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Local Attractions & Things To Do In Waikiki

Stay Steps From Waikiki Beach, Kalakaua Ave, & Much More

Waikiki Resort Hotel is located in the heart of Waikiki, just a 3 minutes walk away from Waikiki Beach and the luxury shopping on Kalakaua Avenue – home to numerous shops, restaurants, and bars. Guests are only an eight-minute stroll away from the International Market Place, and centrally located close to all areas of Waikiki and its attractions, including the Zoo, Aquarium, Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, historic Duke Kahanamoku Statue, Kuhio Street, and Kalakaua Avenue.

Snorkling

Discover the beautifully blue Hawaiian waters and reefs of Waikiki with endless sailing and snorkeling tours. 

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Scuba Diving

Dive with sharks, turtles and endless marine life at Waikiki Beach or dive some of the best wrecks Hawaii has to offer.

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Dolphin & Whale Watching

Hawaii’s waters are home to 23 species of marine mammals, of which 22 are whales or dolphins. 

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Parasailing

Go on the ultimate thrill ride as you set sail high above the pristine waters of the Pacific Ocean while being harnessed to a safe and colorful parachute.

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Surfing

For beginners, Waikiki is one of the best places to learn to surf. The birthplace of modern surfing.

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Shopping

One of the best Waikiki activities to enjoy is shopping. Our hotel places you just steps away from world-class shopping at Kalakaua Avenue.
 

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Climb Diamond Head

A great way to start your day, with the sunrise views unparalleled to anything else!
 

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Explore the Rugged North Shore

If you don't make it to the North Shore of Oahu, you will have missed a good chunk of all Oahu attractions. 

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Spend a day at the Polynesian Cultural Center

Give your self a full day to watch many of the entertaining shows, paddle in an ancient style canoe, participate in educating activities, and celebrate with a grand luau!
 

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Discover Waikiki

The skyline is continuously changing with new grand hotels, shops, roof top bars and some of the best culinary experiences to indulge in!
 

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Hike Up to Waimea Falls

There are not many waterfalls on Oahu that you can easily access without hiking through brush and getting a little muddy.

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Learn How to Surf

While you see and hear the rolling waves off Waikiki's coast calling out to you, and there's no better feeling than paddling out to the breakers and catching a wave back to shore. 

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Snorkel Hanauma Bay

With over 300 different species of fish and marine life, it is no surprise that it is loved by so many locals and visitors a like. 

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Enjoy a Hawaiian Shave Ice

If you make a trip to Hawaii and don't have Hawaiian Shave Ice, did you really experience it all? Most assocaite Hawaiian Shave Ice with a trip to the North Shore.

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Trip to Pearl Harbor

With 1.8 million visitors each year, it's no wonder that Pearl Harbor is one of Oahu's main attractions. 

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Best Beaches

Plunge into the warm surf, soak up some sun on a soft, white-sand beach, learn to surf the gentle breaks or enjoy a stroll along the shoreline. 

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Liliha Bakery

For the longest time, Liliha Bakery's ​chantilly cake, a chocolate cake with a rich buttercream frosting, was its best seller. 

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Romy's Kahuku Prawns & Shrimp

If you've never visited Oahu's North Shore before, a local will agree that it is mandatory for first-timers to get their hands dirty peeling and eating garlic shrimp. 

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Helena's Hawaiian Food

In the heart of Kalihi lies one of the state's oldest Hawaiian food eateries, Helena's Hawaiian Food. ​

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Uncle Clay's House of Pure Aloha

Shaved ice is Hawaii’s iconic dessert. It’s the perfect way to cool down and beat the summer heat. 

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Aiea Bowl

​There are few bowling alleys around Oahu, but 1 place that makes cosmic bowling look cool while causing taste buds to water at the same time is Aiea Bowl. 

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Rainbow Drive-In

​There are many iconic places to eat on Oahu, and Rainbow Drive-In is one of them. 

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Hula Grill Waikiki

Perched at the ocean’s edge overlooking famed Waikiki Beach, Hula Grill Waikiki presents diners with spectacular views of the beach and ocean.

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Hideout

A warm greenhouse-style restaurant offering Hawaii Regional Cuisine featuring fresh fish.

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Seaside Grill

With a direct view of the Pacific Ocean, Seaside Grill is perfect for lunch after a relaxing morning at the pool.

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Goma Tei Ramen

A traditional stone grinder in-house to a delicate paste.  And their rice shipped directly from Hokkaido, Japan. 

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Sky Waikiki

Sky Waikiki is Hawaii’s premier RoofTop Bistro, Lounge and Nightclub, located 19 stories above the heart of Waikiki.

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Chef Chai

One of the restaurants that you must visit is Chef Chai at Pacifica Tower. From its innovative cuisine and known for fusing fresh Hawaiian ingredients with exotic flavors of Hawaii.  

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The Pig and The Lady

Visiting celebrities, from President Obama to Ben Affleck, all stop by for at least one meal at the Pig and the Lady. 

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Shopping Malls

There are a few shopping malls on this small island, here’s a list of the shopping malls on Oahu.

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Waikele Premium Outlet

Waikele Premium Outlet only outlet shopping center in Hawaii. If you’re not familiar with outlets, it offers the best deals on brands!

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Ala Moana Center

The largest mall on the island and is also an open-air shopping center. Being that it’s located in Honolulu.

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Aloha Stadium Swap Meet

Aloha Stadium Swap Meet is Hawaii’s most prominent mall open-air flea market with over 400 vendors! It’s open three days a week (Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday). 

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Chinatown

Nestled just beyond Honolulu’s busy financial district, Chinatown is bursting at the seams with reinvigorated storefronts, shops, galleries and various ethnic markets.  

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Haleiwa Town

Haleiwa Town is located on the North Shore. It’s a small town with a lot of boutique shops, food, and galleries. 

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Kailua Town

Kailua Town is a nice little town with a few local boutiques and eateries. Best way to get around this town is by renting a bike and exploring around. 

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Farmers Markets

Oahu farmers markets are sprouting up everywhere offering fresh produce and homemade treats with local flavor.  

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Lanikai Beach

Oahu's best beach is Lanikai Beach because it delivers all the elements necessary for the perfect beach experience. 

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Waikiki Beach

Although it may be the epicenter of Hawaii tourism and tourists, the entire Waikiki Beach still manages to deliver that ultimate Hawaiian beach experience. 

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Hanauma Bay

​Only 30 minutes from downtown Honolulu, this protected aquatic state park has very strict rules, ensuring its preservation and enjoyment for future generations. 

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Turtle Bay

​Also known as Kawela Bay, this is a protected bay, with wide white beaches, way up at the northeastern tip of Oahu. 

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Waimea Bay

This is a famous surfing spot, but the beach here is always a great place to visit, even for non-surfers, and there's always something to see. 

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Waimanalo Beach

This is a vast, four-mile-long beach on the Windward or east coast of the island. 

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Ko Olina

Also on Oahu's Leeward Coast, the Ko Olina Resort and Marina has well-designed, man-made lagoons and clean, wonderfully maintained beaches that are well-guarded and safe for families. 

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Yokohama Bay

​Another Leeward Coast beach, in fact the last beach in that part of the coast, is Yokohama Bay.

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Kailua Beach

Kailua Beach Park is only a mile up the road from Lanikai Beach and is constantly ranked as one of America's best beaches.

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Sunset Beach

​This famous two-mile-long surfing beach is on the North Shore and also has dramatically different conditions depending on the season. 

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Sandy Beach

This wide, large beach is famous for surfing and President Obama, as it's near the house he stays in on his Oahu visits.

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Ehukai Beach

​This North Shore beach is known for one thing, it's the home of the infamous Banzai Pipeline.

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North Shore Beaches

Sunset Beach spans from Ehukai Beach (Banzai Pipeline) to Sunset Point, encompassing a dozen different reef breaks. 

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Windward Coast Beaches (Eastside)

Kualoa Regional Park is across from Kualoa Ranch. This beautiful beach park offers spectacular views down the east coast of Oahu as well as Mokolii, an islet off the Windward Coast.

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South Shore Beaches

Waikiki Beach is one of the most popular beaches in the world, boasting more than four million visitors every year and breathtaking views of Leahi (Diamond Head).

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Leeward Coast Beaches (Westside)

Depot Beach Park is a locals favorite with a wide stretch of white sand. 

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Hidden Waikiki Spot

Hawaii’s biggest, most-visited resort destination reveals a whole lot more for people in the mood to explore.

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