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The Adventurer's Guide to Waikiki

July 30th, 2020 Outdoor Activities
The Adventurer's Guide to Waikiki

Between quick access to the beach and Diamond Head, plus year-round warm weather, Waikiki has many adventure possibilities, and we’ll do our best to get you out there. From flying high over the neighborhood to sinking deep below the surface (and everything in between), kick it up a notch with our Adventurer’s Guide to Waikiki.

Due to COVID-19, activities mentioned may not be currently available. We recommend checking City and County of Honolulu or State of Hawaii mandates, facility websites for operating hours, updates, and social distancing measures before heading out on your adventure.

Diamond Head day hike

Undoubtedly the most popular hike in Oahu, the Diamond Head volcanic crater encompasses 350 acres and stands at an elevation of 762 feet above sea level. Diamond Head is part of the Ko’olau Range of volcanoes that began erupting over 2.6 million years ago. Today, visitors hike the 2-hour journey to the summit to overlook the beautiful coastline. The trail is moderate, yet diverse, with paved surfaces and handrails that transition to uneven rocks, steps, and a narrow tunnel. Go in the morning for glassy seas and watch pretty colors unfold from above. The summit is just over 2 miles from Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel. For more adrenaline pumping Oahu treks, check out these sublime hikes.

Atlantis submarine

Explore beneath Waikiki’s surface with Atlantis Submarines. Departing from Waikiki Beach, the recreational submarine submerges 100 feet underwater to get up close to marine life like green sea turtles, sharks, yellow tangs, and eels. You’ll see wonders of the undersea world, including man-made reefs which help create barriers and protective places for the reef and fish to re-grow. The entire immersive underwater experience lasts 1 hour and 45 minutes. Prefer to see Waikiki from the sky? Book a private helicopter tour or tandem freefall with a professional skydiving instructor, of which the island offers many.

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Local food

According to TripAdvisor, food vacations and food tour experiences are dominating traveler booking growth. Foodies are craving not just mouth-watering bites, but the most adventurous of experiences. Show off your culinary prowess and get to know Waikiki with a true food adventure. From where to find the most colorful, exotic fruits on the island to how to expand your palate with native Hawaiian dishes, check out our Food and Drink page for the culinary inclined.

Waikiki Beach

Waikiki’s clear turquoise water makes it the ideal destination to grab a set of goggles and explore above or below the surface. Surfing the Waikiki coast renders some of the world’s greatest scenery in the world, with views of Diamond Head and an abundance of wildlife. Brought into the international surfing spotlight by Duke Kahanamoku, the calm waters makes Waikiki Beach an ideal place for surfers - just find a rental shop along the shore to grab a board. We have a whole post dedicated to water sports on Waikiki Beach, from banana boat rides to sportfishing, and paddleboarding to parasailing. Stay with us at Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel, located right across the street from the beach.

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Boat ride

Set sail into the Pacific Ocean on a high speed catamaran. Various charters offer leisurely cruises around Waikiki, including sunset sails and Diamond Head excursions with accompanying island music and cocktails. Another option is to book a whale-watching boat tour. Each year from November through May, humpback whales migrate to Hawaiian waters. Catch a glimpse of the mysterious creatures at the ocean’s surface either and make sure to check out the Smartmine Whale Tracker to see where the whales are in real time.

Are you ready to take a walk on the wild side? Choose a hotel located right in the middle of all the action. Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel is your best pick in Waikiki, conveniently located on Kalakaua Avenue, across the street from Kuhio Beach. In addition to a host of amenities, we offer free use of a GoPro Camera to take on your adventure, subject to availability! Read more about the amazing amenities at Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel and start booking your travel plans with us in Waikiki.

We continue to be inspired by how the community comes together to support one another during these times. In thanks, we would like to invite kama'aina, or Hawaii locals, to be our guest. Book our LOVE HAWAII package to enjoy an exclusive offer of up to 20% off, plus complimentary valet parking, a waived Resort Fee, and so much more. Read more.

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