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 coastal town, skyline and general coastal views

Waikiki

4.5/5Wonderful!(1,920 area reviews)

Royal Hawaiian Center and International Market Place are just a few worthwhile attractions to visit in Waikiki. Travelers also love the stunning beaches, island views, and popular shops.

Waikiki
Downtown Honolulu featuring modern architecture

Downtown Honolulu

2.5/5(3 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

Top Hotels in Honolulu

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach
Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach
3.5 out of 5
175 Paoakalani Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is CA $219 per night

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.

4.2/5Excellent! (2,212 reviews)

"The room was large and comfortable. Nice views of ocean. But The shower had a high frequency sequel aNd the was bird put all over the lanai which made the enjoyment of the view and fresh air less enjoyable. Overall it was a very good experience"…"

Reviewed on May 28, 2020

Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach
Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort
Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort
4 out of 5
2335 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is CA $407 per night

Located in Waikiki, this beachfront resort is on the boardwalk, just steps away from Royal-Moana Beach, International Market Place and Waikiki Beach. Royal Hawaiian ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,249 reviews)

"Hospitality was tremendously exceptional. Thanks alot from the depths of my heart. Blessings to you"…"

Reviewed on Jun. 28, 2020

Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort
Ohia Waikiki Studio Suites
Ohia Waikiki Studio Suites
3 out of 5
2280 Kuhio Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is CA $94 per night

Located in Waikiki, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of International Market Place and Royal Hawaiian Center. Waikiki Beach and Honolulu Zoo are also within ...

3.1/5 (1,582 reviews)

"The accommodations were wonderful and the price was very reasonable. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable. I would definitely recommend this place. Specially if you’re looking for a small kitchenette."…"

Reviewed on Jun. 22, 2020

Ohia Waikiki Studio Suites

Popular places to visit in Honolulu

Diamond Head
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Diamond Head

4.5/5(721 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 Zoo
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Honolulu Zoo

4/5(221 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(968 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.

Top things to do in Honolulu

Catamaran Sunset Cruise
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Catamaran Sunset Cruise

CA $73
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Hanauma Bay Snorkeling Adventure
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Hanauma Bay Snorkeling Adventure

CA $35
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Original North Shore Tour - Snorkel, Waterfall, Paddle
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Original North Shore Tour - Snorkel, Waterfall, Paddle

CA $177
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Hidden Gems Of Oahu with North Shore Turtle Snorkeling
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Hidden Gems Of Oahu with North Shore Turtle Snorkeling

CA $127
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Chief's Luau
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Chief's Luau

CA $139
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
1:00 PM Glass Bottom Boat Cruise
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1:00 PM Glass Bottom Boat Cruise

CA $49
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Honolulu

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
770
5 - Excellent 55.35585909417685%
4 - Good
518
4 - Good 37.23939611790079%
3 - Okay
88
3 - Okay 6.326383896477354%
2 - Disappointing
13
2 - Disappointing 0.9345794392523364%
1 - Terrible
2
1 - Terrible 0.14378145219266714%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 26, 2020

We love Hawaii.We love the people. First time was very memorable and blessed amidst covid19 epidemic!Will definitely come back after epidemic is over!Mahalo ❤️

4/5 - Good

Jay

Mar 18, 2020

The biggest piece we took away was to ask for advise. Transportation is good you just have to know how to use it. Make sure you get a day pass on your first ride. It offers you unlimited transportation for the whole day.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Mar 18, 2020

Beautiful but very busy.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 16, 2020

Love staying at my favorite Halekulani sanctuary then having the option of stepping out to big city then, back to sanctuary

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Mar 15, 2020

Lovely city, but too many homeless individuals unfortunately. Rain showers were nice to clean up the smell of the streets.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 14, 2020

This is my favourite place to stay in Honolulu and easy access to airport and renting a car to go around the island and/or taking an excursion to snorkeling, boating, or Polynesian Cultural Ctr.

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