Hawaii may be high on many travellers’ wish lists, but the high cost can turn people off visiting these islands. Jill has asked if there’s a cheaper time to go. Andrea shares her tips.
I’ve always wanted to go to Hawaii, but it seems so expensive. Is there a good time of year for me to travel there, when it’s a bit cheaper?
A. Hawaii is a dream destination for many but, you’re right, the cost can quickly dissuade travellers to these idyllic islands.
It can help to compare a few spots in similar areas, as prices do not always follow the same patterns. Poipu and Ka’anapali are most affordable in early December. Poipu in peak season will cost around $2600 per week, while in the last week of December the prices drop to $1680. Ka’anapali in the first week of December is $3100 weekly versus $4739 in peak season at the end of December. Visiting Kapolei in May sees the prices drop from $3941 in peak season to $2330.
Other money-saving areas to consider are:
- Split the cost with friends and family. Choose a large property with shared amenities, such as swimming pools or private chefs and divide the cost per person. You will be pleasantly surprised at how low the rates become.
- Book a holiday rental with access to a kitchen and do your own cooking. Even preparing just one meal a day can significantly cut your dining costs.
- Check the amenities. Pick accommodation with airport transfers included, free parking, even welcome meals or drinks may be included at some properties. If your accommodation has a washer and dryer, you will be able to pack lightly and avoid excess baggage fees.
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