Take a Bite Out of The Big Pineapple on Our Cruises to Hawaii
Think of Honolulu, and visions of swaying palm trees, beautiful beaches, and hula no doubt dance to mind. But that’s just a scratch on the azure surf(ace) of this cosmopolitan capital city.
Located on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, Honolulu is also home to stunning scenery, excellent national landmarks, and yes, incredible beaches—including world-famous Waikiki, worth a dip for the people-watching alone. But if you want more seclusion, Kailua, Kokololio, and Waimea Bay Beach Parks are all within an hour’s drive.
For retail therapy, go to Ala Moana Center, the world’s largest open-air shopping complex, with over 350 stores and restaurants. Refuel on Hawaiian fare like poke (raw fish salad), loco moco (a bowl of rice with a hamburger patty, gravy, and fried egg on top), and saimin (a noodle soup dish combining the best of Asian influences).
And no Azamara® cruise to Hawaii is complete without visiting the USS Arizona Memorial and the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument. It’s a vivid reminder of the attack on Pearl Harbor, one of the most pivotal moments in American history.
USS Arizona Memorial
USS Arizona Memorial
The USS Arizona Memorial marks the resting place of 1,102 sailors and Marines killed on USS Arizona during Japan’s surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. Accessible only by boat, and straddling the sunken remains of the battleship, the Memorial was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1989.
If you want spectacular views of Honolulu and the Pacific Ocean, go to Diamond Head. It takes about 1.5-2 hours (round-trip) to hike this National Natural Landmark, with some parts fairly steep or over uneven rock, so bring a water bottle. Water fountains can also be found at the beginning of the trail.
Dating back to the early 19th century, Iolani Palace served as the royal residence for the Hawaiian monarchy until its overthrow in 1893. Now a National Historic Landmark, it’s recognized as “the spiritual and physical multicultural epicenter of Hawaii” and is the only official royal palace in the United States.
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii At a glance