Experience paradise on the island of Hawaii. Honolulu is the state capital with the highest population in Hawaii. Honolulu serves as a major tourist destination, hub for international business, military defense, and shares a distinguished variety of Pacific culture, cuisine, and traditions. With its tropical savannah climate, temperatures remain consistent throughout all 12 calendar months. Average temperatures range from 80-90 degrees and average lows range from 65-75 degrees. Honolulu offers an unforgettable experience for honeymooners and couples in love.
Things to do and see in Honolulu
Open daily from 9:30 AM to 5PM tourists can experience dozens of shops and restaurants. There is always a full ongoing calendar of events. Be sure to head on up to the tenth-floor observation deck for some unforgettable views. It also serves as the welcoming grounds for container vessels and various cruise ships. Admission is always free.
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve
Snorkeling is a must in Honolulu. Head to the Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, which is situated in the flooded-out remnants of a volcanic crater. The preserve is a mere 30-minute drive from Waikiki. It serves as the home to deep blue waters and a kaleidoscope of undersea life. Admission to the Preserve is $7.50 per person with a $1 charge for parking. It is an extremely reasonable price to pay for one of the most amazing experiences on all the Hawaiian Islands.
Hawaii Theatre Center
Do not pass by this Oahu tourist attraction. In business for more than 90 years, the HTC was a launch pad for silent films, plays, vaudeville acts and local entertainment. Today, it remains a great location for concerts and other forms of group entertainment. Rates and hours vary depending on the event schedule. Basic tours are available for $10 per person. Be sure to arrive at approximately 11AM if seeking a tour. Children ages three and under are not permitted. Consequently, this experience is really best for adults and couples.
Calling all history buffs! The Iolani Palace has survived 130 years and counting in downtown Honolulu, and is on the National Register of Historic Places as the former home of the Polynesian monarchy, prior to the Hawaiian Islands annexation into the United States. Tourists passing through should visit during the hours of 9 a.m.-5 p.m. PST, Monday through Saturday. During these times and specific days, guided tours are available. Cost for a guided tour is $20 per person or take a self-led/audio tours for $12 per person.
Kawela Bay near Turtle Bay Resort
Kawela Bay is a hidden gem of the North Shore. Turtle Bay Resort serves as a serene escape from the hustle and bustle in Waikiki. In the winter, the North Shore provides every surfer’s dream. Huge waves flow on this breathtaking stretch of beach.
Le’ahi Diamond Head State Monument
Hike or drive through one of the most famous sites in all of Hawaii. This 475-acre land crater was created 300,000 years ago from one single explosion. Diamond Head is open from 6AM to 6PM daily and costs a mere $1 to walk-in, and $5 to drive-in. The immaculately kept grounds provide picnic areas for families and romantic time with a loved one.
Known as the main beach destination of most tourists heading to Honolulu and the island of Oahu, this area is simply gorgeous. Explore its large crescent shaped beach by swimming, surfing, playing volleyball, or relax with a loved one and soak up some sun while lying on the sand. A variety of shops, restaurants, and hotels are found on the oceanfront street backing Waikiki Beach.
Nuuanu Pali Lookout
Feel as though society is removed, and experience some amazing views of the University of Hawaii, the Honolulu Botanical Gardens, and the site of the Battle of Nuuanu. Located only five miles from downtown Honolulu, tourists will truly feel as if they are hundreds of miles away from city life. Admission is free, and visitors can decide when they want to venture to the lookout because there are no set hours. If driving, expect to pay a $3 parking fee.
Pearl Harbor Tours
On December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor was transformed from a military post to a historical place of sadness and sorrow. Multiple ships were attacked on that day, but the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial marked an overwhelming amount of casualties at 1,177. Today, the Arizona is still visible from the water’s surface. The sight always leaves its visitors speechless. The complete Pearl Harbor Tour lasts from 6AM to 5PM and costs $119.99. Half-day tours are also available. Although a tour is not necessary, it is recommended as large groups will arrive and the admission line will get very lengthy. Tickets can be purchases online.
Pick the time right!
Tourists visit Honolulu from September to November
The finest time to travel to Honolulu is from September to November. During these months, temperatures, hotel rates, and airline prices decline from the peak travel season. If humidity is not a bother, deals are also available between the months of May and August. If crowds and money is no object, visiting Honolulu during the months of December through April will allow tourists to escape colder weather back home. Humidity is low during these months, and whale watching is at its prime.
Honolulu International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the United States. Located three miles (5 km) northwest of Oahu’s central business district, the airport can be accessed to and from the Nimitz Highway and the Queen Liliuokalani Freeway of Interstate H-1. As the principal hub of Hawaiian Airlines, the airport provides flights between the various Hawaiian Islands as well as the mainland of the United States, Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa, Tahiti, Japan, and South Korea. The airport has four major runways and two designated offshore runways designated for seaplane usage. Additionally, three terminal buildings lie on the property.
Although renting a car is not absolutely necessary, it is the best option for those looking to tour the North Shore area as well as the beaches along Oahu. Car rental rates are extremely reasonable. Renting directly from the airport is the most favorable choice among travelers.
Public transportation is available via bus, trolley, and taxi. Oahu’s public bus system is easy to use and extends over much of the island. Buses run daily between 4AM and 10PM. The 34 passenger, open-air Waikiki Trolley stops at multiple key attractions, restaurants, and certain hotels. The driver will point out particular landmarks during the ride. One, four, and seven-day passes are available. Purchase online to save money. In addition to the bus system, and trolley, taxis are accessible, but expensive. A trip from the airport to Waikiki or downtown will cost roughly $30, not including a tip.