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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

Waikiki which includes a beach, a coastal town and tropical scenes

Waikiki

4.5/5Wonderful!(10,891 area reviews)

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
Kahala Resort

Kahala

4.5/5Wonderful!(139 area reviews)

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

Kahala
Downtown Honolulu featuring modern architecture

Downtown Honolulu

3.5/5Good!(43 area reviews)

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
Ala Moana Beach Park showing surfing, a coastal town and tropical scenes

Ala Moana

4/5Very Good!(233 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Ala Moana, Ala Moana Center and Magic Island are top sights worth seeing.

Ala Moana
USS Arizona Memorial which includes a memorial

Western Honolulu

3/5(702 area reviews)

The abundant dining options and waterfront views are top of the list for many visitors to Western Honolulu. A stop by Hickam Air Force Base or Honolulu Harbor might round out your trip.

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

Eastern Honolulu

5/5Exceptional!(5 area reviews)

The pristine beaches and ample 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

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
¥22,712
per night
May 4 - May 5

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! (16,861 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
'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
5 out of 5
2490 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI
¥25,696
per night
May 4 - May 5

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! (2,393 reviews)

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

Reviewed on Mar 26, 2020

'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
Sheraton Waikiki
Sheraton Waikiki
4 out of 5
2255 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
¥32,791
per night
May 4 - May 5

This family-friendly Honolulu hotel is located in the entertainment district, just steps from Royal Hawaiian Center and Waikiki Beach Walk. Waikiki Beach and ...

4.1/5Very Good! (4,732 reviews)

"Good location for shopping and dinning. I requested to repair a safe in my room but they had never showed up until check out."…"

Reviewed on Mar 24, 2020

Sheraton Waikiki

Popular things to do in Honolulu

Ala Moana Center
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Ala Moana Center

4.5/5(2,655 reviews)

You can enjoy some retail therapy 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(3,263 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(951 reviews)

Explore the waterfront in Honolulu with a trip to Honolulu Harbor. Wander the beautiful beaches and seaside in the area.

Honolulu Zoo
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Honolulu Zoo

4/5(883 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

4.5/5(4,184 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(1,265 reviews)

You can browse for souvenirs with a trip to Royal Hawaiian Center, a favorite shopping spot in Honolulu. Stroll along the seaside 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

88% of travellers recommend
¥4,520
Per adult
Germaine's Hawaiian Luau
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Germaine's Hawaiian Luau

86% of travellers recommend
¥11,003
Per adult
Paradise Cove Luau
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Paradise Cove Luau

90% of travellers recommend
¥11,893
Per adult
Catamaran Sunset Cruise
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Catamaran Sunset Cruise

94% of travellers recommend
¥6,002
Per adult
Xtreme Parasail
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Xtreme Parasail

90% of travellers recommend
¥5,335
Per adult
Deep Sea Full Day Exclusive Fishing Charter
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Deep Sea Full Day Exclusive Fishing Charter

¥147,624
Per adult

Reviews of Honolulu

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
4842
5 - Excellent 55.90578455143748%
4 - Good
2982
4 - Good 34.430204364392104%
3 - Okay
680
3 - Okay 7.851287380210137%
2 - Disappointing
117
2 - Disappointing 1.3508832698302737%
1 - Terrible
40
1 - Terrible 0.4618404341300081%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Apr 1, 2020

Loved the Beach, but way to busy for my taste,.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 30, 2020

I highly recommend Park Shore hotel, excellent staff and helpful manager Roxy , great location, close to shops, can buy lunch/ food at abc store nearby.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 29, 2020

It was wonderful friendly people good weather a lot of beautiful sights overall excellent would visit back again

4/5 - Good

Veronica

Mar 29, 2020

After paying for the trip it cost us $80.00 a day between extra fees and parking. Was not aware they had car rental at the hotel. We rented a car from Hertz and it set there most of the week because everything was closed. Still had to pay for parking

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 28, 2020

Loved it

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 27, 2020

The Corona 19 virus had EVERYTHING closed to stop the spread. All food was take out only,we walked to get food and take back to our room.But still had a good time.

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