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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


Ashley's Travel Tips for Honolulu

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

Helena's Hawaiian, Matsumoto's Shave Ice, Marugame Udon, Paia Fish Market, Leonard's

What are the best things to do in Honolulu?

Kualoa Ranch was breath taking, exploring the North Shore, Polynesian Cultural Center, eating all the food...especially Helena's Hawaiian, Matsumoto's Shave Ice, musubi!, Marugame Udon.

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

Try to go with the flow, but also have an itinerary, in order to maximize your time in Honolulu and ensure that you book tickets to different activities/excursions ahead of time because things get booked up, quick!

Visited Honolulu in June

Photo Shoot Location: Kualoa Beach (Northeast Shore)

Daniella in Honolulu for Flytographer


Jennifer's Travel Tips for Honolulu

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

Monkey pod

Visited Honolulu in June

Photo Shoot Location: Paradise Cove

Natalie in Honolulu for Flytographer


Kristaline's Travel Tips for Honolulu

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

Side Street Inn was sooo Yummy!

What are the best things to do in Honolulu?

Sights

Visited Honolulu in May

Photo Shoot Location: Waialae Beach Park (South Shore)

Laura in Honolulu for Flytographer


Vanessa's Travel Tips for Honolulu

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

Shore at the Hyatt.

What are the best things to do in Honolulu?

Kualoa Ranch.

What is the best tip for going on your babymoon to Honolulu?

Rest and relaxation is key for a pleasant babymoon stay.

Visited Honolulu in May

Photo Shoot Location: Kualoa Beach (Northeast Shore)

Enzo in Honolulu for Flytographer


Steph's Travel Tips for Honolulu

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

Poke Fix for the best poke on Oahu! Also Goma Tei for ramen - it’s worth it even I’m 30 degree weather!

What are the best things to do in Honolulu?

Lanikai Beach will forever be our favourite.

What is the best tip for going on your honeymoon to Honolulu?

BOOK FLYTOGRAPHER.

Visited Honolulu in May

Photo Shoot Location: Waialae Beach Park (South Shore)

Enzo in Honolulu for Flytographer


Kathy's Travel Tips for Honolulu

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

Marugame Udon was such a flavorful treat! The curry was delicious! And the udon lived up to the hype. Our Mother’s Day brunch at Bali was expensive but delicious!

What are the best things to do in Honolulu?

Kids (age 6 and 4) loved Sea Life park (the bird area, dolphin show, and seal show). It’s a small park but easy with young kids. Aulani was magical. Absolutely worth every pretty penny.

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

Be prepared for a LONG wait for a rental car. Bring snacks. Get Disney gift cards ahead of time if staying at Aulani, can use for room and all charges on room! Better if you can get at a discount! Go City Pass helped us save some money

Visited Honolulu in May

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Enzo in Honolulu for Flytographer


Rowena's Travel Tips for Honolulu

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

Kouign amann from Kona coffee purveyors were incredibly buttery and flakey. Paired with a hot cup of drip coffee or cappuccino and your day is off to a perfect start.

What are the best things to do in Honolulu?

Snorkeling at Hanauma bay is a must. Make sure to make reservations online 2 days in advance right at 7am because spots fill up in minutes.

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

We preferred the intimate feel of north shore island living over the busy city feel of south shore.

Visited Honolulu in May

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Enzo in Honolulu for Flytographer


Janet's Travel Tips for Honolulu

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

We love Rainbows for their plate lunches. We also love Curry House CoCo Ichibanya for so yummy Japanese Curry!

What are the best things to do in Honolulu?

Our stay at the Aulani Resort, Our ATV tour at Kauloa Ranch, and our time with our flytographer!!

Visited Honolulu in April

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Natalie in Honolulu for Flytographer


Bonita's Travel Tips for Honolulu

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

Waikiki brewing!

What are the best things to do in Honolulu?

Hiking to the top of diamond head - the view is amazing.

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

Get a compact stroller as it can get crowded on the sidewalk at times.

Visited Honolulu in April

Photo Shoot Location: Waikiki Beach (South Shore)

Enzo in Honolulu for Flytographer


Char's Travel Tips for Honolulu

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

Marukame Udon - MUST TRY if you're a ramen/udon fan Cheeseburger in Paradise Hawaii Ice Cream Rolls (food truck) SKY Waikiki Giovannis Shrimp Leonard's malasadas

What are the best things to do in Honolulu?

Go to the north shore, hang out on the quieter beaches Polynesian Cultural Centre Kualoa Ranch

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

Don't do it!!! A travel bed if possible, connecting rooms or a one-bedroom if possible.

Visited Honolulu in April

Photo Shoot Location: Waialae Beach Park (South Shore)

Enzo in Honolulu for Flytographer


Jessica's Travel Tips for Honolulu

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

Suntory Restaurant because it was delicious, authentic Japanese food. Castro’s Waikiki - the food was amazing, and they had excellent customer service!

Visited Honolulu in April

Photo Shoot Location: Sandy Beach (East Shore)

Laura in Honolulu for Flytographer


Joanna's Travel Tips for Honolulu

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

Duke's Waikiki was a definite must! Yummy food and good drinks with a beautiful view 😍

What are the best things to do in Honolulu?

There was a definite tie between Jurassic Adventure tour at Kualoa Ranch and The Polynesian Center!

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

There's soooo much to do with kids in Honolulu. With a 6, 8 and 10 year old we were here for a week and they never got bored!

Visited Honolulu in April

Photo Shoot Location: Kualoa Beach (Northeast Shore)

Daniella in Honolulu for Flytographer


Lisa's Travel Tips for Honolulu

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

Monkey Pod, great food and awesome live music. The location is perfect if you're staying in Ko Olina.

What are the best things to do in Honolulu?

Diamond Head hiking trail at sunrise; Manoa Falls waterfall hiking trail; Peral Harbor - both the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial, the U.S.S. Missouri ship and the Aviation Museum; snorkeling at Hanauma Bay

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

Celebrate at Disney Aulani Resort, any meal at Makahiki is over the top - AMAZING!

Visited Honolulu in April

Photo Shoot Location: Mokuleia Beach (North Shore)

Enzo in Honolulu for Flytographer


Tatiana's Travel Tips for Honolulu

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

Nico's Pier 38

What are the best things to do in Honolulu?

Snorkeling at Hanauma Bay

What is your best travel tip for Honolulu?

Make reservation for Hanauma bay 2 days ahead at 7 AM sharp, tickets get sold out first 20 minutes

Visited Honolulu in April

Photo Shoot Location: Kualoa Beach (Northeast Shore)

Natalie in Honolulu for Flytographer


Sara's Travel Tips for Honolulu

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

MonkeyPod Kitchen or Mina’s Fish House - both meals were fresh and delicious.

What are the best things to do in Honolulu?

We loved the ATV Tour at Kualoa Ranch!

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

Pack beach toys! Resorts don’t have them anymore because of Covid.

Visited Honolulu in March

Photo Shoot Location: Paradise Cove

Natalie in Honolulu for Flytographer


Montoya's Travel Tips for Honolulu

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

Cinnamon’s is so good! Try their pancakes and thank me later!

What are the best things to do in Honolulu?

Take a day trip to drive around Oahu. The scenic route around the eastern edge of the island is absolutely breathtaking.

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

Pack lots of (coral safe) sunscreen and allot time for just plain fun in the sun!

Visited Honolulu in March

Photo Shoot Location: Waikiki Beach (South Shore)

Natalie in Honolulu for Flytographer


Denise's Travel Tips for Honolulu

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

Giovanni's Shrimp Truck. It was by far the best shrimp I ate on the island.

What are the best things to do in Honolulu?

Polynesian Cultural Center was fantastic. They have really captured the essence of the cultures in their shows and demonstrations. We did the Al luani Tour which included transportation from/to Waikiki, a semi-private guided tour of the villages, the Luau, and Ha Breath of Life. Getting the guided tour was one of our best decisions, our guide maximized the time we had to see as much as we could with limited to no sitting around and waiting time. Our family had a blast.

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

We came to celebrate my mother's 60th birthday. I like that we had pictures taken. My mother look phenomenal and so happy to be surrounded by her entire family. Things i will remember for next time, make reservations at that nice restaurant or you wont be able to get in without long wait times. Schedule yourself some down time, going going going is what you want to do but its also a vacation we should have scheduled a little less things and a little more nothing.

Visited Honolulu in March

Photo Shoot Location: Diamond Head (South Shore)

Natalie in Honolulu for Flytographer


Joseph's Travel Tips for Honolulu

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

The Plumeria Beach House was our favorite restaurant while we stayed in Hawaii. Expertly prepared seafood and great customer service, along with a beautiful view of the ocean nearby. A very pleasurable dining experience.

What are the best things to do in Honolulu?

So many, The Polynesian Culture Center was a very interesting and insightful visit. A rich culture and history to learn about while viewing it firsthand. Pearl Harbor was also another landmark worth visiting, an interesting look into the WWII era and how it lead to many advancements and changes we still see today. Hawaii overall is a very beautiful and special place filled with lots of tropical scenery.

Visited Honolulu in February

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Enzo in Honolulu for Flytographer


Sonya's Travel Tips for Honolulu

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

Yummy Huli Huli Chicken near Kaneohe, HI KPop Korean Doughnuts in Honolulu - we bought one of every kind and there wasn't a bad one in the bunch! Gangnum Style breakfast in Waikiki - spam/eggs/rice and the kalbi breakfast plate Matsumoto’s Shave Ice at the North Shore

What are the best things to do in Honolulu?

Pearl Harbor Makapuʻu Point Lighthouse Trail Byoda-In Polynesian Cultural Center - loved hearing the people tell of the different areas We planned to do the Diamond Head hike but they didn't update their website that they would be closed on Thanksgiving Day. We also stood outside on the street corner on Friday night, waiting for the parade that never came because that website was also not updated to reflect the cancelled parade. Better communication from the tourist attractions on their website would have made the trip even better.

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

We stayed at the Rainbow Tower on Waikiki Beach. There can't be many better places to celebrate than watching a spectacular sunrise over the beach and the water with Diamond Head in the distance. There is also so much within walking distance there which was great for those of us that wanted to stay up late after the others retired for the evening.

Visited Honolulu in November

Photo Shoot Location: Kualoa Beach (Northeast Shore)

Enzo in Honolulu for Flytographer


Alisha's Travel Tips for Honolulu

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

Doraku In Wakiki was SOOOO good!!! Their sushi was super fresh and tasty. Their drinks tasted great as well!!!

What are the best things to do in Honolulu?

Booked a private tour to view the entire island and it included beautiful scenery. From the north shore to the dole plantation, the entire island has so much to offer.

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

Make plans in advance but ensure you take a day to just walk around and take everything in.

Visited Honolulu in February

Photo Shoot Location: Makapuu Lookout ( East Shore)

Laura in Honolulu for Flytographer


Sandy's Travel Tips for Honolulu

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

Lulu’s in Waikiki at sunset was breathtaking!

What are the best things to do in Honolulu?

Going to the beach in front of the Aston Waikiki hotel has a lagoon with calm waters for young kids, and even my older kids saw some fish along the barrier!

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

Roll with it and just stop when you need to. Relax and have fun! Don’t over-plan and be open to being flexible!

Visited Honolulu in February

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

Natalie in Honolulu for Flytographer


Rochelle's Travel Tips for Honolulu

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

Rumfire

Visited Honolulu in February

Photo Shoot Location: Waialae Beach Park (South Shore)

Enzo in Honolulu for Flytographer


Marissa's Travel Tips for Honolulu

What are the best things to do in Honolulu?

Polynesian Cultural Center

Visited Honolulu in February

Photo Shoot Location: Waialae Beach Park (South Shore)

Lauren in Honolulu for Flytographer


Yuri's Travel Tips for Honolulu

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

Barefoot Beach Cafe. It was exactly what I was looking for. Unpretentious oceanside cafe. Covid safe!

What are the best things to do in Honolulu?

Hanauma Bay was worth getting up early to book online reservations. Lives up to the hype. Bring shade.

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

Rented a car. Brought inflatable booster seats. Worked great!

Visited Honolulu in February

Photo Shoot Location: Kualoa Beach (Northeast Shore)

Enzo in Honolulu for Flytographer


Cheyenne's Travel Tips for Honolulu

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

We stayed in Waikiki and loved how all the eatery places were within walking distance. We did enjoy the Royal Hawaiian Center with its food court and the restaurant within the Sheraton Waikiki, Rumfire. They had some of the best food experiences. We also loved going all the way North on the island and trying out the famous food truck, Giovanni's. the shrimp was amazingly buttery and well cooked.

What are the best things to do in Honolulu?

We traveled with our two little ones on this trip and we tried to keep it family friendly as possible. We did the whale watching experience and that was so much fun for my toddler to layout on the catamaran and watch the whales from the distance. He thoroughly enjoyed horseback riding at the Gunstock Ranch with Nelly Belly and our guide Chloe. He loved the Luau at the Paradise Cove and was very hands on with all the activities they provided.

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

Plan for a long journey on the plane, if traveling by plane. I was not prepared with very many busy activities this time and wish I could have gotten more prizes instead of giving him the iPad to keep my toddler entertained. Traveling around the island with him throughout the island was fun and easy to manage.

Visited Honolulu in January

Photo Shoot Location: Waikiki Beach (South Shore)

Enzo in Honolulu for Flytographer


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