Waikiki is Popular for a Reason
With such welcoming beaches that Hawaiian royalty once made it a habit to spend their time here, Southern Oahu continues to be a magnetic spot for world-weary travelers and kings and queens at heart.
Waikiki’s white sands, warm, clear water and array of amenities make it the most popular beach in Honolulu, in fact all of Hawaii. It can be a little crowded at times, especially at peak tourist season and during special events, but if you don’t mind hobnobbing with a few fellow sunbathers and wannabe-surfers then don’t skip this vibrant destination. Everyone’s here to have a good time, so get ready to kick off your shoes and join in the fun.
Activities in Waikiki include everything you’d expect from tropical destination in general; swimming, snorkeling, beach volleyball, jet skiing and deep-sea fishing. Showers, gear rentals, phones and lifeguards make a day at the beach just as it should be: uncomplicated and relaxing.
You’ll also encounter options of the never-before-seen variety, like watching for whales and attending luaus. Specific to Waikiki is the chance to spread out a towel and catch a free movie on a 30 foot outdoor screen. “Sunset on the Beach,” which occurs on the weekends just across the street from the Honolulu Zoo, is preceded by live musical performances and will keep the entire family entertained.
Shopping is another big draw. This is the place to fine everything you seek as far as exotic souvenirs and tasty treats, and perusing the International Marketplace will satisfy any and all cravings for acquisition.
Kapiolani Park is one more must-see; this is the place to settle in for a picnic and enjoy the stunning scenery once gazed upon by the big shots; if it was good enough for them, it’s good enough for you, right?