Honolulu

Travel Guide
Honolulu

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?

Where to stay in Honolulu

Ala Moana Hotel by Mantra
Ala Moana Hotel by Mantra
3.5 out of 5
410 Atkinson Drive, Honolulu, HI, 96814
The price is AU$317 per night from 22 May to 23 May
Stay at this 3.5-star spa hotel in Honolulu. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (2,427 reviews)
"We loved it here. Easy access to the beach, shops, and dining. The only issue really was the smoke detector going off almost every time that we showered. That really irked us, so unfortunately we won’t be staying here next time we travel to Hawaii. Everything else was amazing though! Mahalo!"

Reviewed on 15 May 2022

Ala Moana Hotel by Mantra
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
4 out of 5
2005 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI, 96815
The price is AU$423 per night from 27 May to 28 May
Stay at this 4-star beach resort in Honolulu. Enjoy free WiFi, 5 outdoor pools and 9 restaurants. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4/5 Very Good! (4,561 reviews)
"I love the Lagoon and the variety of pool selections. I didn't like waiting for two hours in line to check in."

Reviewed on 16 May 2022

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa
Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
2424 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI, 96815
The price is AU$468 per night from 30 May to 31 May
Stay at this 4-star beach resort in Honolulu. Enjoy free WiFi, 3 restaurants and a beach locale. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in their ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,815 reviews)
"Close to the beach"

Reviewed on 15 May 2022

Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa
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Kuhio Banyan Club
Kuhio Banyan Club
2 out of 5
2310 Kuhio Avenue, Suite 140, Waikiki, Honolulu, HI, 96815
The price is AU$231 per night from 20 May to 21 May
Stay at this aparthotel in Honolulu. Enjoy free WiFi, 5 restaurants and daily housekeeping. Our guests praise the WiFi and the convenient parking in their reviews. ...
3.3/5 (1,343 reviews)
"Loved this place for the price, but no parking. Waikiki Banyan Garage is a 7min walk from there though and charge $30 a night. The guy in the front was kind and let us rent out towels, chairs, and an umbrella for multiple days in a row. Also, we locked our keys in the room by accident and not even ..."

Reviewed on 17 May 2022

Kuhio Banyan Club
Aston Waikiki Sunset
Aston Waikiki Sunset
3 out of 5
229 Paoakalani Ave, Honolulu, HI, 96815
The price is AU$254 per night from 23 May to 24 May
Stay at this 3-star beach condo in Honolulu. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness centre and on-site parking. Our guests praise the comfy rooms in their reviews. Popular ...
3.8/5 Good! (2,279 reviews)
"Absolutely enjoyed my stay, great family place to stay"

Reviewed on 27 Apr. 2022

Aston Waikiki Sunset
Aston at the Waikiki Banyan
Aston at the Waikiki Banyan
3 out of 5
201 Ohua Ave, Honolulu, HI, 96815
The price is AU$254 per night from 23 May to 24 May
Stay at this 3-star family-friendly aparthotel in Honolulu. Enjoy free WiFi, a sauna and on-site parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious ...
3.5/5 Good! (2,014 reviews)
"We had a great time staying at Aston banyan Waikiki. It’s my first time in Hawaii and I like how it’s pretty close to everything. Glad I enjoyed my birthday and stay there for sometimes. Will definitely be back again"

Reviewed on 14 May 2022

Aston at the Waikiki Banyan
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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