How Much Does a Trip to Hawaii Cost?

By Lily Evans | Budgets

Oct 05
How Much Does a Trip to Hawaii Cost

When we speak of Hawaii, one just can’t help but think of beautiful white-sand beaches and blue waters. For most of us, Hawaii is synonymous to chill island life. This is why tourists from all over the world flock to this archipelago.

Hawaii is especially popular among first-time travelers and laid-back tourists. For those of you wondering how much does a trip to Hawaii cost, let this article be your guide. To make your Hawaii vacation more affordable, I’ll also throw in some cost-cutting tips below.


Setting a Budget For Your Hawaii Trip

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The amount you would be spending on your Hawaii trip will depend on a number of factors, including your place of origin, chosen accommodation, length of stay, and dining options. Of course, you would also have to factor in the number of people you’re taking with you.

​Once you’ve determined the foregoing factors, you can start estimating how much you would likely spend during your stay in the islands.

Cost of Flight

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If you’re planning on vacationing in Hawaii, I highly suggest that you start looking out for ticket discounts and promos early. If you’re flying from the US, it’s generally cheaper to fly from the West Coast. The cheapest flights available would be those from Bellingham to Honolulu, priced at around $333.

Note that Hawaii is a popular tourist destination so ticket prices tend to increase during peak season, which is November to March. If you want to save on plane tickets, it’s ideal to visit Hawaii during off-peak seasons. You can save up to 50% on airfare if you fly during off-peak.​

Accommodation Expenses

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Next to airfare, accommodation would be your second largest expense. The good news is that Hawaii offers a wide range of accommodation options. You can choose from luxurious hotel accommodations to private vacation homes and condominium units.

If you don’t mind staying at smaller hotels far from the beach area, then you can get rooms for as low as $30 a night per person. Note, however, that this would be a very stripped-down accommodation. On average, hotels can cost you around $252 per night.

If you’re traveling with your family or friends, it would be cheaper if you rent a private vacation home or a condominium unit. While it would be more expensive than a hotel room, you would have access to a kitchen. This will let you save a considerable amount of food and dining.

Regardless of where you’re staying, make sure to check if the accommodation charges resort or parking fees. Resorts sometimes charge daily fees up to $20 while other establishments can charge $15 to $35 for parking. It will do you good to make sure that there are no hidden charges.​

Car Rental Cost

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If you’re staying in Hawaii for a week or so, then it’s a good idea to rent a car instead of taking the cab or public transportation. Not only will this be considerably cheaper, it will also afford you more flexibility when it comes to exploring the islands.

You wouldn’t really need to rent a car if you’re staying in Lanai or Waikiki, but I would recommend renting one if you’re staying in the other islands. The price would vary depending on the kind of car you’re renting, but you would spend around $40 per day for an economy or mid-sized car.​

Food and Dining

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If you’re planning on cooking for yourself during your stay in Hawaii, then you would be spending less during your vacation. But if you’re accommodation does not give you access to a kitchen or if you don’t want to cook, then you would have to dine out.

If you’re availing of a hotel package deal, then you might be able to avail of discounts on buffets. Note, however, that breakfast buffets can be quite costly at around $45 per person. To save money, just order a la carte. This would cost around $15 per person.

I generally budget around $70 a day per person for food and dining, but you can considerably lower this amount if you cook for yourself. You can also opt to make the most out of pau hana, which is Hawaii’s version of happy hour. At this time, you can usually get appetizers at restaurants for half the price.​

In Summary

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Hawaii is a very beautiful and very tourist-friendly travel destination. The people are very friendly and accommodating. The services, meanwhile, are greatly diverse, catering to the most lavish to the thriftiest of visitors.

A person would likely spend around $5,000 for a 7-day vacation in Hawaii, inclusive of airfare. If you follow the tips and tricks I’ve listed above, however, you can significantly reduce this amount.

​If you want to know more about vacationing in Hawaii, don’t hesitate to leave me a question in the comments below. I’d be more than happy to help you out.



About the Author

I'm Lily Evans and I’m here to share with you pieces of travel advice, as well as handy tips and tricks, which I have accumulated over years of travelling and exploring the globe.