HonoluluUnited States of America

4.4/5Top Destination

Escape to tropical Honolulu! Enjoy its beaches, oceanfront, and monuments.

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.

Known for

Shopping, Beaches and Islands

Where to stay in Honolulu

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

Waikiki

Known for Beaches, Sea, Sunsets

4.5/5(8,809 reviews)

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

Kahala
Kahala Resort
trover photo by Kenneth Mendenhall III

Kahala

Known for Beaches, Dolphins, Dining

4.5/5(116 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.

Downtown Honolulu
Downtown Honolulu featuring modern architecture

Downtown Honolulu

Known for Chinatown, Culture, Shopping

3.5/5(37 reviews)

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.

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

Eastern Honolulu

Known for Beaches, Dolphins, Sea

4.5/5(2 reviews)

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.

Western Honolulu
USS Arizona Memorial which includes a memorial

Western Honolulu

Known for Ports, Monuments, Football

3/5(535 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.

Manoa
Honolulu showing tropical scenes, forests and landscape views

Manoa

Known for Flowers, Hiking, Nature

4.5/5(24 reviews)

You'll enjoy the mountain views and monuments in Manoa. You might want to make time for a stop at Honolulu Museum of Art Spalding House or Na Ala Hele Manoa Falls Trailhead.

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
¥17,084
per night
Oct 28 - Oct 29

Located in Waikiki, this beachfront resort is in the entertainment district and within 2 mi (3 km) of Royal Hawaiian Center, Waikiki Beach, and Honolulu Zoo. ...

4.1/5Very Good! (15,217 reviews)

"Everything wss was perfect. Only hate the cost of the resort fees are separate. I know it's standard but it would make budgeting easier than there was an additional $300 hold that i wasnt informed of until we arrived."…"

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2019

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
¥19,471
per night
Oct 28 - Oct 29

Located in Waikiki, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Royal-Moana Beach, Hawaii Convention Center, and Ala Moana Center. Magic Island and Waikiki ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,858 reviews)

"Great place to stay NIce pool . Could use more food options and microwave in room.Although Red Lobster and Outback is right across the street They have a wonderful, must try SPA. Loved the SPA. Got a 90 minute massage by Christina, AWSOME. And a 90 minute facial. Was very satisfied,will certainly ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2019

The Modern Honolulu by Diamond Resorts
Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort
Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort
4 out of 5
2169 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI
¥23,102
per night
Nov 10 - Nov 11

Located in Waikiki, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk, just steps from Royal-Moana Beach and Waikiki Beach Walk. Royal Hawaiian Center and International ...

4.4/5Excellent! (5,706 reviews)

"Great beachfront resort, pool for the younger travelers!"…"

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2019

Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort

Popular things to do in Honolulu

Diamond Head
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Diamond Head

4.5/5(2,885 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.

Aloha Tower
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Aloha Tower

4/5(480 reviews)

Head to the top of one of Hawai’i’s most iconic buildings for remarkable bird’s-eye views of Honolulu on one side and the ocean on the other. 

Honolulu Zoo
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Honolulu Zoo

4/5(753 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.

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve
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Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

4.5/5(1,840 reviews)

More than 400 fish species and green sea turtles live in this marine ecosystem at one of the best snorkeling spots in Hawaii.

Iolani Palace
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Iolani Palace

4.5/5(446 reviews)

Discover the triumphs and tragedies of the Hawaiian royal family and see their jewels, living quarters and more in Hawaii’s royal palace.

Honolulu Harbor
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Honolulu Harbor

4.5/5(800 reviews)

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

Top activities in Honolulu

Germaine's Hawaiian Luau
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Germaine's Hawaiian Luau

¥10,191

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.

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

¥4,539

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.

Paradise Cove Luau
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Paradise Cove Luau

¥11,056

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

¥5,311

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.

Pearl Harbor & Arizona Memorial Half-Day Tour
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Pearl Harbor & Arizona Memorial Half-Day Tour

¥5,528

Travel back to World War II-era Hawaii on this tour of Pearl Harbor, the USS Arizona Memorial, and the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific located at Punchbowl. Explore informative museum displays, climb aboard a US Navy launch ship, and drive through historic Honolulu with a knowledgeable guide.

Xtreme Parasail
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Xtreme Parasail

¥5,203

Enjoy a bird's-eye view of Honolulu and beyond as you take to the blue skies above Waikiki on a thrilling parsasailing adventure. With room for up to 2 people, you can fly solo or team up with a friend to take a tandem flight that lets you out on lines up to 1,000 feet (305 m) long.

Reviews of Honolulu

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
3902
5 - Excellent 56.22478386167147%
4 - Good
2387
4 - Good 34.39481268011527%
3 - Okay
534
3 - Okay 7.694524495677234%
2 - Disappointing
86
2 - Disappointing 1.239193083573487%
1 - Terrible
31
1 - Terrible 0.44668587896253603%

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Oct 17, 2019

It has really busy and grown since my last visit about 5 yrs ago.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 16, 2019

Lots of aloha and amenities in Honolulu!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 16, 2019

I always enjoy my time here!

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Oct 16, 2019

Staying at a nice resort on one of the other islands is a better vacation experience.

5/5 - Excellent

Sailormom

Oct 15, 2019

You don’t have to visit during the summer months, the Fall months are very comfortable / weather

5/5 - Excellent

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Oct 15, 2019

Family and I will be coming back on another vacation.

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