Things to Do in Waikiki Beach

Things to Do in Waikiki Beach
From the golden sands of Waikiki Beach to the landmark silhouette of Diamond Head, Waikiki Beach boasts much to see and do for the adventure traveler. While this busy tourist destination offers a bounty of shops, restaurants and entertainment possibilities, there are also plenty of chances to explore the natural wonders of this jewel of the Pacific, from the ocean's depths to the summit of an extinct volcano.

Dive a Plane Wreck

Located in the heart of Waikiki, the Waikiki Dive Center has offered premier dive tours for more than 25 years. Among the more popular destinations, the Corsair Wreck reveals a World War II airplane lodged in the sandy bottom more than 100 feet below the surface. Schools of fish frequent the fuselage, along with resident moray eels.

Waikiki Diving Center
424 Nahua Street
Honolulu,HI 96815
(808) 922-2121

Hike a Landmark

Oahu's most iconic landmark, Diamond Head Crater can be hiked by foot to its legendary summit. Offering a panoramic view of Oahu's leeward coast, the rim of Diamond Head also reveals World War II bunkers visible during the moderately easy hike up the crater.

Stroll Waikiki Beach Walk

Opened in 2007, Waikiki Beach Walk unveils a new and improved Waikiki, featuring an array of specialty boutiques, restaurants and pubs, all in an open-air setting totaling 8 acres. Especially alluring at night, Waikiki Beach Walk yields plentiful live music, free entertainment and lots of dessert destinations amid the warm glow of tiki torches that light the way.

Waikiki Beach Walk
Lewers Street
Waikiki, HI 96815
(808) 921-6839

Catch an Outdoor Movie

After a day of adventuring, kick back and relax at Sunset on the Beach, featuring free movies shown Friday and Saturday nights on a 30-ft. screen on the beach near Diamond Head at Kapahulu Pier. Live music precedes each screening, while vendors serve up local fare and favorites for moviegoers.

Try Stand-up Paddling

The new, hot sport in Hawaii, stand-up paddling offers a different kind of surfing experience in Waikiki. Combining the skill and balance of surfing with the feel of outrigger canoe paddling, the sport can be enjoy on flat water or in the waves, as paddlers ply the water with an oar while standing on a 12-foot board. Board rentals are available throughout Waikiki.

Article Written By Karen Sprinkles

Karen Sprinkles has been a freelance writer since 1988. She's currently the managing editor of a luxury home magazine and has written for regional newspapers and magazines. Sprinkles received the Award of Excellence from the Hawaii Book Publishers Association for "The Hawaii Home Book," which reached No. 1 on the Hawaii bestsellers list. She earned a bachelor's degree in English from the University of California.

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