Waikiki Beach Vacation
From ancient stone heiau (Hawaiian temples) to 21st-Century high-rises, Oahu is an island of endless contrasts. Geographically only the third largest of the inhabited Hawaiian Islands, it is nonetheless home to nearly three-quarters of the state's 1.2 million residents — 370,000 of whom are concentrated in urban Honolulu the ultra-modern, south-coast cityscape kama'aina (residents) refer to simply as "Town."
But take a 45-minute drive to "Country" — the famed surfing Mecca on the island's north shore — and you'll find sleepy Hale'iwa town (pop. 2,225) existing much as it has since missionaries established it in 1832.
Geography like the other islands, islets and shoals that make up the 1,600-mile Hawaiian Island chain, Oahu is believed to be the product of a single "hot spot" in the earth's mantle. Over the course of millions of years, the earth's crust drifted to the northwest across this hot spot, giving rise to each island.
Take on an affordable adventure and go geocaching! Experience the various trails in Waikiki and discover a treasure or two along the way. Review our Waikiki Beach guide below to discover a variety of things to do and see while in paradise.
Waikiki Marina Resort at the Ilikai’s on-site Concierge is happy to assist you in finding the perfect Waikiki Beach vacation activities for your perfect visit. Contact our Shell Vacations Club Concierge at 808-946-6189.
Here are just a few of the wide variety of Waikiki Beach travel tours and activities to enjoy during your time in Honolulu:
Pearl Harbor Tours
A Hawaii Vacation is not complete without visiting one of the United States most historic memorials - USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor, Honolulu Hawaii. Choose from a variety of Pearl Harbor Tour combinations to meet your busy schedule.
Polynesian Cultural Center
Experience the 7 south sea cultures that collectively shaped our island home. Within this 42-acre site you can visit Tonga, Tahiti, the Marquesas, Fiji, New Zealand (Aotearoa), Samoa and Hawaii. Each village authentically depicts the lifestyle of its people and offers interactive entertainment and unsurpassed Polynesian- style hospitality that delights visitors of all ages.
Cirque Hawaii is a multi-million-dollar state-of-the-art theatrical spectacular that showcases the award-winning talent of over 34 performers and nine renowned acts from around the world to entertain Hawaiian audiences. This incredible show blends beauty, grace and strength in one fantastic compilation of aerial, dance and acrobatic artistry. Children delight in the fanciful characters and comedic antics while adults sit in amazement over the jaw-dropping aerial acrobatics and stunning choreography.
Sea Life Park/Dolphin Discovery
Learn about the intriguing world of dolphins with Dolphin Discovery Swim. From a waist deep platform participants observe the dolphins while they perform high-energy behaviors. Dolphins play, kiss and even "dance" with the guests! For those that feel comfortable, the program also offers the opportunity to move of the platform into the slightly deeper water.
Kualoa Ranch, family owned and operated, has as its mission to be a role model as stewards of the land. We do this by preserving, protecting and enhancing its natural beauty and culture, while developing recreational and agricultural enterprises compatible with the environment. We care about and wish to communicate our concern and reverence for our natural environment and the unique Hawaiian culture. Kualoa is one of the most historically significant destinations on Oahu, and in ancient times, one of the most sacred places on the island. Come experience the aloha and special sense of 'ohana' (family) that the Kualoa employees share.
See the beauty and splendor of Hawaii's Sharks as they rise from the depths to greet you. This thrilling experience will profoundly affect your feelings towards Sharks, as you join them three miles out of sea off Oahu's beautiful North Shore. The Shark, "mano" in Hawaiian, is still central to the culture of the native Hawaiians and is featured in many legends. On the way to see the sharks you will also view Dolphins, the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles, and in the winter months, the famous Humpback Whales. Two-hour tours are scheduled throughout the day from 7:00 a.m. Dive, swim and view sharks from a secure metal cage.
Waikiki’s only full service dive center. Maximum 10 divers with two instructors. Morning and afternoon dives everyday and complimentary shuttle. Offers open water to dive master one-on-one classes. Tour process includes scuba equipment rental.
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Ala Moana Shopping Center, , located in the heart of Honolulu, is one of the largest open-air shopping centers in the world with more than 200 stores to meet your every need. Stores range from surf shops such as Town & Country and Hawaiian Island Creations, to upscale boutiques to standard favorites such as Macy’s and Sears. Makai Market is the largest international food court in Hawaii and one of the largest in the United States offering ethnic cuisines from Thailand, Korea, Japan, China, the Philippines, Hawaii, Mexico, and Italy.
Address: 1450 Ala Moana Boulevard
Phone: (808) 955-9517
Aloha Stadium Swap Meet provides bargains, bargains and more bargains! Hundreds of vendors sell island-style products in booths sprawled across the parking lot of Aloha Stadium, with everything from souvenirs to plants and T-shirts to collectibles. Open Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Admission is $.50.
Address: Aloha Stadium
Phone: (808) 486-1529
Aloha Tower Marketplace Aloha Tower Marketplace is distinctively Hawaiian, despite its Mediterranean-style architecture, accented by its setting in the relaxed atmosphere of the Honolulu waterfront. The festival marketplace, located at Piers 8, 9 and 10 on Honolulu Harbor, is a true outdoor market bazaar featuring specialty retail shops, popular restaurants, an open-air food court and live entertainment. Open Sunday through Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Individual shop hours may vary.
Address: 1 Aloha Tower Drive
Phone: (808) 528-5700
The International Market Place is an open-air market in the heart of Waikiki, built around a 100-year-old banyan tree. This labyrinth of kiosks is a souvenir hunter’s paradise. Open daily, hours vary by shops.
Address: 2330 Kalakaua Avenue
Phone: (808) 971-2080
Kahala Mall is located near the upscale residential area known as Kahala. This mall features retail giants Barnes and Noble Bookstores and Starbucks Coffee among its more than 90 shops and restaurants, as well as eight movie theaters. Kahala Mall also has dozens of independent local retailers such as The Vue, a boutique featuring local Hawaiian clothing and gift items.
Address: 4211 Waialae Avenue
Phone: (808) 732-7736
Pearl Highlands Center Pearl Highlands Center is another retail center on the outskirts of Pearl City. This"power center" offers residents and visitors alike access to mainland favorites such as Payless Shoe Source, Old Navy and Sam’s Club. For the adventurous, there is Ultrazone Hawaii, which is an interactive laser game of tag.
Address: 1000 Kamehameha Highway
Phone: (808) 456-1000
Pearlridge Center is located near the Aloha Stadium and Arizona Memorial. It is Hawaii’s only two-phased mall connected by a monorail system. The center’s mix of more than 100 merchants is wide and varied, from swimwear to books, stationery to jewelry. Also part of this enclosed mall are restaurants, two food courts and 16 movie theaters.
Address: 98-1005 Moanalua Road
Phone: (808) 488-0981
Restaurant Row is located at the gateway of downtown Honolulu. This complex of shops, restaurants, theaters and night clubs/bars is a popular hangout for both locals and visitors. Shop for clothes, jewelry or souvenirs and for lunch or dinner, dine at one of Restaurant Row’s many restaurants including Sunset Grill, Meritage, Ruth’s Chris Steak House and Sansei Seafood Restaurant. Stop by the Art House, a nine-theater movie complex to see popular independent and foreign films, or have a drink and dance till dawn at Ocean Club.
Address: 500 Ala Moana Boulevard
Phone: (808) 532-4750
Ward Centre is just minutes from Ala Moana Center and offers an array of 20 upscale dining and shopping options. Great restaurants to dine at include Ryan’s Grill, Compadres, Scoozies and Brew Moon Restaurant.
Address: 1200 Ala Moana Boulevard
Phone: (808) 591-8411
Ward Entertainment Center is Honolulu’s favorite place to shop, dine and "hang out," local style. Anchored by the Ward 16 Theatre, a state-of-the-art 16-screen megaplex, and Dave & Buster’s, famed for its grand dining room and Million Dollar Midway of games and high-tech entertainment.
Phone (Ward 16 Theatre) (808) 593-3000
Ward Warehouse is right next door to Ward Centre. The shopping complex is endowed with an endearing patina and rustic quality that is very different from the usual mall. Several one-of-a-kind boutiques sell everything from designer muumuu and bath fixtures to gourmet cooking items.
Address: 1050 Ala Moana Boulevard
Phone: (808) 591-8411
Windward Mall is an indoor, two-level mall. More than 80 gift shops, clothiers and food outlets comprise this center conveniently located in the windward suburb of Kaneohe.
Address: 46-056 Kamehameha Highway
Phone: (808) 253-1143
2100 Kalakaua Avenue has already been compared to Rodeo Drive and Fifth Avenue. The 110,000-square-foot luxury center opened in November 2002. Its tenants include Chanel, Gucci, Tiffany & Co. and Yves Saint Laurent. The center also showcases Hawaii’s culture and flora.
Address: 2100 Kalakaua Avenue
Phone: (808) 550-4449