How much spending money for two weeks in Hawaii?

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I want to know this info too! for budgeting purposes

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 8 months ago by  nawella.
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

actually_06:  Do you live in the US? They have bank machines everywhere so getting cash won’t be a problem.

We only carry a couple of hundred dollars in cash (no more than you would want to lose) and then use debit or Visa for all our expenses.

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

We used about $100 in actual cash, but paid with our cards everywhere else. Probably $2-3000 total over 10 days?

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

We went to Maui for 10 days just over a month ago. Not including the hotel, flights and car rental, we spent around $6,000

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

actually_06:  I would advise against getting travellers cheques – fewer and fewer places are accepting them now, making them really hard to cash.  

I’d recommend taking $1,000 or so in US cash, and then using your credit cards for dinners out, excursions, etc.  I generally find that my Mastercard and American Express cards have a decent enough exchange rate that it’s more worthwhile to use them than to carry around a lot of cash.

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I spent about $1000 on myself for one week.  But I also drank a lot (those do add up).  Otherwise I spent money on eating out, surfing lessons, renting snorkeling equipment, buying somethings, stuff like that.  And I went for a wedding so I didn’t have to pay for a luau, boat trip, and a few meals (those were was covered).

I guess it depends on what you want to do (how often you want to eat out, drink, what type of excursions) but I’d consider maybe $1500 per person at least.  If you want cash only (no credit cards) then maybe $2000 per person to be safe, you can always bring it back with you if you don’t use it.  I’d consider bringing a credit card to use though and bringing a little less cash.

Post # 9
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Helper bee

When I travel, I budget $100 per day for food & “walking around” money.  So for a 14 day trip for two, I would budget at least $2800.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee

actually_06:  We probably spent around 3000 during the 10 days we went. A big chunk of that was the helicopter ride we did on Kauai, which was our favorite part of the trip. The rest was mainly spent on food. There are a ton of free things to do on both islands. On Maui, we spent a lot of time snorkeling off the beaches (we brought our own gear). On Kauai, we did a lot of hiking. 

If you plan on laying around drinking tropical cocktails or going out to nice dinners, I would definitely budget more than we spent. 

 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I agree with about $1000 and that would be cheap for Hawaii! Definitely very expensive but some things I found – the farmer’s markets are incredible with delicious fruit that’ll make for a cheaper and yummier breakfast than at any cafe/restaurant, don’t waste money on snorkeling trips just find some snorkels & fins and hop into the water, Hawaii plate lunches are the best way to go (I still dream of loco moco), and ALWAYS mention you’re honeymooning EVERYWHERE you go because car rentals and hotels all have honeymoon discounts and at bars you may find nice older couples that will buy you drinks!

Post # 15
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Busy bee

It kind of depends on your spending habits. We paid for a lot of our tours, adventures, etc. online before we went. I would say we spent no more than $1000 in cash for the 10 days we were there. And I would say that’s on the HIGH end. 

But we also didnt’ spend a lot on souvenirs for ourselves, we split some meals, ate off the McDonald’s value menu a few times, etc. We’re not cheap, we just didn’t feel the need to spend $100 on food every day. We also don’t drink.. I think I splurged on a cocktail once or twice and that was it. 

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