Nature & parks in Honolulu

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Nature & Parks in Honolulu

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  • dbarkathy
    Upland, CA4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was my second time to hike to the top of Diamond Head. First time I was in my late 30s this time I was 73. It was more difficult this time, but I made it to the top and have pictures to prove it. People along the trail are encouraging others to continue. There are areas to sit and rest and catch your breath. Such incredible views of Honolulu and the Pacific Ocean.
    Written 3 March 2024
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  • Jules C
    Bridgetown, Barbados184 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The museum is a learning experience, with lots of history for everyone, there's a boat ride...to see up close the USS Arizona Memorial, and a complimentary video hall, also a souvenir shop for purchasing items
    Written 1 March 2024
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  • TinkToo
    Edmonton, Canada206 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We tried for two days to get reservations right at 7:00 am when tickets dropped but could never get the website to load unfortunately. Demand is high! There are walk in tickets available for every time slot, not many though. We arrived at Hanauma Bay at 6:30 am and waited in our car, outside the park on the road, to enter at 6:45 am. You will see all the white tour vans sitting out on the road waiting as well. There is someone sitting on a bench with a blue umbrella, that person hands out walk in tickets (you still need to pay at the window when your reservation time arrives). Six of us were able to get walk in tickets for 8:00 am thankfully. Love the snorkeling and saw many different types of fish. Staff are all very helpful. The tram up and down the hill is very handy. Food is expensive, but choices are limited. Highly recommend for a great beach day!
    Written 27 February 2024
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  • CEO
    Haleiwa, HI760 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We hiked up to the top of Koko Crater on Tuesday at around 8 am. The trail was not too busy this early in the morning. And the sun is not as intense as later on in the day. It took us around 35 minutes to reach the top. We made several 1-2 minute stops to enjoy the views and take pictures. The steps are well maintained. Wear sport/hiking shoes with good support and grip. Steps are higher than standard stairs. It's safer to hike on a dry day. I suspect it can get slippery when the steps and loose gravel are wet. The best rewards when reaching the top are the awesome views. We hiked down after about 20 minutes. The hike down was faster. Watch your steps and be careful on the way down. There is no need to rush. We stepped aside to let people pass. Parking is free. There are bathrooms at the park but none on the trail. It's good to bring water and stay hydrated.
    Written 1 March 2024
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  • BelaN74
    Mississauga, Canada4,240 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Busy but Beautiful! I guess it’s to be expected, going after Christmas and before New Year that it would be busy. I’ve never seen Waikiki beach so busy. It was still beautiful and enjoyable until someone decided to put their towel right on mine. Can we not respect at least a one foot between people. I don’t think that’s too much to ask for. Personal space people.
    Written 20 January 2024
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  • Margaret S
    New York City, NY60 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It was an early Sunday morning hike started at 830 and finished by 11 what a spectacular sight at the end of the hike.A really great place to take pictures and listen to the natural sounds
    Written 23 February 2024
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  • Tim H
    New Westminster, Canada1,126 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I'd call this a must-see. We didn't see any whales but otherwise it was perfect.

    We had a rental car, and easily found a parking space on the road. As advertised, the walk is a steady, moderate climb on a smooth, wide paved path. We saw a powered wheelchair at the top and there were plenty of strollers.

    You get about ten different amazing views on the way.

    There will, of course, be wind. I'll bet if you set up a team downwind you could run a business selling people their own lost hats.

    There's no toilet facility here, but there is at Sandy Beach Park, just a tad before Makapuu as you come from Diamond Head.
    Written 3 March 2024
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  • thecoxmailbox
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous view of Honolulu and Oahu coast. Challenging hike to summit for experienced climbers. Well worth the effort.
    Written 10 February 2024
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  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, MN3,429 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Drive up Round Top Drive to Pu'u 'Ualaka'a State Park to the summit where you find the Tantalus Lookout. Spectacular views on the entirety of Honolulu stretching from Diamond Head and across the city. Try to go on a nice day when the sky is blue and the sun is shining. The drive up takes about 15 minutes. I went around 11am on a Sunday morning and had no problems finding a parking spot. Hardly any others there at that time. Apparently, this is a favorite spot for car break ins so don't leave valuables visible, but I had no issues.
    Written 5 January 2024
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  • Chris Pouliot
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We really enjoyed visiting the beach here, there were a few places for shade and the waves were impressive. The edge of the shore is a bit rocky, but afterwards once you're in it's fine. Well worth the time!
    Written 5 August 2023
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  • parrottdize
    Dyer, IN2,104 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Having been to Honolulu a number of times, we looked for something to do that we haven't done before and the Lyon Arboretum was it. Very scenic with many lovely plants.
    While you can do this on your own, a guided tour will add to your experience. There is a lot of walking and on uneven paths, so if you have mobility problems you might want to rethink coming here as the pathways are not wheelchair friendly. Do wear good walking shoes, not sandals.
    Written 25 December 2023
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  • Randy C
    Milwaukee, WI188 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful peaceful setting for site seeing or a quiet walk any time or at sunset. My wife and completely enjoyed the place.
    Written 27 February 2024
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  • jjluke
    Calgary, Canada1,420 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Honolulu Zoo was a great way for us to kill a few hours on our long full day layover in Oahu. Admission was $21 per person at time of visit. There is an assortment of wildlife on site, and visitors can park in the lot adjacent to the property for a few hours. Despite being a smaller zoo relative to others we visited and it felt like the property could be kept up a bit better overall, the zoo layout/displays seemed set up to keep things interesting for us. The grounds were busy that day, but for a place like Honolulu, this should come as no surprise. Overall, the Honolulu Zoo was great for the few hours we visited, not the best value in the world but kept our interest as we had hoped. Please indicate if you found this review to be helpful as it would be greatly appreciated
    Written 25 February 2024
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  • Llewellyn53
    Melbourne, Australia4,204 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A good sized park located between Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head. There are frequently displays, free Hawaiian Band Concerts and today the Waikiki Art Fest, Zoo Wall Art and the Na Hula Festival all on the one day.
    Written 7 August 2022
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  • Eric G
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Truly magical place. As you walk on the grass there are so many different kinds of birds and they are not even afraid. It’s paradise. The beaches on both sides of the island are superb. Clear water and no waves, so serene. There is a colony of adorable cats living on the rocks. Watching the sunset is incredible. Very serene atmosphere. Everything very clean. Bathrooms sparkling clean. Just a wonderful place to go and admire nature.
    Written 24 January 2024
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