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Best Things to Do in Honolulu

Featured Honolulu Travel Tips
  • Stroll Honolulu’s famous Waikiki Beach
  • Visit Mokuleia Beach at sunrise to beat the crowds
  • Hike the cliffs at Makapuu Lookout
  • Picnic a Ala Moana Beach Park
  • Capture memories on a Flytographer photoshoot

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Maritel's Travel Tips for Honolulu

What are the best places to eat and drink in Honolulu?

Helena's is hands down our favorite local spot in Honolulu! We make sure to get in a few meals there every time we visit. Best Hawaiian food and customer service on Oahu!

What are the best things to do in Honolulu?

Lanikai Pillbox hike was a favorite activity for our family. Our two boys enjoyed the trek up the mountain and enjoyed the views from the pillbox! Waimea Valley was another amazing destination. We enjoyed the short hike to the waterfall and swimming in the waterfall is a MUST! So refreshing and exciting! They also have the BEST Spicy Bloody Mary's at the bar!

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to Honolulu?

Bring lots of snacks and sunblock to the beach! Take the kids hiking too! It's a great way to get their energy out and be with nature.

Visited Honolulu in April

Photo Shoot Location: Kualoa Beach (Northeast Shore)

Tara in Honolulu for Flytographer


Bryant's Travel Tips for Honolulu

What are the best things to do in Honolulu?

One of our favorite experiences was a catamaran Whale Watching tour through Hawaii Nautical! Wonderful staff, great time on the water, and an open bar made for a fun time.

Visited Honolulu in December

Photo Shoot Location: Ala Moana Beach Park (South Shore)

Daniella in Honolulu for Flytographer


Traci's Travel Tips for Honolulu

What are the best places to eat and drink in Honolulu?

Definitely, Cheeseburger Paradise! The service, atmosphere, and food was exceptional.

What are the best things to do in Honolulu?

The Glass Bottom Boat Tour, Scuba Diving, and the photo shoot. Our photographer showed us hidden gems at Makapuu Lookout. The beaches and landmarks were beautiful there as well.

What is the best tip for a romantic getaway in Honolulu?

Stay at the Alohilani Hotel in Oahu! Staying off the beach and waking up to a rainbow every morning was very romantic. Waikiki Beach is breathtaking at night.

Visited Honolulu in August

Photo Shoot Location: Makapuu Lookout ( East Shore)

Daniella in Honolulu for Flytographer


Lindsay's Travel Tips for Honolulu

What are the best places to eat and drink in Honolulu?

Koko Head Cafe for breakfast was delicious! If you’re looking for a fancy night out go to Gaslamp. It is a speakeasy in the back of an Irish pub, reservation only and dress code required.

What is the best tip for celebrating your birthday in Honolulu?

Gaslamp was exactly what we needed to have a fancy night out for my birthday.

Visited Honolulu in January

Photo Shoot Location: Waialae Beach Park (South Shore)

Lauren in Honolulu for Flytographer


RUTHIE's Travel Tips for Honolulu

What are the best places to eat and drink in Honolulu?

Mitsu-Ken, Side Street Inn, and Giovanni Shrimp Truck

What are the best things to do in Honolulu?

North Shore, Aulani, surfing, hiking, landmarks, and the friendly Aloha spirit.

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to Honolulu?

There’s so much outdoor activities for families with kids.

Visited Honolulu in January

Photo Shoot Location: Kualoa Beach (Northeast Shore)

Daniella in Honolulu for Flytographer


Uzma's Travel Tips for Honolulu

What are the best places to eat and drink in Honolulu?

Tiki's Bar & Grill was amazing for its view on the balcony, service, and the food. Nothing was bad about it at all. Our second favorite was Fete. Intimate, service, food, and quality was over the top. Book early!

What are the best things to do in Honolulu?

We loved the Glass Bottom Boat and hiking Manoa Falls.

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to Honolulu?

Breakfast included hotels aren't worth it tbh, plus you miss out on amazing breakfast/brunch options if you stick to breakfast at the hotel. If your kids are old enough, leave them at the hotel or with a sitter and go to a nice eatery or excursion with the partner because not every activity is kid friendly or interesting to them. Taking our own beach towels was awesome, but wish we'd gotten our own beach chairs as well.

Visited Honolulu in December

Photo Shoot Location: Diamond Head (South Shore)

Lauren in Honolulu for Flytographer


Molly's Travel Tips for Honolulu

What are the best places to eat and drink in Honolulu?

Roy’s Beach House at Turtle Bay. Delicious food!

What are the best things to do in Honolulu?

Kualoa Ranch ATV tour

Visited Honolulu in December

Photo Shoot Location: Kualoa Beach (Northeast Shore)

Enzo in Honolulu for Flytographer


Rayna's Travel Tips for Honolulu

What are the best places to eat and drink in Honolulu?

Make sure to swing by Maui Mike’s Fire Roasted Chicken. It’s delicious, the chicken falls right off the bone. We also loved Roy’s in Ko’Olina. The fish was excellent.

What are the best things to do in Honolulu?

We really enjoyed the Polynesian Cultural Center! The staff were so personable and we loved the experience. The luau was quite tasty too! Splurge for the VIP experience, you won’t regret it. And above all - book a sunset photo session with Flytographer and let your photographer pick the location. You will not be disappointed!

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to Honolulu?

If you’re traveling from the East Coast, stop on the West Coast for a few days to adjust to the time difference. Made all the difference with my kiddos and their sleep. Also, just embrace the island way of life - slow down and enjoy. We let the kiddos set the pace of our vacation, and it was so relaxing!

Visited Honolulu in December

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Enzo in Honolulu for Flytographer


Afrid's Travel Tips for Honolulu

What are the best places to eat and drink in Honolulu?

Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck Kona Coffee Purveyors Vintage Island Shave Ice Leonard’s Bakery

What are the best things to do in Honolulu?

East shore Beaches

Visited Honolulu in November

Photo Shoot Location: Makapuu Lookout ( East Shore)

Daniella in Honolulu for Flytographer


Roy's Travel Tips for Honolulu

What are the best places to eat and drink in Honolulu?

If you're in search of authentic hawaiian food i recommend Dukes, although it's very touristy and busy most of the time but their food there is very hawaiian.

What are the best things to do in Honolulu?

Snorkeling as well as swimming with the dolphins at the Kahala

What is the best tip for a romantic getaway in Honolulu?

If one wants to get away from the hustle and bustle of waikiki and opt for a more relax and quiet getaway try the east side by Waialae/Kahala area perfect for a romantic getaway.

Visited Honolulu in November

Photo Shoot Location: Waialae Beach Park (South Shore)

Daniella in Honolulu for Flytographer


Marcie's Travel Tips for Honolulu

What are the best things to do in Honolulu?

We loved the ATV Raptor tour at Kualoa Ranch. It was such a fun way to explore the beautiful valleys featured in Jurassic Park! We also loved the Experience Nutridge Luau since it's a small, intimate event that feels like you're hanging out with family.

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to Honolulu?

I recommend doing a split stay so you can get out and explore Oahu for the first half of your trip and then just relax at a resort such as Disney Aulani or the Hilton Hawaiian Village for the rest of your trip.

Visited Honolulu in November

Photo Shoot Location: Kualoa Beach (Northeast Shore)

Natalie in Honolulu for Flytographer


Mel's Travel Tips for Honolulu

What are the best places to eat and drink in Honolulu?

Chart House, delicious food!

What are the best things to do in Honolulu?

Hanauma Bay for snorkeling, flea market at aloha stadium

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to Honolulu?

Nope! No kids here!!

Visited Honolulu in November

Photo Shoot Location: Waikiki Beach (South Shore)

Enzo in Honolulu for Flytographer


Jose's Travel Tips for Honolulu

What are the best places to eat and drink in Honolulu?

Sidestreet Inn- Kapahulu A hidden gem we found the day of the proposal and it was the PERFECT place. The kalbi beef was PHENOMINAL. Germaine’ Luau It’s a feast like no other! The BEST food I had on Hawaii during my trip, can’t beat that fresh smoked pig! The drinks are refreshing and the sides on the main dish are DELICIOUS!

What are the best things to do in Honolulu?

Dole Plantation, Pearl Harbor, Turtle beach! The Sky bar is a MUST for a beautiful sunset with delicious drinks! Halona beach cove because that’s where I proposed! It’s a more private area that’s beautiful!

Visited Honolulu in November

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Enzo in Honolulu for Flytographer


Morgan's Travel Tips for Honolulu

What are the best places to eat and drink in Honolulu?

Our favorite restaurant was Charterhouse on Waikiki beach it had a nice brunch and beautiful view. We also enjoyed Haleiwa Joe’s seafood.

What are the best things to do in Honolulu?

Makupuu point and the lighthouse trail were incredible!

What is your best travel tip for Honolulu?

If you are an adventurous type it was really neat to hike to Manoa Falls and see where they filmed a scene in Jurassic park.

Visited Honolulu in October

Photo Shoot Location: Makapuu Lookout ( East Shore)

Lauren in Honolulu for Flytographer


Keanna's Travel Tips for Honolulu

What are the best places to eat and drink in Honolulu?

Adela’s Country Kitchen in Kaneohe has Hawaiian pasta and they are AMAAAZING!

What are the best things to do in Honolulu?

Go to the North Shore for a relaxed vacation. North Shore has plenty of activities to do and food to eat! Not too touristy.

Visited Honolulu in October

Photo Shoot Location: Makapuu Lookout ( East Shore)

Daniella in Honolulu for Flytographer


Shannon's Travel Tips for Honolulu

What are the best places to eat and drink in Honolulu?

Dukes Waikiki is amazing food and delicious tropical drinks. Love that place. We ate at Roy's Waikiki and had a delicious seafood dinner. It was some of the best fish I have ever eaten.

What are the best things to do in Honolulu?

Taking our engagement photos with Flytographer! Snorkeling in Hanauma Bay, Surfing at Waikiki beach, and Germaine's Luau!

What is your best travel tip for Honolulu?

Rent a convertible and drive with the top down!

Visited Honolulu in October

Photo Shoot Location: Mokuleia Beach (North Shore)

Lauren in Honolulu for Flytographer


Sally's Travel Tips for Honolulu

What are the best places to eat and drink in Honolulu?

Island Vintage Cafe for their açaí bowls. Surf n Turf for their shrimp and kalbi tacos!

Visited Honolulu in September

Photo Shoot Location: Makapuu Lookout ( East Shore)

Lauren in Honolulu for Flytographer


Donald's Travel Tips for Honolulu

What are the best places to eat and drink in Honolulu?

Along the beautiful sands of Waikiki Beach, the oceanfront Mai Tai Bar is an ideal setting for enjoying the Waikiki scene while sipping on your favorite umbrella drink and savoring tasty cuisine (www.royal-hawaiian.com/dining-overview/mai-tai-bar), loved everything about that bar. Also, I highly recommend the bar and restaurant at Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club where I've stayed, great ambiance and yet cuisine (surfjack.com)

What are the best things to do in Honolulu?

Loved hiking to Diamond Head and enjoy the spectacular views of Honolulu. Also recommend visiting the Honolulu Museum of Art (HoMA), amazing collection. Also is great to walk all around the beautiful shops along Kalakaua Avenue. Also a great way to discover more of Honolulu is to take the blue and red lines with the Trolley (waikikitrolley.com). Also must visit the Polynesian Cultural Center which brings to life the spirit of Polynesia through its six Polynesian villages, luau, and evening show (www.polynesia.com)

What is the best tip for solo travel in Honolulu?

So much to see and do in Honolulu from hiking to Diamond Head to doing all of the cultural things Honolulu has to offer from visiting the Museum of Art to Polynesian Cultural Center and beyond

Visited Honolulu in October

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Enzo in Honolulu for Flytographer


Elizabeth's Travel Tips for Honolulu

What are the best places to eat and drink in Honolulu?

Sweet E’s Cafe, their breakfast was delicious and quick. But not cheap! Waiola Shave ice was amazing!

What are the best things to do in Honolulu?

A circle island tour is a must!

Visited Honolulu in October

Photo Shoot Location: Waimanalo Beach (East Shore)

Enzo in Honolulu for Flytographer


Candace's Travel Tips for Honolulu

What are the best places to eat and drink in Honolulu?

Sunrise Shack had the best vegan options!

What are the best things to do in Honolulu?

Kualoa Ranch and Holokai Catamaran snorkel and sail! Some our favorite parts of our vacation.

What is the best tip for celebrating your anniversary in Honolulu?

Lots of beach time and family time!

Visited Honolulu in October

Photo Shoot Location: Kualoa Beach (Northeast Shore)

Daniella in Honolulu for Flytographer


Clara's Travel Tips for Honolulu

What are the best places to eat and drink in Honolulu?

Cafe Kopi, Alicia’s Market

What are the best things to do in Honolulu?

Ko Olina lagoons, Lanikai, North Shore eateries

What is the best tip for celebrating your anniversary in Honolulu?

Do a flytographer photoshoot at Lanikai with Natalie!

Visited Honolulu in August

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Natalie in Honolulu for Flytographer


Samantha's Travel Tips for Honolulu

What are the best places to eat and drink in Honolulu?

Murakame udon because it’s delicious!!

What are the best things to do in Honolulu?

Botanical garden, light hike up to lighthouse

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to Honolulu?

Be sure to feed the kids before heading out on a trip, bring extra clothes, food and water.

Visited Honolulu in August

Photo Shoot Location: Waikiki Beach (South Shore)

Enzo in Honolulu for Flytographer


Isabel's Travel Tips for Honolulu

What are the best places to eat and drink in Honolulu?

Sky

What are the best things to do in Honolulu?

Catamaran

Visited Honolulu in August

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Lauren in Honolulu for Flytographer


Ryan's Travel Tips for Honolulu

What are the best places to eat and drink in Honolulu?

Big Wave Daves Coffee and Surf Shop

What are the best things to do in Honolulu?

Surfing

Visited Honolulu in August

Photo Shoot Location: Makapuu Lookout ( East Shore)

Laura in Honolulu for Flytographer


Megan's Travel Tips for Honolulu

What are the best places to eat and drink in Honolulu?

Aloha Melt! The best grilled cheese on the whole island! 1000%

What are the best things to do in Honolulu?

Kualoa Ranch is top of the list! Such a great place! And the beach right across is stunning for photos, relaxing and hanging out!

What is the best tip for celebrating your anniversary in Honolulu?

Don’t go to the cookie-cutter tourist places! Explore! Go see what else there’s out there, eat at different places! You won’t regret it

Visited Honolulu in August

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Lauren in Honolulu for Flytographer


April's Travel Tips for Honolulu

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to Honolulu?

Use BabyQuip instead of flying with your car seats, strollers, etc.

Visited Honolulu in August

Photo Shoot Location: Kualoa Beach (Northeast Shore)

Daniella in Honolulu for Flytographer


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