A beachfront neighbourhood of Honolulu Hawaii, it is best known for its white sandy beach which lines the shore. The most visited tourist attractions in Waikiki are the beautiful beaches and surfing opportunities. Either a romantic weekend break or an adventure filled holiday can be enjoyed here.
10. Day trip to Pearl Harbour
Pearl Harbour is only 30 minutes’ drive away or up to an hour on the bus. Popular with tourists for its historical significance it is the top attraction on Oahu. The location is still an active military base and a national historic landmark. Tour the Arizona memorial, the USS Bowfin Submarine museum and park, Battleship Missouri memorial and Pacific Aviation Museum pearl harbour. Self-guided walking tours of USS Missouri allow the ship to be explored at any pace or guided tours last between a half hour up to two hours.
9. Surfing lessons
A cool and popular attraction today in Waikiki, many people who visit Hawaii want to learn how to surf and it is high on bucket lists. The waves here are gentle for beginners, there are no undertows as lessons are conducted in a protected bay. Surf lessons range from $100 for private individual lessons and $60 for group lessons. Even if visitors have never stepped on a surf board, instructors are skilled enough to help them learn and have fun at the same time. There are many surf lesson services on offer including Hans Hedemann Surf School, Waikiki Beach services and Ty Gurney Surf School.
8. US Army museum of Hawaii
Located on the grounds of Hale Koa Hotel and Ft D Russy recreation centre, the structure was once built to protect Hawaii from invasion. The museum hopes to give visitors a ‘You were there experience’. Exhibits explore Hawaiian warfare, defending the island, Battery Randolph, Korea: a limited War and the Vietnam war among many others. The gallery of heroes honours those who received the congressional medal of honour and service cross. The museum is open Tuesday to Saturday 9am to 415pm, closing on Sundays and Mondays. Admission is free although donations are accepted, parking fees do apply.
7. Atlantis Submarines
An underwater experience without having to take the plunge and go full on scuba diving. Great fun for both families and friends. The submarines dive over 100 feet to show guests the world under the sea pass shipwrecks and underwater treasures. Explore marine life pointed out and explained by guides during the tour. Expect to see green turtles, eels, sharks, stingrays and even whales if very lucky. Prices are around $115 dollars for adults and there are different offers available such as free child places. Tickets are best to be booked in advance to ensure the booking.
6. Kalakaua Avenue
This is the main street in Waikiki running parallel to the beach and thought of as the heart of the town. The avenue goes on for a mile stretching from Beretania Avenue to Kapiolani Park. There are many hotels, restaurants and shops to explore. A great place for shopping, Waikiki shopping centre is on the corner of seaside avenue and the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Centre is nearby. When visitors are tired of the beach this where they go to get a change of scenery and can enjoy the lively atmosphere of the town.
5. Honolulu zoo
The zoo is home to over 900 different animals in a 42-acre area and one of the wildest places to visit in Waikiki. Tropical and African animals such as Komodo Dragons, Elephants, primates and reptiles can be seen here every day. Their mission is to provide a meaningful experience for each off its visitors. Admission for adult’s costs $14 and $6 for children and is open between 9am and 430pm every day except Christmas day. The zoo is situated in a spectacular location between the slopes of Diamond Head and Kalakaua Avenue.
4. Waikiki Aquarium
The aquarium is the second oldest open to the public in the United States opening in 1904. There are over 490 species of animals and marine plants and 3,500 plus organisms. The aim of the aquarium is to increase the awareness of conservation and ecology. Current projects are ongoing including rescue and relief projects. There are ongoing projects Exhibits include corals, green sea turtles, reef hunters, Hawaiian monk seal habitat and ocean aquaculture. Admission costs are $12 for adults, $5 for juniors and is free for children under three. Regular opening hours are 9am to 430pm every day.
3. Kapiolani Park
Named after Queen Kaiolani this park is the oldest and biggest public park in Hawaii. It spans 500 acres and looks onto the Diamond Head and the Ko’olau Mountains giving spectacular views. Contained inside the park are tennis courts, an archery range and a three mile jogging course. At the bandstand the Royal Hawaiian Band plays regular free concerts. This park is a great place for family picnics, pleasant walks and to join the many sporting events, festivals and activities that occur here. Free parking is available along the street.
2. Diamond Head
Diamond head is a 300,000-year-old saucer shaped crater and the park spans 475 acres which includes the inside and outer slopes of the crater. Hawaii’s most recognised landmark for its military history and beautiful views. The hike to the summit is only 0.8 miles but it is a steep climb. The trail is open from 6am until 6pm, all visitors must be out of the park by this time. The last entrance is at 430pm. Entrance fees are $5 per car or $1 per person for pedestrians and this must be paid in cash only.
1. The Beaches
There are eight main sections of beach which make up what is locally called Waikiki beach. The atmospheres vary from the busy and bustling Prince Kuhio beach to the almost private little known Outrigger Canoe club beach. With all this choice there is the perfect spot on a beach for everyone. All sections have shower facilities and all but Outrigger and Greys have lifeguard stations situated on them. At Queens beach there are food concession stands, however the beaches are lined with hotels shops and restaurants so there’s lots to choose from.
There are plenty more things to do in Waikiki than the list above especially outdoor activities. Average temperatures are always high and the driest months are during June to September. The best and cheapest way to get around is by bus. Passes can be purchased for convenience. A wonderful place to visit for both families with kids and adults looking for a good time.