Is Honolulu Worth Visiting?

A jewel nestled in the Pacific Ocean, Honolulu is the lively capital city of the tropical paradise, Hawaii, located on the southeastern coast of Oahu. Synonymous with pristine beaches, Honolulu is globally acknowledged for the world-famous Waikiki Beach that brings surfing lovers from around the globe. Also renowned as a hub of history and culture, the city is home to Pearl Harbor, the only royal palace in the U.S at Iolani Palace, and Bishop Museum, allowing a deep dive into the intriguing Polynesian past of the islands. Offering an impressive backdrop of mountain ranges, rich biodiversity at Honolulu Zoo and Waikiki Aquarium, native Hawaiian cuisine and a vibrant nightlife, Honolulu embodies the epitome of a tropical city escape.

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Overall rating

3.9 /5

based on 6 experiences

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Things to do

3.9/5

Safety

4.6/5

Food

4.1/5

Budget-friendly

2.3/5

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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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Alyssa

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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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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
Things to do: 4/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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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
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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The three main attractions for me are: - Pearl Harbor. You need to get tickets in advance for Arizona. They disappear in a second. - Hanauma Bay for snorkeling. Advanced tickets are also needed for this. I recommend early morning. It's calmer. - Diamond Head. You also need advance tickets, but they are much easier to get.

Posted: July 11, 2022
Things to do: 3/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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