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5 Things Not to Miss in Honolulu


As the state’s capital and county seat, Honolulu serves as the tourism hub of Oahu. It’s also a center for military defense and international business, but its claim to fame is a travel destination people love to visit. Offering a diversity of east-west and Pacific culture, cuisine, and traditions, Honolulu also has lots of fun things to do for residents and visitors alike. Here are five things you must do when you’re in Honolulu.

1. Turtle Beach

If you want to see green sea turtles in their natural habitat, you can’t miss Turtle Beach on the north shore. Its official name is Laniakea Beach, located east of Haleiwa, and it’s a great destination for surfers as well as turtle lovers. Green turtles love it here because there is so much seaweed (known as “limu” in Hawaiian) which the turtles love to eat. While you can see Turtle Beach from the road, park on the inland section of the highway and then cross over. If you run into some traffic around this area, it’s because so many flock here to see these wondrous creatures.

2. Ali`i Beach Park

Located in Haleiwa, head to Ali`i Beach Park if you love to scuba dive or snorkel. When the waves are calm, you can get out to enjoy the reef and all the colorful turtles, fish and other marine life that are attracted here. Here are some of the highlights of this beach:
• Plenty of parking
• Lifeguards on duty
• Picnic areas
• White sandy beach
• Restrooms with showers
• Shallow reef perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving

3. Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

This awesome tribute to Mother Nature is both a nature preserve and marine life conservation district home to more than 400 species of fish. There are lots of green sea turtles here as well. Hanauma Bay Beach is a popular snorkeling spot, featuring a deep cove with a 2,000-foot white sand beach and hiking trails that meander up the craggy cliffs. It’s not hard to spend a whole day here, what with the amazing views of Hanauma Bay from several of the marked lookout points. Even if you just happen to be driving, snap a photo of this popular gathering spot.

4. Pearl Harbor

Take a Pearl Harbor tour from Hoku Hawaii Tours to experience the beauty and history of this still-active military base. By combining various tours, you can save some money and see all the highlights, including:

• Battleship Missouri, Pacific Aviation Museum
• Battleship Missouri and USS Bowfin Submarine
• Pacific Aviation Museum and USS Bowfin Submarine
• Battleship Missouri, Pacific Aviation Museum and USS Bowfin Submarine

Find out about the stories behind the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. Take a tour of Pearl Harbor to learn about this somber yet momentous event in American history.

5. Waikiki

You probably know Waikiki for its glorious beaches and surfing, but there’s so much more to it than that. With Diamond Head in the background, you can take a surfing lesson, check out the Honolulu Zoo and Waikiki Aquarium, stroll along the Waikiki Historical Trail, or do some shopping and eating along Kalakaua and Kuhio avenues, or even the Royal Hawaiian Center and Waikiki Beach Walk.

Consult with Hoku Hawaii Tours to see what we offer for sightseeing around Honolulu!