Travel Tips to Save Money in Oahu, Hawaii

Oahu, home to Waikiki and Honolulu, is the most populated of all the Hawaiian Islands. It is also the island that most travelers visit.

Diamond Head

When travelers pick up a postcard to send home from Oahu, it most likely features the volcanic cone called Diamond Head. Close to Waikiki, the rim of the Diamond Head crater is a short hike from the entrance. We have many More Hawaii Vacation Information, Travel Review and Tourist Attractions Articles Now Available.

The walk in fee for Diamond Head is a frugal $1 per person and the views of Waikiki and the ocean are priceless.


The bus in Oahu is easy and inexpensive ($2 per person) to use and is perhaps the best way to explore the island. We did a circle around the island (having to change buses and since we stopped off, paying additional fares). If luggage is limited, travelers can get from the airport to Waikiki by bus.

Another option for transportation is the free Hilo Hattie shuttle. Offered by this large, local merchant, the free trolley will take travelers from most hotels in Waikiki to their factory store on Nimitz Highway. When done shopping there, the trolley will drop you back to popular shopping destinations such as the Ala Moana Shopping Center or back to your hotel.

If you do decide to rent a car in Oahu, remember that most hotels do not include parking. This extra charge could be quite costly.


Oahu offers some inexpensive and unique dining options.

Frugal travelers can use the breakfast coupons in tourist magazines and newspapers to provide them a cheap alternative to hotel offerings.

A must eat in Hawaii is the plate lunch. This is the lunch of choice for locals and travelers can enjoy those local prices. What is a plate lunch? It includes an entrée, two scoops of rice and a scoop of macaroni salad on the side.

For supper? Consider Asian offerings. Close to that continent, the influence is certainly felt in Oahu. The best pho I’ve ever had was in downtown Honolulu.

Free Shows

Every night near the beach in Waikiki, there are free shows including musicians and often hula dancers. On certain days, there are movies (called Sunset On The Beach). Many of the shopping centers also offer free shows.

Remember that all beaches in Hawaii are public and free to use.

Oahu offers many deals for the frugal traveler from transportation and shows to meals. We have many More Hawaii Vacation Information, Travel Review and Tourist Attractions Articles Now Available.