Things to Do in Waikiki, Hawaii

Things to Do in Waikiki, Hawaii
The one square mile area known as Waikiki is most well known for its golden beaches, shopping, fantastic nightlife and people watching. It may seem like the last place an outdoors enthusiast should stay, however there is actually a surprising amount of things do if you enjoy being outside, from learning to surf to hiking.

Learn to Surf

Oahu is the center of surfing activity in Hawaii. According to the guidebook, "Oahu Revealed," it is where surfing was first invented. For beginners just learning to surf, Waikiki's small, consistent, sloped waves are perfect to learn on and you'll be surprised just how quickly you'll end up riding a wave. There are numerous companies that operate all along Waikiki beach and offer group lessons. DCX Surf School is one popular company which offers both group and private lessons on the beach.

DCX Surf School
2410 Koa Ave.
Honolulu, HI‎ 96815
(808) 926-1414‎

Take a Submarine Ride

If you are interested in life under the water but don't have an advanced scuba certification, consider instead taking a submarine ride. Atlantis Submarine has two submarines which are "parked" offshore. Visitors begin their journey at the Hilton Hawaiian Village pier where they are shuttled by boat to one of the submarines. The submarine dives more than 100 feet where you can see sunken ships, artificial reefs, turtles, and sometimes even scuba divers. Also, if you want to see just how the color spectrum changes the deeper you go, be sure to wear something bright red.

Atlantis Submarines Hawaii
1600 Kapiolani Blvd # 1630
Honolulu, HI‎ 96814
(808) 973-9811‎

Hike to the Top of Diamond Head

If you have looked at any pictures of Honolulu or Waikiki, it is a sure bet that you have seen a picture of Diamond Head. It is a Waikiki landmark and one of the most popular places for tourists to hike to. Despite the fact that it can get crowded, it is well worth it as the 761 foot summit offers spectacular views from Barbers Point to Koko Crater. It is only one mile to the top; however, according to the writer's of "Oahu Revealed," the elevation gain is 560 feet, much of which involves climbing several stair cases. Be sure to wear some comfortable walking shoes as the footing can be a little uneven, and bring plenty of sun block and water as it can get very dry and hot on this climb.

Diamond Head State Monument
Diamond Head Road
Honolulu, HI 96816
(808) 587-0285

Article Written By Shiromi Nassreen

Shiromi Nassreen has been writing professionally since 2005. She specializes in travel and outdoor topics, and her articles have appeared in various print and online publications, including "DISfunkshion Magazine" and Matador Travel. Nassreen holds a Bachelor of Arts in theatre studies from Rose Bruford College of Speech & Drama.

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