If surfing isn’t your thing, but big waves are, then you’ll love an outrigger canoe ride off Waikiki Beach! Ancient Hawaiians used outrigger canoes to travel between the islands and for fishing. Take a tour of Waikiki in a modern version of these canoes and see living reefs, a plethora of fish, sea turtles (which we call honu), and dolphins! Canoe rides are available at the many ocean activities stands along Waikiki Beach.
Set sail on one of Waikiki’s most popular outdoor activities. A catamaran cruise is a great way to spend some time in the open water taking in views of Diamond Head, sipping on a Mai Tai, and sunbathing. Some catamarans offer snorkeling right off the boat, whale watching, or fishing.
Located withing 10 minutes walking distance is Ala Moana Beach Park, a favorite among locals and visitors alike. This 100-acre park offers large grassy areas, restrooms, showers, concession stands, a music pavilion, tennis courts and picnic areas. Calm lapping water and a lot of space for sunbathing makes this the prime spot for a perfect beach day!
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!
Walk over to Ala Moana Center, an indoor/outdoor mall featuring world-class shopping and dining. Find local treasures and gifts at Hawaiian Island Creations and Maui Divers Jewelry, or popular department stores like Macy’s and Nordstrom. Just a block from Ala Moana Center you can find Walgreen’s, Walmart and Sam’s Club for added convenience.
Just a 10 minute drive from the Aqua Palms Waikiki is the lively downtown district, Honolulu’s center of government, business, and the arts. Take a stroll through Hawaii’s history at the State Capitol, Washington Place (the governor’s mansion), Honolulu Hale (Honolulu’s City Hall), Iolani Palace, the statue of King Kamehameha, and Kawaiahao Church. Evenings you can join in the vibrant nightlife and unique dining options.