Exploring the best of Honolulu, with cheap flights from Sacramento

Looking for a tropical vacation where you can balance beach time with shopping, nightlife and quality cuisine? Consider Honolulu — Hawaii's capital and gateway to America's favorite archipelago. The city not only has iconic hotels and tourist attractions like Waikiki, but it also boasts thriving commercial and arts districts, as well as easy access to outdoor excursions that bring you face to face with Hawaii's natural beauty, whether at sea or on land.

It’s more doable than you think. According to travel site Skyscanner, there are plenty of flights from Sacramento to Honolulu in the next few months, and the prices aren't too shabby.

So if you're looking for a change of scenery, here are some deals to put on your to-do list. (Prices and availability are current as of publication and subject to change.)

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Flight deals to Honolulu

Currently, the cheapest flights between Sacramento and Honolulu are if you leave on Sept. 10 and return from Hawaii on Sept. 17. Delta currently has roundtrip, nonstop tickets for $341.

There are also deals to be had in July. If you fly out of Sacramento on July 11 and return from Honolulu on July 18, Alaska Airlines can get you there and back for $514 roundtrip.

Top Honolulu hotels

To plan your stay, here are two of Honolulu’s top-rated hotels, according to Skyscanner, that we selected based on price, proximity to things to do and customer satisfaction.

The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort (2259 Kalakaua Ave.)

If you're looking to treat yourself, consider The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort. The hotel has a 4.7-star rating on Skyscanner, and rooms are currently available for $350.

Located in Honolulu, this beachfront resort is close to the International Market Place, Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head.

The Halekulani (2199 Kalia Road)

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A pricer alternative is The Halekulani. The 4.6-star hotel has rooms for $490/night. Located in the heart of Waikiki, this five-star beachfront resort is one of Hawaii's finest. Luxury shopping and dining are all within walking distance.

Featured Honolulu food and drink

If you're looking to snag a bite at one of Honolulu's many quality eateries, here are a few popular culinary destinations from Skyscanner's listings that will help keep you satiated.

Leonard's Bakery (933 Kapahulu Ave.)

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One of Honolulu's most popular spots is Leonard's Bakery, which has an average of 4.5 stars out of 126 reviews on Skyscanner. 

"I had my very first malasada here from Leonard's Bakery," wrote visitor Tilly. "Malasada is a popular sugary doughnut that is crispy on the outside and soft in the inside when eaten fresh and hot. They are delicious!"

Duke's Waikiki (2335 Kalakaua Ave., #116)

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Another popular dining destination is Duke's Waikiki, with 4.4 stars from 105 reviews.

"Duke’s is the place to go for a fantastic dinner on the slightly more upscale side," wrote reviewer Makiah. "Situated right on the beach, Duke’s has great food and amazing Mai Tais. The also have live traditional local musicians."

Moke's Bread and Breakfast (27 Hoolai St.)

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Also worth considering is Moke's Bread and Breakfast.

Reviewer John wrote, "If you like pancakes and a touch of tropical deliciousness, order the Lilikoi pancakes!"

Marukame Udon Waikiki (2310 Kuhio Ave.)

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Finally, there's Marukame Udon Waikiki, which specializes in dishes made with freshly made Japanese udon noodles. 

"This place is just incredibly good. The udon and tempura toppings are served cafeteria style too so you customize your bowl after you choose the broth/base," wrote reviewer Justin. 

Top Honolulu attractions

To round out your trip, Honolulu offers plenty of popular attractions worth visiting. Here are some top recommendations, based on Skyscanner's descriptions and reviews.

Hanauma Bay State Park (7455 Kalanianaʻole Highway)

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First up is Hanauma Bay State Park, which is easily home to the best snorkeling in Hawaii thanks to a strict effort to preserve this last remnant of Oahu's once sparkling reefs. 

"If you have time to come here to snorkel, it's one of the top-ranked spots on Oahu," wrote visitor Kat. "You can also just sunbathe or go swimming."

Lanikai Beach (Mokulua Drive, Kailua)

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One of the most picturesque beaches on Oahu, Lanikai Beach is another popular destination.

Home to sand so fine it almost gains a pinkish hue, a glistening stretch of turquoise water, and, of course, Na Mokulua. Better known as "moks" these two islands provide an amazing backdrop that has been featured on the Travel Channel as being the most scenic beach in the world. 

Pearl Harbor (11 Arizona Memorial Drive, Honolulu)

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Lastly, consider checking out Pearl Harbor.

The World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument at Pearl Harbor Hawaii is both one of the top attractions in Hawaii and one of the most historically significant. There are also a number of other attractions, including the USS Bowfin Submarine, the USS Missouri and the Pacific Aviation Museum.

Visitor Leigh wrote, "It is a very moving experience and one that you won't forget. The main site is the USS Arizona Memorial that stands above the sunken vessel and her fallen sailors, serving as a reminder of their sacrifice and commitment."

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