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.

Known for

Shopping, Beaches and Islands

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Where to stay in Honolulu

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

Waikiki

Known for Beaches, Sea, Sunsets

4.5/5(1,076 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$285
per night
29 Oct. - 30 Oct.
4.1/5Very Good! (15,195 reviews)

"The double beds were out dated and uncomfortable. I paid for ocean view and got ocean view with harbor. Not what I wanted with upgrade payment."…"

Reviewed on 13 Oct. 2019

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
The Modern Honolulu by Diamond Resorts
The Modern Honolulu by Diamond Resorts
4.5 out of 5
1775 Ala Moana Boulevard, Honolulu, HI
NZ$299
per night
28 Oct. - 29 Oct.
4.3/5Excellent! (2,849 reviews)

"The amenities to include the bar area and live music made the one night stay worth every penny paid for this hotel."…"

Reviewed on 13 Oct. 2019

The Modern Honolulu by Diamond Resorts
Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort
Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort
4 out of 5
2169 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI
NZ$377
per night
10 Nov. - 11 Nov.
4.4/5Excellent! (5,692 reviews)

"Close to everything - shopping, restaurants and beach!! The only thing I complain is parking."…"

Reviewed on 12 Oct. 2019

Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort

Popular activities in Honolulu

Diamond Head
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Diamond Head

4.5/5(271 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(23 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(71 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.

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve
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Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

4.5/5(207 reviews)

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

4/5(49 reviews)

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

4.5/5(421 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

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

NZ$66

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$149

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$78

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.

Xtreme Parasail
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Xtreme Parasail

NZ$76

Enjoy a bird's-eye view of Honolulu and beyond as you take to the blue skies above Waikiki on a thrilling parsasailing adventure. With room for up to 2 people, you can fly solo or team up with a friend to take a tandem flight that lets you out on lines up to 1,000 feet (305 m) long.

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

NZ$81

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. Explore informative museum displays, climb aboard a US Navy launch ship, and drive through historic Honolulu with a knowledgeable guide.

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America’s Favorite Cheap Places to Eat
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