Hawaii is a dream destination for many travelers. The tropical island state is actually made up of a collection of islands in the Pacific Ocean, over 2,000 miles from the shores of California. While all of the islands are beautiful and worth visiting, the capital city of Honolulu is definitely the main attraction. You’ll find dozens of amazing things to do in (and around) the city, despite its relatively modest population of just 350,000. The word “Honolulu” literally means “sheltered harbor” or “calm port” in Hawaiian. Indeed, this city is a major Pacific Ocean hub for international business, finance, and even military defense. You’ll find an eclectic mix of cultures, food, and traditions here — Asian, Pacific, and Western cultures all combine in Honolulu.
12. Atlantis Adventures
While there’s plenty of things to see and so on the actual island, you might as well check out Honolulu below the surface too. In order to do that, you need to check out Atlantis Adventures. It’s an underwater tour company that offers submarine tours of the waters surrounding the city. The 48-seat sub offers amazing views of the local coral reef — plus you’ll probably spot plenty of fish, eels, stingrays, and maybe even a shark or a shipwreck.
The only downside is that tickets aren’t cheap — over $130 for adults and almost $70 for children. Many visitors promise that it’s worth the money, though, since you’ll never see Hawaii from this perspective staying above ground. If you have thalassophobia (or just don’t like the claustrophobic feeling of being a submarine), Atlantis Adventures has normal cruise tours around Honolulu too. You can book tickets for either experience in advance on their website.