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5 Things to Do in Oahu for Less Than $5

[ 0 ] October 30, 2012 |

A Hawaiian vacation is something everyone dreams about but the reality of the trip can be very expensive. Visiting the Hawaiian capital of Oahu can be one of the most high-cost vacations in the country, which can keep most people close to their hotel rooms for the entire vacation.

But there are plenty of hotels that are close to many great activities that can cost less than $5, including the Ewa Hotel just one block from Waikiki Beach. Sunbathing and swimming at the beach are only some of the low-cost activities that you can enjoy.

For $5 or less you can also:

Visit Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor is the site of one of the most tragic events of World War II and should never be missed if you have the opportunity to go. It is a great change of pace from the hustle and bustle of Waikiki.

There is no charge to tour the USS Arizona or the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument. However, you will need to reserve your tickets online for $1.50 because the tours can be filled early on in the day.
Pacific Aviation Museum - Hangar 37

Hike to the Diamond Head Crater

The Diamond Head Crater was formed after a volcanic eruption nearly 300,000 years ago. This trip can take up to 2 hours, so make sure you are wearing comfortable shoes and bring plenty of water.

The trail up to the summit was built by the military in 1908 in order to defend the area from invaders. Today, you can catch a breathtaking glimpse of the island when you reach the top. It will only cost you $1 to make the trip.
Diamond Head Crater, Oahu

Self tour the “Lost” Locations

The hit TV series Lost was filmed on Oahu so taking a tour of all the spots where your favorite characters played out their scenes is a great experience to enjoy. Most locations are free to explore. You can visit Mokule’ia Beach Park, where most of the first season was filmed, including the crash site of Flight 815.

The beaches on this side of the island also tend to be less crowded, so take advantage of the seclusion and enjoy the peace and quiet while you sunbathe and swim.

Find Souvenirs at the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet

Flea markets are always great places to scope out unique souvenirs. At Aloha Stadium, the swap meet takes place on Sundays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. You will find just about anything that will be sure to please the friends and family back home, from Hawaiian shirts to macadamia nuts. It costs just $1.00 to get into the swap meet.

Enjoy Local Dining

You can’t miss out on local cuisine while you are on Oahu, like kalua pork, poi or lomi lomi salmon. You can find many Hawaiian dishes for low prices at Haili’s Hawaiian Foods or Helena’s. Always check to see the schedule for restaurants because they vary.

You can also wait in line for a bowl of homemade udon noodles topped with deep fried shrimp or vegetables. The Marukame Udon is one of the most popular spots on the island and there is often a long line, but it is well worth the wait.

Lomi Salmon

Fun activities on Oahu don’t have to cost you too much. When you know what to look for, you will be surprised at how little you can spend on dining and entertainment.


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