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Things to do on Oahu for under $10

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Hawaii is a tropical paradise

To be sure, but it’s not exactly cheap to live or visit here, which is why you have to preserve your cash where you can, especially if you’re on a budget. Got 10 bucks? You’re in luck. If you have tight purse strings but still want to experience the beauty of Oahu, check out these tips on what to do on the cheap for under $10.

Take a Hike

Climbing up the impressive Diamond Head crater is not only exhilarating and breath taking…it’s fairly cheap to do so as well. Formed more than 300,000 years ago, Diamond Head is the result of a violent volcanic eruption. The trail that leads to the summit was originally created to access a way to defend against attackers in time of war. Now, of course, you can get awesome views of the entire island and beyond. It takes about an hour and a half to two hours to hike to the summit, and you’ll need just $1 to get in. At that rate, you could hike it 10 times on your trip and still be within budget!

Hop on the Bus

Instead of shelling out hundreds for a rental car, ride TheBus, Oahu’s affordable mode of public transportation. It costs just $2.50 one way for adults and $1.25 for kids. No stressing about traffic and maps…just let the driver get you there. A trip to the beach and back is under budget for small families.

Check out a Swap Meet

There’s no better – or cheaper – place to pick up some souvenirs for loved ones back home than at the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet. This large flea market is open Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays where you can buy anything from local foods like macadamia nuts to clothing and local crafts. Instead of paying the high prices of boutiques in Waikiki, get your stuff here, for just $1 to get in. Get there by 10 a.m. for the best selection and fewer crowds.

Try Shave Ice
This is a Hawaiian treat that everyone must try. Similar to a snow cone but with slivers of ice, you can choose any flavor syrup and even get a sprinkle of Li Hing powder on top for an even sweeter treat. You can usually get shave ice for between $4 ad $6, so it’s an affordable way to cool off.

Treat Yourself to the Dole Plantation

Established back in 1950 as a simple fruit stand, Dole Plantation is now a major attraction and industry leader in Oahu when it comes to pineapples. You can get into the actual plantation itself and tour the grounds for free. If you want to take a tour, adults pay $5 and kids pay $4.25. You’ll pay more to ride the Pineapple Express train, though, at $8 for adults and $6 for children. If you just want to go for free and treat yourself to a world-famous DoleWhip before, you can do so for just $4.25. The Dole Plantation is actually a stop on our Circle Island tour, so book now!