There are many things you can do while in Hawaii that won’t cost you a fortune. Almost every island has an array of activities and sights that are completely free, or at least, very cheap. You don’t have to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on your sightseeing and activities! Here are some tips for visiting Oahu, Hawaii on a budget, including both free and cheap things that are available in different areas.

Oahu, Hawaii on a Budget… Free Activities
Visit the U.S.S. Arizona – During the bombing of Pearl Harbor, this ship was completely sunk. Over 1,000 soldiers died when it went under, and this bombing basically prompted the U.S. to join in on World War II. This ship is available today for you to tour, and it doesn’t cost you a cent. If you’d like to step aboard this piece of history, try to get there as early as possible because everything is on a first com-first serve basis.

The Iolani Palace – The Iolani Palace was the Hawaiian capitol until 1969, and is the only official state residence of royalty that is found in the United States. You can visit the ground for absolutely free. If you want to do guided tours of the interior there is a charge. They also have special tours such as the school tour for students. Most Friday’s you’ll also find the Royal Hawaiian Band performing on the Palace grounds, which is also free.

Kahana Valley State Park – The kahana Valley State Park offers a broad range of free activities for visitors of all ages to enjoy. You can go swimming or bodysurfing, enjoy a open-air picnic, or embark on a family hike where you can pick fresh fruit along the way.
Oahu, Hawaii on a Budge… Cheap Activities
The Imax Waikiki – Surround yourself in high-tech digital sound as you embark on one of several journeys displayed on a 5 ½ ft. story screen. A show runs around $10, or two in a day for about $15. Some of the shows that they’ve shown are Siegfried & Roy Las Vegas, Illusion Show, and Hidden Hawaii.

Dole Plantation – visit the famous Dole Plantation (Dole pineapples anyone?). You can visit for free, but while you’re there, you’re sure to want to explore the world’s largest maze…shaped like a pineapple nonetheless. The maze costs $6 for adults and $4 for children. There are other cheap attractions as well such as the Pineapple Express.

Diamond Head Hike – Visit the famous crater, Diamond Head, in Waikiki. Embark on a journey on one of the two sets of stairs; one has 99 steps and one has 76. If you prefer, you can take the 225-foot tunnel (there’s no lighting). The view is breathtaking and worth the hike, although there are a few things to note… it’s an easy to moderate hike, and takes about 1 ½ hours. There’s no shade (unless of course in the tunnel). If you want to travel through the tunnel, bring a flashlight!