Online you could try AirToHawaii.com or HawaiiPackage.com for some good deals on plane tickets. Not all Hawaiian Islands are created equal. The northernmost of the main islands is The Island of Kauai.
Kauai has all the natural tropical beauty that Hawaii is loved for. In fact, it is so photogenic that it was chosen as the location for the movies South Pacific, Outbreak and Jurassic Park.
Yet, compared to the rest of the Hawaiian Islands, a vacation here will be a lot more affordable. There are a wide variety of affordable accommodations available on Kauai.
Poipu Plantation Resort is a good example of a great value at a Hawaii bed & breakfast. It is very comfortable, reasonably priced and only a short walk from one of the best beaches on Kauai, Poipu Beach.
Besides the house rooms, they have nine very nice cottages with full kitchens. This is an excellent way to save some money by making use of the kitchen. The Kauai Visitors Bureau is the best place to find out about accommodations on the island.
Kauai has 43 beaches and they are all free. With a reasonably priced place to stay and lots of free beaches, you are well on your way to your cheap Hawaiian vacations. But the great thing about Kauai island is that there a plenty of other cheap things to do.
Guava Kai Plantation is called the "Guava Capital of the World". Wander through the 480 acres of this working active farm. Watch as the fruit is processed into jellies, juices, marinades, and other goodies This is a cheap and interesting day trip.
National Tropical Garden in the picturesque Lawai Valley is an excellent choice to make a cheap Hawaiian vacation. There are 250 acres of gardens and preserve which are home to the largest collection of native Hawaiian flora anywhere. Tour the McBryde Garden and the Canoe Garden for a look at rare and endangered Hawaiian plants and flowers.
On the west end of Kauai Island is the 4300 acre Koke’e State Park. Kalalau Lookout, Puu O Kila Lookout and Puu Hinahina Lookout all provide great sightseeing views of the island and ocean. The most popular is Waimea Canyon Lookout, which is called "The Grand Canyon of the Pacific".
Koke’e State Park is great for scenic drives, hiking, bird watching, sightseeing and picnicking. Koke’e Natural History Museum is the oldest museum in the state.
Another cheap Hawaiian vacations spot is Kauai Island and a visit to Kamokila Village. Here you will find many replicas of traditional Hawaiian architecture and construction as well as the set where the movie Outbreak was filmed.
Visit the Waikiki Aquarium. Here the whole family can enjoy an interactive experience at the 3rd oldest aquarium in the U.S.
They've got over 400 species of aquatic animals and 2,500 animals in all. The aquarium is located in Queen Kapiolani Park. That's on the southern shore of Oahu.
Another good way to have a cheap Hawaiian vacation is to enjoy the incredible scenery at Hawaii Volcano National Park on the island of Hawaii. This is a great place for a scenic drive. The Crater Rim Drive Tour takes you around the rim of the Kilauea Volcano.
At the Kilauea Visitor Center you can films and exhibits that highlight the local history and culture. On the northwest rim of Kilauea caldera is the Jagger Museum, next to the United States Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.
Here you can learn all about how Hawaii's volcanoes were formed. The Chain of Craters Road is a scenic drive that runs 18 miles and descends 3,700 feet down to sea level. It has a number of scenic lookouts where you can stop and take photos.
Along Chain of Craters Road are also lots of side roads that you can explore as well as trails where you can hike. An interesting spot that is accessible from the Crater Rim Road is the Thurston Lava Tube. This is a cave formed by lava and it is located in the Kilauea Iki pit crater among the tropical rainforest around Kilauea Volcano.