Hawaii is synonymous with paradise and it’s very easy to see why. Hidden, sugary beaches, small, authentic towns, spectacular natural spots, rich culture, the art of hula, and the chance to adventure in thrilling water sports, are some of the amazing things awaiting you in beautiful Hawaii. But what about the cost of visiting Hawaii?
Whether you are interested in a romantic escapade or you plan an adventurous holiday, Hawaii promises the time of your life. This amazing destination, however, has high food and lodging costs, being one of the most expensive areas in the United States. So, if you are not careful, your blessed escape can get pretty pricey.
Best Time to Visit Hawaii to Save Money
Because of its incredible climate, Hawaii welcomes visitors all year round. The date of your romantic escape will depend more on your budget and on the things you’d like to enjoy during your holiday.
Hawaii is a busy tourism hotspot all year long, but there are a few times in the year when a trip to Hawaii will cost less. Mid-January through the beginning of March is a slower time when things may be cheaper. The end of September through early November before the holiday vacations start is also a better time to save money.
Cost of Getting to Hawaii
Honolulu International Airport (HNL) on Oahu is Hawaii’s major airport, so this is where you’ll most likely begin your Hawaiian adventure. There are some direct flights from the U.S. to Maui, Kaua, and Hawaii Island, but usually, travelers connect through Oahu to get to the neighbor islands.
Domestic flights between continental USA and Hawaii cost between $350 and $1000, with Southwest Airlines being highly recommended by many travelers as the most affordable company for flying to Hawaii.
There is, however, a big cost difference, if you fly from the west coast of the U.S. or somewhere else. For instance, you can pay between $600 and $700 from California in the summer, while traveling to Hawaii from one of the east coast hubs in the summer months can cost you between $800 and $1,000.
Cost of Accommodations in Hawaii
Hotels and resorts tend to have high prices in Hawaii, and you might want to know what affects the costs, to make sure you make the right decision when booking your accommodation.
The average cost of accommodation is just under $300 per night, but, depending on the view and type of room, it can easily go to $500 and even $1500 or more per night.
If you dream of spending your holiday in an ocean view room, prices are usually over $350 a night.
The great news is that you can enjoy big discounts when you choose a package that includes both flights and accommodation. Also, if you want to pay less, but still enjoy good standards, you can start looking for an Airbnb rental or find a hotel that is not in a major touristy region or on the water. For example, the Courtyard Marriott on the North Shore of Hawaii starts around $250 a night and the hotel has some of the amenities you would find at the larger resorts like a pool, rentals for beach equipment, fitness center, an on-site restaurant.
Popular Resort Costs
Four Seasons Maui
Located on the beautiful southwest coast of Maui, Four Seasons is an excellent choice for all travelers who want comfort and luxury in the middle of natural beauty. Golf players are also welcomed here, as the hotel is located less than a mile from Wailea Golf Club. But, if golf is not your cup of tea, you can always enjoy the tennis courts available at Four Seasons Maui.
Other lavish amenities include a 24-hour fitness center, a spa, three pools, three restaurants, beach access, and 58 cabanas. The elegant rooms, with beautiful furnishing and charming balconies with ocean, garden, or mountain views, are waiting for guests who are ready for a special Hawaiian pampering. Prices begin at $595 per night, depending on the season and your stay.
Aston Waikiki Beach Tower
Aston Waikiki Beach Tower is a super all-condo hotel, overlooking the beautiful Waikiki Beach.
With relaxed one and two-bedroom condos, decorated with classical furniture and tropical-inspired accents, private lanais with ocean views, and fantastic amenities, Aston Waikiki Beach Tower promise the cozy and relaxing vacation you need.
A heated outdoor pool, a hot tub, and a sauna, as well as a grocery delivery service, are some of the amenities and services you can enjoy here. Prices begin at $519 per night, depending on the season and your stay.
Turtle Bay Resort
Set on 850 acres overlooking the mesmerizing Kuilima Cove, Turtle Bay is a high-end resort that promises a laid-back stay filled with lavish surprises.
Airy rooms and suites with delightful balconies and spectacular ocean views, cottages with private patios, and luxury condos, are waiting for you with the comfort and relaxation you deserve.
A well-equipped fitness center, tennis courts, a spa, outdoor pools, hot tubs, golf courses, and seven restaurants and bars are some of the upscale amenities available at Turtle Bay Resort. Prices begin at $254 per night, depending on the season and your stay.
Koʻa Kea Hotel & Resort at Poipu Beach
Koʻa Kea Hotel & Resort at Poipu Beach is another fantastic accommodation option for travelers who are looking for a chic, oceanfront resort.
The rooms and suites are gorgeous, comfortable, with warm decorations, private balconies or patios, and spectacular ocean or garden views. And, for romantic couples who want special pampering, in-suite massages are available.
Among the high-end amenities, you will find an upscale seafood restaurant, a pool with ocean views, a pool bar, and a spa. Prices begin at $404 per night, depending on the season and your stay.
Hawaii Food Costs
In Hawaii, meal prices can vary, with the average cost of food easily hitting $60 per day. An average meal should be around $24 per person, with lunch and dinner prices higher than breakfast. Also, street food prices are lower than the ones in sit-down restaurants, and restaurants located inexpensive hotels, are going to have higher prices.
If you are staying in an area with more expensive resorts, expect to pay more. When I stayed at the Maui Four Seasons for example, 1/2 a Papaya cost $13. The restaurants at the resorts would all be over $40 a person per meal. It of course makes sense for a hotel where the rooms start at over $500 a night.
If you want to enjoy the most famous Hawaiian dining experience, the luau, you should be ready to pay between $50 and $220 per person. This traditional Hawaiian feast is a great way to get closer to the local culture, and it includes a barbecue, music, and dance.
Hawaii Transportation Cost
For transportation, in Hawaii, travelers pay, on average, $28 per person, per day. Most people rent cars, which can vary drastically in price. One fun upgrade is to get a convertible during your trip. I once found a convertible rental only a few dollars a day more than the economy rental. Depending on your luck, if you arrive midday, you may be upgraded either way.
Hawaii Activity and Tours Cost
When it comes to entertainment, we have great news. Hawaii is filled with thrilling activities that can make any adventurous outdoor person instantly fall in love. From hiking and eco-tours to snorkeling and scuba diving, whale watching, surfing, and even exciting helicopter tours, Hawaii has everything for every kind of travelers.
So, if you like tours, you will find a variety in Hawaii. Prices are from around $100 for 5 hours of traditional Hawaiian luau with sunset coastal views at Paradise Cove to more than $9, 000 for an exclusive 14-day multi-island luxury leisure tour that takes you to all the major islands Kauai, Oahu, Maui, and Hawaii.
He is an expert travel advisor and enthusiast. He has traveled extensively in the USA, Central America, South America, and Europe. He has visited every Sandals Resort and is one of a select few Diamond Elite members of the Sandals Chairman’s Royal Club.
Dan graduated from Johnson & Wales University with an associate degree in Culinary Arts. Later he graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in International Studies with a focus on people and culture.