A melody from skillfully strummed ukulele strings fills the fire-lit evening while dancers’ grass skirts sway in time with their hips. Your bare feet instinctively start to step and shuffle in the sand as baritone vocals accompany bamboo flutes and drums formed from hollowed tree trunks. As your gaze drifts up to a sky with more stars than you’ve ever seen, you know that this luau is the escape you craved. Aloha, old friend. You’re in Honolulu, Hawaii.
When you stay in Honolulu, hotels on the beach are the best way to experience everything that the island of Oahu has to offer. But before you head out for your Hawaiian adventure, you might like answers to your most pressing questions.
Where should I go surfing on my trip to Honolulu?
With dozens of sweet spots off the city’s coast, surfers won’t be disappointed by the wealth of waves in Oahu. Here are five of our favorites:
- Waikiki Beach: One of the world’s most popular beaches, the enduring breaks here appeal to first-time and veteran surfers alike.
- Banzai Pipeline: Towering waves and a shallow reef make this area, also known as Ehukai Beach, among the most exciting, yet dangerous surf spots known to man.
- Ala Moana: A short walk west from Waikiki, this stretch of sand offers serene waves and access to Magic Island—an artificial peninsula where kids can learn to swim.
- Makaha Beach Park: The historic home of big-wave surfing, this famous spot has sloping sands that affect waves in ways that take a little getting used to.
- Waimanalo Beach: Learn the fundamentals of bodysurfing and bodyboarding at this beach offering gentle waves and warm waters.
Can I swim with dolphins near Honolulu?
The short answer is yes, you can swim with dolphins at a variety of places near Honolulu:
- Sea Life Park Hawaii: Perfect for families, this is the place to enjoy intimate and interactive dolphin adventures that will leave you with memories to last a lifetime. Choose from an assortment of experiences that let you interact with the creatures both in and out of the water.
- Hololea Dolphin Watch: Try out SNUBA—a combination of snorkeling and scuba diving—when you depart from Ko Olina Resort for a day with the dolphins. The opulent Hololea Kai catamaran takes you on a quest for pods of spinner dolphins, which you can swim with upon discovery.
- Dolphin Quest Oahu: With a sharp focus on ecological and environmental awareness, the interactive and educational dolphin experiences here will leave you with an enlightened look at marine life.
- Dolphins and You: Famous for its fun-loving crew, this dolphin adventure takes a more spiritual approach to the experience by performing traditional song and dance ceremonies before communing with finned creatures.
Travelocity takes the hassle out of booking rooms at the best beachfront hotels in Honolulu, so you can enjoy your Hawaiian adventure without any headaches. Whether you’d prefer a stay at the Aqua Palms Waikiki, the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort, or any of the other Honolulu oceanfront hotels, book your room right now and you could be in Waikiki by the weekend.