Honolulu means sheltered harbor or protected bay in Hawaiian, and when you visit, you’ll see the lush, beautiful flora, sandy beaches, and breathtaking views of this exquisite city. From Hanauma Bay in East Honolulu to Waikiki on the south shore, Diamond Head State Monument, and Punchbowl Crater, there is a variety of amazing natural sites for you to enjoy.
Hanauma Bay offers the opportunity to snorkel, sunbathe, and sail a catamaran, among other great activities. The bay was formed in a volcanic cone, and 19th century Hawaiian royals used the bay for entertainment and fishing. Today it is a unique gem of the island of Oahu as a protected marine life conservation area, with limits on visitors to the park. Sign up early to experience dolphin excursions, luaus on the beach, cage dives, and much more!
In the 1800s, Hawaiian royalty also enjoyed longboarding in the Waikiki area. When you visit today, you too can hop on a surfboard in the calm waters. Take a lesson with a local or rent a boogie board for fun in the water. Waikiki is a bustling neighborhood featuring resorts, beaches, and plenty of surfing. Traveling with kids? Waikiki is also home to the Honolulu Zoo and Waikiki Aquarium, great for visitors of all ages. The Waikiki Historical Trail offers a glimpse into the past with surfboard markers along the way.
For the adventurous and curious, Diamond Head State Monument and Punchbowl Crater are two exceptional landmarks. Expert hikers will want to hike up the steep 0.8-mile Diamond Head Summit Trail to witness a picturesque view of Honolulu’s shoreline at the top. Punchbowl Crater is an extinct volcanic tuff cone formed 75,000 to 100,000 years ago. Today it is the location of the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific honoring American veterans.
From water sports to hiking, dining, and more, there is something for everyone to do in Honolulu.