How to Travel Economically as a Single Person to Hawaii

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Hawaii can be a wonderful place to experience by yourself. You get to choose whether or not you are running from place to place seeing every famous spot in the islands or relaxing on a beach. Of course, if you don’t have much money, it might seem that a trip to Hawaii is unrealistic. However, there are numerous ways for a single person to travel to Hawaii cheaply by staying at hostels and taking advantage of last-minute pricing on tours.

Sunset in Hawaii

Sunset in Hawaii

Items you will need

  • Hiking shoes
  • Snorkel gear
  • Camping equipment
  • Foodland Makai discount card
Step 1Book your plane tickets during off-seasons, which are typically between May to June and September to December.
Step 2Pack a good pair of hiking shoes and buy a cheap snorkel set. The cheapest way to enjoy Hawaii is to get out and hike through rainforests and go snorkeling.
Step 3Stay at a hostel. Hostels are a fun way to make friends when you’re traveling by yourself, and many hostels are located right in the middle of town so you won’t be missing out on anything. You can search for hostels using the Hawaii Hostels Guide.
Step 4Go camping. Another way to save on accommodation costs is to go camping. Hawaii is blessed with consistent weather throughout most of the year, so take advantage of that fact and camp out on the beach or in one of Hawaii’s many mountainous areas like Haleakala Crater on Maui.
Step 5Use local grocery discount cards for savings on food. Most hostels have a communal kitchen so you should be able to cook your own meals. One popular local grocery store offering a discount card is Foodland.
Step 6Eat like the locals. If you do have to eat out, try local cheap eats such as the plate lunch, which consists of a meat, such as Kalua pig, and two scoops of rice.
Step 7Take the bus. Oahu’s bus system is extremely reliable and has routes all over the island, including the airport.
Step 8Book last-minute tours. Most companies offering tours like to fill up their seats, so if you book the night before, they may often slash prices, particularly when they only have one or two seats open.


  • “Oahu Revealed”; Andrew Doughty and Harriett Friedman; 2005
  • “Hawaii The Big Island Revealed: The Ultimate Guidebook”; Andrew Doughty; 2006
  • “Maui Revealed: The Ultimate Guidebook”; Andrew Doughty; 2007


Shiromi Nassreen has been writing professionally since 2005. She specializes in travel and outdoor topics, and her articles have appeared in various print and online publications, including “DISfunkshion Magazine” and Matador Travel. Nassreen holds a Bachelor of Arts in theatre studies from Rose Bruford College of Speech & Drama.


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