Located on Oahu, Hawaii's most developed, populated and well-known island, Honolulu is home to the iconic Waikiki Beach and is renowned as the 'gateway' to the Hawaiian Island. One of the most popular holiday destinations in the world, Honolulu is a bustling hub of shopping, dining, entertainment and nightlife making it a mecca for tourists.
Although it enjoys a beautiful tropical landscape, Honolulu is not a relaxing island escape but rather offers a buzz of activities and adventures including surfing, touring and shopping. In fact the Ala Moana is located here and offers one of the largest shopping malls in the world with more than 260 shops.
With beautiful weather year round, Waikiki is a tourist hub with crystal waters, calm waves and an abundance of surf shops offering lessons making it the ideal place to learn to surf. The stunning backdrop of Diamond Head also makes for a scenic hike where you'll be rewarded with panoramic views at the top.
Oahu's North Shore is just 2 hours by bus from Waikiki and is reputed for its massive waves during the winter months. A huge drawcard for those on a surfing holiday, Waimea Bay, Sunset Beach and the world famous Banzai Pipeline are also located on the island.
A trip to Honolulu isn't complete without visiting the Arizona Memorial and the Pearl Harbour exhibition. In fact Waikiki is renowned for its many cultural experiences and free history tours including the Polynesian Cultural Centre and Hawaii Plantation Village. Another must see is the 'Sunset on the Beach' outdoor cinema experience on Saturday and Sunday nights. Also don't miss the world famous Honolulu Aquarium.
The island of Oahu has so much to offer aside from the attractions of Honolulu and the best way to see this is to hire a care and explore the charming towns, secluded bays and intimate beaches beyond the city limits. Traverse the pineapple fields, try your hand at kayaking or cool off in the dazzling waters and experience the true beauty of Hawaii.