There are few places more suited for a romantic honeymoon than Hawaii. However, cost can often be a deterrent to couples on a budget. It doesn’t have to be, though. Read on for tips, tricks, places to visit as you plan your affordable honeymoon in Hawaii.
As soon as you set your wedding date, start looking for good fares and lodging deals for your honeymoon. When booking flights, figure out how long you can take off from work for your honeymoon and be flexible about departure and return dates. You may even consider taking your honeymoon at a different time if flights are cheaper during a certain time of year. Typically the cheapest time to fly to Hawaii is September through early December.
Be Savvy About Lodging
From time to time, you can find a really great deal on an all-inclusive resort, but you don’t need to be “married” to the idea of staying at one. In fact, you can have an excellent experience at a smaller hotel for a fraction of the price. Another thing to keep in mind is that hotels on the water tend to be much more expensive than those even a few blocks inland. In general, Honolulu tends to be pricier (and overrun with tourists). Opt for an eco-lodge or small hotel on one of the other islands to get more bang for your buck. This is a great choice for couples who prefer an off-the-beaten-path experience.
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Experience Local Cuisine
One of the best ways to experience a culture is through its food. Eating local is also a great way to save money. Instead of dining at the steakhouse on the beach, find a small, locally owned eatery serving island specialties (spam musubi, anyone?). You’re sure to have a memorable experience, and you can always take a (free) romantic walk on the beach after dinner.
Take Advantage of Inexpensive or Free Cultural Activities
Another way to keep your bank account happy is to keep your eye out for inexpensive or free activities (a little research before you leave goes a long way). Plenty of tourists pay way too much money to go to a luau, but you can curate your own activities that are just as interesting for a fraction of the price. Museums in Honolulu offer discounts or free admissions to students or teachers (be sure to bring your school ID). There are also a variety of cultural festivals that take place in Hawaii year round. The islands are home to diverse cultural groups, so you could even get in on traditional Chinese or Mexican celebrations in the Aloha State. You’ll also be able to find live outdoor or café concerts that are inexpensive or free. The best ways to find out about these festivals and concerts is to do a bit of advanced research online to see what will be going on while you are in town. Once you get there, ask locals what they like to see and do during the festivities.
What recommendations do you have for a budget-friendly honeymoon in Hawaii? Let us know in the comments section.