“The fresh, floral air energizes you. The warm, tranquil waters refresh you. The breathtaking, natural beauty renews you. Look around. There’s no place on earth like Hawaii. ” – Go Hawaii.

A guide below of some of my top things to do, places to eat/drink, how to get around and also a list of things I plan to do on future layovers with posts to follow!


Here is a list of my recommended top 10 things to do for any visit to Honolulu!

  1. Hike up Diamond Head
  2. Take a Sunset Cocktail Cruise on a Catamaran around the bay.
  3. Visit Pearl Harbour
  4. Stroll the streets of Waikiki for shopping and food galore!
  5.  Visit Kualoa Ranch for all your Jurassic Park Dreams

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My Hawaii Bucketlist!

A few things that I am definitely going to tick off on my travels to Hawaii are:

– Hike the Stairway to Heaven
– Watch a Surf competition at Pipeline on the North Shore
– Go Paddle-boarding out in Waikiki
– Find Sea Turtles
– Visit the other Hawaiian Islands
– Mission up the Stairs of the Koko Rail Trail
– See an Active volcano!
Hike up Diamond Head
– Take a Helicopter Ride
– Go Parasailing
– Visit Pearl Harbour

Shopping in Waikiki

ALA MOANA SHOPPING CENTRE – the largest shopping mall in Hawaii and the largest open-air shopping center in the world. Do I need to say anything more?

WAIKELE PREMIUM OUTLETS – Outlet shopping for a variety of designer brands of clothing, shoes, bags & jewellery including Coach, Gap , Nike, Levi’s, Kate Spade and many more!
Open from 9am – 9pm

Shuttle Service to the Outlets: 
Roberts Hawaii Waikiki Shuttle        (808) 439-8823
Daily round trip transportation available for $18 and one way for $10 to the only Premium Outlets in Hawaii. Daily pick up in Waikiki, visit Roberts Hawaii Waikiki Shuttle for more information on pickup points etc!


Places to Eat & Drink

One way to get to know a city is by eating its food. In Honolulu, sugarcane and pineapple production changed not only the islands’ ethnic makeup, but also what the locals eat.
Get amongst this and try for yourself!

The Cheesecake Factory –
an absolute MUST for anyone who hasn’t been before. The meals are HUGE and the cheesecakes are to die for. I can pretty much assume you won’t be able to fit in a Cheesecake, but just get one to take home with you 😉 You won’t regret the midnight snack!

Shrimp Trucks – A trip up to the North Shore is not complete without visiting one (or all) of the Shrimp trucks! Coconut shrimp with fresh pineapple, Giovanni’s succulent shrimp scampi or Savoury garlic prawns – just a few of the delectable dishes to try.
TIP: The lines can be long – but the wait is 100% worth it! Take Cash – Roughly $12 a plate.

Honolulu Cookie Company – A take home treat whether it be as a gift or a hotel room snack! Premium shortbread cookies baked fresh daily in Honolulu using only the finest ingredients. The trademark pineapple shape is a symbol of hospitality, welcoming us all to the beautiful island home with each delicious bite. And even better – they offer free samples!

Heavenly – A Natural Heath Food Cafe offering all the right choices for any time of day in Waikiki.
As you are all probably well aware, I am one of those people that cannot go past an Acai Bowl – and I highly rate the “Super Fruit Morning” Mixed Berries Acai bowl drizzled in Honey. Great Prices, Free Wifi (PW: heavenlyils) & Good Service too.