Oahu is full of exciting events throughout the year, but the summer may be the best time of all to visit. The third largest of the Hawaiian Islands, Oahu is home to some of the biggest summer discounts in the entire state. In addition to the savings that are offered by the Go Oahu Card Attractions Pass, there are a few other ways to save cash during a visit to Hawaii.
Instead of spending money on taxis or renting an expensive car, get around in Oahu on the aptly named public transportation system, TheBus. Fares are just $2.50 for adults and $1.25 for kids. If you are going to be staying for an extended period, four-day and monthly passes are available. Use TheBus to get as close as you can to wherever you want to go and then walk the rest of the way. It’s a great way to get exercise and get a look at the local landscape up close.
Eating like a local is another good way of saving cash. Instead of dining at an expensive hotel restaurant or upscale tourist trap, make your way over to a place like Nico’s Pier 38. Nico’s serves fresh food that the restaurant purchases each day from the Honolulu Fish Auction next door and dishes like furikake pan-seared ahi, fried ahi belly, garlic pesto shrimp and fish and chips keep workers and fishermen streaming through the door.
You also might want to hit up Helena’s Hawaiian Foods for local favorites like poi, kalua pig or long rice chicken. Dishes at Helena’s start at around $2 and there are a number of affordable combo plate options to choose from that should allow you to sample whatever you’d like to try.
With the Go Oahu Card Attractions Pass, you can visit 35 of the best Oahu destinations while saving up to 55 percent on combined admission prices. All-inclusive passes start at $175.49 and they can cover anywhere from three days to two weeks. Four bonus attractions – HA Breath of Life – Dinner Show at Polynesian Cultural Center, Dollar Rent A Car (Jeep Wrangler Special), Germaine’s Luau and Kualoa Ranch Experience and Lunch Buffet – are also all available.
It might not be Hollywood, but Oahu does have some links to show business. Most of the hit TV series “Lost” was filmed on Oahu and fans can visit many of the locations fairly easily – as long as they know where to go. The site where the fictional Flight 815 crash on the island, as is the camp where the “Others” stayed. Visit the HawaiiConvention Center in downtown Honolulu to see where the scenes that took place in the SydneyAirport were shot. To find out where other scenes were filmed, get on the Internet and check out blogs like this one.
Need things to do in Oahu? Save up to 55% on admission to top Oahu Attractions and tours with an Oahu discount attractions pass by Smart Destinations. The Smart Destinations Family Fun Pass is also a great option!