10 Best Things to See & Do Near the Honolulu Cruise Port

Since the Honolulu Harbor - the island's cruise port - is centrally located in the city, it's easy to reach Honolulu's best things to see and do without having to go far. Although one attraction, Aloha Tower, is right at the port, the rest you'll need to take a taxi or a shuttle to. None of these things to do and see are more than a ten minute ride from the port, so you should be able to squeeze in quite a few fun things to do while on land.

For immediate satisfaction when hitting land, dine and shop at the Aloha Tower Marketplace. Located right at Honolulu Harbor, the market place is home to an array of restaurants and shops offering great food and drinks, and unique goods. Just down the street is the Hawaii Children's Discovery Center, where children can be in their own creative and imaginative world for hours.

Also nearby are places to journey through history, including the Bishop Museum offering an abundance of exhibits sharing the culture and history of Hawaii. Queen Emma's Summer Palace is a beautiful place for history buffs to visit, where they'll get a guided tour of the queen's vacation home. Inside are many original pieces of art and furniture.

Check with your cruise ship about free shuttles around town, or book a quick taxi ride. Enjoy these attractions that are just minutes from the dock.

Originally intended as a royal residence, this historic building was reconfigured to house government offices when Iolani Palace was constructed. Today, it is still the home of Hawaii's supreme court. The elegant interiors, complete with...  Read More

Located in Honolulu, the Hawaii Children's Discovery Center provides an interactive, participatory learning environment designed to inspire the young and "young-at-heart." They offer unique methods of of learning and discovery in an environment...  Read More

'Iolani Palace

Built in the early 1880s, this graceful Italian Renaissance structure is America's only royal palace and was home to Hawaii's last two rulers. When American businessmen overthrew the monarchy, they used the palace as the capitol until 1969;...  Read More

Commemorating one of Waikiki's most famous native sons, this bronze statue provides the four-time Olympic athlete an eternal presence on his beloved beach. A champion swimmer, Duke also helped spread the popularity of surfing in America and was...  Read More

Honolulu Zoo

For a glimpse of some of the world's more exotic wildlife, head to this delightful zoo on Waikiki's eastern end. There, you'll find 42 acres of animal habitats, filled with rhinos, wart hogs, crocodiles, giraffes, monkeys, tigers, and elephants....  Read More

Ala Moana Beach Park and Magic Island

Ala Moana Beach Park sprawls across 100 acres in the midst of Honolulu, while Magic Island comprises about 30 acres of the park. Both areas are immensely popular, and folks frequently take advantage of the beaches, picnic areas, and jogging and...  Read More

Queen Emma's Summer Palace
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Set in the Nuuanu Valley, this simple frame house, distinguished by a colonnade, was inherited by Queen Emma (wife of Kamehameha IV) from her uncle, John Young II. A respite from the city to the south, the home was a Victorian showplace that has...  Read More

This landmark tower, sitting at the edge of Honolulu Harbor, once provided the initial greeting to visitors disembarking from cruise ships. Inscribed with the word "Aloha" and boasting clock faces, the tower also offers an observation deck, from...  Read More

Waikiki Aquarium
Photo courtesy of Douglas Peebles

This esteemed facility, affiliated with the University of Hawaii, has been in existence since 1904. Set along the Waikiki coastline, it seeks not only to entertain visitors but to educate them and to preserve delicate marine species. Tropical...  Read More

Since its founding in 1889 as a repository for Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop's family artifacts, this museum has ascended to become the state's premiere institution for documenting the area's cultural and natural histories. Today, its holdings...  Read More


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Raised on the Big Island of Hawaii, Jade has traveled the world and doesn't intend to stop, yet the Hawaiian Islands are still her favorite place. She spent seven years living on Oahu and...  More About Jade