The island of Oahu is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world with an amazing mix of natural and cultural wonders with modern arts, entertainment, and awesome food. Because of this popularity and it’s isolation from the USA mainland it is also one of the most expensive places to visit. I’ve created this blog post to help those travelers who are looking for cheap hotels on Oahu. In this blog post, you will find the ten cheapest places to stay on Oahu, Hawaii.
There are hundreds of hotels and resorts on Oahu. However, I’ve uncovered the best and cheapest hotels on Oahu, Hawaii that offer some real savings, plus easy access to all the magic the Aloha State has to discover, leaving you more cash for adventures, tours, and restaurants. Obviously, everyone’s definition of the ‘best’ will vary, so I picked these accommodations to help you do Oahu on a budget whether you are a couple, family or solo backpacker. I’ve put the hostels and hotels into different categories to ensure you have the perfect stay in Oahu.
I’ve created this chart so you can compare the hotels and hostels and below you will find a detailed description about each one and I’ll also tell you below which ones I think are the top picks considering location and value for money.
|CHEAPEST ACCOMMODATION ON OAHU||LOCATION||RATE|
|Polynesian Hostel Beach Club||Waikiki||$35|
|Hostelling International Honolulu||Manoa||$25|
|Waikiki Beachside Hostel||Waikiki||$35|
|Backpackers Vacation Inn & Plantation Village||North Shore||$30|
|Kuhio Banyan Hotel||Waikiki||$99|
|Royal Grove Waikiki||Waikiki||$100|
|Aqua Aloha Surf Waikiki||Waikiki||$123|
|Coconut Waikiki Hotel||Waikiki||$127|
|Holiday Inn Express Waikiki||Waikiki||$134|
|Kalani Hawaii Private Lodging||North Shore||$88|
THE CHEAPEST PLACES TO STAY ON OAHU, HAWAII
Polynesian Hostel Beach Club (Budget/Location)
It is definitely the cheapest hostel in Honolulu, Hawaii. Surprisingly, you get quite a lot of value for your money here! The location is great because it is just a short walk to the beach, bars, and restaurants. This means you can walk to the beach, rent a surfboard and be out in the waves in just a few minutes. It’s a perfect place to meet other travelers especially backpackers around the world. If you are a little nervous about the safety of staying in a hostel, put your fears to rest. Polynesian hostel around-the-clock security so that you and your belongings will always feel safe which makes a big difference to your trip. The rooms are quite nice and the beds comfy, but what really makes this place so wonderful is its central location and the fact you make many new friends every night at the nearby bars. Definitely one of the coolest hostels in Honolulu! Dorms are just $35 or private rooms for $60.
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Hostelling International Honolulu (Budget)
If you’re traveling with a light wallet, you’ll get a dorm room for $25 and a private room for about $60 at Hostelling International Honolulu. You know what you are going to get if you stay here: Professional staff, clean beds, and all dorms have small lockers for valuables. But it is advised that you bring your own padlock. It’s away from the Waikiki crowd so it’s quiet. But still in a good location, since it’s pretty close to public transport, shops, and restaurants. You can borrow snorkel equipment and beach towels for free, which is an extra bonus. It’s very basic but for $25 a night you get a good base for your Oahu adventures.
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Waikiki Beachside Hostel (Budget/Best Location)
Undoubtedly the best hostel in Waikiki, the Waikiki Beachside Hostel is an affordable option if you want to base yourself for a week of adventures. The location is really great. I personally like Waikiki Beachside Hostel better than the other hostels nearby because it is closer to a lot of restaurants, nightlife, shopping, beaches, public transport, and all major activities and attractions. You can go to Waikiki Beachside Kitchen for brunch- one of the cheapest restaurant nearby. Overall, it is the top hostel in Waikiki in my opinion and for $35 dorm room I’m pretty sure you’ll get the best time here!
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Backpackers Vacation Inn & Plantation Village (Budget/North Shore)
Finding a place that is cheap is quite difficult on the famous North Shore because it doesn’t have many options like in Waikiki. Backpackers Vacation Inn & Plantation is definitely the cheapest place to stay on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. What appeals to me is its value for money. It offers basic accommodation but the ambiance is awesome. The location is great, easy access to the beach, and there’s free use of snorkeling gear. I suggest staying for a few nights at a hostel in Waikiki and then basing up here at this hostel to explore the North Shore! Be warned this hostel gets booked out far in advance during peak season as it really is the only cheap accommodation option on the North Shore.
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Kuhio Banyan Hotel (With Kitchenette)
Perhaps you don’t fancy staying in a hostel this time – maybe you want a little more privacy and more room for yourself but still keeping within your budget. Kuhio Banyan Hotel is one of the budget hotels in Waikiki. This hotel is not luxurious but it has everything you need for a very good price in the middle of everything in Waikiki. What’s amazing is that this budget room actually has a kitchenette so you can save more money on doing a little home cooking.
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Royal Grove Waikiki (With Kitchenette)
Royal Grove Waikiki is a budget-friendly and vintage hotel in Waikiki for just $100 a night. The location is superb- just in the heart of dining, beaches, shopping, and attractions. The rooms are quite old-school but in a charming Hawaii style. The rooms come with a kitchenette and seating area so they are really spacious and practical. The sweetest part of the stay was the Monday night Hawaiian music and the mini hula dance show was so much Aloha! Totally one of the top hotels in Honolulu!
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Aqua Aloha Surf Waikiki – Best Budget Hotel in Waikiki
If you’re looking for one of the best budget hotels in Honolulu then this is it. Set just a few blocks from Waikiki Beach, Aqua Aloha Surf has got a fun surf style and a laid-back ambiance. Budget, chill, and fun! Yep, you get a lot for your money here- there’s an outdoor swimming pool, a gym and you get a free breakfast on top of that. It’s very modern and a hotel you will be excited to return to after a day of adventures. I’m not sure how the owners have kept the price of this one so low. Rooms have a microwave and fridge so you can do a bit of eating-in as well to save money as well as the free breakfast so lots of savings to be made here. Definitely, a budget hotel compared to most upmarket hotels in Waikiki.
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Coconut Waikiki Hotel – Family Pick
Coconut Waikiki Hotel is a family-friendly hotel in Honolulu. The location of this hotel is something that really appeals to me. It is right in the heart of the action, and just a few minutes from one of the world’s most famous white-sand beaches. A little more expensive than other budget offerings in Waikiki, but this clean, modern hotel has a lot to offer for the price. Most rooms have kitchenettes, so you can save even more money by making a few of your own meals. Even if you’re in a room without a kitchenette, you can grill up a quick dinner in the hotel’s communal BBQ area. The rooms are very modern with seating areas, flat-screen televisions and a bit more of a luxury feel than some of the older hotels on this list. If you want to stay somewhere a little more luxurious but still stay within budget, then this is one of the best budget hotels in Honolulu.
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Holiday Inn Express Waikiki – Location/Facilities
This 44-story hotel offers perfect panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and near beaches, restaurants, shopping centers, and other attractions. With a mini-golf course, epic pool and games center you really get an experience at the Holiday Inn. It’s way, way cheaper compared to all other regular hotels in Honolulu. The rooms are actually super nice so if you are a couple or a small family this would be my number one pick on this list.
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Set on the North Shore, Kalani Hawaii Private Lodging offers a country house in Pupukea. It is the kind of place where you just get it all. It is a perfect place to hang out, relax and use as a base to explore the North Shore. It’s a perfect place for those traveling with families, groups or solo. This lodging is only a five-minute walk to Sunset Beach, a well-known surfing competition beach. The rooms are very homely with all of the extras, kitchens, bathrooms and chill areas. Very good value for money! Your stay at Kalani isn’t necessarily cheap but for around $80 dorm-bed that’s the best rate you can get on the North Shore.
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MY FOUR FAVORITE ACTIVITIES ON OAHU
If you are looking for some more adventures on top of the cliff jumping while on Oahu, there are lots of other adventurous things to do that will also get your adrenaline pumping. Here are four of my favorites.
- Oahu scenic helicopter flight: My number one recommendation is to do a heli-flight (doors off). You will be absolutely blown away when you see Oahu from the sky! Click to book your tour: Doors-Off Helicopter Flight Tour
- North Shore Shark Cage Adventure: The biggest adrenaline rush you can have in Hawaii is beneath the surface with sharks! Click to book your tour: North Shore Shark Cage Experience
- Eco-Friendly Dolphin and Snorkel Half-Day Cruise: One of the best experiences I had on Oahu was swimming with the beautiful spinner dolphins. A once in a lifetime experience. Click to book your tour: Eco-Friendly Dolphin and Snorkel Tour
- Turtle Canyon Snorkel Cruise by Catamaran: One of my favorite memories of Hawaii is floating in the water with a Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle. On this tour that is exactly what you will do! Click to book your tour: Turtle Canyon Snorkel Cruise by Catamaran
MORE OAHU BLOG POSTS
I lived on Oahu for two years and loved adventuring from the beaches to the mountains to the waterfalls! These are my most popular blog post and guides from the beautiful island of Oahu to help you plan your trip!
What to pack for Hawaii: THE HAWAII PACKING LIST: WHAT TO PACK AND WHY
A helpful guide to choosing accommodation: WHERE TO STAY ON OAHU: WHICH REGION IS BEST FOR YOU?
Most epic hike on Oahu: THE STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN OAHU, HAWAII: UPDATED 2018
The best Waterfalls: 11 AMAZING WATERFALLS ON OAHU, HAWAII
Ultimate Cliff Jumping Guide: 11 BEST CLIFF JUMPING SPOTS ON OAHU, HAWAII
Guide to Swimming with Sea Turtles: WHERE TO SEE TURTLES ON OAHU, HAWAII
The Best Hikes on Oahu: 10 BEST HIKES ON OAHU, HAWAII
My favorite experience on Oahu: AMAZING DOORS OFF HELICOPTER TOUR OF OAHU, HAWAII
The Ultimate Guide to Oahu: 80 THINGS TO DO ON OAHU – THE BUCKET LIST