Honolulu, the largest city of Hawaii, is perched between the beaches to its south and mountain cliffs to the north. The city, including the metropolitan area, has almost 1 million residents and number of important tourist attractions to make your vacation quite special. Many believe summers to be cheapest time to fly to Hawaii.
In terms of tourism, transportation and stay, one could always expect to have a great time in this city as Waikiki beach has all the offerings for a wholesome vacation. It was a couple of years back that this city was ranked among the safest cities in the United States.
1.Weather: The overall climate of Honolulu may be described as topical and moderate with mild changes in temperature round the year. As for temperature of sea water, one would be surprised to learn that its average for the summer months is barely 2°C greater than that during winter months. Many tourist places are generally sunny as Honolulu lies on the leeward side of Oahu. Summer season is reckoned as the cheapest time to fly to Hawaii as numerous airline operators provide direct as well as connecting flights to Honolulu.
2.Transportation: As you reach the international airport here, you may opt for Airport Waikiki Express that provides shuttle services between the airport and beach-side hotels every half hour. City buses comes as an affordable option for conveyance to your hotel as they take you through the city’s downtown area. At the same time, these local buses have luggage limitations and if you are traveling with considerable luggage, you may hire local taxis.
3.Local Hawaii Food: Offering a wide range of Hawaiian and international cuisines, you may find numerous ways of gratifying your appetite in this beautiful city. For some classic Hawaiian food, you may take to Helena’s or have a Hawaiian plate People’s Cafe. Do not miss out on local delicacies like kalua pig, lau lau, poi and taro paste. Further, you may also savor some Asian food at Japanese, Chinese, Korean Filipino and Thai restaurants. So book your flights to Honolulu this season and satiate your gastronomic desires the Hawaiian way.
4.Ocean Sports: Many reckon Hawaii among the water sports headquarters of the world. What makes your beach fun more special is the salubrious climate and moderate waters. For a staggering surfing experience, you may hit the northern shore of Oahu. Other interesting places for water sports include Waikiki, Diamond Head, Ala Moana Beach Park, Sandy’s and Kakaʻako.
Places To Explore
1 Hanauma Bay: Hanauma Bay is located near the local town called Hawaii Kai and is an ideal place for water activities like snorkeling. The bay features beautiful golden sands and has a natural reserve and marine sanctuary. Here you would also get to see a brief video on preservation of marine life and undertake a 5-minute hike to the bottom of crater. The site remains closed on Tuesdays and you may avoid entrance and parking fee if you manage to reach here between 6-7 am in the morning.
2 Pearl Harbor: Pearl Harbor is a famous memorial at Honolulu that takes you down the memory lane to showcase a bleak episode of the American past. It was at the height of the Second World War when a Japanese aircraft ambushed the American Navy stationed at Pearl Harbor. This provoked the US to enter the war which eventually proved to the turning point of one of the most destructive wars of human history. Here you could buy a ticket for Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona Memorial and watch a 30-minute educational movie.
3 Honolulu Zoo / Waikiki Aquarium: Honolulu Zoo lies on the east side of Waikiki and sprawls over 42 acres in the form of lush green gardens and fascinating exhibits. It features 905 animals of various species but those belonging to tropical climates are quite preponderant here. So orangutan and komodo dragon would always be a delight to watch here. Then there are exhibits of a wide range of flora native to Hawaii and nearby islands.
You may also take to the Waikiki Aquarium which is almost a stone’s throw away from the Honolulu Zoo. This would be a great way of learning about the marine life as you would be witnessing Hawaiian monk seals having some great time here. The entry fee for the zoo is $14 and that for the aquarium is $12.
4 Honolulu Chinatown: The Chinatown area of Honolulu is a bustling marketplace but visitors may not find it quite chaotic like the ones in Manila or Bangkok. Fresh fruits, vegetables, fish and meat would induce your senses to go for some fresh foods. Similarly, there are decorated restaurants serving Thai, Filipino and Chinese food. At Char Hung Sut, you could try baozi and Cantonese dumplings prepared in Hawaiian style.
5 Waikiki: As a prominent tourist site of Hawaii, Waikiki is a long stretch of sands on the southern shore of Honolulu. It is rife with high rise hotels and resorts that are flanked along the beach. You may take to this iconic beach even if you are not staying here as there are plenty of shopping, dining and beach activity options at your service. Then you may spend some time at Ala Moana Center, the largest shopping mall of Honolulu.
6 Manoa Falls: Manoa Falls hike, unlike dry hikes like Diamond Head and Koko Head, offers abundant bounties of nature in the form of lush green jungle hike. It is a fairly easy hike that takes about 30 minutes walk through the dense tropical forest with a marvelous waterfall at the end of the trail.
The entire hike is graced with beautiful plants, native Hawaiian trees and a scenic waterfall. Flights to Honolulu are available with special deals as a reliable tour operator would help you craft a perfect itinerary to this city.