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Honolulu Guide

What are the best things to do in Honolulu?

Diamond Head

Wherever you go in Honolulu, you’ll almost always see Diamond Head towering over the city. It’s the tallest landmark in the Hawaiian capital, standing at an impressive 232 metres (761 feet). Diamond Head forms the crater of a long dormant volcano. While visiting Hawaii on flights to Honolulu, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to admire Diamond Head from afar. A popular activity with visitors is to tackle the walk to the summit. The hike is steep in sections, but not long. You’ll be admiring the 360-degree view over Honolulu and the Pacific in about 45 minutes.

Waikiki Beach

It wouldn’t be right to book airfare to Honolulu and not spend time at the beach! There are countless beaches around Oahu, and each is beautiful in its own right. One of the must-visit beaches between return flights to Honolulu is Waikiki Beach. Waikiki is located in the heart of Downtown, making it easy to reach from anywhere in Honolulu. Lounge on the sand and take in the views of Diamond Head and the glittering skyscrapers. Or experience Waikiki from a different perspective by taking a paddleboard out on the turquoise water.

Iolani Palace

Hawaii was an independent island kingdom for near 1000 years before it was admitted as the 50th state of the United States of America. The Hawaiian Royal Family commissioned Iolani Palace in 1845, however it was their official residence for less than 50 years as the monarchy was overthrown in 1893. When you visit Hawaii on cheap flights to Honolulu, learn more about the state’s monarchy and history by visiting the palace. Tickets to Honolulu’s Iolani Palace cost $20 USD ($30.30 NZD) for adults and $6 USD ($9.10 NZD) for children.


What’s on in Honolulu?

Honolulu Festival

Book flights to Honolulu for travel in early March to experience one of Hawaii’s top cultural events. Over a three-day weekend, the Honolulu Festival celebrates the harmony between Hawaii and other Pacific Rim nations. There are a variety of educational and cultural events where you can ilearn about the traditional dance, art, and food of the Pacific. The Hawaiian culture is a main centrepiece, but you’ll also experience cultures of other Pacific nations, such as Fiji, Japan, the Philippines, and Tahiti.

Aloha Festival

The month-long Aloha Festival is one of the most important annual events in Hawaii. It showcases the unique cultures and history of the Hawaiian people. If your return flights to Honolulu fall during the event, you’ll have opportunities to enjoy traditional dance, music, clothing, and stories. Some performances take place on stage, while another major event of the Aloha Festival is a parade through the streets of Honolulu. If you’re keen to experience more about traditional Hawaiian culture, book your airfare to Honolulu for travel in September.

Vans Triple Crown of Surfing

Hawaii is world-famous for its epic surf culture. You can always watch surfers off the shores of Oahu, but there’s no better time than during the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing. This event takes place throughout December on Oahu’s legendary North Shore. If you’re interested in surfing, look into cheap flights to Honolulu for the event. Each day, you’ll see some of the world’s best surfers compete, with the event culminating with the Pipe Masters Championship. The Triple Crown of Surfing is a major event that draws crowds from around the world. If you book tickets to Honolulu in December, be sure to book your hotel early.


What should I pack for my flights to Honolulu?

Hawaii has a tropical climate, so be sure to bring along plenty of warm-weather clothes like shorts, t-shirts, and sandals. You’ll also need swimsuits and a sun hat for those Honolulu beach days. There’s some fantastic hiking around Oahu, so it’s a good idea to pack a pair of sturdy hiking shoes. For the most part, Hawaii has a casual and beachy vibe. While packing for your flights to Honolulu, stick with clothes that are on the casual side, and leave your heels and fancier clothes at home. Of course, you should make an exception to this if you’ll be visiting higher end restaurants or clubs while holidaying on flights to Honolulu.

Along with your normal toiletries, bring along a reef-safe sunscreen to use in between your return flights to Honolulu. Sunscreen is an essential in Hawaii, and it’s important to use one that won’t cause harm to Hawaii’s coral reefs.

Before boarding your cheap flights to Honolulu, make sure you have a Type A and B plug adapter for electronics. Finally, it’s helpful to have some cash in the local currency upon your arrival. For the best exchange rate, purchase US dollars before leaving home. Otherwise, you could pick up some USD once you arrive at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL).