Honolulu

The Dryftwell Guide to

Honolulu

Introduction

Honolulu, Hawaii, is a tourist paradise and a center of adventurous and relaxing locations. Every year, thousands of tourists travel to this luxurious place to get the utmost pleasure of the mighty Pacific Ocean, soothing beaches, lush green mountains, and untouched landscapes. Honolulu can be an ideal traveling spot if you love to uncover new discoverable locations.

In this guide to Honolulu, you’ll get to know about the popular native culture and many other entertainment avenues blended with fun and unique outdoor activities. Learn about the best time to visit and things to do in different seasons in this guide to Honolulu. Also, to have a clear idea, famous neighborhoods and their transiting information has been described in detail.

When to go

Winter 

Having a tropical atmosphere, the winter season in Honolulu is not intensely cold, but it rains too often all season long. The peak winter months are December and February, with an average temperature ranging between 18 and 25 degrees Celsius. If you visit this city during these months, make sure to enjoy the Christmas and New Year time as many events and festivals take place almost everywhere. Explore around with your family at the Polynesian Culture Center and soak the sun at Waikiki Beach with your loved ones. Also, if you like to watch surfing, get a sight of the surf contest happening on Oahu North. 

Spring

April to May is springtime in Honolulu in which the average temperature ranges around 25 degrees Celsius. It is the busiest season because of the ideal weather and the large number of occasions. To enjoy the spring of Honolulu, you can take part in great outdoor activities such as hiking, swimming, sightseeing, etc. Spend time at the Sea Life Park with your family and see the treasures of nature at Hanauma Bay Snorkel. Also, if you want to learn about the local culture and tradition, visit the Honolulu Museum of Art and Polynesian Cultural Center. 

Summer 

Honolulu, Hawaii is famous for its summertime because it is the longest season in the region. This season starts in May and lasts till October, during which the average temperature ranges around 30 degrees Celsius. Since it is the getaway destination for the people living in cold regions, many outdoor activities such as sun-soaking, swimming, surfing, etc., can be seen enjoyed everywhere. On your visit to the city in the summer, you can visit the North Shore to the epic trenches of nature. Enjoy the cool breeze of the ocean and celebrate the local culture. If you like to learn historical information about the region, you can tour local museums. Also, participate in the Haleiwa Arts Festival and hike your way in the mountains to get the best out of the island. 

Fall

Since Hawaii is a tropical landmark, you will not be able to see a massive shift between fall and summertime. October and November are the fall months in Honolulu during which the island is packed with tons of tourists. Mostly, the beaches and other outdoor places remain crowded, but it does not limit Honolulu's fun and chilled vibe. During this season, you can visit Hawaii's Woodshow at the local Art School. Also, see the Kuhio Beach Hula Show learn about the local tradition and culture. Finally, to get some beach entertainment, you can take beach tours and enjoy beach sports and games.

Neighborhoods

Honolulu comprises a diverse set of communities representing different lifestyles, traditions, and culture. Although there are many native community regions, the tourism and travel culture has changed a lot in the general outlook of the area. In this guide to Honolulu, the famous neighborhoods have been emphasized to highlight major visiting spots, culture, tradition, and people's lifestyle. 

Waikiki

Waikiki is the world-famous waterfront location of Honolulu, filled with hundreds of great activities. Since it has tons of tourists and locals alike, you will be able to see a diverse perspective of culture and lifestyle. It is the ultimate place for tourists to see the Hawaiian culture, enjoy the ocean and beach, and try different local delights. To get the best time out of this neighborhood, you can visit the famous Honolulu Zoo and Waikiki Aquarium. Also, if you want to see some natural sites, we would recommend you to visit the Diamond Head Crater and Waikiki Shell. Visit the Waikiki beach to spend some quality time with your friends and family and cherish the local Hawaiian culture almost everywhere.

Kahala

Kahala is the prestigious neighborhood of Honolulu popular because of its world-class resorts, golf courses, top-rated restaurants, and calming beaches. Because of its high life and lavishness, many celebrities from different parts of the world are often found there. In this guide to Honolulu, we would recommend you to visit Kahala's local farmer's market to get an authentic taste of Honolulu's delights. If you are into hiking, you can go to Diamond Head's top to get a mesmerizing view of an inactive volcano. From the top of the region, you can enjoy the stunning scenery of Waikiki Beach and downtown with the breathtaking skyline on the top. In addition to these, many tourists also visit this region because of its less crowded beaches. 

Manoa

Manoa is the green highland of Honolulu, encapsulating stunning waterfalls, hiking trails, mountains, hills, forests, etc., all within one region. If you want to get close to pristine nature, we would recommend you to see Manoa in this guide to Honolulu. Because the University of Honolulu is also situated in Manoa, you will see many hustling and bustling students in the area. This neighborhood is popular because of its world-class cafes, restaurants, and bars. Visit the Morning Glass Coffee to get the local flavor of beverages and try out the local dishes at Waioli Kitchen and Bake Shop.


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Transportation

Honolulu has a lot of getting around options such as bus, shuttle, car, taxi, etc. If you want to travel to distant locations, you can easily book a ride using Uber or Lyft. Also, you can rent bikes, scooters and use many other cab sharing services. To understand the complete guide to Honolulu's Transportation, keep in mind the following details. 

Driving/Parking

Cars are the primary means of transport in Honolulu because of the affordable car rental charges and reasonable parking rates. The city's average parking rate is $4.5 per hour, but it changes from season to season. For easy traveling, you can rent a car from the airport or just simply book Uber or Lyft. There are taxis available at ease too, adding to the variety of options. However, make sure that there isn't much traffic before booking the cab. Also, do not rent a car for an extended period if your trip duration is long or travel in the touristy season because the rates can fluctuate a lot. 

Public Transit

Honolulu offers buses and shuttles as public transit. To travel around different neighborhoods, you can use the TheBus service at the cost of $2.5 per side. If you are a visitor and want to get around other districts, we recommend getting a $35 bus pass in this guide to Honolulu. As it lasts for four days, you can travel to all the major destinations at an economical rate. You can also check for shuttle services from the hotels you are staying in to roam around the popular endpoints. 

Biking/Walking

Honolulu is extremely bike-friendly because of its safe bike lanes and incredibly fantastic bike paths, especially around the Waikiki beachside. In most popular neighborhoods such as Waikiki, Hawaii Kai, and Manoa, you will see a biking trend and walking as most of the places are within proximity. Usually, the people in these regions walk or bike around to cover short distances. Therefore, there are a lot of bike renting services and apps available at affordable rates.