Top 10 Sightseeing Attractions in Honolulu

Honolulu is the capital of Hawaii and the state’s most populous city. Hawaii is an idyllic holiday destination and remains an ever-popular island getaway. While visiting Honolulu, there are certain things you simply cannot miss.

We’ve compiled our list of the top 10 sightseeing attractions in Honolulu:

 

Hanauma Bay Nature Reserve

 

offers unparalleled snorkeling and scuba diving. The coastline has wonderful hiking trails, and for those looking for something more relaxing, there’s always sunbathing on the beautiful beaches.

Top 10 Sightseeing Attractions in Honolulu Hanauma Bay Nature Reserve

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Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum

 

houses extensive collections of artifacts, documents and photographs relating to Hawaii and other Pacific island cultures.

Top 10 Sightseeing Attractions in Honolulu Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum

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Waikiki Aquarium

 

, opened in 1904, is the third oldest aquarium in the US. The many tanks and sheer variety of marine life make for an entertaining visit.

Top 10 Sightseeing Attractions in Honolulu Waikiki Aquarium

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Lolani Palace

 

is the official residence of Hawaii’s royal family. It’s a National Historic landmark and reflects the grandeur and opulence associated with the monarchy.

Top 10 Sightseeing Attractions in Honolulu Lolani Palace

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Kualoa Regional Park

 

is the perfect location for true relaxation. Enjoy the views or try kayaking in the waters.

Top 10 Sightseeing Attractions in Honolulu Kualoa Regional Park

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Queen Emma Summer Palace

 

was used as a retreat by Queen Emma and her family in the mid 1800s. Today it is an interesting museum with comprehensive collections of artifacts, furnishings and belongings.

Top 10 Sightseeing Attractions in Honolulu Queen Emma Summer Palace

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Foster Botanical Garden

 

is home to many species of exotic plants and trees collected from the planet’s tropics over a period of 140 years.

Top 10 Sightseeing Attractions in Honolulu Foster Botanical Garden

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Honolulu Zoo

 

focuses on educating its visitors about tropical island ecosystems.

Top 10 Sightseeing Attractions in Honolulu Honolulu Zoo

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For an insightful look into the naval disaster that was the attack on Pearl Harbor, visit the

USS Arizona Memorial

 

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Top 10 Sightseeing Attractions in Honolulu USS Arizona Memorial

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Pacific Aviation Museum

 

has several interesting exhibits as well as Combat Flight Simulators that allow visitors to test their skills as WWII fighter pilots.

Top 10 Sightseeing Attractions in Honolulu Pacific Aviation Museum

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Whatever your tastes and inclinations, Honolulu sure has the attractions to satisfy them!

Emma Flemming

As well as being a contributing writer for LuxeInACity, Emma is a teacher, freelance writer and has her own blog. She has four university degrees and qualifications in English, Psychology and Education. Over the years Emma has enjoyed travelling to and experiencing luxury in several countries. Apart from travelling and writing, her interests lie in art, yoga and trying out new dining hotspots. Emma lives in South Africa and when she is not writing, can be found scuba-diving in the Indian Ocean.