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Top 10 things to do in Honolulu

The Hawaiian capital is a small city within a big landscape. Whether you're visiting Honolulu for its volcanic beaches, vibrant wildlife, or hedonistic cuisine, you'll find no shortage of enticing things to see and do. Here are 10 of the best!

Diamond Head

Honolulu is a hiker's paradise and one of its best trails for scenic sightseeing is the one ascending Diamond Head, Waikiki's emblematic dormant volcano!

Nuuanu Pali State Wayside

The Koolau is a very unusual mountain range! The remaining half of this former volcano provides spectacular views, best seen from the Nuuanu Pali State Wayside lookout.

Pearl Harbor

The bombing of Pearl Harbor was a major turning point in the course of World War II. The naval base is still active and gives free tours if you arrive early enough to bag a ticket!

USS Arizona Memorial

1,177 were killed when the USS Arizona was sunk by Japanese bombs in 1941. This USS Arizona Memorial straddles the submerged battleship, allowing visitors to peer down into the wreckage.

Polynesian Cultural Center

This top attraction has been offering tourists an enthralling Polynesian cultural experience for half a century, from replica villages to arts, crafts, and Luaus!

Iolani Palace

Built by the last king of Hawaii in an effort to make the island nation appear more prestigious, tours of the Iolani-Palast provide a fascinating insight into the short-lived kingdom.

Photo: Wendy Cutler @Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Bernice Pauahai Bishop Museum

Established to preserve the heirlooms inherited from the founder's Hawaiian wife, the museum boasts the world's largest collection of Polynesian artifacts and natural specimens.

Hanauma Bay

This scenic nature reserve is one of Hawaii's premier snorkeling spots. Its reefs, which are swarming with sealife, are so popular that they have to limit visitors - arrive early!

Honolulu Zoo

Built across part of Kapiolani Park – the largest and oldest park in Hawaii – the zoo is home to over 900 mostly tropical species. Don't miss the fierce Komodo Dragons!

Photo: Danny Luong @Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Waikiki Aquarium

If you can't make it to Hanauma Bay then check out Waikiki's aquarium instead. It's a small one but nonetheless a great place to discover Hawaii's local sea creatures!

Planning Your Honolulu Visit

When to visit?

There isn't really a bad time to visit Honolulu, but December to March brings mercifully cooler temperatures than the summer, even if the trade off means a higher chance of it raining. If you can, go during the school months. The off-season dip in tourism will see even the best beaches more secluded and the limited-space attractions, like the USS Arizona Memorial, easier to access.

How many days?

Don't stress yourself trying to hurry through a packed itinerary. Hawaii is definitely not the place for that! Book your stay in Honolulu for at least a week, especially if you plan on seeing more of Oahu island.

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What People Are Saying About Honolulu

The Heroes Tour was an amazing history lesson

Taking the Heroes tour provides a full prospective of Pacific theater of WWII. Learning about the role the USS Missouri played in the war was fascinating. This tour had excellent guides. Participants will learn a lot of history not found in any history book. The US Arizona memorial is a somber experience.
Oahu: Pearl Harbor Heroes Full-Day Tour Reviewed by Dawson, 09/21/2016

Fantastic tour with a great tour and knowledgeable tour guide

We went on the the full day Pearl Harbor and Oahu day tour and had a wonderful time. It was simply amazing to see and experience everything that went on in Pearl Harbor first hand. A remarkable experience which we will never forget. Our tour guide Lolita was simply amazing! So knowledgeable about Hawaii's history and its attractions. Definitely recommend this tour to anyone visiting Hawaii.
Pearl Harbor and Oahu Full-Day Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 08/12/2016

Excellent. Documentary was sad to watch and visit on Arizona was tops

I would do the tour again with my children, family and friends when next in Hawaii

The crew and driver were very friendly, professional and knowledgeable

The crew was very nice, the boat was clean and well maintained. We saw a huge school of dolphins that traveled with the boat for a long period of time. We saw a few whale spouts which was a plus and not what we expected. We were able to get excellent sunset photos so I cannot say anything that was not up to our expectations.
Ko Olina Coast Sunset Cocktail Sail Reviewed by Cheryl, 11/29/2015

Fun, informative, comfortable transportation for my whole family!

Amanda was amazing as a guide and driver. The information was non stop as we circled the island and really interesting. The lunch was not to be missed and the time flew by, best tour I've had in years.

Based on 116 reviews by GetYourGuide customers