Planning a week-long getaway can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be that way at all. First things first: decide when and where you are going. Honolulu is a fantastic destination that has something for everyone! Honolulu attractions include Pearl Harbor Memorial National Historic Site, lava tours, Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, and more. Next up, you’ll want to find suitable accommodations. There is no need to spend your memorable vacation in Hawaii cramped in a hotel room. Darmic can help you find the perfect rental property for your stay!
Things to Do in Honolulu, HI
While you might wonder where to start your adventures on the island, we have the perfect answer. Start at the beginning; for Hawaii, that means the beach! You have had a long trip to get here, so relax on the beautiful shores of the Pacific in Waikiki. You can do more than swim here—try paddle boarding and surfing, too! Waikiki Beach is made up of several smaller beach areas including Kaimana, San Souci, Kuhio and Fort Derussy, as well as Ala Moana Regional Park with its 100 acres of beautiful terrain and a half-mile beach of golden sand. The gorgeous Diamond Head Beach Park, formed from volcanic rock, is known for its scenic shoreline and is best for experienced surfers. Those are just a few of the fantastic beaches in this area to whet your appetite before venturing further afield around the island.
Looking for immersive tours? One Ocean Diving exists to present an immersive experience and program that that is both educational and fun. Your participation helps fund their conservation work, which is vast. The tours with this company are some of the most popular in Hawaii. Swim with and be amazed by the sea life, learn about the ocean from the experienced professional animal experts.
There are lots of choices when it comes to dining in Honolulu. Sure, you can stop at a chain burger joint, but why not take in the local cuisine? Here are a few musts for Hawaiian cuisine.
You haven’t experienced Hawaiian cuisine until you have been to Chief’s Luau. Loved by travelers and locals alike, the food is only matched by the entertaining shows by Chief Sielu, who will do fire dances and make you laugh, too!
If you are in the mood for a relaxing, upscale dinner, try Azure on the waterfront of Waikiki. Their delectable four-course dinners are served Fridays through Sundays.
Helena’s Hawaiian Food
Winner of the James Beard Foundation award in 2000, this restaurant has been serving up delicious Hawaiian cuisine in a casual atmosphere for a whopping 64 years. Rumor has it that the Poke Fish with Opihi is a must for shellfish lovers.
Where to Stay in Honolulu, HI
Once you have your activities and dining planned, you can start looking at where to stay. One thing you want to avoid is staying in a hotel room. Save some money, time, and aggravation by staying in a vacation home. Darmic has a selection of comfortable places to stay in Honolulu. Enjoy an exquisite stay when you rent one of our fantastic Waikiki Banyan condos. Each is full of creature comforts sure to enhance your getaway to Hawaii.
When you rent from us, you will have amenities like comfortable and spacious living areas, well-appointed kitchens, and a beautiful balcony to view the scenery. Enjoy convenient contactless check-in/check-out and amenities that helped us earn the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence from 2016 to 2019 and the 2020 Traveler’s Choice Award.
Our New Zealand company strives at all times to show our guests what we mean by Kiwi hospitality. Contact us today to finalize planning the perfect week-long getaway to Honolulu, HI!
Honolulu, HI is a great location to visit. It has beautiful beaches and friendly people, plus many things you can do without even leaving your area! One of the favorite activities of most visitors is going on tours on this gorgeous island. Here are some of the top tours near your rental in Honolulu, HI.
Oahu Submarine Scooter Adventure
Want to get around in and under the water a little faster so you can see more sea life and have more fun? This fun, highly rated tour requires no experience with the equipment. They provide all gear and snacks.
After all that activity during the day, you’re just starving! No worries—you made reservations for one of the favorite luaus in the area. Chief’s Luau isn’t just for tourists. The locals love it, too! There is a reason it’s the highest-rated Luau in Hawaii. It’s not just the best Hawaiian cuisine. You also see world champion fire dancer, Chief Sielu, whose superpower is fabulous comedy. If you miss Chief’s Luau, you miss a lot of Hawaii!
Want to tour this gorgeous island but would rather do it at your own pace and on your own time? Shaka Guide offers tours where you can jump in your car, turn on your smartphone, follow the directions, and listen to the stories.
Salute to Pearl Harbor
As some of our last Pearl Harbor survivors are leaving us, it’s important to remember the event that changed the world on December 7, 1941. Learn about the history, the day, see artifacts and cultural displays, and hear some of the personal stories at this ground zero monument.
If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush, Trident Adventures is the place for you. From scuba diving and snorkeling with the sea life to fishing trips and kids’ water-based activities, you can get lots of time in our gorgeous ocean. Want something more exciting? Try the Trident Tactical Group training. Their unique training structure helps you develop skills in weapons handling, combat, and more.
Oahu Snorkel Cruise
What better way to start your morning than swimming with dolphins, sea turtles, and the beautiful saltwater fish? Oahu Snorkel Cruise provides snorkel gear, paddleboards, kayaks, and snacks. They also offer hotel transportation, and you can even get a fun hula lesson!
Hi5 Hawaii Tours
They have designed their tours to encompass everything people love about Hawaii—the food, the scenery, water-based adventures, and island exploration. You will have a chance to taste the best of Hawaiian cuisine (they are rated #1 on Trip Advisor for food and drink), view local flora and fauna, paddleboard, snorkel with the beautiful sea life, and more.
Seeing the Hawaiian Islands from the air is one of the most exciting ways to do it. Viewed from above, you can see the beauty that is typically hidden to all but the birds! Panoramas open up from shore to shore, and you can even take a teabag dip in the water if you wish, just like the birds!
Kualoa Ranch – ATV Raptor Tour
Kualoa Ranch is one of the most popular destinations in Hawaii because of the natural beauty of the Ka’a’awa Valley area and exciting terrain for ATV rides! This valley was known for its appearance in Jurassic Park and other movies.
Oahu Shark Dive
Swim inside an underwater shark cage and observe these fascinating fish. The crew understands the sharks, and each one has the knowledge to keep you safe at all times. This is a tour for the record books. You might see whales, dolphins, and turtles, too!
Star Casual Sunset & Show Cruise
There is so much to do in Hawaii that sometimes you just need a calm, relaxing cruise to finish your day. Try this popular two-hour cruise. Dine on a steak and crab dinner and take in the “60 Years of Aloha” show while you enjoy the South Pacific sunset. Hint: Go on Fridays! You get an extra hour of sailing and a fireworks show.
Hollywood Movie Sites Tour
Don’t miss this bus tour of the Kualoa Ranch! Pearl Harbor, Magnum P.I., Jurassic Park, and more were filmed here. You will also get a history of the ranch and the area and see other natural formations like Mokoli’i Island, Kaneohe Bay, and more.
EpicLava Volcano Tour
You can’t come to Hawaii without seeing our famous lava flows! Volcano National Park has 505 square miles of features and history. You will be able to view the current volcanic activity and learn how volcanos work. Not everyone can say they experienced hot, flowing rock close-up and personal!
While this is not by any means an exhaustive list of all the tours here, these are the top tours near your rental in Honolulu. We hope you enjoy as many as possible and come away with the real meaning of “aloha!” Be sure to contact Darmic today to book your stay on Oahu!
Aloha, while we don’t need to reiterate any information about the current COVID 19 crises – we would like to give you a brief update from the Darmic team.
Being a small family company, we’re devastated by world events and it is obviously hitting the business very hard. Multiple cancellations, short notice refunds, we understand what everyone must be going through and really appreciate your patience as we try to deal with the influx of emails. So far we’ve cancelled 821 room nights which is just under US$160,000 worth of bookings for March, April and some of May. . Unfortunately due to the circumstances we had to “ask” Sam not to work any more so we only have one full time staff person now (Sue) and she has been working flat out to get to everyone. Please be patient with her – not only has she been working 10 hours a day to keep up, she and her husband Paul also have elderly parents and parents-in-law to worry about. In addition, New Zealand has just announced a full four week lock down which starts in 48 hours, so Sue has quite a lot to worry about personally as well as trying to keep in contact with everyone emailing her.
Ritchie, Sammie and I have remained in Hawaii as we thought it would be safer than going back to NZ on a plane. Hawaii is not the same as it used to be with restaurant, park and beach closures throughout the state. From this Thursday 14 days self isolation is required for all arrivals and the Mayor has today announced a full lockdown will start tomorrow afternoon. Previously Waikiki locals have been pleading with tourists not to come to Hawaii at the moment. We took some photos of Waikiki yesterday, I’m not sure if anyone wants to see them, it’s too depressing, even with the sun shining.
So once again, please be patient with us, we’re trying to get back to you as fast as we can but as these events are unprecedented in these modern times, we are all struggling. In the meantime, take care of you and your families.
A hui hou (until we meet again)
Aloha from Jamie and the Darmic team