Hangin’ Loose in Honolulu, Hawaii

Here's what to see and do in the Hawaiian capital.

Surfing in Hawaii - Where to surf in Oahu
Surfing in Oahu

For snorkeling, try Yokohama Bay along the West Shore. The South Shoreline has excellent beaches for children, and the North Shore is best known for its world-class surfing and huge winter swells.

Surf rage is a reality here. Watch where the skilled locals surf, and if you’re not good enough to keep up with them, then it’s best to stay out of their way. Even if you’re not a surfer, it’s fun to watch the boarders and surfers at The Pipeline and Banzai Beach.

Life is slow and relaxed on the Hawaiian Islands. It allows for more time to simply look around. Chances are, after time spent taking in red sunsets, colorful flowers and warm, quiet hours on the beach, you’ll be relaxed too. And like most visitors to Hawaii, you’ll want to come back – again and again and again.

Snorkeling in Hawaii. Photo by Benjamin Rader
Snorkeling in Hawaii. Photo by Benjamin Rader

Beyond Honolulu:

There’s a lot to see on Oahu. Check out these other top attractions:

• Diamond Head State Monument is one of Hawaii’s most popular sites. From the 763-foot summit, you can see an incredible view of the Honolulu area. Watch windsurfers and Friday night sailing competitions from here, or pack a lunch and picnic inside the crater itself.

• USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor. The Visitors Center is open to all at no charge. Take a complimentary boat ride out to the Memorial, which straddles the sunken hull of the battleship USS Arizona, a ship that sank in the December 7, 1941, Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. 1,102 crewmen lost their lives, and they are still entombed within the sunken ship.

• Waimea Valley Adventure Park features botanical gardens, a 60-foot waterfall, and even a Butterfly Encounter pavilion. Kahiko, ancient hula, is performed daily.

FAQ about Honolulu

Best time to visit: Year round

Health requirements: none

Getting there/airport location: Honolulu International Airport

Local transport – TheBus, (author’s note: spelled this way on purpose)
call (808) 848-5555.

Tipping: Standard is 15% for restaurant service and taxi drivers; $1-$2 dollars for bellboys, doormen, and housekeeping staff

Electricity: 110 volt with two flat parallel pins

Language: English, Hawaiian

Emergencies: Call 911

What to pack: Casual clothing and beachwear

For more information before you go: https://www.gohawaii.com/oahu/

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