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HonoluluUnited States of America

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.

Honolulu Travel Guide Video

Where to stay in Honolulu

Waikiki featuring general coastal views, a coastal town and tropical scenes

Waikiki

4.5/5Wonderful!(1,448 area reviews)

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

Waikiki
Downtown Honolulu featuring modern architecture

Downtown Honolulu

4.5/5Wonderful!(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 NZ$294 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! (2,213 reviews)

"Considering all of the problems that the COVID posed, the staff and the hotel were excellent!"…"

Reviewed on 19 Jul. 2020

Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach
Ohia Waikiki Studio Suites
Ohia Waikiki Studio Suites
3 out of 5
2280 Kuhio Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is NZ$142 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 (1,571 reviews)

"The staff is very friendly and helpful and it's inexpensive."…"

Reviewed on 18 Jul. 2020

Ohia Waikiki Studio Suites
Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort
Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort
4 out of 5
2335 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is NZ$466 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! (2,234 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 28 Jun. 2020

Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort

Popular places to visit in Honolulu

Diamond Head
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Diamond Head

4.5/5(361 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.

Honolulu Zoo
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Honolulu Zoo

4/5(92 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.

Waikiki Beach
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Waikiki Beach

4.5/5(551 reviews)

Nowhere sums up the spirit of Hawaii more powerfully than its world-famous beach – so grab your swimming gear and prepare to be wowed by Waikiki!

Top activities in Honolulu

Catamaran Sunset Cruise
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Catamaran Sunset Cruise

NZ$84
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Hanauma Bay Snorkeling Adventure
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Hanauma Bay Snorkeling Adventure

NZ$41
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Keana Farms North Shore Zipline Tour
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Keana Farms North Shore Zipline Tour

NZ$275
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Swim with Sharks North Shore Adventure
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Swim with Sharks North Shore Adventure

NZ$163
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Magnum Doors Off Helicopter Tour
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Magnum Doors Off Helicopter Tour

NZ$419
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Oahu Submarine Scooter Adventure
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Oahu Submarine Scooter Adventure

NZ$169
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Honolulu

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
607
5 - Excellent 56.41263940520446%
4 - Good
385
4 - Good 35.78066914498141%
3 - Okay
69
3 - Okay 6.412639405204461%
2 - Disappointing
13
2 - Disappointing 1.20817843866171%
1 - Terrible
2
1 - Terrible 0.18587360594795538%

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

22 Mar. 2020

Over rated

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

15 Mar. 2020

Lovely place for a holiday.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

14 Mar. 2020

Great holiday destination

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

10 Mar. 2020

I love how vibrant and relaxing it is to stay there with loads to see and do or just do nothing but swim and relax

3/5 - Okay

Scotty

9 Mar. 2020

This time we found it has become very upmarket, very expensive and it has lost a lot of its character.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

3 Mar. 2020

Loved it amazing place will return for sure

Cities near Honolulu

USS Arizona Memorial showing a memorial

Aiea

Makapuu Beach Park which includes general coastal views, flowers and a garden

Waimanalo

Kaneohe which includes mountains, swimming and general coastal views

Kaneohe