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Top sights in Honolulu
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!
2. 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.
5. 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!
7. 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.
8. 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!
9. 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!
10. 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!
Frequently asked questions about Honolulu
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Planning Your 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
Only thing I will say negatively is that I wish we did more to see dolphins. The staff was great we had Quinn, dave and a couple others who made this trip the best thing I did while visiting Hawaii. They were nice and helpful and encouraging. I got to swim with fishes and I never thought I ever wanted to do that. Would love to do it again with this crew.
This was a great experience that we would happily recommend to anyone! The staff was friendly, attentive and helpful. The food and drinks were good and the views were even better!
Driver/ tour guide was knowledgeable and an excellent story teller. Lunch stop needed more time due to COVID restrictions.
Didn’t see much fish, but seeing the coral sea bottom was great and staff couldn’t have done a better job.
Informative and enjoyable. Our narrator/guide was wonderful. Everything was great! I recommend it highly.