With prices in Hawaii often 30 percent higher than the mainland, the Aloha State tops the nation in cost of living, which means traveling to the most remote landmass in the world often doesn't come without breaking a few piggy banks. The good news is with 112 miles of coastline to swim and sunbathe and two sprawling mountain ranges to hike, Oahu supplies endless hours of free outdoor adventures, so you can keep your hard-earned cash in your pockets.
In addition to frequenting the island's best beaches or exploring the great outdoors, there's plenty of budget-friendly options in Oahu to consider. After shopping at Ward Village, spend the afternoon working up a sweat at a free yoga class every Thursday, or reserve free tickets to their Courtyard Cinema, where Hawaii International Film Festival-curated films are shown every third Thursday of the month. Or, tour the island's largest general arts museum, free every third Sunday and every first Wednesday of the month. During the rest of the year, pay admission at the Honolulu Museum of Art or the Spalding House (formerly the Contemporary Museum) and visit the other for free. From complimentary garden tours to historical landmarks to cultural lessons, discover the fun, free activities the island has offer without breaking your vacation budget.