Honolulu

Travel Guide
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

Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort
Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort
4 out of 5
2169 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI
The price is CA $254 per night from Sep 21 to Sep 21
Located in Waikiki, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk, just steps from U.S. Army Museum of Hawai'i and Waikiki Beach Walk. Royal Hawaiian Center and ...
4.4/5Excellent! (2,317 reviews)
"Loved the easy beach access even during construction. The staff was always friendly, accessible and helpful. The food at restaurant was also very tasty. We also like that it is not in the middle of Waikiki where everything is more congested."

Reviewed on Sep. 19, 2021

Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
4 out of 5
2005 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI
The price is CA $311 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 1
Nestled on the beach, this Waikiki resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Waikiki Beach, Honolulu Zoo, and Ala Moana Center. Diamond Head and Na Ala Hele Manoa Falls ...
4/5Very Good! (5,465 reviews)
"You never have to leave the resort. There is a post office, stores, lagoon and numerous pools on site. The furniture in the rooms need to be updated."

Reviewed on Sep. 18, 2021

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Sheraton Waikiki
Sheraton Waikiki
4 out of 5
2255 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is CA $280 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 27
This family-friendly Honolulu hotel is located by the ocean, steps from Royal-Moana Beach, Waikiki Beach, and Royal Hawaiian Center. International Market Place ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,211 reviews)
"Nice property"

Reviewed on Sep. 16, 2021

Sheraton Waikiki
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Kuhio Banyan Club
Kuhio Banyan Club
2 out of 5
2310 Kuhio Avenue, Suite 140, Waikiki, Honolulu, HI
The price is CA $150 per night from Sep 21 to Sep 21
Located in Waikiki, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of International Market Place and Royal Hawaiian Center. Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head are also ...
3.3/5 (1,251 reviews)
"The location is perfect and the price is even better! The young man who works in the evenings went above and beyond to make sure that my stay did not get ruined by a little issue with the light in my room. The other ladies at the desk were very nice and helpful also. Guest even have the option to ..."

Reviewed on Sep. 17, 2021

Kuhio Banyan Club
Aston at the Waikiki Banyan
Aston at the Waikiki Banyan
3 out of 5
201 Ohua Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is CA $181 per night from Sep 22 to Sep 22
This family-friendly Honolulu aparthotel is located in a shopping district, within a 10-minute walk of Kuhio Beach Park, Honolulu Zoo, and Waikiki Beach. International ...
3.5/5Good! (1,883 reviews)
"In relation to other 3 star hotels in the area, the conditions weren't great. what we did like was having access to a full kitchen. little things like the baseboards on our floor were ripped out to reveal bare wall. but overall we were only there for 1 night and we were happy during our stay!"

Reviewed on Sep. 12, 2021

Aston at the Waikiki Banyan
Aston Waikiki Beach Tower
Aston Waikiki Beach Tower
4 out of 5
2470 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is CA $782 per night from Sep 29 to Sep 29
Located in Waikiki, this beach aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Waikiki Beach, Honolulu Zoo, and Royal Hawaiian Center. Ala Moana Center and University ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,418 reviews)
"Convenient area. Great access to the beach. Free parking."

Reviewed on Sep. 4, 2021

Aston Waikiki Beach Tower
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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