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Outdoor Activities

Are you the outdoorsy type? Hawai’i is a place for adventurers. Unique ecosystems make hikes, trails, snorkeling and watersports an unforgettable experience on the island. Read up on where to go and how to get there in the Outdoor Activities section of the Aston Waikiki Beach blog.
Romantic Things to Do in Oʻahu for Couples

Romantic Things to Do in Oʻahu for Couples

January 21st, 2021 Outdoor Activities

Whether you’re in search of a romantic evening, chill time with a friend, trip for two, or a place to make that proposal you’ve been waiting for, set your heart aflutter with our recommendations.

Missing the PGA Sony Open in Hawaiʻi? Try these Golf Activities in Oʻahu Instead

Missing the PGA Sony Open in Hawaiʻi? Try these Golf Activities in Oʻahu Instead

January 7th, 2021 Outdoor Activities

While the largest charity golf event in Hawaiʻi isn’t allowing visitors this year for health and safety reasons, there is still a bevy of golf fun to partake in while the pros battle it out!

Best Snorkeling Spots in O‘ahu

Best Snorkeling Spots in O‘ahu

November 14th, 2020 Outdoor Activities

From sharing the ocean with sea turtles in Turtle Canyon to spying schools of butterflyfish in Lanikai Beach, don a mask and fins and dive into O‘ahu’s water wonderland.

5 Hikes in Oʻahu for Beginners

5 Hikes in Oʻahu for Beginners

October 14th, 2020 Outdoor Activities

O‘ahu’s geology lends itself nicely to easier hikes that have gentle inclines. Here are some of our favorite scenic strolls on the island.

Where to Find the Best Views in Oʻahu

Where to Find the Best Views in Oʻahu

September 7th, 2020 Outdoor Activities

Whether you want a panoramic view of the Honolulu skyline or an awe-inspiring natural landscape, these standout spots across the island are sure to inspire wanderlust.

O‘ahu's Hardest Hikes: 5 Trails That Will Challenge You

O‘ahu's Hardest Hikes: 5 Trails That Will Challenge You

August 31st, 2020 Outdoor Activities

Are you up for the challenge? Here are five of O‘ahu’s hardest hiking trails.

Enjoy Waikiki on the Water

Enjoy Waikiki on the Water

August 21st, 2020 Outdoor Activities

From flying high above the ocean to taking a deep dive below the surface, there are countless ways to enjoy Waikiki’s fabled waters. Here’s how.

The Best Scenic Drives on Oʻahu

The Best Scenic Drives on Oʻahu

August 14th, 2020 Outdoor Activities

Hit the road to see incredible panoramic views of Oʻahu, all from your car window.

Oahu for Nature Lovers: A Self-Guided Tour in Paradise

Oahu for Nature Lovers: A Self-Guided Tour in Paradise

July 31st, 2020 Outdoor Activities

Unplug and reconnect with nature at the best eco-attractions in Oahu.

The Adventurer's Guide to Waikiki

The Adventurer's Guide to Waikiki

July 30th, 2020 Outdoor Activities

Waikiki has many adventure possibilities, and we’ll do our best to get you out there.

Things to Do While Social Distancing In Waikiki

Things to Do While Social Distancing In Waikiki

July 29th, 2020 Outdoor Activities

As restrictions are being lifted amid the coronavirus pandemic, these things to do while social distancing in Waikiki will help keep boredom at bay.

A Look at Oahu's Inactive Volcanoes: the Waianae & Koolau Ranges

A Look at Oahu's Inactive Volcanoes: the Waianae & Koolau Ranges

February 21st, 2020 Outdoor Activities

Tutu Pele shaped Oahu tens of thousands of years ago with the eruption of volcanoes that created a landscape of mountains, ridges, rocky beaches and free-flowing waterfalls.

Honolulu’s Best Nocturnal Activities

Honolulu’s Best Nocturnal Activities

December 23rd, 2019 Outdoor Activities

Want to make the most of your vacation in Honolulu? Here’s a look at hands-on activities around Honolulu during the evening hours.

Enjoy Epic Views of Oahu's Windward Coast from NuʻUanu Pali Lookout

Enjoy Epic Views of Oahu's Windward Coast from NuʻUanu Pali Lookout

December 23rd, 2019 Outdoor Activities

Once you reach the 1,200 feet, you’ll enjoy a view framed by sheer cliffs, a deep blue ocean, green mountain peaks and a wide-open sky.

Take Advantage of HI FIT at Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel

Take Advantage of HI FIT at Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel

October 24th, 2019 Outdoor Activities

Jump start your energy and get your blood flowing with group classes led by a fitness instructor.

3 Advantages of Using a GoPro Camera on Vacation

3 Advantages of Using a GoPro Camera on Vacation

September 27th, 2019 Outdoor Activities

Most of us use a smartphone to capture moments in our lives, so why bother with a GoPro Camera?

The Best Way to Get to Mokolii (known to locals as 'Chinaman's Hat')

The Best Way to Get to Mokolii (known to locals as 'Chinaman's Hat')

September 3rd, 2019 Outdoor Activities

 If you’re thinking of setting your feet on the alluring islet, here’s what you need to know.

An Oasis in the Middle of Honolulu: Foster Botanical Garden

An Oasis in the Middle of Honolulu: Foster Botanical Garden

August 20th, 2019 Outdoor Activities

Planted nearly 170 years ago, Foster Botanical Garden is the oldest of the city’s public gardens and your perfect escape for a quiet, carefree afternoon.

 

Unforgettable Views from the Lighthouse Trail at Makapuu Point

Unforgettable Views from the Lighthouse Trail at Makapuu Point

June 30th, 2019 Outdoor Activities

One of the most popular hikes in Oahu, the moderate, paved climb to the top gives way to the stunning Kawai shoreline, a magnificent panorama of islands, and migrating humpback whales during the fall, winter and spring seasons.

A Quick, Quiet Paddle on the Anahulu River

A Quick, Quiet Paddle on the Anahulu River

April 30th, 2019 Outdoor Activities

The pleasant Anahulu River is ideal if you’re seeking time in nature that doesn’t take up the entire day.

Tips for Driving & Parking Around Honolulu

Tips for Driving & Parking Around Honolulu

March 31st, 2019 Outdoor Activities

Sometimes renting a vehicle may best accomodate your plans. Don’t let parking meters or rush hour catch you by surprise!

5 Reasons to Visit the Harold L. Lyon Arboretum in Oahu

5 Reasons to Visit the Harold L. Lyon Arboretum in Oahu

January 17th, 2019 Outdoor Activities

Although it’s located right near the popular Manoa Falls, the arboretum is actually off the radar to most tourists. 

Don't Miss these Top Local Surfing Tournaments

Don't Miss these Top Local Surfing Tournaments

December 20th, 2018 Outdoor Activities

 

The North Shore of Oahu is famous for its powerful winter swells that attract the best surfers in the world. It’s home to the revered Banzai Pipeline, known worldwide for its epic waves. If you’re in Oahu during the peak surfing season, there’s a good chance you’ll catch one of the big-name competitions.

Local Activities Around Waikiki

Local Activities Around Waikiki

December 10th, 2018 Outdoor Activities

 

There’s something for everyone in Waikiki, whether you’re in the mood for a day at the shops or observing marine life 100 feet below the sea. Here’s a look at local activities around Waikiki. Visit the Royal Shopping Center, Waikiki Beach Walk, Magic of Polynesia show and more.

Whale Watching in Hawaii

Whale Watching in Hawaii

November 26th, 2018 Outdoor Activities

Humpback season is upon us! Each year from November through May, humpback whales, or kohola, migrate to the warmer waters of Hawaii, spurring locals and tourists to the water’s edge in an attempt to spot these magnificent creatures.

5 Local Remedies for a Rainy Day in Oahu

5 Local Remedies for a Rainy Day in Oahu

October 22nd, 2018 Outdoor Activities

If you find yourself rained out while in paradise, don’t think of it as a loss. Here are some local activities to fill a rainy day.

A Day in Paradise: Waimea Valley

A Day in Paradise: Waimea Valley

October 8th, 2018 Outdoor Activities

Located an hour north along the volcanic coastline, Waimea stretches from misty mountains to the blue sea. Waterfalls, streams, botanical gardens, and sacred Hawaiian sites are what you can expect from your trip.

Try these Water Sports in and Around Waikiki

Try these Water Sports in and Around Waikiki

September 25th, 2018 Outdoor Activities

Seize the day in Oahu, even if it means braving a wipeout.

Hike these Sublime Trails Near Waikiki

Hike these Sublime Trails Near Waikiki

September 19th, 2018 Outdoor Activities

Visitors can scale ancient volcano craters, take in wide-open shorelines, and hike lush mountains with breathtaking views.

Snorkeling Hanauma Bay State Park

Snorkeling Hanauma Bay State Park

September 4th, 2018 Outdoor Activities

Everything you need to know before visiting this active marine ecosystem.

Your Honolulu Sunset Guide

Your Honolulu Sunset Guide

August 8th, 2018 Outdoor Activities

There’s no better way to bring peaceful reflection to the end of your day than celebrating sunset in Oahu.

Hiking Diamond Head

Hiking Diamond Head

July 10th, 2018 Outdoor Activities

Diamond Head trail is one of the best in Oahu, offering panoramic views atop a volcano crater estimated to be half a million years old.

What to Bring for a Day at Kuhio Beach

What to Bring for a Day at Kuhio Beach

July 10th, 2018 Outdoor Activities

Here’s a guide to know what exactly to bring along to enjoy beachtime at Kuhio.

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