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HonoluluUnited States of America

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

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 £213 per night from 18 Jan to 19 Jan

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! (6,134 reviews)

"This hotel has a beautiful view and everything you need within walking distance. It is definitely a family resort where kids will have a blast. My only complain would be that the hallways in the hotel where bot being vacuumed so they did get dirty quick and I did not see staff cleaning high touch ..."…"

Reviewed on 6 Jan 2021

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
The Modern Honolulu by Diamond Resorts
The Modern Honolulu by Diamond Resorts
4.5 out of 5
1775 Ala Moana Boulevard, Honolulu, HI
The price is £230 per night from 20 Jan to 21 Jan

Located in Waikiki, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Duke Kahanamoku Beach and Ala Moana Center. Royal Hawaiian Center and Waikiki Beach are also ...

4/5Very Good! (1,750 reviews)

"No free parking at all, 25$ daily parking rate was kind of steep"…"

Reviewed on 10 Jan 2021

The Modern Honolulu by Diamond Resorts
Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach
Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach
3.5 out of 5
175 Paoakalani Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is £128 per night from 18 Jan to 19 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! (1,954 reviews)

"This was a perfect location, the bathrooms need updating but otherwise an awesome hotel!"…"

Reviewed on 5 Jan 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.

Top Holiday 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 £236 per night from 18 Jan to 19 Jan

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

4.2/5Very Good! (409 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 11 Mar 2020

Hilton Grand Vacations at Hilton Hawaiian Village
The Imperial Hawaii Resort at Waikiki
The Imperial Hawaii Resort at Waikiki
3 out of 5
205 Lewers St, Honolulu, HI
The price is £147 per night from 18 Jan to 19 Jan

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

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 14 Jul 2020

The Imperial Hawaii Resort at Waikiki
Aston Waikiki Beach Tower
Aston Waikiki Beach Tower
4 out of 5
2470 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is £469 per night from 18 Jan to 19 Jan

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

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,385 reviews)

"Perfect location and staff is extremely nice and helpful. Property has everything you need! We will definitely be back to stay here."…"

Reviewed on 28 Dec 2020

Aston Waikiki Beach Tower
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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Reviews of Honolulu

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4 Mar 2020

This is the second time I have been to Honolulu and am in the process of saving up to go again. It is such a magical place

5/5 - Excellent

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20 Nov 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

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2 Nov 2019

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

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

27 Oct 2019

Warm weather, clean and lovely views

4/5 - Good

henry

23 Oct 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 traveller

23 Oct 2019

We love honolulu easy bus go everywhere

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