10 Best Things to Do in Honolulu

10 Best Things to Do in Honolulu
Visitors to Honolulu will find that there are numerous things to do, particularly if they enjoy the outdoors. For instance, if you like to hike, there are nearby trails that will give you expansive views of Oahu, or you could even hike to a waterfall. Water lovers can find places to snorkel or even to learn to surf.

Hanauma Bay

The best place to snorkel in Honolulu is at Hanauma Bay, a nature preserve which is teeming with fish. Many of these fish are endemic to Hawaii. Look for butterfly fish, trigger fish and even the occasional turtle.

Hanauma Bay
7455 Kalanianole Hwy
Honolulu , HI 96825
(808) 396-4229

Diamond Head

Diamond Head is a Waikiki landmark. The trail is less than a mile long, with plenty of switchbacks and stairs. The view at the top of Oahu--and sometimes even Molokai--is breathtaking.

Off Diamond Head Road between Makapu'u and 18th Ave
Honolulu , HI 96816

Learn to Surf

Oahu is the birthplace of surfing. If you want to learn to surf, Waikiki Beach is the best place; the waves are small and sloped. It's a great place for learning. DCX Surf School is one popular company that operates in Waikiki.

DCX Surf School
2410 Koa Ave., Honolulu, HI‎ 96815
(808) 926-1414‎

Atlantis Submarine

For a unique way to see life underwater, consider taking a submarine ride. Atlantis has submarines which take visitors to a depth of more than 100 feet to see artificial reefs, turtles and sunken ships.

Atlantis Submarines Hawaii
1600 Kapiolani Blvd # 1630, Honolulu, HI‎ 96814
(808) 973-9811‎

Watch for Whales

If you're visiting between December and April, you'll be in time to see the migrating humpback whales that visit Hawaii's waters. One of the best places to watch Humpback whales in Honolulu is at Lanai Lookout; it's a spectacular overlook with expansive views of the water.

Lanai Lookout
Kalanainaole Highway
Honolulu, HI 96825

Makapuu lighthouse

For spectacular views of the Eastern part of Oahu, consider taking the Makapuu lighthouse hike. Although you can't go all the way up to the lighthouse, it is still an easy hike, and the views of the coastline are breathtaking.

Kalanianaole Highway
Honolulu, HI 96825

Halona Blowhole

Located in eastern Honolulu, Halona Blowhole is comprised of lava tubes that go into the ocean. When the waves are just right, the water is forced through the tube and comes out in a large spray, not dissimilar to a whale's blow. The blowhole lookout also offers excellent views of the Windward side of the island, and it's a good place to look for turtles.

Halona Blowhole
Kalanianaole Highway,
Honolulu, HI 96825

Manoa Falls Hike

If you enjoy waterfalls, consider hiking to Manoa Falls. The hike to Manoa Falls is relatively easy (two miles round trip). Though the trail is well-maintained, the hike will take you through lush Hawaiian rainforests where it can be a little muddy; it's a good idea to bring good walking shoes.

Manoa Falls
End of Manoa Road
Honolulu, HI 96822

Interact with Dolphins

If you have ever wanted to swim with dolphins, consider doing a dolphin interaction program. One company which offers this program is Sea Life Park Hawaii. You can choose from a basic interaction program where you get to touch, dance and pose for a kiss with a dolphin, or you could choose to be pulled along in the water by a dolphin.

Sea Life Park Hawaii
41-202 Kalanianaole Hwy
Waimanalo, HI 96795
(808) 259-7933

Look for the Green Flash

The elusive green flash is a green ray of light said to be visible just as the sun sets. One of the best places to watch for the green flash in Honolulu--and to watch the sunset--is at Ala Moana Beach Park. It is a relatively quiet beach compared to busy Waikiki; it has calm waters that are great for taking your kids swimming.

Ala Moana Beach Park
1201 Ala Moana Blvd
Honolulu, HI 96814
(808) 457-1859

Article Written By Shiromi Nassreen

Shiromi Nassreen has been writing professionally since 2005. She specializes in travel and outdoor topics, and her articles have appeared in various print and online publications, including "DISfunkshion Magazine" and Matador Travel. Nassreen holds a Bachelor of Arts in theatre studies from Rose Bruford College of Speech & Drama.

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