Waikiki has had quite a history. It began as just another great beach for locals, then in heyday was a celebrity getaway during the 1920s. It declined into a tacky tourist trap, then experience a renaissance as a firmly entrenched middle-class hot spot. Today, Waikiki is likely to have more tourists at any given moment than any other spot on the islands. You don't necessarily have to get stuck in the tourist mentality in Waikiki, however. The site offers many activities that appeal to the more adventurous.
Atlantis Submarine Tour
One fairly cool mainstream tourist attraction that you might not want to miss is this submarine tour. These are actual submarines that descend as much as 100 feet beneath the surface. Under the sea is the place to be if you are heading to Hawaii and though many other methods of getting below the surface exist, a submarine ride is certainly unique. The smaller subs seat 48 people and the larger ones have a capacity of 64 passengers. The submarines are not cheap Navy surplus, either, but high-tech machines that will give you spectacular views of coral reefs, sea turtles, fish and even shipwrecks.
Atlantis Submarine Tours
Hilton Hawaiian Village
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
Diamond Head Trail
Trekking yourself up the monumental Diamond Head volcanic crater is perhaps a bit less popular than sitting inside an air-conditioned submarine. Even so, the exertion to get up Diamond Head will not overstrain seasoned hikers. The excitement of this moderately easy hike lies in conquering one of the most famous landmarks in the United States. The most difficult part of the hike up Diamond Head is the utter lack of shade from the punishing sun, so try to get an early start and bring lots of sunscreen. The trail itself is only 1 1/3 miles and even for a novice it should only take two hours at most.
Hawaii is the perfect place for experienced surfers to go to test their mettle. Across the island chain you can find very challenging breaks that can break the neck of an unprepared surfer. Those challenging waves don't exist at Waikiki Beach. Waikiki offers little for those who already know how to surf, but it provides perhaps the best possible place for novices to learn. After all, how much cooler could it possibly get than to learn to surf on the very beach where surfing's greatest legend, Duke Kahanamoku, perfected the technique that would revolutionize his sport?
Article Written By Timothy Sexton
Timothy Sexton is an award-winning author who started writing in 1994. He has written on topics ranging from politics and golf to nutrition and travel, and his work appears online for Zappos.com, Disaboom and MOJO, among others. He has also done work for "Sherlock Holmes and Philosophy." He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of West Florida.