The Best Things to Do in Waikiki
A visit to Waikiki wouldn’t be complete without spending some time at the beach. Waikiki Beach is one the world’s most famous, and for good reason. Its long stretch of soft white sand and turquoise water makes it the perfect sunny spot to spend an afternoon lounging, swimming, or lunching. And if you’re feeling adventurous, you can try your hand (and legs!) at surfing or stand-up paddleboarding, with lessons available directly on the beach.
Want to stay close to your home away from home? Ala Moana Beach Park is the playground of Oahu beaches, featuring tennis courts, bike paths, shaded picnic tables, concession stands, and a half-mile of sandy shore. It’s a genuine urban oasis located a short walk from Prince Waikiki, where families gather to watch the sunset over the ocean and swim in gentle waters.
If you’re looking to entertain the little ones, consider a visit to the famous Honolulu Zoo. You’ll get an up-close look at over 900 majestic animals from around the world, from tigers to giraffes and elephants. You’ll also get to see and learn about unique Hawaiian animals, like the endangered Hawaiian monk seal and the state bird, the nēnē goose. This excursion pairs perfectly with a visit to the Waikiki Aquarium, where you’ll dive deep into discovering Oahu’s rich marine life. Talk about a wild afternoon!
Feel like venturing just beyond Waikiki? Make your way to Kaka‘ako, Waikiki’s hippest next-door neighborhood known for its vibrant food scene, colorful street art, unique boutiques, and the award-winning Kaka‘ako Farmers Market.