There is no doubt that Hawaii is on many people’s wish list when it comes to dream vacation destinations. Hawaii is one of the most expensive states in the country, so it’s unusual to hear about Hawaii on a budget.
I spent just over two months backpacking in Hawaii on a Budget and had a bunch of adventures in between. In this post, I will share all my tips on how to backpack to Hawaii on a Budget!
Finding a cheap flight to Hawaii
The island of Hawaii is far away from everything! What are the chances of finding a cheap ticket there? It sounds like you are saying that.
During my year of travelling around East Asia, I ended up making it to Hawaii after travelling for 10 months all over Asia as part of my adventures.
There are a lot of amazing backpacking destinations around the world, but I personally think that China is one of the most amazing backpacking destinations in the world.
My last trip to Honolulu I was fortunate to meet a couple of travellers that live there and casually mentioned how cheap it is to fly from Osaka, Japan to Honolulu.
The fact that I hadn’t yet planned to go hiking to Japan, which I did a few months later, meant I didn’t look at it at the time, as I hadn’t planned on going yet. However, once I reached the hotel, I immediately thought of that comment and checked out the skyscanner website, and yes, it was a pretty cheap deal!
There is a one-way ticket available on AirAsia for just $120!!! What a great deal! It’s time to head to Hawaii!
There are many cheap flight combinations to and from all over Asia, so you may want to check even if you don’t have Osaka on your way.
This is probably the most expensive thing you will spend on the island, and I can guarantee that it will be one of the most enjoyable. Comparing Hawaii’s hostel prices with Asian countries and European countries, even the cheapest hostels are quite expensive.
Camping in Hawaii
All over the Hawaiian Islands, you can find camping spots; booking is done through various websites since there are multiple departments administering them. You should book ahead of time.
The nightly rates for non-residents are typically around $20 or less, which is still steep.
There are many places in the various islands of Hawaii that are available for booking on this State of Hawaii website.
It’s first come first serve at some places, so bookings aren’t accepted. Although I didn’t have any issues camping at Volcano National Park, it was only $10 to camp there.
How about wild camping in Hawaii?
Despite being technically forbidden almost everywhere, I was told by a few locals that you can camp at some places even though it is technically forbidden.
Whenever you pitch your tent late in the day, no one will notice that you’re there (at least on Oahu and the Big Island).
Couchsurfing in Hawaii
It was a bit harder for me to find a couchsurf host in Hawaii than in other places, so start contacting people more in advance than usual.
I spent most of my time in Honolulu couchsurfing with a great host, which saved my trip, as otherwise the budget would have forced me to leave.
Workawaying in Hawaii
Workaway programs are the perfect way to backpack Hawaii on a budget! They’re not just a way to get free accommodation, but usually they’re also a way to get free food. Having a proper cultural immersion with Hawaiian communities is the best part!
Moving around Hawaii
The other islands are not on my list, so please check elsewhere if you plan to visit them.
Buses are frequent on Oahu and one-way tickets cost just $2.75, so it’s easy to travel around the island.
Getting to the trailhead may require you to take more than one bus, so get a $5.50 day-pass if you’re hiking in Hawaii.
Bus travel on the Big Island is not pleasant because there are only a few buses per day at silly o’clock in the morning on the Hele On bus, which has routes all over the island.
On the Big Island, hitchhiking is the best way to get around! Locals frequently pick up hitchhikers, and other tourists renting cars have also given me rides. There was always a maximum waiting time of five minutes!
When you contact people, make sure to check if they offer cars or mopeds. That will also help a lot! It was an adventure riding a moped from Kona to Volcano National Park!
Visiting any of the Hawaiian islands will be an amazing experience with amazing hiking. There will be no better hiking experience than on Oahu.
Bring food, water, your phone, and GPS to ensure your safety, and read up on trail information before you go.
The weather conditions and trail conditions can change quickly in Hawaii, despite the fact that there are no dangerous animals or poisonous insects there. Make sure you are prepared for anything
You are going to have a great hiking trip in Hawaii! It is best to hike on Oahu for the best Hawaiian hiking experience!