HonoluluUnited States of America

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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!(10,447 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
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Kahala

4.5/5Wonderful!(134 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!(41 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
USS Arizona Memorial which includes a memorial

Western Honolulu

3/5(672 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
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Eastern Honolulu

4.5/5Wonderful!(2 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
Ala Moana Beach Park showing surfing, a coastal town and tropical scenes

Ala Moana

4/5Very Good!(219 area reviews)

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

Ala Moana

Top Hotels in Honolulu

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
5 out of 5
2490 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI
¥26,369
per night
Mar 16 - Mar 17

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! (2,229 reviews)

"This place is really nice the only down fall was the hot tub was small for the size of hotel it is always full. Other then that everything else was excellent would recommend it highly. Close to the beach and most stores"…"

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2020

'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
4 out of 5
2005 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI
¥16,796
per night
Mar 22 - Mar 23

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! (16,060 reviews)

"The staff was very friendly and helpful with any questions or needs"…"

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2020

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Queen Kapiolani Hotel
Queen Kapiolani Hotel
4 out of 5
150 Kapahulu Ave, Honolulu, HI
¥17,770
per night
Mar 5 - Mar 6

Located in Waikiki, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Honolulu Zoo, Waikiki Beach, and Waikiki Aquarium. Royal Hawaiian Center and International Market ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,235 reviews)

"My family had a wonderful stay. Our room was exactly as advertised with a gorgeous room of diamond head and the beach. The staff was friendly and helpful, and we appreciated that our room was promptly cleaned every morning after we heeded to the beach. Location was very convenient and we walked through ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2020

Queen Kapiolani Hotel

Popular things to do in Honolulu

Ala Moana Center
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Ala Moana Center

4.5/5(2,581 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(3,175 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(901 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(855 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(3,990 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(1,201 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
¥4,601
Per adult
Germaine's Hawaiian Luau
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Germaine's Hawaiian Luau

86% of travellers recommend
¥12,524
Per adult
Paradise Cove Luau
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Paradise Cove Luau

90% of travellers recommend
¥11,755
Per adult
Catamaran Sunset Cruise
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Catamaran Sunset Cruise

92% of travellers recommend
¥5,932
Per adult
Xtreme Parasail
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Xtreme Parasail

90% of travellers recommend
¥5,273
Per adult
Deep Sea Full Day Exclusive Fishing Charter
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Deep Sea Full Day Exclusive Fishing Charter

¥24,319
Per adult

Reviews of Honolulu

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
4660
5 - Excellent 56.05003608371422%
4 - Good
2860
4 - Good 34.39980755352418%
3 - Okay
649
3 - Okay 7.806110175607409%
2 - Disappointing
108
2 - Disappointing 1.2990137118114025%
1 - Terrible
37
1 - Terrible 0.4450324753427953%

4/5 - Good

ALG

Feb 21, 2020

Honolulu was nice to wander in a bit but rather expensive. We were more interested in natural areas and beaches outside of the city and elsewhere in Oahu.

4/5 - Good

Doo

Feb 21, 2020

Very touristy, but local people were friendly. Overall pleasant experience.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 21, 2020

Can't wait to go back..

4/5 - Good

Me

Feb 20, 2020

Best place to go

5/5 - Excellent

Michael

Feb 20, 2020

Pleasantly surprised by Hawaii, exceeded expectations Travel a lot and expected something a bit over-hyped, but it was not.

2/5 - Disappointing

Patricia

Feb 20, 2020

Too expensive. Not Hawaii like I knew it 1970=1990's. It was Hawaiian. Now all the developers and New York - Rodeo Dr. stores have took it over. The locals have been forced into an alley between two hotels to sell their goods. Never going back

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