Visit Honolulu - Best of Honolulu
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.
Honolulu Travel Tips
Essential travel information and Honolulu tips for your visit
- 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.
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Travel to Honolulu- Know before you go to Honolulu
Facts and Stats for Honolulu*
Pollution Statistics in Honolulu
Know the pollution level of Honolulu before you plan your visit.
Air Pollution 30.13 (Low)
Water Pollution 43.38 (Moderate)
Noise and Light Pollution 47.66 (Moderate)
Unattended dirt and garbage 44.85 (Moderate)
Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 25.74 (Low)
Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 34.09 (Low)
Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 34.46 (Low)
Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 44.7 (Moderate)
Honolulu: Crime and Safety
How safe is Honolulu for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Honolulu.
Burglary and Theft 39.39 (Low)
Mugging and Robbery 34.09 (Low)
Assault and Armed Robbery 38.64 (Low)
Corruption and Bribery 42.97 (Moderate)
Car Stealing 34.09 (Low)
Robbery of Car belongings 50 (Moderate)
Attacks 35.61 (Low)
Drug offense 55.3 (Moderate)
Safety walking alone during daylight 82.58 (Very High)
Safety walking alone during night 52.27 (Moderate)
Insulting and offensive behaviour 40.91 (Moderate)
Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 28.79 (Low)
Property crimes and Vandalism 54.55 (Moderate)
Living in Honolulu - Quality of Life
Quality of Life Index of Honolulu is 160.39 (Very High)
Safety Index 57.59 (Moderate)
Climate Index 95.33 (Very High)
Pollution Index 40.64 (Moderate)
Traffic Commute Time Index 42.62 (Moderate)
Cost of Living Index 95.06 (High)
Health Care Index 66.93 (High)
Property Price to Income Ratio 9.02 (Moderate)
Purchasing Power Index 99.95 (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.
Cost for Essentials in Honolulu
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 USD
Summer clothing in a chain store 36.84 USD
Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 79.72 USD
Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 45.25 USD
*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced and subjected to change without notice.
Honolulu Travel Guides
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With an ocean bestowing you with mesmeric vistas of its colorful waters, Honolulu is Hawaii’s favorite hot spot for myriad reasons. Especially given how much quieter it is than the much touristy Waikiki, Honolulu is a perfect beach escapade. While the city boasts of some quaint attractions throwing light on its history and diverse terrains, it is the water sports here that give Honolulu an edge over its Hawaiian counterparts. Snorkeling is one such watersport, that celebrates this vibrant Polynesian capital like no other. What's more? A surface water temperature of around 77-83F all through the year amplifies the fact that you can come, snorkel here, any time of the year! Tempted much? Check out these 12 best spots for snorkeling in Honolulu that will keep you wanting
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