Honolulu

Travel Guide
Honolulu

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

Ala Moana Hotel
Ala Moana Hotel
3.5 out of 5
410 Atkinson Drive, Honolulu, HI
The price is NZ$277 per night from 4 Dec. to 4 Dec.
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 ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (2,449 reviews)
"overall was a good experience thanks"

Reviewed on 29 Nov. 2021

Ala Moana Hotel
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$405 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
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 ...
4/5 Very Good! (5,209 reviews)
"awesome beach front"

Reviewed on 1 Dec. 2021

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Sheraton Waikiki
Sheraton Waikiki
4 out of 5
2255 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is NZ$589 per night from 6 Dec. to 6 Dec.
This family-friendly Honolulu hotel is located by the ocean, steps away from Royal Hawaiian Center, Waikiki Beach and Waikiki Beach Walk. Honolulu Zoo and International ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,262 reviews)
"This place is the perfect setting of a real vacation Definition of paradise ,,, got everything got the family , shopping , dinning, drinking , swimming ,,"

Reviewed on 29 Nov. 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.
Aqua Skyline at Island Colony
Aqua Skyline at Island Colony
3 out of 5
445 Seaside Avenue, Honolulu, HI
The price is NZ$210 per night from 9 Dec. to 9 Dec.
Located in Waikiki, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Royal Hawaiian Center, Waikiki Beach Walk and Waikiki Beach. Honolulu Zoo and International ...
3.6/5 Good! (1,930 reviews)
"I liked the view of the hotel very pretty !"

Reviewed on 23 Nov. 2021

Aqua Skyline at Island Colony
Aston Waikiki Sunset
Aston Waikiki Sunset
3 out of 5
229 Paoakalani Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is NZ$250 per night from 7 Dec. to 7 Dec.
Located in Waikiki, this beach condo is within a 10-minute walk of Honolulu Zoo and Waikiki Beach. Royal Hawaiian Center and International Market Place are also ...
3.8/5 Good! (2,205 reviews)
"Nice walking distance to the beach."

Reviewed on 25 Nov. 2021

Aston Waikiki Sunset
Aston at the Waikiki Banyan
Aston at the Waikiki Banyan
3 out of 5
201 Ohua Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is NZ$231 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
This family-friendly Honolulu aparthotel is located in the shopping district, within a 10-minute walk of Kuhio Beach Park, Honolulu Zoo and Waikiki Beach. Royal ...
3.5/5 Good! (1,921 reviews)
"Besides the building is a little bit old, everything is really good, specially customer service is excellent. Thank you very much for your customer supports. Aloha."

Reviewed on 1 Dec. 2021

Aston at the Waikiki Banyan
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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