The Cheapest Hawaiian Island to Visit | Plus 4 Tips to Save Money on Your Hawaii Vacation

To determine which Hawaiian island is the cheapest to visit we looked at three costs: airfare, lodging (hotels and vacation rentals), and rental car hire. We were surprised by what we found.

Using these averages, we calculated the cost for a trip for two to each island for a week. We found the cheapest island for each cost category and discovered some great ways to save money on your trip to Hawaii.

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The Cheapest Hawaiian Island to Vacation Chapters:
00:00 Intro
01:05 The cheapest Hawaiian island to visit is…
01:35 Cost of hotels by Hawaiian island
02:25 Cost of vacation rentals by Hawaiian island
02:51 Cost of rental car hire by island
03:00 Overall cost to Hawaii for a couple
03:22 The most expensive Hawaiian island to visit is…

Ways to Save Money When Visiting Hawaii
03:45 Tip 1: Book a vacation rental
04:29 Tip 2: Save on your car rental with Discount Hawaii Car Rental
05:07 Tip 3: Shop around for activities
05:46 Tip 4: Look for flash sales on flights

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  1. Costco for hotel and car rentals are the cheapest I’ve found and Alaska airlines with their credit card, once a year you get a companion free, (you pay taxes usually $122) once a year! Best deal I’ve found!

  2. Interesting. For our trip in September 2021, it was cheaper to fly to Kona or Hilo($299 one way) THRU Honolulu than it was to just to fly to Honolulu. If you wanted to fly bare bones, it was under $250 one way, on Hawaiian.

    We got an AirBnB for $50/night just south of Hilo. Car for 4 days is almost the same price as for 2 days in Oahu. We almost decided to just spend our entire time on the big island, but we decided to pay the costs of Oahu($175 for our single night in Honolulu).

    But, of course, the flood of travel during the pandemic has made things crazy and unusual…

  3. I'm heading to Maui in mid December, and will go camping for 10 days. Have been to Big Island and Oahu before, so I wanted to try a new island. Camping is not terribly expensive compared to campgrounds in Grand Teton or Yellowstone, plus no grizzlies. Rental cars are incredibly pricey in Hawaii ($1200+ weekly) these days, but Maui has decent bus coverage along its coastline, and a scooter rental is considerably more affordable than a car for that drive to Hana.

  4. Just checked rates for November 2021. Flight + hotel: $897. Hotel part, $544.00 = $77 a night. Hotel is the Castle Waikiki Grand overlooking the zoo in Waikiki, about a block from the beach.

  5. June 2021….Car rentals are sky high. Book your car rental before you book your flight. Seriously. It’s 40% less cars right now. During Covid the cars were sent to the mainland and there’s a shortage of new cars because of the chip shortage. People have paid 600. a day. No kidding!

  6. My husband and I always do the house rentals in Hawaii with Vrbo and we can get a cute 2 bedroom house with ocean view for less than 150.00 a night on the Big Island or at least under 200 bucks on the other islands, which is such a money saver! More room to spread out, private and not feeling like you’re stuck in a tiny, overpriced hotel room box with a jillion people at a hotel. Ahh, can’t beat it! 🥰
    Totally understand though, that some people like resort activities, etc. All travelers are different. 😎

  7. If you REALLY want to go on the cheap and see some beauty you can camp at Malakehana Campground right on the ocean tent camping or rent a Hale! Super affordable & you can spend the extra money on doing stuff! Food trucks on site too!!

  8. I work for Southwest Airlines and I’m hoping to eventually get a transfer to work at Honolulu’s airport and your videos have been wonderful!

    I think the financial aspect of moving to Hawaii seems to be the scariest part! Sending love from Illinois

  9. One thing people forget to budget is parking in Waikiki. If you are staying at a resort in Waikiki then expect to pay upwards of $20 a day for self parking or $35 a day for valet. For many resorts valet is the only option.

    If you are planning on staying in Waikiki for most of the trip just rent a car on the day or days you will be touring the island or making Costco runs. It will save you a ton on parking fees.

    I haven't had to pay parking fees on BI, or Kauai.

  10. Love this channel! It’s really helping me plan our 2021 Hawaii trip! But… Question: are there any pet-friendly resorts or vacation rentals on Oahu? What would it be like to bring a dog to Hawaii?

  11. Aloha you three. We have always considered that the flight there from Canada is so long that we always try for 3 or 4 weeks to make the most of it. Also, by booking a condo for that amount of time usually gives you a price break because the owners don’t have the additional cleaning costs due to the length of the stay. I would recommend that anybody booking uses a reliable website and company especially with this blasted virus and that you may have to cancel due to factors beyond your control. We were fortunate this year as the condo rental company refunded us all of our money, not so the airline ( WJ). Stay safe, maybe next year,

  12. Another great vid!
    For us, it wouldn't be accurate to compare average rates, where all levels of facilities are factored in. We compare "like" hotels with similar types of views/locations and ratings. Then there are the local things to do. Some islands seem to be more about the beach experience while others also have historic or touristy activities. We prefer the latter and spend only a few hours of our stay at the beach itself.

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