There are six main Hawaiian Islands – the most developed one being O’ahu Island where the city of Honolulu and Waikiki Beach are both located along with all the big name hotels and resorts. The other main islands are Kaua’I, Moloka’i, Lana’I, Maui and Hawai’i Island- and each island is special.
O’ahu Island –
Honolulu is the State Capital and biggest city in Hawaii, located on O’ahu Island with a permanent population of around 400,000 people with greater Honolulu having another 600,000 people or thereabouts. The city has two main freeways with the city center located right next to Waikiki Beach which is lined by big hotels and resort hotels, with the International Airport around 30 minutes away.
The city of Honolulu is located on the coastal plain, with a backdrop of the Koolau Range Mountains, including the Diamond Head Cone (Leahi) – a dormant volcano with the outer rim of the crater creating a distinct horizon shape, particularly at sunset. You can head to the top of Diamond Head by hiking to the top to look back over the city and coastline, or take a bus tour to the top too.
There is also a great view from Nu’uanu Pali Lookout – about 30 minutes from Honolulu heading towards the Windward Coast side of the island.
Waikiki Beach is one of the most famous beaches in the world – with its long strip of white sandy beach for sunbathing, people watching and swimming in the clear ocean waters, with a myriad of great hotels, bars, coffee places and shops making it the Number One destination for tourists coming to Hawaii to soak up the sun, laze around the pools, enjoy a massage, spa and sightsee. The beach is busy most times of day and also at night – and if you enjoy the mix of sun, surf, shopping, people and night life this is the place to stay.
All of the hotels have their own special features and attractions from bars, gardens, pools, restaurants, spas, guest artists, cocktails, shows with everything you need being walking distance away from where you are staying. Most of the hotels if not all will be able to help with advice on where to go, tours you could take and other questions you might have.
Things to see in Honolulu include –