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Top 5 Things to do in Waikiki (Infographic)


Seeing Hawaii being included in the top destinations to visit list is no longer surprising. Many people dream of stepping foot into this beautiful paradise. This Aloha state comprises eight major islands, and each island possesses unique specialties. But these eight major islands have one thing in common–they allow tourists to enjoy countless clean beaches, delectable dishes, numerous fun activities, and exciting events everywhere they go. For all these reasons, it is no wonder why Hawaii is hailed as one of the ideal places to spend a relaxing vacation.

Because Hawaii is a vacation hot spot, they are already expected to receive millions of tourists each year. But among all the major islands, Oahu has a significant contribution to why many people flock to the state. 

Oahu, also known as “The Gathering Place,” is the third-largest island in the state of Hawaii. It lives up to its moniker as Oahu is the most visited island. Many people come upon the gathering place for various reasons, among which is Waikiki. 

Waikiki is a district located in Honolulu,  the capital state of Hawaii. Honolulu can be found on the island of Oahu. Waikiki is well-known for its beaches and hotels that are usually just two or three blocks away from the ocean. Apart from the beaches, Waikiki is also famous for several attractions near its vicinity, such as the Pearl Harbor, Waimea Botanical Garden, Byodo-in Temple, North Shore, and so much more.

Waikiki has a lot of things to offer. And if you want to know more about what you can do when you visit this beautiful district, check out this list.



Visit Tourist Attractions

Waikiki is home to many tourist attractions you would never want to miss. And there are many ways how you can visit them. You can either commute, rent a car, or book a tour to avoid the hassle.

If you plan to book a tour, you can check Go Tours Hawaii. They are a tour operator specializing in Oahu Hawaii tours. By booking an excursion with them, you will be picked up in Waikiki by a semi-private shuttle. From there, you can visit multiple attractions such as the Waimea Botanical Garden or Byodo-in Temple. These tours will bring you to a list of destinations you would undoubtedly enjoy. Some of the stops included in these trips are the Diamond Head (Amelia Earhart Lookout), Halona Blowhole, Makapuu Point, Oahu North Shore, the famous Dole plantation, and many more. 

For more information about these two excursions, you may visit Go Tours Hawaii’s website at


Eat good food

Besides the countless tourist attractions you can find inside and near Waikiki, this district also has numerous restaurants that offer delectable dishes you should taste. Waikiki caters to travelers who are in for both expensive and budget-friendly food. From steak, udon, musubi, and burger to the ever famous shave ice, all of this food can be found in Waikiki. So if you are a food enthusiast, this humble town is the perfect place for you.


See a show

Hawaii is well-loved by many tourists not only because of the numerous attractions and delicious food but also because of the events and shows you can enjoy. In Waikiki, you can attend several iconic luaus and Polynesian shows. 

You can have fun at the Kuhio Beach Hula Show every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday evening during the winter months. This show is free authentic Hawaiian entertainment that begins with a torch-lighting followed by conch-shell blowing. There is also a hula performance on the mound on Kalakaua Avenue. The show runs for an hour. 

Another show you can attend is the Royal Grove Hula Show. This is located at the Royal Hawaiian Center. Here, you can enjoy listening to music as local musicians serenade guests and passersby. This show runs from Monday to Friday, every 6-7 PM. 

The International Market Place Hula Show is held to pay homage to Hawaii’s past monarch, Queen Emma. The show begins with a procession along Kalakaua Avenue going to the Queen’s Court. This Polynesian show lasts for 30 minutes, and it includes authentic Hawaiian hula and Tahitian dancing. The International Market Place Hula Show starts at twilight or sunset and is performed every night. 



Looking for things to bring home for yourself or your loved ones? Waikiki got your back. This district is booming with souvenir shops filled with many Hawaiian goods. You can enjoy high-end retail therapy during your stay in the state. 

You can check out the famous Ala Moana Shopping Center. This is the largest open-air shopping center in the world. You can also shop around Waikiki Beach Walk since the area is bustling with entertainment and a shopping promenade. Apart from these two, you can also go around to shop in the Royal Hawaiin Center and International Market Place. 



As mentioned, Waikiki is famous for its numerous beaches. So what is a Waikiki trip if you are not going to visit a beach and have fun in the waters?

You can enjoy a refreshing experience on the two-mile stretch of Waikiki Beach’s white sand. This beach is divided into eight parts, and each section has its activities geared toward the enjoyment of tourists. 

The eight sections of Waikiki Beach include:

  • Duke Kahanamoku Beach
  • Fort DeRussy Beach Park
  • Gray’s Beach
  • Royal Hawaiian Beach
  • Prince Kuhio Beach
  • Queen Kapiolani Beach
  • San Souci Beach
  • Outrigger Canoe Club Beach

Besides these beautiful beaches, you can also have fun with Hawaii’s aumakua–the Green Sea Turtles. The aumakua is part of Hawaiian mythology. This is a personal family god, typically a former ancestor, that watches over you.

Go Tours Hawaii offers a Turtle Canyon Tour where you will be given a chance to snorkel with The Green Sea Turtles and other numerous reef fish species. And if you are lucky, you might also have an encounter and play with the sea dolphins and Humpback whales. The whales are most likely to appear from November to May, commonly known as the Whale Season. 

You can check this link for more information about the tour. 


Book a Tour with Go Tours Hawaii

Having a fun vacation does not need to be stressful. Take off the burden of planning an itinerary off your shoulders and leave it to us. Booking an excursion with Go Tours Hawaii means you can just enjoy your stay in Hawaii as we work to give you an unforgettable experience.

To know more about us, what we do, and the list of our tours, you can visit our website at