How Safe Is Honolulu for Travel?

Honolulu, United States
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What is there to say about Honolulu?

It’s only the most coveted city in Hawaii, with its tropical climate and the crystal blue waters of its best-known tourist destination, Waikiki Beach.

Located on the island of Oahu, Honolulu is the capital and largest city of the state of Hawaii.

Though beaches may be the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the name of this city, it is the center of government, transportation, and commerce for the state.

Another thing worth mentioning for tourists is that in 2015, Honolulu was ranked as one of the safest cities in the United States.

And though you might think this is the perfect place to relax and unwind, you should keep in mind that it is a fast-paced and dynamic as any major city in America, which means all problems of major cities go with it: heavy traffic, drugs, crime, and homelessness.

The only difference is that Honolulu has the typical charm of a tropical island.

Warnings & Dangers in Honolulu

Overall Risk


Honolulu is very safe for tourists, though there are some neighborhoods that are best avoided. Back in 2015. it was actually ranked as one of the safest cities in the United States. Avoid sketchy neighborhoods and take normal precaution measures.

Transport & Taxis Risk


Public transportation is actually pretty safe and reliable in Honolulu. There have been reports of pickpockets being active around stations and on trains. You should remain alert at all times.

Pickpockets Risk


Pickpockets are somewhat of an issue in Honolulu. You should always keep your belongings firmly by your side as bag snatching also happens. The best would be to keep your valuables in your accommodation.

Natural Disasters Risk


As for natural disasters, there is some risk of Honolulu falling victim to disasters like tsunamis, flash floods and volcanic activity (which can lead to earthquakes).

Mugging Risk


When it comes to chances of being mugged or kidnapped, they are very low in Honolulu. Violent street crime is not a common occurrence but only if you avoid dangerous areas of some cities that even locals rarely dare to walk around.

Terrorism Risk


As for terrorism risk, Honolulu hasn't been the target of any terrorist attacks recently, but the attacks shouldn't be ruled out. Be aware of your surroundings at all times.

Scams Risk


There aren't many scammers in Honolulu. Still, you should be wary of anyone trying to distract you, flashing large signs in front of you or ATMs that look like they've been tampered with.

Women Travelers Risk


Honolulu has proven to be very safe for female solo travelers. Following basic precaution measures and acting as precautions as you would in your hometown completely minimize the chances of anything going wrong.

So... How Safe Is Honolulu Really?

The Waikiki area is the touristic center of the country, so it can get very crowded at night, which brings about police presence to prevent petty as well as violent crime.

The main thing to worry about here is thieves and pickpockets stealing your valuables while you stop to watch street performers.

Another issue to remember while on the beach is the sea currents, which you should not underestimate.

The area of Chinatown and its surroundings are best avoided during night time, though it’s very safe during the day.

Beggars and homeless people can turn aggressive towards tourists if you refuse to hand them some of your money.

Honolulu is considered relatively when it comes to violent crime, but there is a heightened risk of property theft.

Car theft or car break-ins are an issue, especially Diamond Head and the Halona Blowhole near Sandy Beach.

You should always lock your vehicle around these areas.

Keep in mind that in most of Honolulu, your car is not a safe place to store anything: thieves can dismantle locks, and even just bash your window open to take something.

At night, avoid poorly lit and deserted areas, never go near an ATM unless it is well lit, and stay away from the downtown area.

Muggings and theft are common here.

How Does Honolulu Compare?

CitySafety Index
Las Vegas62
Sydney (Australia)80
Santiago de Chile (Chile)71
Vienna (Austria)88

Useful Information

  • Visas - The US is famous for its harsh policy for acquiring a tourist, let alone a resident visa. The US embassies usually ask for interviews before granting tourist visas, and tourists usually have to pay up to 160 USD to get a visa. If you are not sure about your visa status, visit which will let you know whether or not you need visa based on your nationality and the country you want to visit.
  • Currency - The United States dollar is the official currency in Honolulu. Credit and debit cards are accepted nearly everywhere, and ATMs are widely available. The prices vary but you can plan on spending about 100 dollars per day.
  • Weather - The climate in Honolulu is very moderate and tropical, characterized by very little change of temperature throughout the year - the average high is 27-32°C and the average low is 19-24°C, throughout the year, so you might say it's pretty pleasant in Honolulu weather-wise. Water temperature is around 27°C during summer and 25°C during winter.
  • Airports - Daniel K. Inouye International Airport, also known as Honolulu International Airport, is the principal airport of the City and County of Honolulu on Oahu in the State of Hawaii. It is located in the Honolulu census-designated place 5 km northwest of Honolulu's central business district.
  • Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to Honolulu, since it covers not only the costs of medical problems but also theft and loss of valuables.
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Honolulu Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 23° C
Feb 23° C
Mar 24° C
Apr 24° C
May 25° C
Jun 26° C
Jul 27° C
Aug 27° C
Sep 27° C
Oct 26° C
Nov 25° C
Dec 24° C
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5 Reviews on Honolulu

  1. A
    Aloha Daisy says:

    Obviously the tourist industry doesn’t want you to know how bad theft is in Hawaii. Warning don’t ever leave your car at the airport overnight parking. Multiple cars per day are being stolen. My daughters car last week and a friends car this week. Officers actually said it happens all the time. Follow Stolen Stuff Hawaii on facebook if you want to get a taste of what normal life is like in paradise. I live here and I would advise spend your money on vacation somewhere else. thieves break into lockers cars anything you leave laying around. Also late night robberies happen in Waikiki every single day. they beat the crap out of you and take everything you have. Rethink Paradise!

    1. A
      ALOHA808 says:

      Live Aloha


      The person who wrote the last review. If it’s that bad and that unsafe then why do you live in Hawaii?

      Hawaii is a beautiful place with beautiful people. Honolulu is a big city with Waikiki being the major destination and just like in any major city you need to be a vigilante. I also live in Hawaii and for the parking, at the airport, I’ve left my truck there for over a week at a time and never had a problem. If one likes the fast pace of the city then Honolulu is perfect there are lots to do and see.

      If a slower pace is what you looking then the outer islands Kauai, Molokai, Maui, and Hawaii the “Big Island” each island is unique with a lot to offer and lots of Aloha!! It’s not that long ago when sugar and pineapple were a major industry on the islands and now that its gone tourism and the military are the driving force for Hawaii’s economy.

      A lot of people depend on tourism in one way or another.

      So “Shame on you!!” for righting a review that’s not true!!! Hawaii is called the Aloha State for a reason, its people and the aloha spirit that they live.

      1. Amazing Place

        Aloha! I, also, live in Hawaii, and I love my home. It is a beautiful state with beautiful people! There is theft and violence everywhere you go. Be aware of your surroundings at all times, but Hawaii is a beautiful place to live. Amazing sea life, beautiful landscape and absolutely beautiful people. Mahalo!

  2. Extremely Unsafe. CAUTION

    Definitely NOT SAFE. We have traveled all around the globe and country and this by far is the most unsafe place and unpleasant experience we have ever had. Anything that is seen in the cars will be broken into and taken away. The streets are also not safe late evening. It is so sad..

  3. I
    I spend six months/yr in in islands says:

    I’ve had the same experience (thievery and break ins). Many of the native islanders dislike mainlanders, and make them crime targets.

    Oahu is the problem, and specifically Honolulu. Other islands are much nicer.

Rated 3 / 5 based on 5 user reviews.

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