Honolulu

Honolulu, Hawaii, is the largest city of Hawaii. It is located on the island of Oahu, and is the major gateway to mainland USA and other islands. With nearly 1 million people living in the metropolitan area, Honolulu is a large city, famous for its tropical climate and the crystal blue waters of Waikiki Beach. With a safety rating of nearly 70%, Honolulu is one of safest cities in the US. While Hawaii is generally very safe, theft can be a serious issue in some places. Smart tourists will avoid leaving anything valuable in their cars or any unattended property while at the beach. SafeAround has compiled information from numerous sources make sure you have a safe trip and be aware of all potential dangers.

SAFETY INDEX

Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 OVERALL RISK : LOW

Honolulu is a safe city. With a rating of 69.4% the US is ranked 51th out of 162 on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous countries.

Mid Priority-96 PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM

There is some pickpocket-related risk in Honolulu, and theft of valuables inside rented cars is very common. A few simple precautions will minimize your chances of being pickpocketed.

Mid Priority-96 MUGGING RISK : LOW

Honolulu is a safe city regarding mugging and kidnapping risks, although some areas are best to be avoided at night.

Mid Priority-96 SCAMS RISK : LOW

There are nearly no scammers in Honolulu. Be aware of homeless people tricking you around Chinatown, and people offering help with your luggage.

Mid Priority-96 TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW

Transports and taxis are generally very safe in Honolulu.

Mid Priority-96 NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM

Hawaii is vulnerable to some natural disasters, such as Tsunamis, Flash floods and volcanic activity (which can lead to earthquakes).

Mid Priority-96 TERRORISM RISK : MEDIUM

Chicago has not recently been targeted by terrorist attacks, but it is best to stay alert.

Mid Priority-96 WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW

Hawaii is generally very safe for women travelers.

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WHAT TO DO?

Downtown

Downtown Honolulu is the historical and political center of Hawaii. From Bishop’s street skyscrapers to Hawaii State Museum or Saint Andrew’s Cathedral, tourists will enjoy a great number of sights only a few meters away from the beach. The area of Chinatown and its surrounding is considered safe during the day but rather dangerous at night. Some beggars can have an aggressive behavior towards tourists, in that case just ignore them.

Waikiki

The Waikiki area is the touristic center of Honolulu, host to Hawaii’s most famous beach. The 1.4miles long beach, bordered by numerous hotel towers, offers a lot of attractions such as surf camps, paddles, submarine tours and many restaurants. The area is very crowded even at night, and a there is a great police presence. The main dangers are thieves stealing your valuables on the beach or pickpocketing you while you stop to watch street performers.  Do not underestimate the strength of sea currents. Check out HawaiiBeachSafety’s website before you go swimming.

Useful Information

The US has one of the harshest entry policy, sometimes asking for an interview even for a tourist visa. Prepare to pay fees up to USD 160 for your application. Some countries like the ones from the EU or Australia have a visa waiver program (ESTA) which can be filled online. See https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en.html for more information. Strong custom regulations also apply (see the CPB website for more details), and the Travel Safety Administration can open your luggage without your presence. www.doyouneedvisa.com is a useful website that can help you know if you need a visa or not based on your nationality and the country you’re visiting.
The currency in the United States is the US Dollar. Credit and debit cards are widely accepted countrywide, and ATMs are found nearly in every city. The costs can vary widely between the states, but it is fair to assume a $100 budget per day on average, $150 if you rent a car and around $300 for top end accomodation. A 10% service tipping is customary in many sectors such as airport and hotel bag porters, bartenders , hotel maids, restaurant servers and taxi drivers.
The weather in the US varies greatly between the states : from the mediterranean weather of California to the Glaciers of Alaska or the subtropical Florida, each region has its best time to visit; although major cities can be visited all year round. This graph can be useful for finding the best time to travel.
The main international airports are in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Dallas, Denver and San Francisco. If you’re looking fore cheap flight deals, you can find some on JetRadar
As in any country, we advise travelers to get a travel insurance that covers not only medical problems but also theft and loss of personal items. Learn more on our travel insurance page