Honolulu is the capital of Hawaii, which is an important tourist destination, attracting visitors from around the world to enjoy the tropical climate, the sun, and the beaches, of which Waikiki is the most popular. In fact, the city is made up of 3 popular areas – Waikiki, Pearl Harbor, and Downtown. This is the center of Honolulu, and you will find many hotels, restaurants, historic building, live music venues and shops.
The city is entirely geared towards tourism and has a vibey and bustling entertainment scene. Entertainment is non-stop, but still, there are some things you can’t miss and here are my 11 favourite things to do in Honolulu!
1. Pearl Harbor
A National Historic Landmark, this active military base offers four attractions of which a short boat ride to and from the memorial is included. You’ll also be able to climb aboard the USS Bowfin Submarine. Battleship Missouri Memorial and Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor are found on Ford Island and are accessible with the shuttle buses. Thrilling being able to view battle-damaged airfield and control tower of historic Ford Island.
2. Submarine USS Bowfin
The submarine was a formidable underwater adversary during World War 2, sinking 44 enemy ships during the war. Visitors from all over the world can experience what it was like to live and work aboard a World War II-era sub. Each year thousands of people pay their respects at the Park’s Waterfront Memorial.
3. The Lyon Arboretum
An exquisite 194-acre botanical garden in a rain forest. Palm tree lovers will love looking at the largest collection of palms in a botanical garden. There are some theme gardens to wander through.
4. Manoa Falls, Oahu
A fantastic hike and relatively easy where you’ll be enveloped in a tropical bamboo and rain forest. The main attraction is the 150-foot waterfall that cascades down into a small pool, although swimming is not recommended because of rock slides. Make sure you have your camera.
5. Wet ‘n Wild
Voted ‘Best Family Attraction’ and situated on 20 acres of lush growth. Thrill seekers won’t be able to get enough of this water park with 25 exhilarating, adrenaline-pumping rides.
6. Maritime Museum
Hawaii’s largest maritime attraction- you’ll be exploring a 4-masted, full-rigged ship, watch videos and audio exhibits of erupting volcanoes and shipwrecks and see thrilling shows. This museum is by no means dull and offers a complete sensory experience.
7. Diamond Head
World’s most recognized volcanic crater – 3,500 feet in diameter with a 760-foot summit. It is a 0.7-mile hike up Diamond Head and will take roughly an hour to reach the summit and a fantastic lookout point.
8. Honolulu Zoo
The zoo has some excellent exhibits such as the African Savanna, Tropical Forest, Pacific Islands and Children’s Zoo. The zoo also offers traditional family programs and visitors can even get to sleep out under the stars.
Theater-goers have plenty of opportunity for theatrical entertainment. Hawaii Theatre Center is found at the foot of Diamond Head and is the oldest performing arts theater. Thousands of people attend famous musicals and plays such as Peter Pan, Chicago, Hello Dolly, Jesus Christ Superstar and others.
10. The Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort and Spa
One of the largest Hilton hotels in the world on more than 22 acres of beachfront property with no less than 22 restaurants, exquisite tropical gardens and the biggest swimming pool in Waikiki.
11. Nuuanu Pali Lookout
5-miles out of Downtown Honolulu, offering panoramic views of the sheer Koolau cliffs as well as the beautifully lush Windward Coast.
Owing to all that’s on offer in Honolulu, as well as a perfect climate for the variety of activities, you’ll find yourself extending your stay and making plans to return next year.
I hope by now you have enough things to do in Honolulu, but don’t hesitate to share your ideas!