Vacation Without Breaking the Bank


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The island of Oahu is the third largest island in Hawaii and is often referred to as the “gathering place”. The reason is, it’s one of the most popular places in Hawaii and attracts millions of tourists from around the world every year.

There are lots of fun activities that you can be a part of during your trip, and you don’t have to break the bank doing it. Let’s have a look at some of them.

One of the best, most relaxing options that costs absolutely nothing is visiting the fabulous beaches here. Kids can build sand castles or play in the water while you relax with a book in hand, under the shade of an umbrella. It does get a little hot around here during the summer, but generally the temperatures are mild.

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What are the best beaches on Oahu? Lanikai Beach, located in the beach town of Kailua towards the windward side of the island, is very beautiful with great conditions for swimming. Just a little farther away is the Kailua Beach Park, considered by many to be one of Hawaii’s best beaches.

Waikiki Beach, which stretches for 2 miles, is the most famous beach here and has attracted thousands of tourists every year since the 1950s. There are plenty of fun things you can do for free here, such as surfing, beach volleyball, canoe racing, football, soccer and more.

Sunset Beach, which is located on the North Shore of Oahu, has always been a major tourist attraction. The waters around there are clear and generally calm, which makes it ideal for swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving.

If surfing is what excites you, you may want to join any of the following groups:

  1. Gone Surfing Hawaii

  2. Surf HNL

  3. Hawaiian Surf Adventures

You can also go kayaking on Oahu. The island perfect conditions for this activity and it doesn’t cost you much to rent a kayak. For a very reasonable fee, you can join some of the organizations that carry out kayaking trips under expert supervision, such as:

  1. Pa’ani Wai Hawai’i

  2. Twogood Kayaks

  3. Holokai Kayak & Snorkel Adventure

  4. Windward Watersports

What are some other fun activities that won’t break the bank?

Have you been to the Kapiolani Community College’s Farmers Market? This is Oahu’s own weekly farmers market where the local farmers from around the island sell fresh produce directly to locals and tourists.

You will find some of the freshest fruits and vegetables, such as the red rambutan fruit (similar to the lychee), and special organic dishes such as banana fritters and sweet potato with maple syrup. You can still enjoy taking a stroll around the market, and it won’t cost you anything!

One thing that is absolutely free is watching the sunrise and sunset on Oahu, and capturing it with your camera. You may have seen the sunrise and sunset dozens of times in your life, but you haven’t really seen anything until you see it on Oahu.

Our suggestion; go to one of the beaches on the island, like Kailua Beach, as early in the morning as possible, go for a swim and watch the sun as it rises over the horizon. This is one of the most beautiful things you will ever experience.

For the best view of the sunset, you could make your way to the south or west shores of the island, preferably at the picturesque Waikiki Beach. This is a great spot to catch the sun as it sets and bid a fond farewell to the day!

Many tourists opt for a car rental and drive around the island. Go on what is called as a “holo holo” or a “leisure drive”, and just enjoy the scenery. For incredible rates on an extensive fleet of vehicles available, check out JN Rentals, conveniently located right by the airport

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Driving around the island can take about two to three hours. You will be able to make your way to the countryside and back to the city in no time at all if you plan accordingly around rush-hour. Stop over and take pictures as often as you can, they will be a BIG hit!

These are just some activities on Oahu that won’t break the bank. When booking your vacation take a look at the Moana Blu Collection for beautiful island-inspired homes, giving your stay on Oahu a touch of aloha.

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