Honolulu Travel Guide

The largest city in the Hawaiian islands by a long shot boasts the highest tourism figures in the US. Honolulu’s Waikiki Beach, rated as one of the world’s most beautiful, stretches for two miles and is lined with tourist attractions and amenities. Lots of dazzling beaches surround the city, as do natural attractions including the world-famous Diamond Head.

Waikiki Beach is the star of the show, and hardly a tourist visits Hawaii without stopping here for at least a short time. The surfing and swimming are superb, as are the restaurants and entertainment options at night. Closer to the center of the city you’ll come across some interesting attractions, such as the Aloha Tower, Chinatown and Iolani Palace.

The island of Oahu is rich in natural attractions, with Diamond Head point, located south of Waikiki, one of the most popular. Other world-class beaches are scattered along the island’s coast, just a short drive from Honolulu. Try Hookipa Beach, ideal for windsurfing, or the well-known Slaughterhouse Beach. Inland, you’ll find other natural wonders such as Makiki Valley and Mount Tantalus, providing some of the finest views you’ll experience anywhere on the island.

Honolulu attractions

Waikiki Beach: boasts fine sand, world-class surf and a multitude of activities, all in proximity of high-rise hotels, loads of restaurants and plenty of nightlife options.

Diamond Head State Monument and Park: to the southeast of Honolulu, this extinct volcano is a trademark of the island; and for those who venture to the top, it’s a perfect spot for amazing views.

Honolulu Harbor: a major center of activity since its early days, the port continues to be a major stop-off for cruise passengers.

The Aloha Tower Marketplace: is reputedly the top shopping center here and where you can enjoy superb views of the harbor from Aloha Tower’s observation deck.

Iolani Palace: was built in the 19th century by King Kalakaua, in what is now the center of Honolulu

USS Arizona Memorial: is a national memorial for the more than 1,000 crew members of this WWII battleship who lost their lives when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.