Things to Do in Honolulu

Things to Do in Honolulu
Folks looking to get away for some sun, sea and awesome marine life should pack their bags for Hawaii. The capital city of Honolulu is a good place to start, as it offers both the urban swirl and the pristine sea, complete with a nearby nature preserve. Spend your days shopping, dining, exploring or learning more about the sealife at a notable aquarium.

The Waikiki Aquarium

Since you'll be surrounded by the rollicking sea, you may want to learn more about what lives in the depths of the Pacific with a trek to the Waikiki Aquarium. Conveniently situated on Waikiki Beach, the aquarium is run by the University of Hawaii and offers both an educational and amazing experience. More than 500 marine species are featured, totaling more than 3,000 different living beings. You can simply stroll through the place in amazement or engage in one of the interactive and educational activities.

The Waikiki Aquarium
2777 Kalakaua Ave.
Honolulu, HI 96815
(808) 923-9741
waquarium.org

Waikiki Beach Walk

Being a beach bum takes on a whole new meaning when you do it along Waikiki Beach, especially on the remodeled beach walk area. While you can bum around all you want, you also will have many other activities along the walk from which to choose. The rebuilt eight-acre area features dozens of shops, restaurants, hotels, movie screenings and live entertainment. Start and finish your walk around the walk on the shores of the beach, where you can unwind after all that shopping and dining.

Waikiki Beach Walk
227 Lewers St., #150
Honolulu, HI 96815
waikikibeachwalk.com

Snorkeling

Once you're done indoors with your aquarium tour and shopping, get up close and personal with some of the species you saw with some snorkeling. Honolulu is not short on shorelines, offering you plenty to explore. You can bring your own equipment and chart your own path or contact one of the many adventure and tour companies in the area that will give you all you need to delve into the bright blue sea. You can even snorkel at the nearby Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, about 12 miles east of Honolulu. It holds the claim to fame as the first such preserve in the state that helps to maintain the fragile marine ecosystem.

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve
Kalaniana'ole Highway, Route 72
(808) 396-4229
Honolulu.gov/parks/facility/hanaumabay/index1.htm

Article Written By Ryn Gargulinski

Ryn Gargulinski is a writer, artist and performer whose journalism career began in 1991. Credits include two illustrated books, "Bony Yoga" and "Rats Incredible"; fitness, animal, crime, general news and features for various publications; and several awards. She holds a Master of Arts in English literature and folklore and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in creative writing with a French minor from Brooklyn College.

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