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Visit 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

Waikiki
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Waikiki

Known for Beaches, Sea, Sunsets

4.5/5(1,275 reviews)

One of Hawaii’s most popular beach settlements features bright white sand, beachfront hotels and O’ahu’s landmark volcanic crater.

Downtown Honolulu
Downtown Honolulu featuring modern architecture

Downtown Honolulu

Known for Chinatown, Culture, Shopping

4.5/5(3 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.

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
NZ$339
per night
18 Dec. - 19 Dec.

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! (15,613 reviews)

"It would have been nice to have a hot tub or 3 since it's such a big property."…"

Reviewed on 5 Dec. 2019

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
5 out of 5
2490 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI
NZ$393
per night
3 Jan. - 4 Jan.

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! (1,988 reviews)

"Nice Hotel well located good facilities, friendly staff enjoyed the pool area"…"

Reviewed on 3 Dec. 2019

'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort
Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort
4 out of 5
2169 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI
NZ$319
per night
19 Dec. - 20 Dec.

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

4.4/5Excellent! (5,904 reviews)

"Had a good time renting a cabana. Right on the beach. Good food and service at the restaurant, with a view."…"

Reviewed on 5 Dec. 2019

Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort

Popular activities in Honolulu

Diamond Head
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Diamond Head

4.5/5(321 reviews)

Follow the trail to the top of Honolulu’s extinct volcano and discover one of the most breathtaking panoramas in the whole of Hawaii.

Aloha Tower
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Aloha Tower

4.5/5(36 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. 

Honolulu Zoo
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Honolulu Zoo

4/5(83 reviews)

Make friends with the meerkats, chat with the cheetahs and play with the pot-bellied pigs at one of the island’s favourite destinations.

Top activities in Honolulu

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

NZ$65

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

NZ$147

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

NZ$159

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

NZ$76

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

NZ$180

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.

Circle Island Tour
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Circle Island Tour

NZ$155

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: 64-1550 Kamehameha Hwy Dole Plantation, Wahiawa, Oahu, HI 96786-2915 Enjoy a fun facts about how to grow pineapple and try a dole whip pineapple ice cream or take a train ride trough plantation and world largest maze.

Reviews of Honolulu

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
529
5 - Excellent 56.57754010695187%
4 - Good
339
4 - Good 36.25668449197861%
3 - Okay
54
3 - Okay 5.775401069518717%
2 - Disappointing
11
2 - Disappointing 1.1764705882352942%
1 - Terrible
2
1 - Terrible 0.21390374331550802%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

6 Dec. 2019

Transport and buses are convenient. Sky Waikiki revolving restaurant has lovely views. China town is unique and also polynesian culture show.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

4 Dec. 2019

Some places quite pricy

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

2 Dec. 2019

The lack of recognition of the need to recycle items- bottles,cans etc overall in Hawaii was dismal. Suggest that City & County have a long way to travel in this area.

1/5 - Terrible

Verified traveller

30 Nov. 2019

would not recommend to others.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

29 Nov. 2019

It has become very expensive.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

28 Nov. 2019

Great location....atmosphere, people, food, cost.... all good

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