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Your Waikiki Vacation Guide: Activities, Things to Do, and Places to Go

Anyone taking a Waikiki vacation will have endless options of things to do, places to go, and activities to try.

With so many options to choose from, it can be hard to decide what sights to see and what tours to take.

This quick and dirty Waikiki vacation guide will give you the lowdown on what’s hot in Hawaii’s most-visited area.

Waikiki Beach

Millions of tourists visit Oahu every year and many – if not most – will stop at Oahu’s most-visited beach. This stretch of sand is nestled in Honolulu’s busiest tourist district, and has everything the vacationer could ask for: sun, sand, beach bars, resort hotels, waterfront activities, and more.

Here are a few of the sections you should visit on your next Waikiki vacation:

  • Duke Kahanamoku Beach – This is the northernmost section of the beach, right next to Ala Moana Park. It’s part of the Hawaiian Hilton Village Resort and has a protected seawall, as well as a closed lagoon.
  • Fort DeRussy Beach Park – Next to Duke Kahanamoku Beach, you’ll find this nice chunk of oceanfront real estate. Look for volleyball nets, surfboards, and tennis courts.
  • Royal Hawaiian Beach – Past Gray’s Beach, which is more like a lookout point, you’ll find this active section of Waikiki Beach. This is the place to go if you’re really into watersports.
  • Prince Kuhio Beach – This spot is great for kids or those who want calmer waters, since a pair of concrete walls block bigger waves.

Further south, you’ll find Queen Kapiolani Beach, San Souci Beach, and Outrigger Canoe Club Beach. The further you go, the quieter and more private it gets.

Another beach to try while staying in Waikiki is Ala Moana, to the northwest, another beach that’s relatively quiet compared to Waikiki’s main stretches.

Dining and Drinking

There are countless dining options in Waikiki.

  • Duke’s Waikiki offers great cuisine in the dining room, plus a barefoot bar if you want to ditch the flip flops.
  • Budget travelers who want a local experience should try Zippy’s, which serves a large menu of Hawaiian food fused with world cuisine. There is one located in Kapahulu, on the outskirts of Waikiki.
  • Tiki’s Grill and Bar offers a unique, cultured experience that you will only find in Hawaii. Dishes bring together flavors from around the Pacific Rim, with a focus on local cuisine.
  • House Without a Key is part of Halekulani, one of Honolulu’s most famous and popular resorts. It’s not cheap, but the Mai Tais make it worth a visit.


Where should you stay?

If you’re watching your budget, stay in a hostel. There are good hostels throughout Hawaii, and you can even find some in Honolulu.

However, if you’ve got a bit more to spend, you’ll have more options than you can shake a stick at. Luxury resort hotels abound. Some of the most popular include:

  • The Halekulani Hotel
  • The Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
  • The Royal Hawaiian
  • Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa
  • Moana Surfrider – A Westin Resort and Spa


If you love to shop, you can easily waste hours wandering around the streets of Waikiki. The biggest streets are Kalakaua Avenue, Kuhio Avenue, and Ala Wai Boulevard. Walking is certainly an easy way to soak in the sights of the city, but if you’re in the mood for a bit more speed, you can always rent a bicycle, a moped, or a car.

Popular sights in and around Waikiki include Kuhio Park, Diamond Head Crater, the Waikiki Aquarium, and the Honolulu Zoo.

There are also plenty of activities, tours, and shows, many of which are free or cheap.


Are you itching to take a tour of Waikiki yet?

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