4.5/5Wonderful!(10,927 area reviews)
Located on the south shore of Honolulu, this neighborhood is known internationally for its great surfing and beautiful beaches.
5/5Exceptional!(852 area reviews)
Indulge in Hawai’i’s high life with a stay in this beautiful coastal area known for its luxury accommodation and secluded beaches.
4.5/5Wonderful!(365 area reviews)
Hawaii’s “sunny side of paradise” balances adventure with relaxation, offering world-class waves and outdoor activities amid a serene tropical setting.
4/5Very Good!(233 area reviews)
If you're spending some time in Ala Moana, Ala Moana Center and Magic Island are top sights worth seeing.
3/5(706 area reviews)
The abundant dining options and waterfront views are top of the list for many visitors to Western Honolulu. A stop by Honolulu Harbor or Pearl Harbor Visitor Center might round out your trip.
Reviewed on Jan 19, 2022
Reviewed on Jan 19, 2022
Reviewed on Jan 15, 2022
Where to stay: During you time in Oahu, we recommend staying within walking distance of Waikiki Beach at hotels such as Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort with its palm-fringed pool and private beach access, or at Paradise Bay Resort, with its kitchenettes and views of Kaneohe Bay.
Transportation: Rent a car in Oahu as part of a Hawaii package deal to get out and experience the natural beauty and remote, uncrowded beaches.
It’s just a 30-minute drive from Honolulu to the Windward Coast where you could easily spend a whole day. Or, you could spend a few hours here then drive another 50 minutes to Hawaii’s North Shore.
Where to Stay: Hotels in Lahaina create the perfect Hawaii vacation. Choose a family-friendly hotel such as Honua Kai Resort and Spa, featuring waterslides and a full-service spa, or pick the Aston Kaanapali Shores for its wealth of amenities including tennis courts and a huge swimming pool.
Transportation: Whale-watching tours run between December and May and last approximately 2 to 3 hours. The ferry to Lanai takes about 1 hour and there are up to 5 departures daily.
Fly back to Oahu for one last day in Honolulu and enjoy Waikiki Beach one last time before heading to the airport.
Transportation: From Maui get a flight to Oahu for your overnight stay in Honolulu. The next day, get to the airport by taxi, private car service or pre-booked shuttle.
Six main islands, each prettier than the next, make up this volcanic archipelago. Enjoy ancient traditions, modern cities and seemingly endless beaches.
Travel to the Hawaiian Islands to enjoy white sand beaches, view volcanic lava flow, appreciate culture and tradition and relax in warm tropical settings. You’ll find history, adventure and island friendship.
Visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park onHawaii (Big Island) with smoke rising and lava flowing from the state’s active volcanoes, Maunaloa and Kilauea. Walk on the 150-mile (241-kilometer) trail to observe the destruction and rebirth that follows the lava cooling. Go to the Kalapana viewing area where you can see remains of a town overrun by volcanic flow. Here hot lava meets cold ocean waters with striking results.
On Oahu, drive to the top of Leahi (Diamond Head) and explore the remnants of World War II military bunkers and tunnels. Gaze at stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. The main city of Honolulu offers high-rise accommodations, glorious beach resorts, luxury-brand shopping, a lively Chinatown and exciting nightlife.
In Waikiki visit historic sites commemorating the 1941 invasion of Pearl Harbor, which sank dozens of ships, killed many Americans, and triggered U.S. engagement in World War II. Take the boat tour to the memorial for the USS Arizona, permanently resting under the harbor waters.
On Kauai, shop in Lihue for local clothing, handicrafts and artwork. Travel north to Kilawea’s lighthouse to watch for whales and listen to seabirds keening. At Princeville have a drink, play golf at the spectacular resort or snorkel amid the coral of Anini Beach where sea turtles and rays may glide along next to you. Drive up Waimea Canyon or hike along the Na Poli coast.
Book a table for a traditional luau with poi, roasted pig and island punch. Drink the Kona coffee. Visit a pineapple or coffee plantation. Watch a hula performance and take a lesson to learn how natives communicate using the fluid body movements of this Polynesian dance. Look for the colorful state fish, the humuhumunukunukuapua’a, easy to say if you remember that every vowel is pronounced in the Hawaiian language.