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Oahu Money Saving Tips

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Here are 11 ways to save money on your trip to Oahu.


The text reads "Go Oahu Card to save money in Oahu" with an aerial photo of Diamond Head

The GoOahu card can save you a ton of money on attractions. The pass gets you access to tons of top attractions, like the Polynesian Cultural Center, a catamaran tour, Pearl Harbor, Waimea Valley, activities at Kualoa Ranch, classes, tours, and more.

If you do a pass for 3+ days, you also get one premium attraction included. (Things like a Circle Island Tour, Private Surf Lessons, etc.)

The text reads "Rent (Don't Pack) Kid Gear to save money in Oahu" with a photo of a young girl playing in the water at Waikiki Beach

Save money and also room in your suitcase by renting all the kid gear you can. BabyQuip is like Airbnb for kid stuff. Rent pack ‘n plays, strollers, carriers, beach toys, beach tents, etc. from local families.

The text reads "Rent Beach Gear to save money in Oahu" with a photo of Waikiki Beach

Hawaii Beach Time will deliver snorkel gear, umbrellas, coolers filled with ice, beach chairs, you name it to the beach you want to go to. Then they’ll come pick it up when you’re done with it.

The text reads "Stock up on Groceries to save money in Oahu" with a photo of the produce section in a grocery store.

Food and groceries are more expensive in Hawaii, but you can save money if you stock up at Foodland or Costco.

Text reads "Beaches are always free in Oahu" with a photo of the Ko Olina lagoons

All beaches in Oahu are free and open to the public.

Text reads "Most Hikes are free in Oahu" with a photo of the Moanalua Valley Ridge Hike

Most Oahu hikes (with the exception of ones like Diamond Head) are free.

Text reads "Resort fees in Oahu" with a photo of The Royal Hawaiian pool

Pay attention to resort fees. Most Oahu hotels charge a per night fee and it tends to be $30-$45 / night. Make sure you’re getting something for your money.

Text reads "Tour vs rental car in Oahu" with a photo of a tour bus rounding the corner in Honolulu

Sometimes it’s cheaper to book a tour that provides transportation than it is to rent a car and pay for parking.

The text reads "Off Season Savings in Oahu" with a photo of a palm tree lined road in Honolulu

Visit during the off season (February and March minus spring break, September through October, and most of November) for deals on hotels and activities. It’ll be less crowded too.

The text reads "Bring your own snorkel gear to save money in Oahu" with an underwater photo of a turtle swimming.

If you plan to snorkel more than once or twice, it might be cheaper to bring your own snorkel gear than renting it each time.

The text reads "Public Transportation to save money in Oahu" with a photo of TheBus in Honolulu

TheBus and the Waikiki Trolley will get you to all the major attractions and are way cheaper than renting a car or getting a taxi / Uber / Lyft.


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