Hawaii: Honolulu Sightseeing

 

by Tara Blair

As the largest city on the Hawaiian Islands, Honolulu will provide the ideal tropical holiday. The city is the heart of Hawaii’s government, business and transportation. In fact, the city claims an estimated one million residents.

Waikiki Beach

With its history of being one of the most famous beaches in the world, Waikiki Beach delivers every tropical beach cliché. Travellers will find palm trees, surfers and sun bathers. Guests may feel crowded as the popular site is typically filled with other visitors. However, the enormous space rarely feels claustrophobic. Holiday seekers will also have the chance to take a ride on a catamaran or outrigger canoe to receive a view of the island from the ocean waters.

Less Famous Beaches

Travellers will discover Ala Moana Park is located just west of Waikiki Beach and close to downtown. With a natural grassy area, numerous trees and a sandy beach, Honolulu guests will appreciate the area’s fewer crowds.

When travellers wish to visit the natural history of the city, Hanauma Bay is the ideal destination. The locale is in the crater of an extinct volcano, which now has a sea opening and a large coral reef. This destination will thrill snorkelers and scuba divers with its quiet and fish filled waters. If visitors are uninterested in water activities, the area still offers picture ready landscaping and a fun picnicking location.

Historical Sites

The USS Arizona Memorial is one of the most impressive sites to visit. After the great battleship was sunk, the memorial was built over its grave. Near the visitor’s centre is the WWII submarine USS Bowfin. Guests may climb down into the vessel’s living quarters and command centre to see how military personnel survived in the cramped conditions.

Sightseeing

Honolulu offers visitors numerous sightseeing opportunities. At Diamond Head, athletic hikers can journey up the trail to a World War II-era shelter where a staggering view of the island awaits. The climb is intense, and out-of-shape visitors should consider a trip to the hills overlooking Makiki. The destination features the Punchbowl crater, which is a military cemetery that has a panoramic view of Honolulu.

The Nu’uanu Pali Lookout is just 6 miles north of the city and is located in the middle of two enormous cliffs. Visitors should be prepared for a windy experience, but the view is incredible and worth the strong winds.

Local Produce

Travellers will find a variety of dining establishments in Honolulu. However, with the high amount of exporting required, food is more costly. A visit to a local produce stand will have guests returning to their hotel rooms with amazingly fresh pineapple, delicious apple bananas and farm grown mangos at affordable prices.

Coffee drinkers should take the opportunity to experience Kona coffee as the hot beverage is flavourful and strong. After a cup of Kona coffee, guests will have plenty of caffeinated energy for a day spent sightseeing.

Honolulu travellers will appreciate the picturesque destination in which they’ve arrived. Furthermore, the friendly locals, sensational coffee and tropical sights will ensure guests receive the trip of a lifetime.

Tara Blair writes for a number of leading websites and online news sources covering business, finance, her holiday experiences and other topics that are close to her heart.

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a science teacher and an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. She sailed the seven seas by cruise ship for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. Find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over one and a quarter million views (1,250,000) on her YouTube channel. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which is read in 235 countries, named #3 on the top 1000 Travel Blogs and the top female travel blogger 3 times in 2019. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and has over 160,000 followers across social media. Niver is a judge for the Gracies Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media and also ran fifteen travel competitions publishing over 2500 writers and photographers from 75 countries on her own site, We Said Go Travel. From 2017 to 2020 in the Southern California Journalism Awards and National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, she has won three times and been a finalist fourteen times for her broadcast television segments, print and digital articles. Niver won an award for her print magazine article for Hemispheres Magazine for United Airlines in the 2020 Southern California Journalism Awards. She was also a finalist for four other categories including online journalist of the year, digital story for activism journalism with Ms. Magazine, educational reporting for Wharton Magazine and a broadcast lifestyle feature for KTLA TV in Los Angeles.    Niver won a 2019 NAEJ (National Arts and Entertainment Journalism) award for one of her KTLA TV segments and was a finalist for articles published in both Ms. Magazine and Wharton Magazine. In 2018,  she was a finalist for stories in Smithsonian, PopSugar Fitness and the Saturday Evening Post. Niver won a 2017 Southern California Journalism Award for her print story for the Jewish Journal and was a finalist for travel reporting. Niver has written for AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres (United Airlines), Jewish Journal, Luxury Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Myanmar Times, National Geographic, POPSUGAR, Robb Report, Saturday Evening Post, Scuba Diver Life, Sierra Club, Ski Utah, Smithsonian, TODAY, Trivago, USA Today 10best, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave Rebel: 50 Scary Challenges Before 50,” about her most recent travels and insights. Look for her underwater SCUBA diving, in her art studio making ceramics or helping people find their next dream trip.  http://lisaniver.com/one-page/

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