Although the name Honolulu means “calm port”, the state capital of Hawaii is anything but calm – Honolulu is a happening city bursting with life. Located on Oahu Island, in the Pacific Ocean, Honolulu acts as the key entryway to Hawaii and the rest of the United States. This populous city boasts historic landmarks, a vibrant cultural arts scene, excellent shopping, good food, and a bustling nightlife.
The city of Honolulu spans across the southeastern shores of Oahu, from Pearl Harbour to Makapuu Point, surrounding Waikiki, which is located on its south shore. One of the world’s most famous beaches, Waikiki Beach is a must-visit. Be inspired by legendary Olympic swimming gold medalist Duke Kahanamoku, who grew up surfing at Waikiki. He was a passionate waterman who actively spread and made popular surfing as a sport, and was eventually known as ‘the father of modern surfing’. The iconic Duke Kahanamoku statue was erected in recognition of his contributions. Learn how to surf, play volleyball and go sun tanning on Waikiki’s tame waves and silvery shores. Other than the beach, visitors can explore the Honolulu Zoo and Waikiki Aquarium too for wholesome family fun.
Just half an hour away from Waikiki is Pearl Harbor and the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial, the most visited place in Hawaii. Take a tour of the museums to understand the history of World War II and the Pearl Harbour tragedy, which claimed the lives of over a thousand marines. Pay your respects at the white U-shaped memorial, constructed to resemble a bridge, and solemnly view the names of the brave navy men etched on its marble walls.
Another attraction not to be missed is Diamond Head, a 300,000-year-old crater formed by a single volcanic eruption. After thousands of years, the sooty ash emitted finally settled, creating a tuff cone. Presently, Diamond Head is the perfect spot for sightseeing, offering one of the island’s most scenic hiking trails. The 760-foot ascent is worth the climb; when you reach the top of the rim, behold stunning panoramas of Waikiki Beach and the Pacific Ocean below. Another trail to consider is the Koko Head Crater Trail, where a relatively short but strenuous upward hike rewards trekkers with a breathtaking view. Before embarking on these trails, hikers should wear shoes with a good grip, ensuring safety on steep tracks. Families with children or the elderly might want to consider the Makapuu Lighthouse Trail, an easier route with a gentler incline. The Manoa Falls is also an option, where a short hike leads you to a beautiful waterfall.
The most common mode of transport around Honolulu is by bus, and TheBus is Oahu’s official transit service. Fares are at a standard rate, paid daily. For tourists intending to stay longer, purchasing a 4-Day Pass is highly encouraged to make travelling the city more affordable. With this pass, passengers have access to over 4,000 stops in a network comprising 100 bus routes, making it possible to reach various destinations island wide.
If you prefer getting around by car, you could rent a car to explore Honolulu. As parking overnight may be expensive, you could do day-to-day rental to save money. Alternatively, you can simply flag a taxi. Most island-born taxi drivers pride themselves on being “ambassadors of aloha”, and will be able to take you on tours to Honolulu’s popular attractions. Shuttle and trolley services are also available, but these are more expensive compared to other forms of transport.
With so many airlines offering competitive rates on flights to Honolulu from various parts of the globe, it is easy to secure a good deal. Book a trip to Honolulu now, and discover the happening city and its beautiful natural landscapes.
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