Planing for a gay vacation is very important. You need to know a lot of things about your destination. After all, the secret to having a fabulous time on your vacation as an LGBTQ member is to learn more about the place beforehand. Luckily, Oahu – specifically Honolulu – is the perfect getaway for you this fall!
Honolulu is a great city situated on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. Since it’s the capital city, it offers everything you could think of. Honolulu has a lot of surf and sun, and incredible beaches as well. The only thing that rivals the natural splendor of Honolulu is the dining and night scene. Blessed with a great amount LGBTQ nightlife options, Honolulu will easily become your favorite fall destination.
Honolulu: A Perfect Gay Vacation Destination
1 – Amazing food and delicious snacks
There are a lot of places to spend your mealtime on this beautiful Hawaiian island. While we won’t suggest a certain place, we will tell you about some very popular spots you should definitely check out during your gay vacation.
For instance, Leonard’s Bakery the best place for breakfast. You absolutely cannot miss this if you’re eating carbs. In business since 1952, this sweet shop sells Portuguese donuts. Words cannot describe what they taste like. However, we guarantee you will love them, especially if you choose the ones with coconut filling!
Lunch in Hawaii is basically a feast. Choose whatever Hawaiian BBQ place and check out their grilled chicken, super-fresh poke (diced raw fish mixed with sauce and vegetables) or katsu. These dishes are worth the culinary experience!
Of course, if you’re one of the fancy gays, you can always go to the StripSteak Waikiki. Besides sexy craft cocktails and entrees served in a sophisticated atmosphere, the local delicacies they serve here are to die for!
2 – Oahu has a vibrant gay nightlife
Let’s be honest, it wouldn’t be a fabulous fall getaway without a night out! Whether you drink until you blackout or simply to boost your endorphin levels, Oahu has got you covered!
With a super-fun selection of gay bars – and there is a bar for every type of gay guy- you can rest assured that you will be living la vida loca in no time! Whether you’re looking to dance all night, do karaoke or simply sit in a quiet corner and enjoy a drink, Oahu will provide that experience! Also, while you’re partying don’t forget to visit Hula’s, the legendary gay bar that has been in business for over 40 years!
If you’re the type who really likes to party hard, Scarlet Honolulu, the largest nightclub on the island, should do the trick! This club is also the place where you’ll most likely enjoy the shows of Drag Race contestants!
3 -Selfie spots and local culture
It wouldn’t be a gay vacation without learning about the local culture while snapping perfect selfies for your Instagram. In order to shoot two birds with one stone, you can soak in the local culture and take amazing selfies while you check out these popular spots!
The most fabulous spot to take selfies at is the Iolani Palace – the only royal residence in the United States. Home of the last monarchs that ruled over Hawaii, this palace is a historic landmark that you shouldn’t skip visiting!
Another remarkable place to visit is the Honolulu Museum of Art features a permanent and rather incredible collection of art. From Van Gogh to Warhol, you’ll definitely lay your eyes upon something fabulous – besides hot locals.
Of course, if you’re too comfortable to check out these spots, you can always head to the beach and do nothing except catching a tan.
4 – Take in incredible vistas by trekking
What is the point of going to Oahu, Honolulu if you don’t get high? Of course, by getting high we mean becoming one with nature via trekking. Hawaii is such a beautiful place to visit that it would be a shame not to explore it. So make sure you spare some time to take in the island’s natural beauty.
For example, you can trek up Diamond Head. It’s a volcanic crater that offers a unique and breathtaking view of the ocean and the entirety of Honolulu. We advise you to finish the hike right before sunrise! It’s the best way to start your day!
Of course, trekking is not the only activity you can pursue during your vacation. There are a lot of things you can do in Hawaii. You can go snorkeling, take aerial tours of the island, enjoy water sports, visit historical landmarks and points of interest and so on. No matter what you choose to do, you will be surrounded by nice, laid-back people and enjoy beautiful vistas.
5 – Celebrate Gay Pride in Fabulous Hawaii!
Honolulu welcomes all! Nowhere is this more obvious in the Aloha state than during the annual Gay Pride. The week of Pride (October 11-20) is a festive time full of fun activities. While the event is a little smaller in scale, it makes up for its smaller crowds with a very supportive and warm community. Regardless, what better time to have a gay vacation in Hawaii than during Pride season?
Honolulu Pride focuses a lot on art, films, and fashion. In other words, if you’re a culture aficionado, then you will have the time of your life. On the other hand, in Waikiki, pride looks more like a Rio de Janeiro Carnival. A big parade, a fancy march and a lot of noise. Depending on which type of Pride experience you’re into, you can choose which city to visit.
Now that you’ve learned about the many LGBTQ inclusive things you can do in Oahu, Honolulu, we hope you’ll have an easier time deciding whether you want to go or not. After all, planning a gay vacation means doing some research beforehand.
From spending time outdoors exploring the island and different historical landmarks to dining and clubbing, there’s a lot you can do in Hawaii. Besides, if you decide to visit this fall you can experience the Gay Pride parade! All in all, Oahu is the perfect gay getaway for you this fall!