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ShermansTravel experts rely on years of collective travel experience to bring you the best money-saving tips for your vacation. We take a discerning look at all the attraction passes, public transportation options, and other local bargains to make sure you get the most bang for your buck while traveling.

Honolulu Money-Saving Tips

Find the Sweet Spot

For the best bang for your buck, steal away to a luxury resort in May or early June or visit in September or October, before the wave seekers and whale watchers begin to arrive in November and December.

Hike Diamond Head

It costs just $1 for walk-ins ($5 for cars) to hike to the top of Honolulu's iconic crater, situated at the southern end of Waikiki. Allot 1.5 to 2 hours to climb the trail, which consists of 175 steps and paths through old military bunkers and an underground tunnel. Since the route can get crowded – especially later in the day, when the foot traffic is going both ways – the earlier you arrive the better. Be sure to bring water and a hat.

Take advantage of your jet lag

Attend the daily 5:30am auction of massive tuna, fierce swordfish, and exotic moonfish as they come off the boats at the United Fishing Agency.

Free culture classes

The Royal Hawaiian shopping center offers free classes on lei-making, ukulele-playing, Hawaiian quilt-making, and hula-dancing.

Hawaii Food Tours

If you can’t decide on a restaurant, you can try a handful with one phone call to Matthew Gray, a former chef turned island restaurant reviewer.

Lunch at the Market

On Saturdays from 7:30am to 11am, local farmers, restaurateurs, and artisans set up shop at the Kapiolani Community College farmers market. Craft a picnic out of the Hawaii-produced offerings to sample a range of the state's fruits, coffees, and specialties – and spend less than you would on a sit-down meal.

Snorkel for Less

Renting out a mask-snorkel-fin set for $9/week from Snorkel Bob's could save you from spending wads of cash on pricier companies. If one day is all you need to explore the islands’ shores, Bob's Budget Crunch gear package is only $2.50 for 24-hour rental. Gear can also be returned to any location in the entire state! www.snorkelbob.com; 800-262-7725

Find Cheap Parking

Parking is expensive in crowded Waikiki; look for specials at restaurants and shopping centers. The Royal Hawaiian Center gives shoppers and diners the first parking hour free, then charges just $1 per 60 minutes for the following two hours (through December 2011).

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