & fancy excursions. If you can avoid renting a car, that will help. You could also wait to go until a few months after your wedding, and spend money you receive for the wedding (as long as you have a small registry) towards Hawaii. There are a ton of things like hiking, swimming, tours, etc. that are cheaper or free too!
We found that the flights alone are super expensive but renting an Airbnb is definitely a cheaper way to go and they have some really nice ones there. Keep in mind that food is at least twice as expensive there because of location. When we were looking into it we were budgeting for around $1,000 just in food for about a week. Hope that helps!
Hawaii is definitely worth the money and there are plenty of ways to keep your costs down. The biggest is staying in a less expensive (non-luxury, non-tourist area) lodging with a kitchen/ette so you can prepare your own meals. Groceries will be more expensive that you are used to at home, but it's still cheaper than eating at restaurants for every meal.
Then prioritize maybe one or two activities that cost money (like a boat trip) and plan free and inexpensive activities the rest of the time (hiking, museums, botanical gardens, beach time, etc.).
All the islands are nice of course, but my favorite is Kaua'i (the least touristy of the main ones). One of my favorite things about it is that it's small enough that you can drive all around it in one day, but there is still PLENTY to do for a week's vacation.
I went to oahu and kauai. hawaii is worth it -- but you're right, it isn't exactly the cheapest place to go to. i think you'll have a fantastic honeymoon though because hawaii truly feels like paradise!
anyway, if you're an outdoorsy type there's plenty to do in hawaii for free then because they just have the best places to hike and beautiful beaches and scenery.
i know people will say luaus are touristy but i absolutely loved going to it.