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Honolulu Guide

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Balmy weather, Hawaii 5-0, a melting pot of Asian cultures and crammed with tourists, Honolulu is an exciting and popular destination, with a whole island wilderness nearby for escaping. Tour the island with a hire car. Book car hire in Honolulu right here with us today. Let us compare the market by searching through quotes from over fifty popular rental companies, including Hertz, Avis and Europcar, to help find you the cheapest deals possible.

Explore Honolulu

In the South...
The action in Honolulu is definitely centred along Waikiki beach, southeast of the city, which is scattered with many posh high-rise hotels, with a dramatic backdrop, it attracts over 50,000 tourists a day. If you’re into crowds, there’s a great sipirt here and unbeatable nightlife, with fine restaurants, clubs and bars. Kahanamoku Beach is calmer and Kapahulu Groin is a world magnate for boogie boarders. Kapiolani Park contains the Waikiki Aquarium and Honolulu Zoo.

Nearby Diamond Head, one of the highest points on the island, is quite dramatic and offers fantastic views. Beaches are Hawaii’s premier drawcard and the pick of Oahu are Slaughterhouse Beach, great for people watching, Honolua Bay offering crystal clear waters for snorkeling and Hookipa Beach popular with windsurfers.

China town is a fascinating blend of Asian cultures. Highlights include; a Shinto Shrine as well as the Taoist Temple. Be sure to visit the magnificent displays at the Foster Botanical Garden. Here you will also witness the beautiful ornate Buddhist Kuan Yin Temple.

The most memorable sight to see on the island is Pearl Harbor. Millions of tourists flock here annually. The Pacific's National Memorial Cemetery is a somber reminder of America’s entry into WWII.  Alternatively the Asian-inspired Valley of the Temples is a fine cultural must-see attraction. To the west of Pearl Harbor is the town on Waipahu, a small plantation town that once processed sugar.

Inland...
Honolulu may remind you a bit of Southern California or Miami beach, but just inland is fantastic tropical wilderness waiting to be discovered. Opt for car hire in Honolulu as your main form of transport and travel just 2 miles from the main centre and you will come across lush forest reserves of the Makiki Valley. A switchback road takes you up to Mount Tantalus. The circular route is breathtaking in more ways than one! From here you can access the Puu Ualakaa State Park and Honolulu Watershed Forest Reserve.

In the East...
Windward Oahu is situated parallel along the entire length of the magnificent Koolau Range. Sheltered here is Hanauma Bay with its gorgeous turquoise waters and first class snorkeling. Kailua is the third largest city on Oahu and is situated just south of where the Pali Highway meets the windward coast, and features a fantastic beach. In the town of Laie there is a fascinating, and enormously popular Polynesian Cultural centre.

In the North...
Oahu's North Shore is synonymous with surfing, featuring famous names such as Sunset Beach, the Banzai Pipeline and Waimea Bay that boast 9 ft waves.

Transport

By air
Honolulu International Airport is a major Pacific hub, especially on the North American-Asian route, so flights are numerous. Flights operate regularly, around 7 times a day, to other Hawaiian islands including; Oahu Airport, Kauai Airport and Maui Airport. The majority of flights operate to Oahu’s Airport at Kahului.

A regular shuttle service operates hourly from Honolulu International Airport to Waikiki Beach. Private shuttles service many resorts throughout the island of Honolulu. Car rentals are also on offer at the airport from leading suppliers Dollar, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz and National. Thrifty, Alamo, and Advantage Rent A Car are also available but their offices are not at the airport. Book with us for even more options.

By boat
Ferries service the island, approximately five times a day between Lanai and Maui. It is considered a much cheaper and prettier form of transportation than to fly to Honolulu, and doesn't take much longer. The QE II makes an annual stop stopover (5 days from Mexico).

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