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!
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.
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 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!
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve boasts some of the best snorkeling in the world, while also being a protected marine life conservation area. This is the most popular destination for snorkelers to see colorful fish and vibrant coral reefs. Don’t forget to bring your underwater camera!
Aqua Waikiki Wave is within immediate walking distance to all of Waikiki’s prime shopping destinations including the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, , and Luxury Row. Just a short drive or shuttle hop away is Ala Moana Center – an open-air mall with 4 levels of shops featuring local retailers like Na Hoku and Hawaiian Island Creations and chain department stores like Macy’s and Nordstrom. Ala Moana Center also features many dining options including an international Food Court, popular Mai Tai Bar, and Alan Wong’s Pineapple Room.