Honolulu is full of attractions on and off the beach

View of Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head, Honolulu, Hawaii
View of Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head, Honolulu, Hawaii

If you've already been on a Caribbean cruise or a Panama Canal cruise and you're looking to embark on a different type of exotic vacation, why not consider a Hawaiian cruise vacation? On a Princess Cruises vacation to these tropical islands, you'll find no shortage of fun under the sun. A Hawaii cruise can give you an opportunity to see a side of the state that you never knew existed.

Exploring Honolulu

Perhaps one of the most visited cities in Hawaii is Honolulu. As the main metropolis on Oahu, this city is close to some of Hawaii's most luxurious beaches and notable attractions. While you're docked in Honolulu, you'll be nearby the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial located in Pearl Harbor, Waikiki Beach and the Punchbowl Crater (the site of the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific) - all worthwhile sights to see while you're in the area in between lying on the beach.

U.S.S. Arizona Memorial

This location has an enormous significance to not only Hawaii, but the U.S. as a whole. The U.S.S. Arizona is a sunken ship located in Pearl Harbor that has a memorial erected over sunken remains that people can visit to reflect on its historical significance. Here, visitors can walk through the Pearl Harbor museum and see the numerous plaques set up around the venue that honor those who lost their lives.

Hanuama Bay

Hanuama Bay Nature Preserve is a must-see attraction while you're in Honolulu. Here, you can snorkel in a bay full of the region's rarest creatures, some of which can't be found anywhere else in the world. In addition to getting up close and personal with marine life, you'll also be able to enjoy lavish views of the towering Hawaiian hills and mountains, including Diamond Head. This mountain is perhaps the most renowned on Oahu for its enormous size and lava rocks that shine like diamonds.

Waikiki Beach

Located in the heart of Honolulu, Waikiki Beach is a hotspot for tourists and residents alike. Here, you're not only close to shops and restaurants with Hawaiian flair, but you have the opportunity to kick back and relax on some of the whitest sands on the island. Once you walk the length of Waikiki Beach, you'll find it difficult to resist the temptation to explore the other nearby beaches and beautiful architecture within Honolulu.