Estimating the Budget of Your Hawaii Vacation

If you are planning to pack your bags to Hawaii for a beach holiday, then you have made one of the best decisions of your life. The salubrious climate, adventurous surf camp Hawaii, fantastic scenic beauties, and extraordinary local seafood are sure to give you the best getaway experience in the lap of nature. But you should know the vacations are expensive. But don’t let this dampen or spoil your dream holiday. Read on to know more about the expenses of Hawaii vacation.
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Bifurcating the Cost of a Trip to Hawaii

Before you start using your calculator, you must know that the cost of your Hawaii adventures depends on different factors such as:

  • Length or duration of your excursion
  • Flight costs
  • At what time of the year you have planned your trip
  • Place where you will stay
  • Islands you have included in your itinerary and your sightseeing venues.

After you decide on them, you will get a fair estimation of your budget.


Flight Costs

For your air travel, expect to spend between $ 460 to $ 875. Flights that depart from Los Angeles or San Francisco situated on the west coast cost less compared to those operating from New York due to rising fuel and cargo costs.

Expect to shell out $875 per head if you are traveling from the East coast. If you are traveling from mid-west and west coast, it will cost around $725 and $460 per head. For cheaper flight rates and availing discounts, research online and compare the various airline sites for various deals. You can also reserve the airline tickets in advance for saving those extra dollars.

It is important to remember that if you travel during the off-peak months, flight costs are going to be low. However, Christmas, New Year, Easter, Summer Vacation is considered to be the peak times when the flight costs and hotel prices skyrocket. Hence, you need to avoid those months for vacation.

Car Rentals

Once you reach Hawaii airport, you need to hire cars for traveling within the islands and to the hotel unless you’ve opted for a resort package that includes transfers. Car rentals start from $20 and could reach $80. You can always negotiate with the driver but it depends on the distance covered and the type of vehicle on which you are riding.  Adding to the bills are parking and bag checking costs. You can also choose taxis and public transportations as other options for traveling within.


There are cool rental properties in the form of opulent budget and luxury hotels for locals and tourists. They are equipped with all the modern amenities and offer the best hospitality to customers. You need to splash out cash ranging between $150 to $ 580 for per night stay at hotels in Maui, Oahu, the Big Island, and Kauai.

Besides hotels, ohanas” – small apartments/guest cottages are also available. They are rented at affordable prices. Hence the lodging choices are endless.

Food and Dining

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A trip to the gorgeous islands of Hawaii is incomplete without good food and lavish dining experiences. The local delicacies are amazing and there are loads of fantastic restaurants to dine out. The cost may be anything between $50 and $100 depending on type of drinks or food you order and the restaurant you are visiting.

Many hotels offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner including them in their charges, but it is all about dining in the posh restaurants.  If budget is not your constraint, you can obviously revel while dining and not miss out on the best wine and dine experience.

Recreational Activities and Sightseeing

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There are a plethora of adventurous activities you can indulge in on your trip to the tropical paradise of sea, sand, and sun. There is hiking, kayaking, scuba diving, swimming, sunbathing, Maui sunset dinner cruise, lomi lomi massage, helicopter tours over the volcanoes, whale watching, taking surf camp lessons and others. It’s easy to go on a spending spree or see your budget go haywire if you are not cautious. Let’s take a look at the estimated cost of some colorful adventurous activities in Hawaii.

  • Maui Sunset Dinner Cruise: $103.67
  • Hawaiian Lomi Lomi Massage: $99. 47
  • Maui Eco-friendly Molokini and Turtle Town Tour with Lunch: $138
  • Oahu Island Tour: $104
  • Hawaiian Fun Water Park Ride: $52.36

The major tourist attractions include Pearl Harbor, Molokini Crater, Diamond Head, The North Shore, and Dole plantations.

Additional costs

Prepare for additional costs that you might have to incur for shopping, tent camping and socializing. If you want a luxury vacation, then you need to be prepared for these added costs.

For a larger-than-life vacation experience, Hawaii is the best locale to visit. So, are you ready to have a ball in the tropical paradise?