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HonoluluUnited States of America

One of the few places in the world where iconic historical sites sit side-by-side with surfing paradise; the tropical destination of Honolulu has it all.

Nestled on the diamond-shaped island of Oahu, Honolulu is home to the bulk of Hawaii's laidback populace. A hub of Polynesian culture and mouthwatering Asian cuisine, most visitors to the area divide their time between the beach and the barbecue, with a few detours along the way to scale volcanoes and take in the area's fascinating history. So, kick back, relax and soak it all in, because there's more to this Hawaiian capital than leis and cocktails.

The first stop on most tourist trails of Honolulu is Waikiki Beach. Home to a variety of surfing competitions and outdoor events throughout the year, the area also boasts a host of designer clothing stores and impressive eateries.

If you're more into snorkelling than surfing, head for Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve or Halona Beach, nicknamed Eternity Beach following Deborah Kerr and Burt Lancaster's roll around in the surf here in "From Here to Eternity".

For those who prefer their feet on dry land, Honolulu Zoo in Kapiolani Park is well worth a visit and, from there, it isn’t far to Diamond Head , an extinct volcano that offers an easy climb for one of the best views on the island.

Downtown Honolulu also has plenty to offer. Skip the city's notorious traffic by hopping on some local transport, and make your way to the iconic Aloha Tower. After lunch here, take the time for a casual stroll around the market at the Ala Moana Center and pick up some souvenirs. Of course, no trip to Ouahu can be considered complete without a visit to Pearl Harbor, scene of one of the most significant military attacks in US history. The exhibitions housed in the USS Arizona Memorial and USS Bowfin Submarine Museum offer a sobering contrast to Honolulu's otherwise sunny exterior.

So, whether you're a history buff, a budding geologist, a shopper or a surfer, indeed whatever your particular passion may be, Honolulu has just the thing for you. There's a reason why 7 million people visit Hawaii each year; why not take a trip to tropical paradise yourself, and see what all the fuss is about?

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Where to stay in Honolulu

Top hotels in Honolulu

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
4 out of 5
2005 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI
The price is P9,604 per night from 1 Feb to 2 Feb

Located in Waikiki, this beachfront resort is in the entertainment district and within 1 mi (2 km) of Royal Hawaiian Center and Waikiki Beach. Honolulu Zoo and ...

4/5Very Good! (6,138 reviews)

"It was beautiful everything was Sanitized and I felt really safe everybody had their mascon nobody took them off and I was on the 29th for and it was absolutely stunning"…"

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2021

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel
Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel
3.5 out of 5
2570 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is P6,447 per night from 2 Feb to 3 Feb

Offering direct access to the beach, this Waikiki hotel is in the entertainment district and within a 15-minute walk of Honolulu Zoo and Ala Wai Golf Course. ...

4/5Very Good! (2,959 reviews)

"Was very happy with the hotel, excellent location, great view from the balcony, very friendly and professional staff, perhaps we will stay at this hotel in the future👍"…"

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2021

Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel
Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach
Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach
3.5 out of 5
175 Paoakalani Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is P6,269 per night from 29 Jan to 30 Jan

Located in Waikiki, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Queen Kapiʻolani Regional Park and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Diamond Head.

4.2/5Very Good! (1,960 reviews)

"The concierge Richard was helpful for our entire stay, and shout out to Angela at the front desk for being so helpful and courteous."…"

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2021

Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Honolulu

Hilton Grand Vacations at Hilton Hawaiian Village
Hilton Grand Vacations at Hilton Hawaiian Village
4 out of 5
2003 Kalia Road, Honolulu, HI
The price is P11,973 per night from 29 Jan to 30 Jan

Nestled on the beach, this Waikiki condo resort is within a 10-minute walk of Duke Kahanamoku Beach and Hawaii Convention Center. Honolulu Zoo and University ...

4.2/5Very Good! (411 reviews)
Great room layout for families

"Nice stay overall. Our room had 2 beds and baths separated by a full kitchen and living room with a balcony. It was a great setup for us as we have 3 young kids. Wish they would inform you about where to check-in in advance. We waited at the hotel general check-in (which was a madhouse) for a long ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2020

Hilton Grand Vacations at Hilton Hawaiian Village
Aston at the Waikiki Banyan
Aston at the Waikiki Banyan
3 out of 5
201 Ohua Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is P6,089 per night from 31 Jan to 1 Feb

This family-friendly Honolulu aparthotel is located in a shopping district, within a 10-minute walk of Kuhio Beach Park, Honolulu Zoo, and Waikiki Beach. International ...

3.5/5Good! (1,790 reviews)
Good for the price

"Things do need a little updating. Bed was pretty uncomfortable, the pull out couch was slightly better. Tv placement is very awkward to watch. Pool and jacuzzi were very nice."…"

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2020

Aston at the Waikiki Banyan
The Imperial Hawaii Resort at Waikiki
The Imperial Hawaii Resort at Waikiki
3 out of 5
205 Lewers St, Honolulu, HI
The price is P7,934 per night from 29 Jan to 30 Jan

Located in Waikiki, this condo resort is within a 10-minute walk of Royal Hawaiian Center and Waikiki Beach. Honolulu Zoo and Ala Moana Center are also within ...

4/5Very Good! (1,041 reviews)
taycation

"Did a staycation for one night. The staff was beyond amazing and it felt like we had the whole hotel almost to ourselves. Can’t wait to stay here again."…"

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2020

The Imperial Hawaii Resort at Waikiki
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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