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Honolulu
Travel Guide

Honolulu featuring a skyscraper, tropical scenes and a city

The jewel in the crown of the tropical Hawaiian islands. Marvel at breathtaking bays and volcanoes and immerse yourself in the unique Polynesian culture.

Honolulu is the perfect destination for the tropical island getaway you’ve always dreamed of. Hawaii’s stunning state capital combines a delightful mix of culture, cuisine, language and history against the backdrop of one of the world’s most exquisite tropical islands. All of this topped off, of course, with the famous Hawaiian hospitality!

You won’t have to wait long before you’re sporting a colourful lei around your neck and listening to strumming ukuleles with a cocktail in your hand. Honolulu is also the perfect base for visiting Hawaii’s world-famous beaches, with some of the Pacific’s most incredible coastlines within an easy ride of the city. Warm your bones on the beautiful white sands of Waikiki Beach, and take a dip in the cool, turquoise waters before dining out at one of the multitude of fine restaurants. If it’s great snorkelling you’re after then take a trip to Hanuama Bay Nature Reserve or Halona Beach, aptly known as Eternity Beach.

Another unmissable outdoor highlight is a hike up the Diamond Head volcano. Don’t worry, it’s long extinct, and the views from the top will take your breath away! Honolulu may be a perfect holiday destination but it is also a thriving metropolis and home to over one million people of mostly Asian descent, making it a hotbed of culinary diversity. Foodies will find no shortage of deluxe fusion eateries and low-cost noodle joints but no trip to the city would be complete without sampling some of the local Polynesian delicacies. Laulau (pork wrapped in taro leaves) and poke (a raw fish salad) are just two of the incredible taste experiences waiting to be discovered.

Downtown Honolulu also plays host to some of Hawaii’s most historic sites and best-loved cultural attractions. A stroll around this compact area is a joy, with art galleries, temples, cafés and night spots around every corner. The Ala Moana Center is particularly popular for its open-air stalls, while a visit to Iolani Palace, the U.S.’s only royal palace, is an interesting glimpse into Polynesian culture. For many visitors, the highlight of their stay is a trip to Pearl Harbor, scene of one of the most famous battles of World War II. The USS Arizona Memorial offers a poignant reminder of the site’s significance as well as views of the sunken ship.

This city’s mesmerising blend of history, culture and rare, natural splendour will make your holiday in Honolulu the tropical trip of a lifetime.

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Where to stay in Honolulu

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
4 out of 5
2005 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI
The price is NZ$354 per night from 26 Apr. to 27 Apr.
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 ...
4.1/5Very Good! (5,635 reviews)
"The property is beautiful and the views and beach are some of the best I have ever seen. There are still areas of the property that are closed and the ones that are open are severely under staffed or out of everything. That was a little disappointing."

Reviewed on 19 Apr. 2021

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
5 out of 5
2490 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI
The price is NZ$416 per night from 3 May to 4 May
Offering direct access to the beach, this Waikiki resort is in the entertainment district, steps away from Kuhio Beach Park and Duke Kahanamoku Statue. International ...
4.2/5Excellent! (2,392 reviews)
"Friendly staff, beautifully clean facility. Walls are thin and noisy for room near cabana."

Reviewed on 18 Apr. 2021

'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
Ala Moana Hotel
Ala Moana Hotel
3.5 out of 5
410 Atkinson Drive, Honolulu, HI
The price is NZ$222 per night from 26 Apr. to 27 Apr.
Located in Ala Moana, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hawaii Convention Center and Ala Moana Center. Royal Hawaiian Center and Waikiki Beach are ...
4.1/5Very Good! (2,252 reviews)
"The hotel is extremely clean and the lobby is completely updated. The staff was friendly and the rooms were great for what was offered"

Reviewed on 18 Apr. 2021

Ala Moana Hotel
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.
Aqua Skyline at Island Colony
Aqua Skyline at Island Colony
3 out of 5
445 Seaside Avenue, Honolulu, HI
The price is NZ$222 per night from 29 Apr. to 30 Apr.
Located in Waikiki, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Royal Hawaiian Center, International Market Place and Waikiki Beach. Honolulu Zoo and Hawaii ...
3.6/5Good! (1,874 reviews)
"Spacious room, prime location, and amazing staff."

Reviewed on 18 Apr. 2021

Aqua Skyline at Island Colony
Kuhio Banyan Club
Kuhio Banyan Club
2 out of 5
2310 Kuhio Avenue, Suite 140, Waikiki, Honolulu, HI
The price is NZ$174 per night from 25 Apr. to 26 Apr.
Located in Waikiki, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of International Market Place and Royal Hawaiian Center. Waikiki Beach and Waikiki Beach Walk are ...
3.3/5 (1,188 reviews)
"From a cost-performance point of view, The Kuhio Banyan is Honolulu's best choice. The staff, The atmosphere and The location are the best in Honolulu"

Reviewed on 19 Dec. 2020

Kuhio Banyan Club
Royal Kuhio
Royal Kuhio
3.5 out of 5
2240 Kuhio Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is NZ$261 per night from 21 Apr. to 22 Apr.
Located in Waikiki, this condo is within a 5-minute walk of Royal Hawaiian Center and Waikiki Beach Walk. International Market Place and Waikiki Beach are also ...
3.9/5Good! (38 reviews)
"Staffs are friendly and easy access to everything"

Reviewed on 19 Apr. 2021

Royal Kuhio
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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