Honolulu Attractions

Thanks to the clear, sea life-filled waters of the Pacific that lap the island's shores (and the tropical climate), Honolulu is the perfect place to learn different water activities, or make good use of the ones you're already experienced in.

First and foremost in Honolulu is surfing, for which the island of Oahu has become famous. Independent instructors, private companies, and the nicer hotels each have their unique teaching styles. For complete beginners, don't be intimidated by pictures or video you've seen of the monster waves off Oahu's coasts - you'll most likely be taken to the gentler waters off of Waikiki, where there's little risk of injury but waves just big enough to learn on.

To the east of the city and at several other places within a reasonable driving distance, there are reefs and coves that make perfect spots for snorkeling. Some are quite calm and sheltered, providing an excellent spot for a snorkeling adventure with children. Or, to get further out and down to see what deeper waters have to offer, SCUBA diving might be a better bet. There are outfits that give lessons and that take out small dive groups of every experience level. Surf n Sea is a staple on the North shore landscape, built in 1921 and housing the premiere surf shop since 1965, Surf n Sea has it all. Surf gear and apparel for most ocean activities, not to mention tours, lessons, sales and rentals, plus plenty of souvenirs.

For on-land exploration, an excellent way to get around and explore Honolulu (or the rest of the island for that matter!) is on a bicycle or moped. Easily rentable at several shops, this is an easy way to see more of the city or the whole island without the hassle of arranging a driver or renting a car.

Another obvious on-land excursion is to go for a hike, such as up the Diamond Head State Monument, which is easily visible on the southeastern end of the City. The hike to the peak is a fairly easy one, and the panoramic views of the city and sea from the top are definitely worth the walk.

Visit Honolulu's most famous site, Pearl Harbor. The tragic occurrences and subsequent world-changing events associated with this naval base make it a crucial part of American history and heritage. While the harbor is quite large, the Visitor's Center and Arizona Memorial are the hubs of tourism. There are so many things to do, Honolulu might just overwhelm you.

Pearl Harbor

1 Arizona Memorial Place

Most Famous Site... read more

Polynesian Cultural Center

55-370 Kamehameha Highway

Island Theme Park... read more

Diamond Head State Monument

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Diamond Head Road and 18th Avenue

Iconic crater... read more

Hanauma Bay Marine Preserve

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7455 Kalanianaole Highway
(Kalanianaole Highway at the Hanauma Bay turnoff)

Snorkeling Paradise... read more

Waikiki Beach

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Waikiki Beachfront

Colorful Center of Honolulu... read more

Bishop Museum

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1525 Bernice St
Just off Kalihi St. (aka Likelike Hwy.)

Museum of Honolulu... read more

Manoa Falls

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Trail begins at the end of Manoa Road
Manoa Falls Trail

Natural beauty of Waikiki... read more

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Skyline Trail

2270 Kalakaua Avenue, Suite 801

Over a dozen cinder cones and craters... read more

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Lahaina Pali Trail

2270 Kalakaua Avenue, Suite 801

Excellent scenic vistas... read more

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Waihee Ridge Trail

2270 Kalakaua Avenue, Suite 801

Multitude of views... read more

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Waikamoi Ridge Trail

2270 Kalakaua Avenue, Suite 801

Climbs a forested slope to a picnic site... read more

Honolulu Academy of Arts

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900 S. Beretania St
Thomas Square Historic District

Fine Arts Museum... read more

Contemporary Museum

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2411 Makiki Heights Dr

Art & Tranquility... read more

Hawaii Activities.com

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1 Aloha Tower Drive
(Box 137)

Worry-free planning for tours and adventures...
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Kato Golf Tours

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439 Kamani Street, Suite 202

For Japanese golfers primarily... read more

Mauka Makai Excursions

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350 Ward Ave, Suite 106

Cultural field trips galore... read more

Waialae Country Club

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4997 Kahala Avenue

Golf & Much More... read more

Ala Moana Shopping Center

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1450 Ala Moana Boulevard

The heart of Honolulu and the largest shopping center in Hawaii... read more

Serenity Spa Hawaii

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2169 Kalia Road, Second Floor
Diamond Head Tower, Outrigger Reef on the Beach

Luxury Spa... read more

Bailey's Antiques & Aloha Shirts

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517 Kapahulu Ave

Everything from Books to Surfboards... read more
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