There are some great Honolulu Attractions to discover, experience, and remember when visiting Oahu! From the simple pleasures of visiting the popular Waikiki Aquarium and the Honolulu Zoo, to swimming with the many colorful Hanauma Bay Oahu fish, there are some wonderful Honolulu Attractions worth discovering. Once you’ve had enough sun & sand and need a little break, and looking for other things to do in Oahu, you can learn some of Hawaii's history at Pearl Harbor, the Iolani Palace Honolulu , and the Bishop Museum.
Plan ahead and
Oahu GO Card
that gives discounts
(up to 55%)
to multiple attractions, museums and tours around the island.
I can’t recommend a better way to view Oahu’s colorful array of tropical fish, than jumping right into the water with them!
The volcanic crater that once exploded into a crescent moon-shaped beach, is home to hundreds of Hanauma Bay fish and marine life.
Hanauma Bay Oahu is located just a half hour outside of Waikiki. It’s worth an early start to beat the crowds that seek this popular Honolulu attraction daily.
Originally built in 1904 and remains as today’s 3rd oldest Aquarium in the world, the Waikiki Aquarium still attracts big crowds everyday–both local and visitors.
How's this for Honolulu attractions...the aquarium hosts an impressive 3,500 species of Hawaiian marine life and fish, including monk seals, octopus, squid, reef sharks, jellyfish, crabs, sea horses, and hundreds of colorful reef fish.
The Waikiki Aquarium is located across from Kapiolani Park next door to the Waikiki Natatorium War Memorial and San Souci Beach. It’s a fun activity for the whole family!
The Honolulu Zoo is very popular amongst the Honolulu attractions! You may forget for a moment that you are actually in Hawaii once you step into the zoo and into the African Savannah, or the Reptile Garden, and a bird sanctuary. Don’t forget to take the kids to the Keiki (kid) section of the zoo.
The monkeys, elephants, giraffes, zebras, cheetahs, lions, alligators,
tropical birds and many other zoo members will be waiting to greet you
The Honolulu Zoo is located just after the long stretch of Waikiki Hotels, and just before you enter Kapiolani Park.
GO Card is good for multiple attractions, museums and tours
around the island, including
Pearl Harbor attractions & Hanauma Bay snorkeling.
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You will be inclined to take a moment of respect and honor to credit the WWII soldiers who perished during the battle that took place at Pearl Harbor Honolulu – a moment in history that sent shockwaves around the world.
The Arizona Memorial and the Missouri Battleship monuments have a powerful presence that will leave you in awe and full of emotion.
Built in the late 1800’s the Bishop Museum has an amazing collection and preservation of the Hawaiian Islands and the Polynesian culture.
The newly renovated great hall is an interactive experience with an active erupting volcano,
an ancient cave to
explore, an impressive collection of shark skeletons, hula
demonstrations and fun workshops…and much much more.
Located just 15 minutes outside of Waikiki, the Bishop Museum in Honolulu
is a fun, educational, and life enriching experience for the whole family.
This amazing National Historic Landmark in downtown Honolulu was originally built by King Kalakaua in 1882.
It became the official residence of Hawaii's intriguing monarchy. King Kalakaua and his sister, Queen Lili'uokalani, who later became his successor, enjoyed this opulent and grand palace as their official residence. Ironically, and shortly after it was built, Hawaii's monarchy was ended and Queen Lili'uokalani was imprisoned in her very own Iolani Palace.
The Iolani Palace was lovingly and meticulously restored to its former glory so you can enjoy a piece of Hawaii's royal heritage!
I recommend taking a guided docent tour, which you can schedule ahead of your visit. The tour is inexpensive and fascinating to listen to, as you walk the Koa wood floors and explore the grand halls and rooms that are full of Hawaiian history.
The Chinatown Honolulu area itself has become one of the best Oahu attractions, with the surge of new Hawaiian art galleries, boutique shops, dynamic restaurant, bars and clubs.
This is an evolving
area where new hip life is starting to
occupy the century old
Mixed in with the old farmers
market stalls, beautiful flower lei stands and rustic character of the
surrounding buildings, Chinatown
Honolulu has become a new Oahu
destination worth a visit.
I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you that Waikiki Hawaii is one of the most popular Honolulu attractions and perhaps the most well-known, but I would love to take a moment to point out a few unique points of interest in this bustling city.
Take a stroll along Waikiki Beach and check out the old surf racks with hundreds of vintage surfboards.
Perhaps you might be inspired to take surf lessons and experience some of the most gentle and consistent beginner's waves in Oahu. Don't forget to check out some of the bigger main attractions like the Honolulu Zoo and the Waikiki Aquarium with the family.
Aloha & Enjoy!!