12 Hours in Honolulu

Posted September 1st, 2016

The epitome of a tropical paradise, Honolulu is a great place to relax and unwind, but it is far more than just a picturesque beach destination. The Hawaiian capital also boasts plenty of culture, history, sights and attractions. With the right planning and itinerary, there’s a lot you can see and do in just 12 hours.

8am - Aloha Tower

Take the elevator to the 10th floor observation deck and enjoy 360 degree views of Honolulu. Once the tallest structure in Hawaii, Aloha Tower has greeted thousands of visitors entering the island by boat since 1926.


Aloha Tower

8:30am - Pearl Harbor and surrounding landmarks

Japan’s surprise attack on Pearl Harbor propelled the United States into World War II. Relive the events of December 7, 1941 as part of a guided tour of the region or access historic sites such as the Pacific Aviation Museum and the Battleship Missouri Memorial on your own. Over 1,300 free USS Arizona walk-in tickets are made available each day on a first-come first-served basis from the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center.

11:30am - National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

With beautifully manicured gardens and views overlooking Honolulu, it is the ideal setting in which to reflect and give thanks. The Memorial also provides a detailed history of World War 2, making it a must-see attraction for history buffs.

12:30pm - Lunch

From island favourites to mainland eats; Japanese to Italian cuisine and everything in between, Waikiki is the place to head for first-class dining options. Whether eating by the beach, park or aquarium, you’ll be spoilt for scenery and choice.

1:30pm - Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum

For a deeper understanding of the ‘Aloha Spirit’, make sure you stop by the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, which is Hawaii’s State Museum of Natural and Cultural History. With a vast array of artefacts, exhibits and planetarium shows, you could easily spend a whole day at this museum. Single travellers, small groups, couples and families - it really does offer something for everyone.

4:00pm - Waikiki Beach

Hawaii is famous for its beach culture, so it would be criminal not to include the white, sandy shores of Waikiki on your list of places to visit in Honolulu. Even if you aren’t a beach bum, you’ll be mesmerised by the sheer beauty and unique atmosphere of this world famous playground. Take a dip, explore the local arts and crafts scene, or just sit back and enjoy the magnificent late afternoon sun with a cocktail in hand. Waikiki Beach is one place where the hype certainly matches the postcard image.

6:30pm - Dinner

The portion sizes are beyond generous in this part of the world, so there’s a possibility you could still be full from lunch - but with so many terrific eating options on offer, you’ll want to make room for dinner in Waikiki before heading back to the ship.

8pm - Return to ship

Museums, outdoor memorials, surf, sand and culture (not to mention, plenty of food) - it’s been an action-packed day in Honolulu. With several historic landmarks and iconic locations ticked off the travel bucket list, your 12 hours in Honolulu has no doubt whet the appetite for future trips to Hawaii. For more information on cruise travel to Honolulu, including the latest offers and up-to-date travel itineraries, contact your local Cruiseabout consultant on 1300 954 661 today.

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