Quick Guide to Honolulu

Set on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, Honolulu is a big and bustling city with plenty to do. For sun, sea and sand during a holiday in Honolulu head straight to the popular Waikiki Beach where you'll find white sands, clear waters and water sports. For fewer crowds Ala Moana Park's beaches are just the ticket. For something different visit the historic Chinatown area, it's a melting pot of different cultures where you'll see Buddhist temples standing by Japanese shrines and lots of Asian food stalls. A short drive away from the city is Pearl Harbour, a must for history buffs.

Fab holidays for:

Beaches, Shopping, Volcanic beauty

Airport:

Daniel K. Inouye International Airport

Did you know?

Former US President Barack Obama was born in Honolulu

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Getting to Honolulu

American Airlines, United, Delta and British Airways are among the airlines offering indirect flights to Honolulu. You'll have the choice of departing from a wide range of airports in the UK including London Heathrow, Glasgow International, Belfast City and Manchester. Flights from the UK land at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport which is located around eight kilometres from the centre of the city - but you'll need up to two stopovers along the way.

If you plan to stay near Waikiki Beach or in the city centre during your Honolulu holiday the cheapest way to reach your hotel is by local bus. Buses for both Waikiki and the city depart approximately every 30 minutes. Slightly more expensive is the 24-hour Roberts Hawaii Express Shuttle, which runs from the airport to any hotel in Waikiki. Taxis are also readily available from the airport but will cost considerably more than the bus. Alternatively, car hire in Honolulu can be a convenient option and hire cars can be collected and dropped off at the airport. Just note that the traffic in the centre of the city can get very congested at times.

Saving Money in Honolulu

For cheap eats during your Honolulu holiday look out for the local chain outlet Zippy's, which serves a variety of dishes including plate lunches (usually meat or fish with rice and a macaroni salad) and delicious chilli at affordable prices. Another reasonably priced chain is the Japanese-style eatery Genki Shushi which serves cheap sushi. Alternatively, you could rent a room with a kitchenette, and save money by cooking all your own meals!

Save money by indulging in what Honolulu does best: visiting beaches, which are free. Catch public transport or walk, to save money on taxi fares.

Where to Stay in Honolulu

There's a plethora of accommodation options with everything from basic guesthouses to opulent, five-star resort hotels on offer. If you are on a budget and looking for cheap hotels in Honolulu concentrate your search away from the beachfront as hotels come with a hefty premium for being so close to the sea.

To be in the centre of the action, head for Waikiki, where you'll find a huge range of places to eat and shop, and the majority of hotels. Downtown Honolulu has a few hotels, but they are far from the beach and aren't necessarily any cheaper than those in Waikiki.

Best Time to Visit Honolulu

The cheapest time to take a holiday in Honolulu is in low season (April to June and September to mid-December) as hotel rates are a lot more reasonable yet the weather is still beautiful. Mid-June to August is the summer high season, when prices rise and the island is flooded with tourists. If you are lucky, you might be able to find a last minute deal - temperatures are pleasant year-round, so no matter when you visit you won't freeze! To get the best deal book in advance, especially if you plan to travel during peak season as accommodation gets booked up quickly.

Honolulu for Families

With its long stretches of sunny beaches, plethora of activities and awe-inspiring natural beauty, Honolulu has been luring families for decades. Founded in 1904, Waikiki Aquarium has been a firm family favourite for more than a century. Home to monk seals, turtles and schools of colourful fish, it also offers painting sessions and interactive learning experiences for children.

Get even closer to nature with a snorkelling trip - kids will love going nose-to-nose with turtles and colourful reefs. Manoa Falls is just five miles from downtown Honolulu, and surrounded by ancient ferns and huge trees - it's also where scenes from Jurassic Park were filmed! Or just take them to Waikiki Beach, where the water is often calm enough for your little ones to splash about in!

Honolulu for Couples

A popular choice for honeymooners, Honolulu's paradise beaches framed with verdant mountains provide a picturesque backdrop for a romantic vacation. There's no better place to start a loved-up holiday than on the palm-fringed white sands of the iconic Waikiki Beach. Spend a little while soaking up the rays before heading to a nearby restaurant for an intimate meal. If you want to escape the crowds, the clear waters of Lanikai Beach on the north of the island offer the serenity that might be missing from Waikiki. Finish a relaxing day back at Waikiki Beach watching the free fireworks show that take place every Friday. Repeat the next day, and you'll be in couples' heaven!

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