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First Time Tourists Guide

Honolulu, [US] United States

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Hawaii is a paradise for tourists who love blue oceans with mesmerizing view. This small state has six other islands, namely Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui, and the island of Hawaii itself. Honolulu is the capital city of Hawaii, located in the island of Oahu, and one of the ultimate travel destinations. Beside its beautiful beaches, Honolulu also serves other excellent tourist attractions that will definitely make you in awe!



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Sightseeing

Honolulu Zoo has so many cool things to offer. This place has a beautiful landscape and relaxing vibe alongside its fascinating animals. The animals here are also treated well. Besides, Waikiki Aquarium also has several great attractions such as a large fish gallery, multiple displays and beautiful tanks. Though the place is not that big, Waikiki Aquarium offers the best experience you will get in your life.

Downtown

Downtown Honolulu has several historical sites such as the Iolani Palace and King Kamehameha Statue. The palace is maintained as original as possible. King Kamehameha is the first King who managed to unite the Hawaiian island, and the statue was built to honor him.

Places Iolani Palace
Shopping

Royal Hawaiian Center is a shopping mall that offers mostly high end brand products. The mall is well maintained and the restaurants here are promising. If you're looking for some souvenirs and gifts, come to the Red Pineapple. There are countless of Hawaiian souvenirs and crafts that you can buy.

Food & Drink

Loco Moco is the Hawaiian comfort food. The food is made of rice, top with burger and completed with gravy and egg. The meal is not only popular for lunch, but also for breakfast and dinner. Complete your adventure by trying the Hawaiian famous drink named Mai Tai. It's an alcoholic drink made of rum combined with pineapple and orange juice that gives refreshing taste.

Culture

The Hawaiian culture is deeply rooted in its native culture, the Polynesians. The culture of Hawaii is reflected on their customs, music, tradition, and values. Besides, Hawaii even has beautiful landscapes. It's no wonder that tourists around the world are curious about this state.

Best Time To Visit

Peak season: Honolulu's peak season starts from December to early April. There are a lot of tourists coming there to enjoy their vacation and explore the culture of Hawaii.



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Hotel

The Royal Hawaiian, also known as the Pink Palace, is one of the most popular hotels in Honolulu. The hotel has a very strategic location on Waikiki beach. The beauty of the building will definitely make you feel at home. You can also book a room at Halekulani Hotel. It's a five star hotel that offers a gorgeous view of the sea. The hotel even holds interesting events of different performances every evening at the cocktail bar.

Restaurants

Come to Helena's Hawaiian Food if you want to try home style Hawaiian cooking. This casual restaurant offers delicious Hawaiian foods along with its authenticity. There is also Uncle's Fish Market & Grill that serves food with fresh materials. The foods are tasty and satisfying, so definitely worth to visit.

Cafe

Koko Head Cafe is a breakfast spot that is popular in Honolulu. This cafe serves delicious fusion food that will satisfy your appetite. Another popular breakfast spot in Honolulu is Sweet E's Cafe. The popularity of this cafe is equal with the quality of the foods and drinks served.

Bar and Nightlife

Bar 35 is a perfect place to witness the nightlife in Honolulu. Bar 35 has a nice atmosphere with yummy craft beers and cocktails. The RumFire should be another alternative to enjoy Hawaiian nightlife. It's a beach side lounge with a large central bar open for evening dining. The restaurant's view of the ocean will cure your fatigue after a tiring day.

Interesting Places

You will have a memorable experience once you visit Pearl Harbor Historic Sites Visitor Center. Tour guides are highly recommended if you want to know more about the history of this place. If you're up for a fun outdoor activity, you should hike up to the Diamond Head. You will see wonderful views such as the iconic volcanic peak.

Instagramable Spots

Waikiki Beach is a popular for surfing spot in Honolulu. No worries, if you can't surf, you still can come to this place and enjoy the view of the ocean. Capture yourself together with the beautiful sunset for your Instagram feed. You should also come to Ho’omaluhia, a botanical garden in Kaneohe perfect for your escape and very Instagram material!