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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 International Market Place 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 P8,298 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.

4.2/5Excellent! (2,182 reviews)

"Considering all of the problems that the COVID posed, the staff and the hotel were excellent!"…"

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2020

Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach
Ohia Waikiki Studio Suites
Ohia Waikiki Studio Suites
3 out of 5
2280 Kuhio Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is P4,170 per night

Located in Waikiki, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of International Market Place and Royal Hawaiian Center. Waikiki Beach and Honolulu Zoo are also within ...

3.1/5 (1,569 reviews)

"The staff is very friendly and helpful and it's inexpensive."…"

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2020

Ohia Waikiki Studio Suites
Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort
Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort
4 out of 5
The price is P13,197 per night

Located in Waikiki, this beachfront resort is on the boardwalk, just steps away from Royal-Moana Beach, International Market Place and Waikiki Beach. Royal Hawaiian ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,224 reviews)

"Hospitality was tremendously exceptional. Thanks alot from the depths of my heart. Blessings to you"…"

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2020

Outrigger 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

Catamaran Sunset Cruise
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Catamaran Sunset Cruise

P2,711
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Hanauma Bay Snorkeling Adventure
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Hanauma Bay Snorkeling Adventure

P1,314
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Chief's Luau
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Chief's Luau

P5,011
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Swim with Sharks North Shore Adventure
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Swim with Sharks North Shore Adventure

P5,256
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Original North Shore Tour - Snorkel, Waterfall, Paddle
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Original North Shore Tour - Snorkel, Waterfall, Paddle

P6,518
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Oahu Private Honeymooners and Lovers Tour
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Oahu Private Honeymooners and Lovers Tour

P13,107
Per adult
USS Arizona Memorial featuring a memorial

Aiea

Makapuu Beach Park which includes flowers, general coastal views and landscape views

Waimanalo

Kaneohe which includes swimming, mountains and general coastal views

Kaneohe