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

Waikiki

Known for Beaches, Sea, Sunsets

4.5/5(9,576 reviews)

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

Kahala
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Kahala

Known for Beaches, Dolphins, Dining

4.5/5(126 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(38 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.

Western Honolulu
USS Arizona Memorial which includes a memorial

Western Honolulu

Known for Ports, Monuments, Football

3/5(593 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.

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.

Manoa
Honolulu showing tropical scenes, forests and landscape views

Manoa

Known for Flowers, Hiking, Nature

4/5(27 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
¥20,935
per night
Dec 18 - Dec 19

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! (15,655 reviews)

"The entire complex was beautifully landscaped and was next to the beach. There were plenty of different shops to browse and restaurants to eat in. Booking trips was easy. The only negative was the cost of everything. Very expensive but Thats general in the US at the moment"…"

Reviewed on Dec 11, 2019

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
5 out of 5
2490 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI
¥27,253
per night
Jan 5 - Jan 6

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! (2,000 reviews)

"Modern , clean , friendly , beautiful views would recommend anyone to stay here."…"

Reviewed on Dec 11, 2019

'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort
Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort
4 out of 5
2169 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI
¥24,188
per night
Jan 12 - Jan 13

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

4.4/5Excellent! (5,920 reviews)

"Because I was an Expedia member the outrigger reef upgraded my room from The standard Room to a city view Rooms. It was a clean and very peaceful place."…"

Reviewed on Dec 10, 2019

Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort

Popular things to do in Honolulu

Diamond Head
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Diamond Head

4.5/5(3,009 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(523 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. 

Ala Moana Center
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Ala Moana Center

4.5/5(2,411 reviews)

You can browse for souvenirs when you visit Ala Moana Center, a favorite shopping spot in Honolulu. Stroll along the seaside or discover the area's beautiful sunsets.

Honolulu Zoo
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Honolulu Zoo

4/5(806 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(1,990 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(482 reviews)

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

Top activities in Honolulu

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

¥4,585

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

¥10,203

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

¥11,167

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

¥5,365

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.

Sunset Cruise with Crab and Steak Dinner & Show
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Sunset Cruise with Crab and Steak Dinner & Show

¥12,509

Hawaii's only pier-side hula show sets the mood for an evening of casual elegance on Hawaii's largest award-winning dinner cruise. Start with a mai tai followed by a delicious dinner of tenderloin of beef steak and All-You-Can-Eat crab, an exquisite sunset, and an entertaining show.

1:00 PM Glass Bottom Boat Cruise
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1:00 PM Glass Bottom Boat Cruise

¥4,178

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Kewalo Basin, South Side Waterfront, Oahu, HI 96814 Easy access from all of Oahu, the Kewalo Basin Harbor has plenty of parking and is close to popular places like the Ala Moana Shopping center and Ala Moana Beach Park.

Reviews of Honolulu

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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4 - Good 34.16491596638655%
3 - Okay
584
3 - Okay 7.668067226890757%
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1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.45955882352941174%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 11, 2019

I love the Honolulu Marathon, the energy of most people, the Bishop Museum, and the weather. If you got rid of the drunks and the gun stores, it would be better.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 11, 2019

There are lots of things to do and see. Amazing food and beaches.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 11, 2019

A pricey paradise!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 11, 2019

Alot of folks there because of the Marathon...but well worth it!

4/5 - Good

Local

Dec 11, 2019

Nice place to visit but traffic is crazy

5/5 - Excellent

Jackie

Dec 11, 2019

I really enjoyed Honolulu

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