Travelpeeps, we are talking here about the largest city of the Hawaiian Islands, in other words “ the gathering place” of all locals and tourists.
Honolulu is a highly touristic place, which attracts thousands of tourists every day from all over the globe.
Our stay during Honolulu vacation started from the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, where we spent our first night in Honolulu. Our Honolulu vacation officially started.
This legendary hotel doesn’t leave anyone emotionless, certainly breathtaking view to the ocean, and outstanding service.
This hotel is one of the first, that was established on Waikiki Beach. Later on the hotel got a suitable nickname “The pink Palace of the Pacific”.
I would say, it couldn’t be more suitable than that. Just have a look at the hotel…
Honolulu city center
Honolulu offers a variety of different kinds of stores, a lot of souvenir stores with skin and hair-care products from Hawaii, Hawaiian style shirts for men and flower clips for girls and women. Honolulu vacation can not be full without a proper shopping. Personally I purchased a wonderful lavendel body lotion, soaps and shampoos.
A great place for shopping is “Royal Hawaiian center”, which definitely is not that cheap place to shop, but certainly an experience of its own.
Waikiki Beach – Beaches in Oahu
This beach is one of the most famous beaches in the world.
Lets say, the most crowded beach in Oahu, but a worth for a visit of a day or two. During our Honolulu vacation we did not spend much time on Waikiki beach, and decided to head to the center for some shopping instead.
We personally preferred a more calm beach, outside Honolulu, Waimanalo Beach, where we stayed the rest of the holidays of Hawaii.
Waikiki beach was a long time considered a playground for the royal and rich, but nowadays it is more like a gathering place rather than a place for a total relaxing.
Your Honolulu vacation does not need to be loud and busy all the time, even tough Honolulu is pretty big city.
Those that want some more privacy and space, I would recommend other beaches on an island Oahu.
Read a total overview of the beaches of Oahu in our next post.
Things to see in Honolulu
Honolulu is simply a nest of the tourists.
It is highly touristic, nearly everyone is a tourist there or a worker in a service sector for tourism. There are plenty of ways to entertain yourself in Honolulu, Waikiki, watersport such as catamaran sail, snorkeling, surfing, diving, shopping, shows, museums, Iolani palace, which is by the way the only royal palace of United States and Harbor.
A bit further away from the center of Honolulu is located China town, and of course this is a paradise for us, since we love bubble tea.
Honolulu-edition includes bubble shakes with pieces of ice. We chose this time Tamarind and Papaya tapioca tea.
Picnics are something that people like to do in Honolulu and in the entire Oahu.
Since the weather is always perfect, 28 celsius and rains are called “a short 5 minute refreshments” there is no restrictions or reasons why picnic would be a bad idea.
Have heard an interesting fact, that Honolulu is considered one of the most expensive cities in United States and surprisingly Anchorage in Alaska takes the first position.
Cannot judge about Anchorage, but Honolulu was not cheap.
The volcano is visible from Waikiki as well. Diamond Head is one of the volcanoes of Honolulu Volcanic series.
Diamond Head is not the oldest volcano of Oahu, but it has been inactive already for 150 000 years. There are very low possibilities that this volcano would erupt again. But who can predict the nature?
One of the main tourist destinations – Diamond Head wandering tours offer tourists some exciting hiking.
Honolulu vacation offers more than just sun, beach and ocean. There are a lot to see also from the cultural aspect. Honolulu theater offers wider range of concerts from symphony orchestra to solo concerts.
However we did not visit any museum in Honolulu, just because we wanted rather enjoy the warm amazing weather and had not that many days to spend in the city, but there are some worth to have a look at, especially if you plan to stay in Honolulu a week or more.
Bishop Museum is a great natural museum for the whole family. For those who want to see culture and art would be the Honolulu museum of art. Worth to mention about the museum is that there you can find outstanding Asian art.
But despite the museums, watersports and shopping, Honolulu is also romantic, a wonderful dinner at the beach with relaxing music…. but this is something for the next post, where we go and explore the Oahu more in detail.
Aloha says your travelling Bird.
Our Honolulu vacation came to an end and tomorrow starts our calm and relaxing beach holiday on Waimanalo Beach.
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