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Yes, I know…everybody thinks Hawaii is super expensive and it sure can be! But there are ways to do it a lot cheaper. One of my favorite ways to save money on a trip to Hawaii is by staying in a budget hotel. If you’re not very familiar with Oahu, read up on the lay of the is(land) here first.

Oahu Budget Hotels 

Waikiki 

Aqua Palms Waikiki: Located super close to the beach and the Ala Moana shopping center, this light and airy Waikiki hotel is budget friendly and conveniently situated to be able to explore Waikiki and Honolulu. Pricing starts at $99/night. Click here to check pricing and availability during your dates.

Aqua Bamboo Waikiki: Just a quick walk from Waikiki beach, this stylish, tropical hotel has an outdoor saltwater pool, café, sundeck, and use of beach chairs and umbrellas. Pricing starts at $117/night. Click here to check pricing and availability during your dates.

Equus Hotel: This charming equestrian themed boutique hotel has a great location in Waikiki. Bonus: during polo season, guests get free tickets to a match at the north shore’s Hawaii Polo Club. Pricing starts at $109/night. Click here to check pricing and availability during your dates.

Hotel Renew: This Waikiki budget hotel has loads of luxury (even an aromatherapy concierge that lets you customize the scent in your room!) and is perfect for travelers who want a little pampering without breaking the bank. Pricing starts at $169/night. Click here to check pricing and availability during your dates.

Coconut Waikiki Hotel: This bright and airy hotel located on the Ala Wai Canal offers a free continental breakfast every morning and has an outdoor heated pool. Pricing starts at $149/night. Click here to check pricing and availability during your dates.

Shoreline Hotel Waikiki: About a six minute walk from the beach and less than a mile from the Honolulu Zoo, the Shoreline Hotel has a rooftop pool and a casual café. Pricing starts at $143/night. Click here to check pricing and availability during your dates.

Park Shore Waikiki: This modern resort tower right across from Kuhio beach is a great budget beach resort. The nightly resort free includes yoga and fitness classes, beach gear, Wi-Fi, and a shuttle to the Ala Moana. Pricing starts at $158/night. Click here to check pricing and availability during your dates.

Aqua Oasis: This relaxed, colorful hotel is an 8-minute walk from Fort DeRussy Beach Park. It has a Japanese restaurant and karaoke lounge, an outdoor pool, a sauna and a sun deck. Pricing starts at $105/night. Click here to check pricing and availability during your dates.

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North Shore

Courtyard by Marriott Oahu North Shore: Located in Laie (just a quick walk to the Polynesian Cultural Center), this relaxed hotel is the perfect basecamp to explore the north shore. It’s just seven miles from the Turtle Bay Resort and has an indoor pool and hot tub as well as casual restaurant. Pricing starts at $189/night. Click here to check pricing and availability during your dates.

Ko’olina

Hampton Inn and Suites Kapolei: Set in a nice shopping center in Kapolei, the Hampton Inn is a nice, efficient place to stay on the west side with nearby beaches, shopping, and restaurants. Pricing starts at $159/night. Click here to check pricing and availability during your dates.

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This is basically vacation in a box, friend! Just add a bit of salt water and you’re in for the trip of a lifetime.

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