(Closed) Hawaii cost~?

posted 9 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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776 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We arent doing Hawaii because we couldnt afford it.  It all depends also on how luxurious you want to go….like we wanted to do a Marriot or Hilton type resort with all the ammenities.  (We are flying from NY so same prices on airfare would have applied) I can tell you when we did the research we had $3,000 budgeted and could not have done the type of honeymoon we wanted for under about $5,000.  I would say a little over a week should be your plan since they are long flights from the east coast.  The flights alone were around $900 per person.  On and also Honolulu is cheaper because its a major city, we didnt really want that so we wanted to do the big Island or Maui, so thats what we priced out.  I hope that helps!

Post # 4
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1044 posts
Bumble bee

I stayed in Oahu at the Hawaii Prince where they had an amazing deal.  If you stayed for 3 days, you would get the next day free.  So we stayed for a little over a week.  All in all, the trip and lodging cost $1000 each.  To save money, we went to Trip Advisor where we booked lodging and travel separately. 

Depending on the season that you get married, you could get it for even cheaper!  I think that since you’re getting married in April you’ll get a better discount than you would in our case, when our honeymoon was in July/August.

 

Post # 5
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487 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2009 - Byodo-In Temple, Luau Reception

Since you’re getting married in April, I would suggest waiting till after the holidays to get your plane tickets. We had friends wait till January/February to buy tickets from PA to HNL (for our March wedding) and paid $600-700 a ticket. You’ll rarely find anything less that $600 from the east coast. Flight length will depend on where your layover is. From PA, it’s about 10-15 hours. Try to find a flight 10-12 hours, if you can. And you do lose a day flying back from Hawaii (right now it’s a 5 hour difference, in April it will be a 6 hour difference). I’ve always tried to stay up ALL night the night before, that way I crash the whole flight to Hawaii. Bring your own pillow!

Other than plane tickets, your hotel will be the other biggest expense. These suggestions are for Oahu, since that’s the island I know. Aqua is one of the more affordable hotels (they have about 12-ish different hotels). If you want to go all out, I suggest the Ihilani; it’s in Ko Olina though, not in Waikiki. If you don’t plan on staying in your room often, I would go with the more affordable room and spend $$ on entertainment (and meals).

If you plan on doing a lot of sightseeing…Hawaii is actually very affordable in this area. Diamond Head is $5 for parking, Hanama Bay is $5 per person, Pearl Harbor is free, Swap meet is $2, beaches are FREE! I would definitely recommend going to a luau (either Paradise Cove, Germaines or Polynesian Culture Center), which can cost up anywhere from $60-110pp, depending on where you go. Don’t forget to factor in your meals though too! More tourist attractions: http://www.weddingbee.com/2009/01/15/oahu-tourism/

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