Cheap Flights to Honolulu

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When to fly

Peak Season: 

The peak season is from mid-December to March and June to September, so around this time of year cheap flights to Honolulu are harder to find. Late-November to April is surfing season and kicking off the start of the surfing season is the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing event, a series of professional surfing events; the Reef Hawaiian Pro, the O’Neill World Cup of Surfing and the Billabong Pipeline Masters. For 31 years, the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing has produced a heritage of progression, high-performance and power surfing where careers are made and mistakes can have extreme consequences. It’s a great reason to take a flight to Honolulu, spectators of the event are blessed with beautiful beaches, an electric atmosphere and the opportunity to watch surfing history be made as some of the world’s best waves challenge the world’s best surfers.

Off Season: 

April to June and September to mid-December are low season months and a great time to find cheap flights to Honolulu.

Take advantage of cheap flights to Honolulu at this time of year and be there for the World Invitational Hula Festival which is an on-going dedication to the Hawaiian culture and takes place over three days in November.

Thousands of Hula artists take flights to Honolulu from 16 countries to join together and celebrate the many surfaces of the Hawaiian cultures such as costume, language, music and dance who are then judged by 21 of Hula’s most prestigious keepers of the art.

Why visit

Book a flight to Honolulu and see the state capital of Hawaii, the archipelago's most populous city. It lies on the eastern side of the island of Oahu, its name in Hawaiian meaning "sheltered bay". Every year, millions of tourists fly in to bask in the sun on the world's most famous beach, absorb the history, do some surfing, pick up some bargains and experience the gracious "aloha" spirit.

It was the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 that brought the US into the Second World War and a tour that includes the USS Arizona Memorial (constructed over the sunken hull of the battleship), USS Missouri and the Pacific Aviation Museum is a must for many travellers. Over the past couple of years, a new tourist trail has started, one associated with Barack Obama. Australians might be more interested in another man - Duke Paoa Kahanamoku, the Olympic champion swimmer and movie actor who, it is said, introduced surfing to Australia.

The Duke was raised in Waikiki, and if you are following the Waikiki Historic Trail, you'll see his statue, garlanded in leis. Some of the exhibits at the Honolulu Surfing Museum feature the Duke too. The museum also displays the gold ring worn by Captain James Cook during his exploration of Hawaii. Another fascinating museum is the Bishop Museum which houses a wonderful collection of Hawaiian artefacts. And another Duke - Doris Duke, the late heiress - is the benefactress of the Doris Duke Museum of Islamic Art.

If you tire of the beach and museums or you want to walk off that plate lunch, climbing up Diamond Head is a good idea. The ancient volcanic crater, which dominates Waikiki, offers wonderful views of the city.

Honolulu climate

The sun shines almost every day of the year and even during the off season, when it is easier to find cheap flights to Honolulu, there is little variation in temperature. The ocean breezes moderate Honolulu's climate. Average annual rainfall is about 500mm, falling mainly between October and March.

Getting around Honolulu

The Bus serves Honolulu and outlying areas on Oahu. Adult fares are a couple of dollars. The Waikiki Trolley travels between Honolulu's most popular tourist attractions.


Getting to the city from the airport

Several car rental companies have desks in the Baggage Claim area at Honolulu Airport (HNL). Dozens of companies offer ground transportation (cars, tours, coaches and buses) from your flight to Honolulu on a prearranged basis.

The Airport Waikiki Express serves hotels in Waikiki. It runs every 20-25 minutes between 5am and 3am.

Taxi service is available near the terminal baggage-claim areas. There are taxi dispatchers who wear green shirts with “TAXI DISPATCHER” on the back of their shirts who will help. The maximum number of passengers is four and there's a baggage charge. Fares are metered.

There are bus routes that serve Waikiki. They depart every 30 minutes or so.

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Clothing & Shoes
Pair of jeans
$ 59.48
Pair of Nike shoes
$ 115.51
1 hour taxi waiting fee
$ 64.64
One-way ticket (local transport)
$ 3.37
Taxi - fixed fee
$ 4.71
Petrol (1 litre)
$ 0.99
Cheap meal
$ 20.20
$ 6.18
Local draught beer (0.5 litre)
$ 6.73
3 course meal for 2
$ 80.80
Bottle of beer (imported beer)
$ 3.23
Loaf of white bread
$ 5.91
Large bottle of water
$ 3.01
A dozen eggs
$ 5.92
How much does an apartment cost in Honolulu?
1 bedroom apartment in city centre
$ 2292
3 bedroom apartment in city centre
$ 4543
3 bedroom apartment outside of centre
$ 3624
1 bedroom apartment outside of centre
$ 1777

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