If you've been at sea on a cruise ship for days - or even weeks - you'll likely be looking forward to having some terrestrial fun when the ship docks for a few hours in Honolulu. Luckily for cruise ship guests, there's plenty of things to see and do in this Hawaiian city. Many of them are in close proximity to the cruise ship dock.
It is important to stick close to Honolulu's port because, although Honolulu is surrounded by perfect beaches and palm trees, like other U.S. cities it is prone to serious rush hour traffic. You'll really want to keep close to the port during your limited time on land.
There's enough boards for everyone in Waikiki — Photo courtesy of Wal N.
At Bishop Museum, guests can travel back in time in the Hawaiian Hall to a time when the Hawaiian Islands were untouched by Western ways. This is easily the most intriguing of the exhibits.
The three-level building features everything from intricate shell jewelry to handmade weapons to original documents regarding statehood. Spend an hour or so in the hall before moving on for lunch.
Duke, decked out in leis — Photo courtesy of Loren Javier
Down on the beach in Waikiki, Duke's Canoe Club is one of the most sought out restaurants in town, and it's no wonder why. Located right on the beach, offering a panoramic view of the ocean and surf, Duke's serves delicious Pacific Rim cuisine and tropical drinks in a lively, Hawaiian-themed atmosphere.
Named after the Hawaiian hero and Olympic swimmer Duke Kahanamoku, Duke's is a favorite with locals and visitors alike. During a stroll through Waikiki after lunch, stop by the Duke Kahanamoku statue by the beach.
To absorb some of the heart and soul of the island, surfing is a must. Feel free to watch and take photos, or actually join in. Either way, you'll be in awe of the many surfers of all ages taking off on long rolling waves at Waikiki breaks like Queen's and Baby Queens.
Aloha shirt exhibit — Photo courtesy of Darryl_Mitchell
Adventurous visitors can rent surfboards from one of the many surf shacks at the back of the beach, and even have a guide join them in the water. Otherwise, get comfortable on the sand and watch the locals carve up the waves. It's quite amazing.
As the day comes to an end, make your way back to the dock. For Honolulu's vastest selection of shopping, drop by the Ala Moana Shopping Center.
With over 230 shops to check out, this shopping center can offer hours of retail therapy. From casual kiosks selling island-style accessories to high-end fashion, Ala Moana has just about everything you could wish to find.