Travelers flying into Honolulu International Airport (HNL) for the first time are often blown away by the island's lush green mountains. While many people think about Waikiki's iconic beaches, some are surprised to see just how majestic the rest of Oahu is. From the top of Koko Head Crater, visitors can see sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and Hanauma Bay below.
Snorkelers will love spending time in the crystal clear waters of Hanauma Bay, as they try to catch up with Hawaii's state fish, the Humuhumunukunukuapua`a or reef trigger fish. Vacationers will want to head north to the Polynesian Cultural Center, to become acquainted with the traditions and beliefs that make Hawaii so special.
Traveling by rental car is easy on Hawaii, but rush hour traffic on the H1 Freeway through town can be a nightmare. The island has three major freeways, and the Kamehameha Highway is another convenient route to get around town. The majority of Oahu's residents live in Honolulu, while Waikiki offers tourists some of the best shopping around. From high-end stores to mom and pop shops, you can find anything for sale in Waikiki.
Hints and Tips
Flight time from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) to Honolulu is a bit over five and a half hours. When you land, be sure to taste the freshest pineapple juice.