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!
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.
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 park fee.
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!
The Polynesian Plaza is at the forefront to all of Waikiki’s premier shopping, including Waikiki Beachwalk, the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center and Luxury Row. Also just a short drive away is Ala Moana Center – an open-air mall with 4 levels of shops featuring local retailers and chain department stores alike. Nearby to Ala Moana Center are a Walgreen’s and Walmart for added convenience.