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Honolulu

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?

Honolulu Travel Guide Video

Where to stay in Honolulu

Waikiki featuring general coastal views, a beach and skyline

Waikiki

4/5Very Good!(1 area review)

Royal Hawaiian Center and Waikiki Beach are just a few worthwhile attractions to visit in Waikiki. Travelers also love the stunning beaches, island views, and popular shops.

Waikiki
Downtown Honolulu featuring modern architecture

Downtown Honolulu

Unique features of Downtown Honolulu include the shopping and beaches. Make a stop by Honolulu Harbor or Iolani Palace while you're exploring the area.

Downtown Honolulu

Top hotels in Honolulu

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach
Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach
3.5 out of 5
175 Paoakalani Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is P7,287 per night

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! (4,231 reviews)

"Nice open lobby no doors, just walk up the stairs from the street or straight from the car drop off. Very pleasant staff. Complimentary bottle of wine along with daily breakfast buffet. Great location quite street and less than two blocks to the beach. Elevator is a little slow and ice machines are ..."…"

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2020

Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach
'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
5 out of 5

Offering direct access to the beach, this Waikiki resort is in the entertainment district, steps away from Kuhio Beach Park and Duke Kahanamoku Statue. International ...

4.2/5Excellent! (2,466 reviews)

"Beautiful hotel. Clean and comfortable rooms. Perfect for couple stay."…"

Reviewed on Mar 26, 2020

'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
4 out of 5
2005 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI

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 ...

4.1/5Very Good! (16,974 reviews)

"The room was excellent (Ocean Front) and the Rainbow towers is in a excellent spot close to the beach. We were there at the start jof the Covid-19 virus so things started to shut down or there was take out only, but every associated with the hotel was pleasant and very friendly. The prices I thought ..."…"

Reviewed on Apr 1, 2020

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort

Popular places to visit in Honolulu

Diamond Head
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Diamond Head

Follow the trail through Diamond Head State Monument to the top of this volcano for one of the finest views anywhere in Hawaii.

Honolulu Zoo
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Honolulu Zoo

Originally designed to house the king's exotic bird collection, and a horseracing track, this zoo is now home to a fascinating population of 905 different animals.

Waikiki Beach
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Waikiki Beach

Come sample the waves and catch some rays on the white sands of the beach most synonymous with surfing and the Aloha spirit.

Top things to do in Honolulu

Pearl Harbor & USS Arizona Memorial
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Pearl Harbor & USS Arizona Memorial

88% of travellers recommend
P2,122
Per adult
Paradise Cove Luau
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Paradise Cove Luau

90% of travellers recommend
P5,420
Per adult
Waikiki Atlantis Undersea Submarine Adventure
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Waikiki Atlantis Undersea Submarine Adventure

86% of travellers recommend
P5,948
Per adult
Hanauma Bay Snorkeling Adventure
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Hanauma Bay Snorkeling Adventure

86% of travellers recommend
P1,326
Per adult
Catamaran Sunset Cruise
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Catamaran Sunset Cruise

94% of travellers recommend
P2,736
Per adult
Xtreme Parasail above Waikiki
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Xtreme Parasail above Waikiki

90% of travellers recommend
P2,432
Per adult

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