Waikiki Beach Is for Lovers

While the island of Oahu is home to Hawaii’s most populated city, Honolulu, it’s Waikiki Beach that will truly capture your heart in the state’s capital. This iconic beach neighborhood stretches 1.5 square miles and offers a tropical paradise where you can enjoy an oasis that has become iconic across the world. There are tons of things to do on this island as well. This guide offers you a few ideas on what to do and where to stay in Waikiki. 

Hotel Activities in Waikiki

When you stay at a hotel on the beach, you get up close access to some of the best excursions and adventures on the island, such as snorkeling, charter boats, Aloha Friday, outrigger canoes, and volcano hikes. 

One of the best hotels to stay at is the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa because of its proximity to the beaches, shops, and top restaurants in Waikiki. When staying on the island, you want to make sure that you stay near some of the iconic excursions, such as the Diamond Head Crater tour. This hotel also offers private access to the beach and activities through the hotel’s concierge. 

The Aston Waikiki is also a popular beachfront hotel. It has less of a resort feel and more of a conventional hotel vibe, but its amenities are still top notch.

Shopping in Waikiki

The beach here is known for its boutique shops and famous farmer’s market. If you want to spend an afternoon enjoying souvenir stores and local fare, then you should check out the Pualeilani Atrium Shops. Here you’ll also find designer shops next to the local boutiques. 

The Waikiki Farmer’s Market allows you to get the freshest fruit, vegetables, and souvenirs from local sellers. There is a lot to love about the sellers, and you’ll be able to learn about some of the local culture in Waikiki from people who live it. 

Arts & Culture in Waikiki

When arts and culture are in your sights, you want to find the heart of the city. In Waikiki, there are a lot of centers where local artists feature their works prominently. You can head to the Polynesian Cultural Center for an afternoon of learning about the history of Hawaii’s islands and famous Queen. 

Pearl Harbor is a point of great history and old World War II ships that you can tour in the harbor. This is an iconic trip for any history buff. The US Army Museum of Hawaii is also housed in a building from 1909, which was originally built to defend Honolulu. 

The ‘Iolani Palace is another historic realm and point of great history for native Hawaiians. Here is where you can see the royal heritage of the island. It was built in 1882 by King Kalakaua. On this gorgeous estate, you will also find the area known as the “Heart of Waikiki.”

Best Attractions Around Waikiki

The Diamond Head crater has one of the best walking trails if you are looking for a good nature hike in the area. It’s also visually stunning. You’ll be able to explore vistas that overlook the entire island. 

Some of the other attractions that you might enjoy include: 

  • Waikiki Aquarium
  • Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve
  • Nu’uanu Pali Lookout
  • Atlantis Submarine Tours
  • Kapiolani Park and Gardens

The Kapiolani Park and Gardens are particularly beautiful and were built in honor of Queen Kapiolani in 1876.