Replies: 10 - Last Post: Dec 19, 2012 8:52 AM Last Post By: bowneline
Dec 18, 2012 3:12 AM
I will be going to Hawaii solo from the 31 of January until the 8th of February and need advise, would be really happy if anyone can give some help.
I will be coming from Las Vegas, what is the cheapest option?
I want to learn some surfing, enjoy snorkeling and diving, some trekking, meet some locals.
I would like to keep it as cheap as possible (backpacker style) but I really want to enjoy so I can make an effort here.
I am coming for a Sales conference to Vegas from Spain and always wanted to go to Hawaii.
What do you recommend me? I think I should stick to one island only it seems there is plenty to do in every island. which Island? Where can I find other backpackers there. Is it easy to go around on your own? or do you have to go with expensive organised excursions?
thanks a lot
Dec 18, 2012 6:28 AM
1Hawaiian Airlines do direct flights from Vegas to Honolulu. Flight time is about 5+ hours.
Dec 18, 2012 6:48 AM
2You would need a rental car on any island other than Oahu, so that is something to consider.
Dec 18, 2012 8:04 AM
3You can get surf lessons right in downtown Waikiki/Honolulu. You can go around the islands via busses, or a rental car, this is the only island that is possible, all the others you need a rental car. Maui is very popular for surf too.
I dont agree with everything on the Top 10, but the cultural ones are good. Think about skydivingat Dillingham airfield, spectacular views in the plane, and and jumping out...
Dec 18, 2012 8:24 AM
4I count out 8 nights for your trip. If so, then you only have time for one island. Inter-island flights run about $90 each way and it takes up almost half a day when you consider the hotel checkout , transport to airport, advance time for security checks, etc.
As mentioned above, search out Hawaiian Airlines for their direct flights to Honolulu from Las Vegas
Oahu would be the cheapest, as you don't need to rent a car and there are more hostels and other less expensive accomodation options.
Dec 18, 2012 9:06 AM
- Oahu island would be cheapest and the only one where you can possibly find some backpackers. There are a bunch of hostels in Waikiki, Honolulu. Hawaii is expensive, so outside of this, there isn't a backpacker culture really.
- Flying is your only option. Look at prices via Kayak.com and try a flexible date search since it may be cheaper to leave a day or two later
- In a week, you can visit two islands via inter-island flights, but this is not a cheap endeavor and you really need car anywhere outside of Honolulu. So you need to decide whether this is cost-prohibitive for you. You can also split up your stay to stay at different hostels on Oahu. It's a big island, so you can spend half the time in busy Waikiki and the other half somewhere quieter. Lots of hostel options here: http://www.hostelz.com/hostels/USA/Hawaii/Oahu. There are also a few on Maui: http://www.hostels.com/maui/usa (Banana Bungalow offers free tours. It's not on the beach, but close to bus lines etc).
- All the activities you want are pretty much possible on any island. But once again, they're pretty expensive. You can probably do some relatively inexpensive snorkeling if you take a public bus to a good beach and use your own or a rental snorkel, or book an organized trip via a hostel.
Dec 18, 2012 10:09 AM
6Banana Bungalow is in a terrible, unsafe area of town and has a reputation for being dirty. Lahaina is a much better location.
Dec 18, 2012 10:32 AM
7If you want to stay on Oahu, but are looking for something more rural, cheaper and laid back, you might want to look into Malaekahana Campgrounds.
In addition to the campgrounds, they have everything from cabins, to grass huts, to yurts for rent, and many of the options will be much cheaper than a hotel. And, you will be right on a gorgeous and very uncrowded (private?) beach, in a very sleepy part of the island. You can take The Bus right to the doorstep, and you are a short bus ride away from the beautiful beaches on the North Shore.
There is a grocery store up the highway a bit, and you can even make some of your own meals if you get a cabin. The place seems to be inhabitated by backpackers, low-key travelers and locals looking for a cheap beach weekend.
It is world away from the sun burnt masses, and package tourists on the other side of the island.
Dec 19, 2012 12:34 AM
8that´s great guys,
thanks a lot for your advise. I will stick to Oahu for sure and move with the bus. i think I will spend some days in the crowdy Honolulu and then go somewhere else quieter for a few days of chill and nice beach.
I want to go to Pearl Harbor and to the places of LOST. Any advise on that.
I would like more ideas or nice places to go.
Dec 19, 2012 8:45 AM
Dec 19, 2012 8:52 AM
10For Lost information, there is tons on the web, including the Lost Self-Guided Tour.
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