Waikiki is situated in the heart of Hawaii on the island of Oahu. This small neighborhood is part of the city of Honolulu. Waikiki is just two miles long and around half a mile wide, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in character. Boasting gorgeous beaches, clear waters, and Diamond Head as a backdrop, it is easy to be charmed by all Waikiki has to offer. Here are 5 things you simply cannot miss when visiting Waikiki.
Waikiki Beach is world famous, but not many people know that this popular tourist attraction comprises multiple beaches along a 2 mile stretch. Stroll along the Waikiki Beach promenade and you will find the Duke Kahanamoku Beach in the West, which is marked by the Duke Kahanamoku Statue, and San Souci Beach in the East, which is great for snorkeling. The Duke Kahanamoku Beach is one of the most popular outdoor spots in Waikiki. In fact, some scenes in Hawaii Five-O have been filmed on this stunning beach. Other notable beaches are Fort Derussy Beach which is great for volleyball and racquetball, while water sports enthusiasts might prefer the Royal Moana Beach.
As mentioned above, the Royal Moana Beach is perfect for tourists who want to catch their first wave. Here you can also take a catamaran or an outrigger canoe out to the ocean. Outdoor sports enthusiasts can also try their hand at SUP boarding and bodyboarding in the waters. With an abundance of exotic fish and other marine creatures, head to a dive site to get a closer look. Alternatively, reserve a space on a snorkel cruise and let a professional guide show you the best spots to explore the underwater world. However much fun being active in the sun can be, it can take a lot out of you. Make sure you schedule some R and R during your stay. Outrigger Hotels and Resorts are based in the heart of Waikiki and are perfect for those looking for somewhere to relax after a jam-packed day.
Diamond Head Crater Hike
Diamond Head offers superb views of Waikiki and is just a short drive from the tourist district. Although you can get a good view of Diamond Head from the coastline of Waikiki, nature lovers and hikers may enjoy trekking up the nature trail towards the Diamond Head Crater. This hike takes around 1.5 to 2 hours to complete, and it is 1.6 miles long. The trail offers a beautiful view of Honolulu, and it is a great place for whale watching during the winter months. It also offers breath-taking vistas if you can make it to the summit for sunrise.
Waikiki is a well-known tourist hub, which means that it is filled to the brim with cultural activities for the whole family. From learning how to hula and watching dance performances to learning how to make a lei, create wonderful memories in Waikiki by doing something different.