Stuck on a Honolulu layover in Hawaii? The Honolulu International airport (HNL) is located roughly 4 miles from downtown Honolulu which makes the Hawaiian city an accessible location for those stuck on a long layover. If you’re trying to determine whether you can leave the airport during your Honolulu layover, click here for useful tips.
The Honolulu airport offers a lot in the way of restaurants, specialty shops and services in the Interisland and Main Terminal, as well as the Concourse. There is also a terrific garden area, where you can take a nice walk or catch some tropical rays.
In addition, you can check out the Space Museum in the Main Terminal Building. There is a business center in the central lobby next to the Space Museum. It offers photocopy services, flight insurance, office supplies, mailbox and postage sales, phone service, and fax services.
If you arrive at night or are looking for a place to rest, there are a number of hotels in the area for varying price points. For a comprehensive list of Honolulu, Hawaii hotels, click here.
If you’re looking to ditch your luggage, unfortunately due to security issues, locker storage is not available at the Honolulu airport. The airport suggests asking your airline is they can store it for you.
The airport offers a shuttle that operates 24/7 to and from Waikiki to the airport. In addition to airport transportation, you can opt for a flower lei greeting, and an island tour. You can call for reservations – .
Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do On A Honolulu Layover:
If you’re strapped for time, a tour might be the way to go. There’s many to choose from including day tours, bus and bike tours, night cruises, luaus, outdoor activities, and more.
Waikiki Beach is Oahu’s most popular beach with magnificent views of Diamond Head volcano. It’s a great place to dip your toes in the water, walk nearby to shops and restaurants and catch some sun!
Diamond Head Volcano
A major tourist attraction on Oahu, the 350-acre Diamond Head crater can be seen even from the flight into Honolulu airport. If you have the time, which is most likely at least a couple hours (not including airport transportation, customs, security, etc.), you can hike up to the peak and enjoy the sight of the coast. For a history, and more information, click here.
The USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor is where World War II began for the United States. The is open, aside from holidays, 7 days a week from 7:30am – 5:00pm. Admission is free. For more information, call
It takes about a 1 hour hike to reach Monoa Falls. This 150 feet waterfall is a fun and beautiful place to visit if you have the time. It is classified as an “easy” hike. You are advised never to hike along, and wear proper footwear to avoid injury.
Fire Surf School
If you’re new to surfing and want to take a lesson or two, Fire Surf School is a great option. With trained surf instructors, a secluded beach with rolling beginner waves and safety equipment, it’s a great way to get in the water. They provide the transportation and offer two packages — 7am-11:30am and 9:30am-2:00 — both include 1 hour and 15 minutes of water time. $179 for adults, $129 for children.
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