Oahu has many beautiful beaches where you can enjoy kayak rides along the shoreline of the open ocean waters. Popular kayaking destinations in Oahu include Kailua Bay, Kaneohe Bay and many North Shore beaches in the summer months. If you are renting a kayak and not joining a tour group, you can take your kayak to many beaches around Oahu for an enjoyable and memorable experience.
For those who aren’t afraid to get wet, the best way to see the waves is to catch one off Waikiki Beach! Legendary surfer, Duke Kahanamoku, made Waikiki famous for surfing. With its protective bay and mellow waves, Waikiki Beach remains one of the most desired places to surf. Take a lesson and you’ll up on a board in no time!
Located at the edge of Waikiki between Diamond Head and bustling Kalakaua Avenue is 42 acres of land that makes up Oahu’s only zoo. Over 900 different animals live in this area – everything from Komodo Dragons, orangutans, elephants, primates, birds, reptiles, amphibians, a variety of African animals, and various gardens! Make a day of it and bring the whole family!
If you’d love to see what’s under the sea from above it rather than below it, then the Waikiki Aquarium is a must-see attraction, located just minutes from the hotel. Located on Waikiki Beach is a small but impressive aquarium where you can view colorful corals, South Pacific marine life, Hawaiian marine life, a Hawaiian Monk Seal habitat, and so much more!
After all the dining out you’ve been doing, you’re probably itching to work off those extra calories! Diamond Head is not only a beautiful landmark, it offers a moderate hike to that top that’s both fun and challenging. You’ll climb fairly steep stairs, go through a cave, and reach the summit for a spectacular 360-degree view of the island. 1.5 miles round trip. $5.00 per car or $1 per person for pedestrians. Cash only.
Honolulu’s premier shopping destination offers four levels of shops, dining, and entertainment. Visit local boutiques like Sand People, Maui Divers Jewelry, and Hawaiian Island Creations for special island gifts, or stick to your favorite department stores including Macy’s and Nordstrom. Stop at the food court or one of Ala Moana’s many sit-down restaurants featuring both casual and upscale dining options. Just next to Ala Moana Center you can also find Walgreen’s, Walmart, and Ross’ Dress for Less for added convenience.