Honolulu, Oahu Hawaii (map)
When you’re sitting in your cubicle at work and imagining your Hawaiian vacation, you don’t often picture a large metropolitan city or rush hour traffic as a place you want to spend your two week break. Because of this for our two previous vacations to Hawaii – Kauai and Maui, we never even considered making a stop in the concrete jungle of Honolulu on Oahu. So what changed?
Well, budget for one. The last blog post outlined how to get a fully furnished Hawaii condo for $65 a night, our next goal was to figure out how do you explore the highlights of the island for less than $10 a day.
Honolulu is home to one of the best metro bus systems in the United States that regularly makes the top 10 list. For a small fee you can explore the whole island without the need of a rental car, insurance, or gas. Should you find yourself visiting Oahu on a budget and want to save a few dollars, here are the route details to the sites we enjoyed:
- Airport to Waikiki resorts – Bus #19 or #20 – $2.50 pp
- Waikiki to Hanauma Bay snorkeling – Bus #22 – $2.50 round trip*
- Waikiki to Diamond Head Volcano – No bus needed, enjoy the walk
- Waikiki to Manoa Falls – Bus # 5 – $2.50 round trip
- Waikiki to Pearl Harbor – Bus #20, #40, #42, #62, or #A – $2.50 round trip*
- Waikiki to Olomana Trail – Bus #56, #57, or #57a – $5.00 round trip
- Waikiki to North Shore & Dole Plantation – Bus #52 – $5.00 round trip
- North Shore to Pipeline & Turtle Beach – Bus #55 – $2.50 round trip*
*Cheap round trip prices based on returning in under two hours of departure