HonoluluUnited States of America

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Visit Honolulu

At the heart of Hawaii is the true island paradise of Honolulu. Say ‘aloha’, surf the waves, enjoy Waikiki’s famous beach, climb a volcano and visit Pearl Harbor.

The state capital of Hawaii on Oahu Island is a breathtaking place to relax and enjoy the sunshine. Before you know it, you’ll have a colorful lei around your neck and a cocktail in your hand, while you listen to the sound of ukuleles and admire the surfers braving the chill of the Pacific Ocean. Everything you’ve heard about Hawaii is true, so you may as well pack that floral shirt! Honolulu is the only U.S. city to have a royal palace and it proudly celebrates its unique Polynesian cultural heritage.

Most visitors head straight to popular Waikiki Beach. Watch the skilled surfers, jump in the blue waters or enjoy fine dining. Visit nearby Kapiolani Park, with its Honolulu Zoo, or climb the extinct Diamond Head volcano. For great snorkeling, head to Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, Kailua Beach Park, or Halona Beach, better known as Eternity Beach. For some stunning scenery away from the coast, visit the spectacular Manoa Falls.

Most Hawaiian residents live in the economic hub of Honolulu. Hawaii’s Asian influence is reflected in its food, but you can also try traditional island dishes such as “laulau” (pork wrapped in taro leaves) and “poke” (a raw fish salad). The compact downtown area offers art, temples, nightlife and designer shops. Visit Iolani Palace to learn about Hawaii’s royal past.

Sights in Pearl Harbor, such as the Battleship Missouri Memorial, remind visitors of one of the most famous attacks of World War II. The USS Arizona Memorial straddles the remains of the sunken American war ship, and the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum displays the vessel used in the counterattacks.

The capital of the Hawaiian island group has some of the worst traffic jams in the U.S., so it’s best to get around using the inexpensive buses and trolleys.

Hawaii is America’s southernmost state, and is made up entirely of islands. Some of the state’s most historic sites and major cultural attractions are in Honolulu. Enjoy this city’s distinct culture, abundance of natural beauty and year-round warm climate, and treat yourself to a tropical island stay.

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Where to stay in Honolulu

Waikiki featuring a beach, a coastal town and skyline

Waikiki

4.5/5Wonderful!(96 area reviews)

Located on the south shore of Honolulu, this neighborhood is known internationally for its great surfing and beautiful beaches.

Waikiki
Kahala, Honolulu, Hawaii, United States of America

Kahala

4.5/5Wonderful!(2 area reviews)

The beaches and abundant dining options are top of the list for many visitors to Kahala. A stop by Kahala Mall or Waiʻalae Beach Park might round out your trip.

Kahala
Downtown Honolulu featuring modern architecture

Downtown Honolulu

Many of Hawai’i’s most important historic sites and beautiful buildings are clustered together here at the hub of the city, with the ocean just a short walk away.

Downtown Honolulu
USS Arizona Memorial showing a memorial

Western Honolulu

3.5/5Good!(6 area reviews)

The abundant dining options and waterfront views are top of the list for many visitors to Western Honolulu. A stop by USS Arizona Memorial or Aloha Stadium might round out your trip.

Western Honolulu
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve showing landscape views and general coastal views

Eastern Honolulu

The beaches and abundant dining options are top of the list for many visitors to Eastern Honolulu. A stop by Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve or Kahala Beach might round out your trip.

Eastern Honolulu
Ala Moana Beach Park which includes a coastal town, tropical scenes and surfing

Ala Moana

While visiting Ala Moana, you might make a stop by sights like Ala Moana Center and Magic Island.

Ala Moana

Top hotels in Honolulu

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
4 out of 5
2005 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI
£208
per night
Feb 20 - Feb 21

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! (15,904 reviews)

"I like my room with the balcony seeing partial ocean view and in front of the pool. I also like the fact that I can watch the fire work"…"

Reviewed on 27 Jan 2020

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
5 out of 5
2490 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI
£274
per night
Feb 21 - Feb 22

With direct access to the beach, this Waikiki resort is in the entertainment district and within a 10-minute walk of Kuhio Beach Park, International Market Place ...

4.2/5Excellent! (2,127 reviews)

"Other than slow check in, our stay was great. Nice location. Super view of Diamond Head as advertised. We upgraded to Longboard Club membership for breakfast and evening snacks/drinks."…"

Reviewed on 26 Jan 2020

'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
Ala Moana Hotel
Ala Moana Hotel
3.5 out of 5
410 Atkinson Drive, Honolulu, HI
£155
per night
Feb 2 - Feb 3

Located in Ala Moana, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hawaii Convention Center, Ala Moana Center and Magic Island. Royal Hawaiian Center and Ala Moana ...

4/5Very Good! (4,318 reviews)

"Close to Ala Moana shopping centre. Nice restaurant and bar on the 36th floor"…"

Reviewed on 26 Jan 2020

Ala Moana Hotel

Popular things to do in Honolulu

Ala Moana Center
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Ala Moana Center

4.5/5(23 reviews)

You can find the perfect gifts to bring home with a trip to Ala Moana Center, a popular shopping spot in Honolulu. Discover the area's beautiful sunsets or seek out its surfing spots.

Diamond Head
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Diamond Head

4.5/5(22 reviews)

Make the short climb to the rim of this extinct volcanic crater for spectacular views of Honolulu, the Pacific Ocean and the rugged ranges of Oahu’s interior.

Honolulu Harbor
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Honolulu Harbor

4.5/5(10 reviews)

Explore the waterfront in Honolulu with a trip to Honolulu Harbor. Discover the area's shops or seek out its local tours.

Honolulu Zoo
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Honolulu Zoo

4/5(6 reviews)

What began as the exotic bird collection of the island’s king is now a park with over 1,200 animals, including several rare and endangered species.

Waikiki Beach
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Waikiki Beach

4/5(34 reviews)

Pack your shorts or bikini and surf, swim, or just sit back under a palm tree and enjoy the Aloha spirit at Hawaii’s most famous beach.

Royal Hawaiian Center
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Royal Hawaiian Center

4.5/5(13 reviews)

You can browse for souvenirs with a trip to Royal Hawaiian Center, a favourite shopping spot in Honolulu. Stroll along the beautiful beaches or discover the area's beautiful sunsets.

Top activities in Honolulu

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

£32

On this USS Arizona and Pearl Harbor tour, immerse yourself in the history of the attack which launched the United States into World War II. Experience the sobering memorial to the sunken USS Arizona, and learn fascinating details about the attack from your guide and the comprehensive museum.

Germaine's Hawaiian Luau
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Germaine's Hawaiian Luau

£72

Delve into the ancient traditions of the islands and celebrate the cultures of the South Pacific at Germaine's Luau—where dance, cuisine, and customs meld seamlessly together to capture the beautiful spirit of old Hawaii.

Paradise Cove Luau
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Paradise Cove Luau

£82

Embrace the culture and spirit of Hawaii with an evening of lively entertainment and delicious cuisine at the spectacular Paradise Cove Luau. Participate in island games and crafts, learn about traditional ceremonies, and savor a buffet dinner while you watch a revue filled with music and dance.

Catamaran Sunset Cruise
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Catamaran Sunset Cruise

£42

Barefoot, board the boat right on Waikiki Beach and sail out through the surf line, leaving the hustle and bustle of Waikiki behind. Sit back and enjoy Hawaii's beauty as you experience a true Hawaiian sunset and sip beverages such as Mai Tais, beer, champagne, wine, juice, and soft drinks.

Hanauma Bay Snorkeling Adventure
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Hanauma Bay Snorkeling Adventure

£20

Dip beneath the waters of Hanauma Bay and find out why this sheltered cove is one of Oahu's most popular snorkeling destinations. Drift past colorful coral reef formations, wave to passing sea turtles, and follow schools of neon-bright tropical fish.

Whale Watch, Dolphins, Turtles and Sightseeing Cruise - 1pm
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Whale Watch, Dolphins, Turtles and Sightseeing Cruise - 1pm

£27

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Pass By: Waikiki Beach, Kalakaua Avenuue, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815 Cruise along Waikiki Beach towards Diamond Head for a truly spectacular view from the water.

Reviews of Honolulu

4.5

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 20, 2019

Honolulu in O’ahu Island was far to travel to from London. It was worth the journey as indeed a paradise.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 2, 2019

Luau was brilliant! And worth booking a car for a day or two to visit North Shore.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 27, 2019

Warm weather, clean and lovely views

4/5 - Good

henry

Oct 23, 2019

It was our third and final time in Oahu as we are finding long haul flights affect us and jet lag is harder the older you get. But I would say to anyone it’s a beautiful place you have to see it to believe it is beautiful

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 23, 2019

We love honolulu easy bus go everywhere

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 8, 2019

Much better than expected for a beach cantered resort. It is expensive compared to the mainland.

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