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HonoluluUnited States of America

One of the few places in the world where iconic historical sites sit side-by-side with surfing paradise; the tropical destination of Honolulu has it all.

Nestled on the diamond-shaped island of Oahu, Honolulu is home to the bulk of Hawaii's laidback populace. A hub of Polynesian culture and mouthwatering Asian cuisine, most visitors to the area divide their time between the beach and the barbecue, with a few detours along the way to scale volcanoes and take in the area's fascinating history. So, kick back, relax and soak it all in, because there's more to this Hawaiian capital than leis and cocktails.

The first stop on most tourist trails of Honolulu is Waikiki Beach. Home to a variety of surfing competitions and outdoor events throughout the year, the area also boasts a host of designer clothing stores and impressive eateries.

If you're more into snorkelling than surfing, head for Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve or Halona Beach, nicknamed Eternity Beach following Deborah Kerr and Burt Lancaster's roll around in the surf here in "From Here to Eternity".

For those who prefer their feet on dry land, Honolulu Zoo in Kapiolani Park is well worth a visit and, from there, it isn’t far to Diamond Head , an extinct volcano that offers an easy climb for one of the best views on the island.

Downtown Honolulu also has plenty to offer. Skip the city's notorious traffic by hopping on some local transport, and make your way to the iconic Aloha Tower. After lunch here, take the time for a casual stroll around the market at the Ala Moana Center and pick up some souvenirs. Of course, no trip to Ouahu can be considered complete without a visit to Pearl Harbor, scene of one of the most significant military attacks in US history. The exhibitions housed in the USS Arizona Memorial and USS Bowfin Submarine Museum offer a sobering contrast to Honolulu's otherwise sunny exterior.

So, whether you're a history buff, a budding geologist, a shopper or a surfer, indeed whatever your particular passion may be, Honolulu has just the thing for you. There's a reason why 7 million people visit Hawaii each year; why not take a trip to tropical paradise yourself, and see what all the fuss is about?

Honolulu Travel Guide Video

Where to stay in Honolulu

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

Waikiki

4.5/5Wonderful!(1,447 area reviews)

Waikiki
Downtown Honolulu featuring modern architecture

Downtown Honolulu

4.5/5Wonderful!(3 area reviews)

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
AU$387
per night
1 May - 2 May

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! (16,878 reviews)

"The room was excellent (Ocean Front) and the Rainbow towers is in a excellent spot close to the beach. We were there at the start jof the Covid-19 virus so things started to shut down or there was take out only, but every associated with the hotel was pleasant and very friendly. The prices I thought ..."…"

Reviewed on 1 Apr. 2020

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
5 out of 5
2490 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI
AU$438
per night
1 May - 2 May

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! (2,401 reviews)

"Beautiful hotel. Clean and comfortable rooms. Perfect for couple stay."…"

Reviewed on 26 Mar. 2020

'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
Sheraton Waikiki
Sheraton Waikiki
4 out of 5
2255 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
AU$559
per night
1 May - 2 May

This family-friendly Honolulu hotel is located in the entertainment district, just steps away from Royal Hawaiian Center and Waikiki Beach Walk. Waikiki Beach ...

4.1/5Very Good! (4,735 reviews)

"Good location for shopping and dinning. I requested to repair a safe in my room but they had never showed up until check out."…"

Reviewed on 24 Mar. 2020

Sheraton Waikiki

Popular activities in Honolulu

Diamond Head
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Diamond Head

4.5/5(361 reviews)

Follow the trail through Diamond Head State Monument to the top of this volcano for one of the finest views anywhere in Hawaii.

Honolulu Zoo
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Honolulu Zoo

4/5(92 reviews)

Originally designed to house the king's exotic bird collection, and a horseracing track, this zoo is now home to a fascinating population of 905 different animals.

Waikiki Beach
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Waikiki Beach

4.5/5(551 reviews)

Come sample the waves and catch some rays on the white sands of the beach most synonymous with surfing and the Aloha spirit.

Top activities in Honolulu

Go Oahu All-Inclusive: 45+ Attractions in 1 Pass
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Go Oahu All-Inclusive: 45+ Attractions in 1 Pass

AU$142
Per adult
Original North Shore Tour - Snorkel, Waterfall, Paddle
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Original North Shore Tour - Snorkel, Waterfall, Paddle

94% of travellers recommend
AU$224
Per adult
Ka Moana Luau at Sea Life Park
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Ka Moana Luau at Sea Life Park

90% of travellers recommend
AU$168
Per adult
Waikiki Sunset Dinner Cruise Aboard the Majestic
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Waikiki Sunset Dinner Cruise Aboard the Majestic

78% of travellers recommend
AU$190
Per adult
Waikiki Starlight Luau at the Hilton Hawaiian Village
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Waikiki Starlight Luau at the Hilton Hawaiian Village

76% of travellers recommend
AU$188
Per adult
Turtle Eco Adventure Tour
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Turtle Eco Adventure Tour

88% of travellers recommend
AU$145
Per adult

Reviews of Honolulu

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
606
5 - Excellent 56.372093023255815%
4 - Good
385
4 - Good 35.81395348837209%
3 - Okay
69
3 - Okay 6.4186046511627906%
2 - Disappointing
13
2 - Disappointing 1.2093023255813953%
1 - Terrible
2
1 - Terrible 0.18604651162790697%

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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