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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 featuring general coastal views, a coastal town and tropical scenes

Waikiki

4.5/5Wonderful!(1,358 area reviews)

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

Waikiki
Downtown Honolulu featuring modern architecture

Downtown Honolulu

4.5/5Wonderful!(3 area 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.

Downtown Honolulu

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$336
per night
Feb 20 - Feb 21

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! (15,872 reviews)

"Great location. Lots is amenities. Beautiful views"…"

Reviewed on 20 Jan. 2020

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
5 out of 5
2490 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI
NZ$399
per night
Feb 22 - Feb 23

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! (2,107 reviews)

"Nice location, close to all beaches and local spots."…"

Reviewed on 19 Jan. 2020

'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
Ala Moana Hotel
Ala Moana Hotel
3.5 out of 5
410 Atkinson Drive, Honolulu, HI
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
NZ$329
per night
Jan 31 - Feb 1

Located in Ala Moana, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Royal-Moana Beach, Hawaii Convention Center and Ala Moana Center. Magic Island and Ala Moana Beach ...

4/5Very Good! (4,303 reviews)

"Affordable, convenient, clean an walking distance to much of Waikiki. The staff was very friendly and helpful during our stay. I highly recommend the Ala Moana Hotel."…"

Reviewed on 20 Jan. 2020

Ala Moana Hotel

Popular things to do in Honolulu

Diamond Head
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Diamond Head

4.5/5(347 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(40 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(88 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$63

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$142

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$161

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$82

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$174

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$166

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
572
5 - Excellent 56.97211155378486%
4 - Good
358
4 - Good 35.657370517928285%
3 - Okay
60
3 - Okay 5.9760956175298805%
2 - Disappointing
12
2 - Disappointing 1.1952191235059761%
1 - Terrible
2
1 - Terrible 0.199203187250996%

3/5 - Okay

D.

Jan 21, 2020

The strong US$ makes Hawaii poor value for money. The increased levels of homeless people on the beach front doesn't sit well with the ideal of a beach paradise.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 20, 2020

Have been to Honolulu numerous times, you can do as much as you want or you can relax on the beach. Plenty of options for food and entertainment.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 18, 2020

I love the state and would for sure return and explore more

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 18, 2020

I did not use most of the amenity, such as safe news papers, then why I should be paying for. That's $25/day. USD, which mean alot in my currency. Very disappointed.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 18, 2020

It doesn't feel like the USA but a combination of the Goldcost in Australia and Fiji

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 16, 2020

Busy exciting place. Look for some quiet cultural time with live music and hula dancing.

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