As the foremost city of Oahu and the historic home of the kings of Hawaii, Honolulu embodies the beauty, culture, history, and lifestyle that have made these tropical islands famous for centuries. While today’s visitors flock to Waikiki Beach for sunbathing and shopping, there are plenty of sites around the city that pay homage to the incredible natural beauty of the island. From the expansive views of its highest peaks to the pristine aquatic wonderland beneath its waves, Honolulu offers its visitors an unforgettable adventure.
Named for its distinctive shape, this peak looms over Honolulu and provides panoramic views from its heights. Hike up the well-manicured trail in the early part of the day and don’t forget your camera. Hikers pay just $1 for entry.
The perfect venue for viewing the vast amount of marine life beneath the Hawaiian waves as well as amphibious species like the Hawaiian monk seal. Tickets are $12 for adults.
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve
An extinct volcano formed this protective crater that houses a wealth of marine life and makes the perfect spot for snorkeling. Bring your own gear or rent some on site. The nearby beach is perfect for relaxing and catching a bit of sun.
Nu’uanu Pali Lookout
Unforgettable views of jagged peaks and jade-green vegetation characterize this lofty lookout. You’ll get a clear view of Oahu’s windward side as you appreciate the lush vistas.
Queen Emma Summer Palace
Glimpse Hawaii’s royal past with a tour through this fascinating island home.
Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach and Spa
This Waikiki resort and spa offers amazing access to the beach as well as convenient proximity to local attractions. Dine in one of several eateries right on site and luxuriate in spa treatments that make use of local plant and mineral ingredients. Visit their website to see more about this amazing resort.
Best Western Plaza Hotel
This airport-based hotel is convenient for flights and has its own pool and dining facilities. It’s pet-friendly, so if you’re traveling with a service animal or just can’t stand to let yours stay home, it’s a great choice.
A local favorite spot in Honolulu, known for a delicious fusion of Hawaiian and Japanese cuisine. Visit around sunset for gorgeous views over the water.
Take advantage of the stellar availability of seafood to sample dozens of different sushi creations in this upbeat restaurant.
Chiang Mai Thai Restaurant
Delicious Thai cuisine that makes use of local produce and seafood is the specialty of this popular restaurant.
The Daniel K. Inouye International Airport is conveniently close to Honolulu and offers bus and taxi service to most parts of the city.
Honolulu’s local bus, called “TheBus,” has excellent coverage of the city, and there are tourist shuttles near Waikiki Beach going to the most popular sights.
Rent a car right at the airport or visit individual rental companies located in and around Honolulu. The H1 is the major freeway running the length of the city.