Cheap Hawaiian vacation plans can be made well in advance or for last minute trips. If you are flexible enough not to make definite plans until the last minute, you can often get good travel deals even from the most expensive and exclusive luxury hotels that may have more space available than they anticipated. To be ensure that you secure the hotels and other services you desire, booking in advance is best. This is especially true during popular events or high season, and sometimes you can get discounts by making your arrangements as early as possible for cheap vacations. You will find that Waikiki Beach and Honolulu on the island of Oahu are particularly busy during the last week of April and beginning of May, as that is a major holiday in Japan, source of large numbers of tourists. The flights for cheap trips to Hawaii are usually more attractive with early booking, even though there may be penalties for cancellation or changing the dates. A cheap Hawaii family vacation is usually best booked in advance, if for no other reason than coordinating everyone's schedule.
The best time to go to Hawaii for most people is usually on a winter vacation when the weather is coldest in the mainland United States. If your cheap Hawaiian vacation is taking advantage of the off-season prices from mid-April until mid-June and September to mid-December, you will, ironically, enjoy the most reliably pleasant weather. There will be fewer crowds, and rates will be at their lowest. Because almost every cheap Hawaii family vacation must take place during the summer vacation months, you will find fewer bargains during that time. However, the prices are still lower than they are during the winter.
Other ways to enjoy cheap trips to Hawaii include bypassing hotels all together and opting for vacation rentals instead. These can help cut down on dining out costs and rentals with multiple bedrooms can be very economical for families and small groups. The largest number of these are found on Kauai, Oahu, Maui, the Big Island, and Oahu, although you will find also some on Molokai and Lanai as well. You might also look into some of the many intimate bed and breakfasts that often give you a much more personal glimpse into the islands than the large resort complexes. An excellent choice for a cheap Hawaii family vacation is to stay in one of the working cattle and horse ranches, providing enriching activities for everyone in the family. Of particular note are the Kualoa Ranch on Oahu and the famous Parker Ranch on the Big Island.
Many cheap trips to Hawaii take advantage of camping. You can enjoy backcountry camping at the Na Pali Coast State Wilderness Park or beach camping in Polihale State Park on Kauai. There are also campsites in state parks on Maui, the Big Island, and Molokai. Most of the Oahu camping has special restrictions due to the dense population of the island. You can find rough camping in the wilderness and campsites with more sophisticated facilities, including housekeeping cabins in developed areas with facilities such as activities centers, laundry facilities, and even swimming pools. Maui is the only island with a campsite where campers and recreational vehicles are allowed.
Some people book a cheap Hawaiian vacation as part of a vacation package that can include flights into Honolulu and any inter-island cruises and flights, hotel accommodations, select meals, and even sightseeing tours. If you want to branch out and explore on your own, Hawaii car rentals can be very economical as well as provide you with freedom and flexibility to explore on your own at your own pace.