Honolulu Vacations

Whether you've had the itch to learn how to hang ten on a surfboard or work on your tan at Waikiki Beach while enjoying great weather and the famed spirit of aloha, Hawaii’s capital Honolulu has been at the top spot of many a must-see list for several generations now. While tanning and surf lessons will electrify youngsters and parents alike, those ... Read more
looking for fewer crowds can always head to Makapu'u Beach or Halona Beach Cove for space. Honolulu offers a bevy of cultural and historical attractions as well: spend a day honoring fallen World War II soldiers at the Pearl Harbor USS Arizona and USS Missouri Memorials or learn about Hawaiian culture and history at the Hawaiian royal Iolani Palace. Nature reigns in Honolulu -- adults love hiking Diamond Head and kids enjoy highlights such as the zoo, aquarium or beautiful parks. Rooms at hotels and resorts come in every price range, but can be sparse come high season. Sure, it's campy, but a luau delivers Polynesian food and dancing to visitors just about every night.


Honolulu places to stay and top hotels

Honolulu things to do and experiences

  • Hanauma Bay State Park
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    Outdoors, Beaches and Watersports, Snorkeling, Beach, Popular
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  • Pearl Harbor
    9.2173 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Historic Site, Monument
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  • Diamond Head State Monument
    9.1171 reviews
    Outdoors, Scenic Lookout, Park
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  • USS Arizona Memorial
    9.597 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Historic Site, Monument
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Oahu is blessed with some of the best (i.e. driest) weather in Hawaii, and many of the places with the highest chances of finding sun at any time of year are located on the southern coast of the island ... Read more
(Waikiki, Ko Olina, etc.). With that said, there is a rainy season, and you are more likely to see some precipitation between October and March, but it’s rarely anything more than a moderate splash. Crowds are the most intense during the winter when temperatures are ironically at their lowest (travelers generally want to escape worse weather elsewhere) but given that the mercury doesn’t rise that much the rest of the year, considering a low-season vacation could mean saving a few bucks without much of a tradeoff. Like all Hawaiian islands, the north-east side is 'windward' and gets more precipitation, and the south-west side is 'leeward', generally less rainy and warmer.

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Honolulu reviews & trip reports

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    Family Travelers
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More the air company than the airport but there is nothing to do before security, no food or entertainment

Recommended for:Budget Travelers
San Diego, California

Everything's in Honolulu. You can find great food, shopping, and even hikes! Great for everyone

Recommended for:FoodiesAdventure TravelersTrendsters
Menlo Park, California, USA

I had been led to believe that I would not like Honolulu. It was described as busy, crowded, urban...so much so that my intention had been not to stop here at all. When we got stranded here for a couple days (a long story involving crooked craigslist fraudsters) we were a little bummed - only to discover that Honolulu is actually amazing. The beaches at Waikiki, while not secluded, are gorgeous. The restaurants are great. While we did get stuck in traffic on Friday night, otherwise we found parking reasonably easy. By the time we could go we were not sure we were quite ready. That was a great surprise.

Recommended for:Outdoor EnthusiastsFamily TravelersFoodiesLuxury Travelers
Local from Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

This is the main city of the State of Hawaii. The State Capitol is here, along with Waikiki Beach, Iolani Palace, Ala Moana Shopping Center, the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and the Neal Blaisdell Center. There are many restaurants and sightseeing opportunities. Highly recommended for every traveler!

Recommended for:Family TravelersFoodiesAdventure Travelers
Palo Alto, California

If you drive around Oahu you'll be able to find a nice empty beach. It doesn't matter what spot, but can just sit for hours without distraction. You'll see lots more fish, unlike the wall in the water around Honolulu beach. Any where you look you'll be amazed! Awesome how close the road is to the water!

Recommended for:Outdoor EnthusiastsBackpackersAdventure TravelersWellness

It's a pretty nice city. I personally don't like how crowded it all is and everything is expensive. There wasn't even standing room at the beach in Honolulu and no parking or driving space. It's a beautiful island, but this spot is a tourist trap.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

Honolulu is a great place to vacation if you like being outdoors and great views.

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New Delhi, India

a nice city to start your introduction to oahu. it's got a little bit of everything

Vancouver, Canada

The largest city in the state & the gateway, Honolulu is still worth a visit. There's high end shopping, plenty of dining options, & the world famous Waikiki beach. Do visit Pearl Harbor while you're in town.

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Miravet, Spain

OK so reading back on some of the other reviews, I'm about to cast a black cloud - so if you love the place and are easily offended, stop reading here. While Hawaii has much beauty to offer, the only place you'll generally find it in Honolulu is looking towards the sea or up at the sky. Most of the bigger hotels are resorts: the sort where generally very large people sit and force feed themselves. My impression was that the place was like Las Vegas with a beach. It certainly attracts the same atrocious people who don't really want to travel and appear to love the architectural vandalism which has been wrought on an otherwise beautiful spot. There is one big redeeming feature however: the people, who are wonderfully warm and have the patience of saints with the majority truly terrible visitors. Big love to Hawaii but, sorry, I detest Honolulu.