Honolulu Travel Guide

Though Honolulu is an absolute wonderland of spectacular beaches, lush rainforests and breathtaking volcanic landscapes, it's far from the quiet and isolated resorts that many associate with the islands. Rather, Hawaii's capital is a bustling city of nearly a million people, where a glorious tropical climate and an intoxicating cosmopolitan energy give travellers plenty of opportunities to play.

The destination is essentially a microcosm of Hawaii. Visitors can spend their morning paddling a kayak or taking a surf lesson, shop 'til they drop in the boutiques of the Ala Moana Center, and attend a luau (a traditional Hawaiian feast featuring Native Hawaiian cuisine and traditional music) or take in a show at the Polynesian Cultural Center in the evening. The city itself has many attractions, and visitors will enjoy visiting the Waikiki Aquarium and Honolulu Zoo (both in Kapiolani Park), peering into Diamond Head Crater, and having fun on one of the many stunning beaches in Waikiki.

Honolulu has many excellent restaurants, a lively nightlife, and enough souvenir shops to satisfy even the most avid bargain-hunter. The hustle and bustle of the city may not be everyone's idea of a romantic holiday in Hawaii, but a few days in Honolulu is a must on any island getaway.