The capital city of Oahu and Hawaii's most developed and well-known island, Honolulu is home to the iconic neighbourhood of Waikiki Beach and is renowned as the 'gateway' to the Hawaiian Islands. One of the most popular holiday destinations in the world, Honolulu is a bustling hub of shopping, resorts, dining, entertainment and nightlife; a mecca for excited tourists.
Although it enjoys a beautiful tropical landscape, Honolulu is less of a relaxing island escape than a buzz of cosmopolitan activities and adventures. Including surfing, touring and a distinct nightlife, tourists are also invited to enjoy a number of contemporary shopping experiences, including Ala Moana, the largest open-air shopping mall in the world.
Waikiki's tropical tourist hub is set against the backdrop of expansive crystal waters, calm swell and myriad surf shops offering beginners lessons. Shadowed by the majestic Diamond Head, visitors can stretch their legs on the local scenic hike, reaching a summit that rewards with panoramic views across the city and sea.
Oahu's North Shore is just 2 hours by bus from Waikiki Beach resorts and is reputed for its massive waves during the winter months. A huge draw card for those on a surfing holiday is that 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 diverse cultural experiences and free history tours which include the Polynesian Cultural Centre, Hawaii Plantation Village and the world famous Honolulu Aquarium. Another must-do is the free 'Sunset on the Beach' outdoor cinema experience on Saturday and Sunday evenings, located just minutes from the best Honolulu resorts.
The island of Oahu has much to offer beyond the attractions of Honolulu. The best way to experience the islands abundance is to hire a car 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 as you experience the true beauty of Hawaii.