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HonoluluUnited States of America

At the heart of Hawaii is the true island paradise of Honolulu. Say ‘aloha’, surf the waves, enjoy Waikiki’s famous beach, climb a volcano and visit Pearl Harbor.

The state capital of Hawaii on Oahu Island is a breathtaking place to relax and enjoy the sunshine. Before you know it, you’ll have a colorful lei around your neck and a cocktail in your hand, while you listen to the sound of ukuleles and admire the surfers braving the chill of the Pacific Ocean. Everything you’ve heard about Hawaii is true, so you may as well pack that floral shirt! Honolulu is the only U.S. city to have a royal palace and it proudly celebrates its unique Polynesian cultural heritage.

Most visitors head straight to popular Waikiki Beach. Watch the skilled surfers, jump in the blue waters or enjoy fine dining. Visit nearby Kapiolani Park, with its Honolulu Zoo, or climb the extinct Diamond Head volcano. For great snorkeling, head to Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, Kailua Beach Park, or Halona Beach, better known as Eternity Beach. For some stunning scenery away from the coast, visit the spectacular Manoa Falls.

Most Hawaiian residents live in the economic hub of Honolulu. Hawaii’s Asian influence is reflected in its food, but you can also try traditional island dishes such as “laulau” (pork wrapped in taro leaves) and “poke” (a raw fish salad). The compact downtown area offers art, temples, nightlife and designer shops. Visit Iolani Palace to learn about Hawaii’s royal past.

Sights in Pearl Harbor, such as the Battleship Missouri Memorial, remind visitors of one of the most famous attacks of World War II. The USS Arizona Memorial straddles the remains of the sunken American war ship, and the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum displays the vessel used in the counterattacks.

The capital of the Hawaiian island group has some of the worst traffic jams in the U.S., so it’s best to get around using the inexpensive buses and trolleys.

Hawaii is America’s southernmost state, and is made up entirely of islands. Some of the state’s most historic sites and major cultural attractions are in Honolulu. Enjoy this city’s distinct culture, abundance of natural beauty and year-round warm climate, and treat yourself to a tropical island stay.

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Where to stay in Honolulu

Waikiki which includes a beach, a coastal town and tropical scenes

Waikiki

4.5/5Wonderful!(10,927 area reviews)

Royal Hawaiian Center and International Market Place are just a few worthwhile attractions to visit in Waikiki. Travelers also love the stunning beaches, island views, and popular shops.

Waikiki
Kahala Resort

Kahala

4.5/5Wonderful!(139 area reviews)

The pristine beaches and ample dining options are top of the list for many visitors to Kahala. A stop by Waiʻalae Beach Park or Kahala Beach might round out your trip.

Kahala
Downtown Honolulu featuring modern architecture

Downtown Honolulu

3.5/5Good!(43 area reviews)

Unique features of Downtown Honolulu include the shopping and beaches. Make a stop by Honolulu Harbor or Iolani Palace while you're exploring the area.

Downtown Honolulu
Ala Moana Beach Park showing surfing, a coastal town and tropical scenes

Ala Moana

4/5Very Good!(233 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Ala Moana, Ala Moana Center and Ala Moana Beach Park are top sights worth seeing.

Ala Moana
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve featuring landscape views and general coastal views

Eastern Honolulu

5/5Exceptional!(5 area reviews)

The pristine beaches and ample dining options are top of the list for many visitors to Eastern Honolulu. A stop by Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve or Kahala Beach might round out your trip.

Eastern Honolulu
USS Arizona Memorial which includes a memorial

Western Honolulu

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 USS Arizona Memorial or Hickam Air Force Base might round out your trip.

Western Honolulu

Top Hotels in Honolulu

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach
Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach
3.5 out of 5
175 Paoakalani Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is $159 per night

Located in Waikiki, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Queen Kapiʻolani Regional Park and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Diamond Head.

4.2/5Excellent! (2,165 reviews)

"Considering all of the problems that the COVID posed, the staff and the hotel were excellent!"…"

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2020

Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach
Ohia Waikiki Studio Suites
Ohia Waikiki Studio Suites
3 out of 5
2280 Kuhio Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is $65 per night

Located in Waikiki, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of International Market Place and Royal Hawaiian Center. Waikiki Beach and Honolulu Zoo are also within ...

3.1/5 (1,565 reviews)

"The staff is very friendly and helpful and it's inexpensive."…"

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2020

Ohia Waikiki Studio Suites
Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort
Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort
4 out of 5
2335 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is $269 per night

Located in Waikiki, this beachfront resort is on the boardwalk, just steps from Royal-Moana Beach, International Market Place, and Waikiki Beach. Royal Hawaiian ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,210 reviews)

"Hospitality was tremendously exceptional. Thanks alot from the depths of my heart. Blessings to you"…"

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2020

Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort

Popular places to visit in Honolulu

Diamond Head
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Diamond Head

4.5/5(3,266 reviews)

Make the short climb to the rim of this extinct volcanic crater for spectacular views of Honolulu, the Pacific Ocean and the rugged ranges of Oahu’s interior.

Royal Hawaiian Center
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Royal Hawaiian Center

4.5/5(1,269 reviews)

You can browse for souvenirs with a trip to Royal Hawaiian Center, a favorite shopping spot in Honolulu. Stroll along the beautiful beaches or discover the area's beautiful sunsets.

Honolulu Zoo
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Honolulu Zoo

4/5(885 reviews)

What began as the exotic bird collection of the island’s king is now a park with over 1,200 animals, including several rare and endangered species.

Honolulu Harbor
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Honolulu Harbor

4.5/5(952 reviews)

Explore the waterfront in Honolulu with a trip to Honolulu Harbor. Wander the beautiful beaches and seaside in the area.

Waikiki Beach
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Waikiki Beach

4.5/5(4,195 reviews)

Pack your shorts or bikini and surf, swim, or just sit back under a palm tree and enjoy the Aloha spirit at Hawaii’s most famous beach.

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve
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Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

4.5/5(2,240 reviews)

More than 400 fish species and green sea turtles live in this marine ecosystem at one of the best snorkeling spots in Hawaii.

Top things to do in Honolulu

Catamaran Sunset Cruise
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Catamaran Sunset Cruise

$54
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Swim with Sharks North Shore Adventure
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Swim with Sharks North Shore Adventure

$105
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Go Oahu All-Inclusive: 45+ Attractions in 1 Pass
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Go Oahu All-Inclusive: 45+ Attractions in 1 Pass

$82
Per adult
Hidden Gems Of Oahu with North Shore Turtle Snorkeling
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Hidden Gems Of Oahu with North Shore Turtle Snorkeling

$94
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Magnum Doors Off Helicopter Tour
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Magnum Doors Off Helicopter Tour

$269
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Oahu Private Honeymooners and Lovers Tour
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Oahu Private Honeymooners and Lovers Tour

$610
Per adult

Reviews of Honolulu

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
4854
5 - Excellent 55.883030163481465%
4 - Good
2993
4 - Good 34.457748100391434%
3 - Okay
682
3 - Okay 7.85171540409855%
2 - Disappointing
117
2 - Disappointing 1.3469951646327423%
1 - Terrible
40
1 - Terrible 0.46051116739580933%

5/5 - Excellent

Kyla-Marie

Jun 6, 2020

It’s a fun fast past vacation for us since we are from Maui!! Definitely a home away from home

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 3, 2020

A bit loud for my taste. It needs to be remodeled and rebuilt. Too many old buildings and "brown fields" too many homeless who need care.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

May 9, 2020

I’m saddened that every time I come over to Honolulu it seems more & more run down. There are many poor areas and homeless people that should have better options. I hope that post Covid19 we learn to really care for one another.

5/5 - Excellent

QH

May 5, 2020

It was so fun

5/5 - Excellent

HG

Apr 30, 2020

Loved the Island for first time visitor. Idk if it was safe around Waikiki area but definitely a tourist site.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 4, 2020

Although our plans and stay was disrupted by the Covid-19 epidemic and we were unable to enjoy any of the activities and tours on Oahu, we had an unforgettable stay.

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