Visiting the Hawaiian Islands can be an expensive endeavor, but it doesn’t have to be. Kauai can be a great alternative for those on a budget. To begin with, picking the right time of year can save a lot of money. Avoid the busy summer season, when children are out of school. Flights and hotel rooms tend to be more expensive during this busy period. Try to plan your trip toward the end of November – April. For the best results compare and test hotel reservation websites such as reservations.com.
Another great way to save money is to book a hotel room that sits inland, away from the ocean. Kauai is a small island, so even, if you are not right on the ocean, you’ll be just minutes away. This is a great way to save a few dollars. Cottages, suites & rentals are spread throughout the island and great values are not hard to find. Just keep in mind, the closer you are to the beach, the more expensive your stay will be.
Once you get your flight and hotel arrangements made, the next step is to look at activities. Lucky for you, Kauai has an entire island of fun, free, outdoor adventures. Hiking trails are scattered throughout the island and are free for the taking. One can hike through luscious green landscapes of the Napali Coast, or through the breathtaking vistas of Waimea Canyon. Go snorkeling with the Green Sea Turtles, or just sit back and sunbathe on the beach.
Fun, free outdoor activities await you around every corner. Now you can’t go to Kauai without visiting a luau, and of course these can be expensive, unless you know where to look. Check the local papers & magazines for free shows that are held in shopping centers, or different venues around the island. Kauai offers quite a few free activities on weekends and if you are looking for them, they are not hard to find. Eating is probably one of the most expensive things to do in Kauai. If you are planning to eat out, do your research.
There are fabulous restaurants on the island at reasonable costs. Try staying away from restaurants located in hotels & resorts, as these can be very expensive. Again, check out the local magazines for restaurant choices. These magazines will often give information on menu quality and costs. If you are lucky enough to stay in a cottage with a kitchen, then grocery shopping can be a great alternative to save money.
Grocery stores are located in each of the main towns throughout Kauai. Don’t let a tight budget keep you from visiting one of the most beautiful, breathtaking places on earth. With a little planning, Kauai can be a vacation of a lifetime for any budget.