This is the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, as seen from Anaehoomalu Bay on Hawaii’s Big Island. Anaehoomalu Bay, or A-Bay, as it is also known, is a shallow water bay lined by a beautiful palm-fringed beach. The bay is known for its excellent snorkeling as well as the plethora of sea turtles that can be found sun-bathing near the lava rocks.
A night at this Marriott will, at a minimum, set you back over $300. If you’re planning a trip to Hawaii, a more cost friendly option would be to check online classifieds in the US for rental homes, timeshares, and apartments. If you are traveling with a large group of friends and family, this is an especially cost-effective option.
In addition to lodging, food in Hawaii is also notoriously expensive. Instead of eating out for every meal, make a trip to the local supermarket and stock up on provisions. The best thing about Hawaii – the beaches – are free to the public, so you won’t spend a dime soaking up the sun for several hours a day (well, except on sunscreen, but you can pick up some decent-priced stuff at the nearest ABC Store). Snorkeling gear can be rented for less if you check the prices at stores in town instead of renting from stands on the beach. Doing just a few of the above things can drastically cut the price of your vacation to Hawaii.