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About Honolulu

Honolulu is the cheerful Polynesian capital of Hawaii, charmed with an island-style mix of majestic experiences, pan-Asian cuisine, ethereal landscapes and exhilarating nightlife scene. Honolulu is the largest city of the U.S state of Hawaii and home to 337,256 residents. Attractions of this breath-taking destination include Diamond Head, Ala Moana Centre, Honolulu Museum of Art and Chinatown Markets.

Cheap flights to Honolulu are now available for a limited period of time, so get ready to voyage to this dream vacation destination! Honolulu is the home of Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL), located only 10-minutes away from the city centre. Daniel K. Inouye International Airport serves many airlines, including Delta Airlines, Qantas and Korean Air. Popular flights depart from Cape Town and Johannesburg. The flight duration from Johannesburg to Honolulu is approximately 1 day and 2 hours.

Why visit Honolulu

green mountain ocean

Hiking Diamond Head

Diamond Head State Monument is nestled on the Hawaiian island of O’ahu. Hikers will be thrilled to trek this 300,000 year old crater with breath-taking Pacific Ocean views.

girl snorkelling


Explore Hawaii’s hypnotic sea life and coral reefs. Exquisite shorelines beckons to be crossed. Visitors off all ages and skill levels can explore the captivating waters and its treasures!

paw paw pink fruit

Tropical Fruits

Honolulu is blessed with a warm and temperate climate ideal for growing and harvesting delicious and salivating tropical fruits. Be sure to try rambutan, egg fruit, cherimoya and dragon fruit.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country United States of America
Currency United States Dollar (USD)
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.08 USD
Language Hawaiian Pidgin and English
Hub Airport Daniel K. Inouye International Airport
Airline Delta Airlines
Time Zone GMT -10
Travel Adaptor Type A and B

Best time to visit Honolulu

Honolulu experiences a hot semi-arid climate and it never gets cold! Peak season in this tropical paradise starts from December to March and June to August. Consider these months if you wish to see the whales arrive and embrace the remarkable moment of witnessing them give birth to their calves. For cheap flights to Honolulu, the best time to visit is during spring (April to mid-June) and autumn (September to mid-December). You can expect less crowds and low accommodation prices during this time. The weather is pleasant and the water level is ideal for surfing.

Weather & Climate in Honolulu

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall level (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 19°C 19°C 21°C 22°C 23°C 24°C 24°C 24°C 23°C 22°C 20°C 22°C
High °C 27°C 27°C 27°C 28°C 29°C 31°C 21°C 32°C 31°C 30°C 29°C 27°C
Rainfall (mm) 59 51 51 16 16 7 13% 14 18 47 62 82


Honolulu is the blissful chance to experience the authentic Hawaiian spirit. This boisterous island is home to the best of Polynesian culture. Remove the image of cliché Hawaiian shirts from your mind and get ready to encounter the real thing – humble and happy spirited people surrounded by tropical magic! A trot through this beaming city will lead to amazing traditional neighbourhoods such as Kakaako and Chinatown, where Honolulu’s realism is captivated. Visit the enthralling art-filled galleries, fun island-themed bars, and be sure to delight in the local Hawaiian cuisine.

A visit to the island would be incomplete without luxuriating on the buttermilk sands of the island’s beachfronts and surfing the gigantic waves. Breathe in the ocean breeze along the harbour front and be sure to add a rejuvenating hike to your island itinerary. You will be rewarded with breath-taking views, while walking amongst laminating green terrain which will create a heightened appreciation for nature in its purest element – Aloha!

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Visa & Customs

South African passport holders require a visa to visit Honolulu, Hawaii and the rest of the United States of America. Travellers should allow plenty of time for visa processing. Ensure that your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and you should have at least 2 blank pages for entry stamps.

U.S. Embassy Pretoria 877 Pretorius St Arcadia Pretoria

Phone: +27 (12) 431-4000 Fax: +27 (12) 342-2299

Health & Safety

Travellers are required to be up-to-date on routine vaccines before travelling to the city. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, varicella (chickenpox), polio, and yearly flu shot. Some travelers may require vaccination for hepatitis A, hepatitis B and rabies depending on what you will be doing in Honolulu.

Tourist areas in Honolulu are safe, however, visitors should always remain alert.

Staying safe in Honolulu:

• Avoid deserted areas, especially at night. • Do not enter any park at night unless there are crowds of people. • It is best to not carry valuables on you when walking in the streets. • Park in well-travelled and well-lighted areas. • Do not leave valuables visible in the car.

Cost of Living

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Honolulu
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant R100 R100 R197
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught) R25 R25 R66
Cappucino (regular) R23 R23 R59
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R10 R10 R35
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) R40 R40 R131
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