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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Shopping, Beaches and Islands

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Where to stay in Honolulu

Waikiki
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Waikiki

Beaches, Sea, Sunsets

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

Downtown Honolulu
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Downtown Honolulu

Chinatown, Culture, Shopping

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.

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Top hotels in Honolulu

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
4 out of 5
2005 Kalia Rd, Honolulu
NZ$385/night
24 Jul. - 25 Jul.
4.1/5Very Good! (14,395 reviews)

"Lots of dining and swimming options. Lagoon water seemed a bit dirty and smelly. Close to everything. Only issue was having to walk to other hotels for excursion pickups."…"

Reviewed on 16 Jul. 2019

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
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'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
5 out of 5
2490 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu
NZ$719/night
23 Jul. - 24 Jul.
4.3/5Excellent! (1,541 reviews)

"Gorgeous property which is very well located. The rooms are beautifully renovated and the partial ocean view rooms in the rear tower are fabulous - giving not only a wonderful ocean view but taking in the buildings of Honolulu and the landscape of the mountains. What we didn't enjoy was the usual ..."…"

Reviewed on 13 Jul. 2019

'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
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Ala Moana Hotel
3.5 out of 5
410 Atkinson Drive, Honolulu
NZ$307/night
21 Jul. - 22 Jul.
3.9/5Very Good! (3,663 reviews)

"This hotel was very convenience for the place where I wanted to go and the room was quiet. I really enjoyed my stay."…"

Reviewed on 15 Jul. 2019

Ala Moana Hotel

Popular activities in Honolulu

Diamond Head
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Diamond Head

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

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

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

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve
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Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

Hawaii offers a sublime snorkelling experience in one of the best spots in the world, home to over 400 exotic species.

Iolani Palace
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Iolani Palace

Explore the former palace of the Hawai’ian royal family. The building is filled with crown jewels, ballrooms and grand staircases.

Waikiki Beach
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Waikiki Beach

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

Waikiki - Guaranteed Turtles Snorkel Sail
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Waikiki - Guaranteed Turtles Snorkel Sail

NZ$145

Turtle sightings are guaranteed on this Waikiki Snorkel Sail or you sail again free! Sail along the iconic Waikiki coastline where you are sure to see Hawaii’s beloved honu (green sea turtle). If you don’t see turtles, come on back for free and try again (rerides only, no refunds).

Pearl Harbor & Arizona Memorial Half-Day Tour
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Pearl Harbor & Arizona Memorial Half-Day Tour

NZ$76

*NOTE: Visitor access to the USS Arizona Memorial is temporarily suspended. Travel back to World War II-era Hawaii on this tour of Pearl Harbor, the USS Arizona Memorial, and the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific located at Punchbowl.

Grand Circle Island Tour of Oahu
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Grand Circle Island Tour of Oahu

NZ$163

*NOTE: Access to the Pali Lookout is temporarily closed due to construction. Circle the island of Oahu on a guided bus tour, riding along rugged coastline and sandy white beaches from bustling Waikiki to the crashing surf of the North Shore.

Go Oahu All-Inclusive: 30+ Attractions in 1 Card
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Go Oahu All-Inclusive: 30+ Attractions in 1 Card

NZ$118

Discover Honolulu-area attractions, landmarks, and more with the Go Oahu Card. Enjoy skip-the-line access to top points of interest throughout the city, save on admission prices at every attraction you visit, and take advantage of discounts on area retailers and restaurants.

Blue Skies of Oahu Helicopter Tour
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Blue Skies of Oahu Helicopter Tour

NZ$388

From the high skies above Oahu, see the island's stunning hidden valleys and waterfalls only accessible by air. Picturesque views of Pearl Harbor await you, including the USS Arizona Memorial and the battleship Missouri.

Turtle Reef Snorkel Tour
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Turtle Reef Snorkel Tour

NZ$178

Enjoy a catamaran cruise, snorkel in Hawaii's azure waters, and get up close with turtles in their natural environment on this short excursion. The 54-foot (16-m) sailing catamaran Spirit of Aloha takes you to the outer side of the Turtle Canyon reef, just off the shores of Waikiki.