Is Honolulu Safe for Solo Female Travelers?

Honolulu, being a popular tourist city, generally offers a safe atmosphere to solo female travelers. Standard precautions should be followed such as avoiding isolated areas at night and keeping an eye on your belongings. The city's law enforcement are responsive and there is well-lit infrastructure in popular areas. However, it is always important to stay alert and aware of your surroundings.

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How safe is Honolulu?

Safety at night:

Safety at night:Safe

Honolulu is generally known for its safe environment. As a solo female traveler, you will usually find that the main tourist areas are well lit and populated until late hours. Nevertheless, like in any major city, it’s wise to maintain your situational awareness. Stick to public, well-lit areas, avoid areas where there are not many people around, and always be aware of your personal belongings. It can help to plan your route before you leave for the evening and stick to it. Overall, careful planning and common sense can go a long way in ensuring your safety at night for a pleasant experience in Honolulu.
Public transportation:

Public transportation:Safe

Public transportation in Honolulu, particularly TheBus system, is generally safe and reliable. It covers most of the island and stations are well-lit and often populated. Passengers include everyone from school children to business professionals, signifying a trustworthy system. However, like any public transportation, it's advised to stay alert and aware of your surroundings, especially during late-night hours.
Street harassment:

Street harassment:Low

Honolulu, headquartered on the island of Oahu, is known for being generally safe and respectful towards women. Most citizens have the aloha attitude, thus, the cases of street harassment are relatively low. However, like in any city, there may be isolated incidents, especially in less crowded or lower income areas. It's always recommended to take common safety precautions like avoiding lonely streets at night, and remaining vigilant about your surroundings.
Petty crimes:

Petty crimes:Low

Honolulu tends to be relatively safe in terms of petty crimes compared to other major U.S. cities. The most reported incidents usually involve theft, particularly pickpocketing in tourist-heavy areas and break-ins in parked cars. Therefore, it's advised to not leave your belongings visible in parked cars and always be mindful of your personal possessions while around the city. However, violent crime is low, and most areas are safe to walk during both day and night.
Tap water:

Tap water:Very safe

The tap water in Honolulu, Hawaii, is considered very safe to drink. The water quality is regularly checked and meets or surpasses all federal and state drinking water standards. This is largely due to the watershed management and protection policies that have been put in place at the island. The water comes from an underground aquifer and also enjoys a natural filtration process as the rainwater trickles down through the island's volcanic rock.

Is Honolulu safe to travel?

4.7 /5

Based on 7 experiences

Couple travel experience

I felt very safe in Honolulu! I was with my partner but either way I would feel completely safe solo travelling. We walked around early in the morning and late at night, and stayed slightly off the beaten path. A fair amount of homeless people in some spots, but they did not approach me. We took a bus to diamond head and it was completely reliable and safe.

Posted: April 5, 2024
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Solo travel experience

Climbing Diamond Head is one of my must-do items when I'm in Oahu. Visiting Pearl Harbor and the Iolani Palace is worthwhile due to their historical significance (they can be quite emotional experiences). The Foster Botanical Garden is beautiful, and I highly recommend the Bishop Museum. Waikiki Beach is cool to visit, but Lanikai Beach is prettier. A few notes: - All the beaches I visited have public restrooms, but none of them had soap any time I was there, so if you're going, bring your own hand sanitizer. - Sunscreen must be reef-safe.

Posted: October 31, 2022
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Solo travel experience

My recommendations: Lanikai and Kailua beaches are beautiful, while Polo Beach is a nudist beach. For free snorkeling, check out Electric Beach and Shark's Cove. Go hiking on Koko Head, preferably in the morning, as it gets hot in the afternoon and there is no shade on the trail. If you're an adrenaline junkie, you may want to try the three peaks, but beware - the third peak is the most dangerous and tragedies have occurred there, so I do not recommend this route. Take surfing lessons! Free shark diving tours are available, which means you will be in the water with sharks without a cage. In the north, there's the opportunity to skydive. As for food, there are great food trucks in the north, and the shrimp at Giovanni's is the best.

Posted: October 29, 2022
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Is Honolulu safe for women?

It depends on the area that you are in, but overall it’s a pretty safe place to be. Of course, be mindful of your surroundings and don’t leave any valuables any out in the open (e.g.: on the seat of your car, on top of all of your stuff at the beach).

Posted: May 22, 2024
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Is Honolulu safe right now?

Before your visit to Honolulu, it's essential to check travel advisories for United States, including your home country's official travel advisory. These advisories can provide up-to-date information on safety, health, and any specific considerations for travelers.

Canada's Travel AdvisoryTake normal security precautions

**The Canadian Government advises taking normal security precautions in the United States.** Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: May 22, 2024

Australia's Travel AdvisoryTake normal security precautions

The Australian Government advises to exercise normal safety precautions in the United States of America. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: April 2, 2024

Is Honolulu worth visiting?

Overall rating

3.9 /5

based on 7 experiences

Solo travel experience

Honolulu is amazing. I traveled there by myself, rented a car for a few days, drove around the island, climbed Diamond Head, participated in a Luau, went to Hanauma Bay, swam with sharks on the North Shore, visited Waimea Valley, went to a coffee and macadamia nut plantation, swam in the ocean, saw sea turtles. It all felt like paradise.

Posted: October 1, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

Absolutely loved my time here the people were so welcoming and friendly. I worked at a bar / club for a few weeks as they have a high turnover rate bc of the travelers that frequent Hawaii. It’s got tons of delicious food and beautiful beaches, amazing hikes and the weather was perfect.

Posted: June 29, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 2/5Safety: 5/5
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