Round the world: Honolulu

Hawaii is one of our all time favourite places to holiday. From amazing shopping to relaxing on the beach or taking a scenic hike, there really is something for everyone. If you’re ready to pack your bags and head over to Honolulu, check out these tips from one of our travel bloggers.

Ticked off the bucket list

  • Diamond Head

  • See a green turtle

  • Take a movie set tour

  • Go on a hike and chase some waterfalls

  • Eat at the Cheesecake Factory

Top songs on the playlist

  • Somewhere over the rainbow – Israel Kamakawiwoʻole

  • Waterfalls – TLC

  • Hawaiian rollercoaster ride – Lilo & Stitch soundtrack

  • Can’t help falling in love – Elvis

What to do

Out and about

  • Shop at Waikele Premium Outlets®
  • Visit a spa for a massage
  • Walk along Waikiki beach
  • Visit the Polynesian Cultural Centre
  • Get lei’d at a luau
  • Attend an ‘Elvis’ show
  • Visit Pearl Harbour

One with nature

  • Snorkel at Hanauma bay
  • Hike up Diamond Head to watch the sunrise
  • Learn to surf on the North Shore
  • Book a group walk to hidden waterfalls
  • Go on a whale watching tour
  • Hire a bike and go exploring
waikiki beach
swim with turtles hawaii

Travel hacks

  • You will need a waiver visa if travelling on a New Zealand passport. Ask your travel agent for more information
  • Best time to travel:
    • Apr – June is the low tourist season and hotels/flights can be cheaper
    • Dec – Mar is the high tourist season but is the best time to surf and experience nature
  • Tipping is customary in Honolulu. Be sure to carry some small change with you for taxis and restaurants
    • Restaurant waitstaff 15% to 20%
    • Bar staff 15% to 20% per round
    • Taxis 10% to 15%
  • Tax is not included in the retail price of some products so be prepared to spend a little bit extra on items (anywhere from a few cents to a few dollars)
  • Hunt down a restaurant called The Cheesecake Factory on the main strip – there are a million (slightly exaggerated) cheesecakes to choose from and you can buy reasonably priced lunches and dinners
  • In most restaurants, a portion of food can serve two or three people. Be sure to ask about the size of the meals before you order as you may be able to save yourselves some money and share with a friend
  • Love a good bargain? If you’ve shopped your way through Ala Moana and the outlet mall, ask your hotel receptionist where your local Ross is. You can find all sorts of clothes (including Designer items) at an insanely reduced rate
  • Take some good walking shoes as you’ll do more of that than you realise
  • It is quite humid in Honolulu so stay hydrated between the beach cocktails with bottles of water
  • Do your souvenir shopping at the ABC store – a local convenience store that is everywhere. You can’t miss it if you tried
view from diamond head

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2018-01-23T20:40:26+00:00

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