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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.

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Where to stay in Honolulu

Top hotels 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$331 per night from 24 Jan. to 25 Jan.

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 ...

4/5Very Good! (6,135 reviews)

"Excellent location with restaurants and shops at the resort. Beautiful view of ocean and Honolulu!"…"

Reviewed on 18 Jan. 2021

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach
Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach
3.5 out of 5
175 Paoakalani Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is NZ$208 per night from 27 Jan. to 28 Jan.

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.

4.2/5Very Good! (1,957 reviews)

"The property was very clean and there were sogns everywhere that reminded you to wear a face mask when outside of your room. Also hand sanitizer was avaliable for everyone. Rooms wear spacious. Pool was a standard pool, nothing special there. Loved that we could check out on our phone, making the ..."…"

Reviewed on 20 Jan. 2021

Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach
'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
5 out of 5
2490 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI
The price is NZ$415 per night from 29 Jan. to 30 Jan.

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! (2,557 reviews)

"Everything was nice clean and comfortable. I would definitely stay again."…"

Reviewed on 11 Jan. 2021

'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
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.

Holiday Rentals in Honolulu

Hilton Grand Vacations at Hilton Hawaiian Village
Hilton Grand Vacations at Hilton Hawaiian Village
4 out of 5
2003 Kalia Road, Honolulu, HI
The price is NZ$381 per night from 24 Jan. to 25 Jan.

Nestled on the beach, this Waikiki condominium resort is within a 10-minute walk of Duke Kahanamoku Beach and Hawaii Convention Center. Honolulu Zoo and University ...

4.2/5Very Good! (409 reviews)
Great room layout for families

"Nice stay overall. Our room had 2 beds and baths separated by a full kitchen and living room with a balcony. It was a great setup for us as we have 3 young kids. Wish they would inform you about where to check-in in advance. We waited at the hotel general check-in (which was a madhouse) for a long ..."…"

Reviewed on 11 Mar. 2020

Hilton Grand Vacations at Hilton Hawaiian Village
Aston at the Waikiki Banyan
Aston at the Waikiki Banyan
3 out of 5
201 Ohua Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is NZ$202 per night from 1 Feb. to 2 Feb.

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. International ...

3.5/5Good! (1,790 reviews)
Good for the price

"Things do need a little updating. Bed was pretty uncomfortable, the pull out couch was slightly better. Tv placement is very awkward to watch. Pool and jacuzzi were very nice."…"

Reviewed on 16 Feb. 2020

Aston at the Waikiki Banyan
The Imperial Hawaii Resort at Waikiki
The Imperial Hawaii Resort at Waikiki
3 out of 5
205 Lewers St, Honolulu, HI
The price is NZ$263 per night from 24 Jan. to 25 Jan.

Located in Waikiki, this condominium resort is within a 10-minute walk of Royal Hawaiian Center and Waikiki Beach. Honolulu Zoo and Ala Moana Center are also ...

4/5Very Good! (1,041 reviews)
taycation

"Did a staycation for one night. The staff was beyond amazing and it felt like we had the whole hotel almost to ourselves. Can’t wait to stay here again."…"

Reviewed on 14 Jul. 2020

The Imperial Hawaii Resort at 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.

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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
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2 - Disappointing 1.20817843866171%
1 - Terrible
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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

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