Waikiki is not just a destination, it is an experience. Visitors as far back as royalty of the 1800’s have enjoyed Waikiki for its relaxed surf vibe and aloha spirit. Enjoy a traditional starlight luau or a sunset movie on the beach, learn to surf on the famous Waikiki Beach and get close up with the vibrant marine life, coral reef and shipwrecks on a submarine tour. Then sail into the sunset on a sailing trip from Na Hoku II beach. The main strips of Kalakaua and Kuhio Avenues offer luxury shopping, excellent dining and after sunset come alive with music and non-stop nightlife.
Waikiki is famous for its beaches with the scenic Diamond Head (Leahi) as a backdrop. The most famous is the iconic Waikiki Beach. The statue of Duke Kahanamoku, Waikiki’s surfing legend, welcomes you to Kuhio Beach. With calm waters and a sheltered beach, Kuhio is great for families and beginner surfers. Extending into the ocean is the Kapahulu Pier with beautiful views of the Waikiki shoreline. Visit the man-made beach and lagoon of Duke Kahanamoku Beach, named after this local legend. The wide stretch of white sand and offshore coral reef makes Fort DeRussy Beach one of Waikiki’s most popular beaches. Here you will find the U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii, with excellent exhibits and an extensive collection of artifacts.
Diamond Head (Leahi) is one of Honolulu’s most iconic attractions. Hike to the summit for breathtaking views of Waikiki and the south coast of Oahu. At the foot of Diamond Head lies Kapiolani Park, a century-old park home to the Waikiki Shell Amphitheatre and the Honolulu Zoo, a must see attraction and home to more than 1200 animals including elephants, rhinos, lions, zebras and giraffes. Across the street on the shore in the Sans Souci State Recreational Park is the Waikiki Aquarium, with five indoor galleries and four outdoor exhibit areas with more than 2,500 resident marine animals. Great fun for the family and located on the reef protected San Souci Beach, one of Waikiki’s best beaches for swimming and families. Discover the history of Waikiki on the Waikiki Historic Trail with bronzed surfboard markers etched with historical information.
The attractions and beaches of Waikiki are within easy walking distance of each other, however the best way to explore would be to take a ride on the Waikiki Trolley: the scenic attraction green trolley, the historic and cultural sights red trolley and the shopping and dining pink trolley. To explore further, rent a moped or a car.
Beyond the Borders
Explore beyond the borders of Waikiki to the many nearby attractions of Honolulu, such as:
- USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbour
- Iolani Palace – a Royal Palace in the Capital District of Honolulu
- Nuuanu Pali Lookout – Panoramic views of the Koolau Cliffs
- Hanauma Bay – Snorkel and explore the coral reefs and marine life of this beautiful underwater park
- North Shore Beaches – Explore the surfing mecca of Oahu’s North Shore
- Shangri La – Tour the beautiful Shangri La overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Diamond Head