Honolulu Tourism

Living in Honolulu, like in the rest of Hawaii, makes being a general beach bum look cool.

The “Sheltered Bay” (the literal translation of Honolulu) sprawls across the island’s southern beaches, so you’ll find your Honolulu travel guides recommending that you cover the city section by section, district by district.

For much of the 19th century, it was the seat of the monarch’s power. The port became extremely popular with merchant ships during this period. Beginning at the end of that century, the Hawaiian monarchy slowly became obsolete. USA annexed the islands soon after, making them a highly strategic naval base. The most important of these bases was, of course, the Pearl Harbour. The Pearl Harbour memorial remains the most important tourist attraction in Honolulu.

The island’s character seems to defy scheduling. Miles and miles of fantastic beaches (including the famous Waikiki), roads to spend hours cycling on are only the beginning. Your trip planner will find Honolulu a hard place to force into an itinerary.

From the most famous military memorial in the world, magnificent vistas that keep you enraptured for hours, jogging routes that look like they were crafted in heaven, surfing some of the ocean’s coolest waves, and of course, luaus and hula shows served up with mouth-watering island cuisine. Travelling through Honolulu, whether the city or the further inland, is kind of chaotic.

Essential travel information and Honolulu tips for your visit

Essential Information

  • Hold no electronic devices while driving
  • Avoid parking cars on the sides of busy streets. Towing will happen immediately
  • Apply sun cream or carry an umbrella if you are spending long hours on the beach
  • Be careful when you get into the water, specially if you don’t know swimming
  • Time Zone: HAST (Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time)
  • Currency: United States Dollar (USD)
  • Electricity & Internet: 115/120 volts at 60 Hz per second. Free wired internet and Wi-Fi access is available in some hotels.
  • Language: Hawaiian and English is their official language.
  • Security: For Fire, Police or Ambulance Emergences – 911.
  • Tourist Traps: Avoid buying pearl from the sellers on the beach. Don’t fall in the trap of unknown local tours who offers complimentary breakfast. 

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Honolulu

  • Save 10% Oahu Circle Island with Pearl Harbor Tour
    Oahu Circle Island with Pearl Harbor Tour19 Reviews

    Duration: 12 Hrs

    This 5 star tour highlights Oahus top spots in one adventurous day. Start your day with a trip to Pearl Harbor to visit the U...

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  • Save 9% Oahu Shark Dive
    Oahu Shark Dive280 Reviews

    Duration: 2 Hrs

    Book the Oahu Shark Dive to enjoy a thrilling encounter with sharks! Cruise from Oahu's beautiful North Shore to your viewing...

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  • Save 7% Half-Day Tour of Pearl Harbor from Honolulu
    Half-Day Tour of Pearl Harbor from Honolulu57 Reviews

    Duration: 4 Hrs 30 Mins

    Stand at ground zero of the infamous attack and gaze up at a sky once filled with enemy planes. This is the place where histo...

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  • Save 7% Oahu Three Star Dinner Sunset Dinner and Show Cruise
    Oahu Three Star Dinner Sunset Dinner and Show Cruise78 Reviews

    Duration: 2 Hrs

    While the sun goes down, relax on a casual Honolulu dinner cruise on the beautiful Hawaiian waters off Diamond Head. Dine on ...

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  • Know the pollution level of Honolulu before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 27.17 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 39.63 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 46.79 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 42.07 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 21.34 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 31.25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 30.68 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 40.63 (Moderate)
  • How safe is Honolulu for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Honolulu.

    • Burglary and Theft 38.89 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 36.67 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 41.11 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 46.59 (Moderate)
    • Car Stealing 36.67 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 52.78 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 38.89 (Low)
    • Drug offense 58.33 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 81.67 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 51.11 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 43.18 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 27.22 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 55 (Moderate)
  • Quality of Life Index of Honolulu is 163.52 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 56.09 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 95.33 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 36.85 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 43.22 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 96.62 (High)
    • Health Care Index 69.92 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 8.46 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 100.08 (High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Honolulu

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.1 USD
    • International Movie per seat 12.5 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 33.25 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 79.29 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 46.83 USD

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