Updated: Aug 20
LOS ANGELES-Honolulu, located on the island of Oahu, is agreed upon by the Natives "best for tourists". With its nature, water sports, shopping, and great food, Honolulu is a must on your bucket list. The residents are very friendly, helpful, and ready to share their culture.
Of the two volcanoes that formed Oahu, Diamond Head is the most popular. It stands prominently on the island. We suggest hiking to the top! Diamond Head can be seen from Waikiki Beach and many other locations on the island. So, you can still get your perfect photo op.
Clear, light blue and warm waters, make the beaches in Honolulu exceptional. There’s a perfect combination of mild waters as well as waves for surfers. Waikiki Beach stretches from Diamond Head and extends along the beachfront hotels. There are many water activities to indulge in – surfing, catamarans, and canoeing. Try something new and check out canoe surfing, which can only be found in Hawaii. Once you've got your fix of Waikiki, head over to Lanikai Beach to skip the crowd. Though it is much smaller that Waikiki and secluded, the scenery remains beautiful. About a mile away from Lanikai Beach is Buzz’s, a great steak and seafood house. Reservations should be made, due to the restaurant's high volume of people trying to see what all of "the buzz" is about.
As you may expect from looking at pictures of Hawaii, there are many luaus in Honolulu. While not on the beach, The Chief’s Luau is a waterfront luau with views of the ocean as you look onto the stage, watching performances. The Chief is an actual Hawaiian Chief (rulers of the island), who shares his stories about the early beginnings of Hawaii and how he and his family settled on the islands. Fun fact: not all of the dancers are Hawaiian. There are Tahitians, New Zealanders and other Pacific Islanders. And let's not leave out the fire dancers. They add even more excitement to the performance.
If you're looking to be adventurous, take a hike in the rainforest. No matter your skill level, there are options for you.
The rainforest is very scenic, and offers many views for great pictures; even one in front of a waterfall. Keep in mind that it is a rainforest so rain is likely. You can bring a poncho or purchase one from the store at the entrance of the rainforest.
Take Speedi-Shuttle from the airport, it’s approximately $15 to most Waikiki hotels.
Neither Uber nor Lyft are authorized for pick-up at the airport, but you can use them to get around anywhere else in town.
Uber or Lyft is sometimes cheaper overall than renting a car. Hotel parking can be expensive; some hotels charge as much as $30 per day.
There are no large dogs on the island. It’s said that if you happen to see a large dog, be on alert.
There are no snakes on the island either.
Unlike some other islands, there are not peddlers hounding you to buy their goods.