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  • Writer's pictureAntuanette Stewart

My Top Must-Try Experiences in Honolulu:

Updated: Dec 17, 2023

A women looking standing on a rock looking at the ocean

Embarking on a journey to Honolulu for my daughter's college graduation gift proved to be an unparalleled adventure, leaving an indelible mark on our hearts. The captivating views, delectable cuisine, thrilling excursions, and the warmth of the people collectively defined an experience we'll cherish forever. The trip's anthem, "Hawai’i" by Ana Vee, perfectly encapsulates the essence of our time in Honolulu. For a detailed account and money-saving tips, check out "A Graduation to Remember."

Here are my top recommendations for must-try experiences in Honolulu:

Watching the sunset from my room at Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa in Honolulu

1) Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa in Honolulu:

Choosing the right accommodation is crucial for a memorable experience in Honolulu. Opting for the Ocean Front Junior Suite, Corner room, Balcony at Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa provided unparalleled tranquility. Witnessing both sunrise and sunset from the balcony, accompanied by morning tea, was an experience of profound serenity.

2) Rent a Jeep:

Exploring the island by air, land, and water, the Jeep rental emerged as a favorite. Cruising with the top off, feeling the sun on your face, and the wind in your hair epitomizes the freedom of exploring at your own pace. It adds an extra layer of enjoyment to your island experience.

“Coming to Hawaii is like going from black and white to color.” – John Richard Stephens,

3) Helicopter Tour:

Escape the crowds and infuse a sense of adventure into your vacation with a helicopter tour. Opt for the exhilarating experience of flying with the doors off, offering breathtaking views of Diamond Head and the Waikiki skyline from above.

4) Parasailing:

Discover the island by boat and elevate your vacation with a parasailing adventure. Hovering over the crystal-clear ocean, with panoramic views of Diamond Head and the Waikiki skyline, creates a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

5) Local Food: EAT LOCAL!

Indulge in the flavors of the island by exploring local eateries. Not only is local cuisine delicious, but it's also budget-friendly. With an average cost of $15 per meal, savoring local delights became a highlight. Must-try spots include Café Kaila, Ono Steaks and Shrimp Shack, Fumi’s Kahuku Shrimp Truck, and Sweet E’s Café. Embrace the simplicity of local food, and don't miss out on trying Spam, a local delicacy.

From crystal-clear waters to delectable cuisine, Honolulu promises an unforgettable getaway. Don't miss out on the magic—read more about our trip. 🌴✨ Read More and share your thoughts below!

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