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Local Activities Around Waikiki

December 10th, 2018 Outdoor Activities
Local Activities Around Waikiki

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

Waikiki Beach Walk

This open air, two-level mall with restaurants is a hub of activity in Waikiki. Don’t be surprised if you stumble upon seemingly impromptu hula or ukulele lessons on the green lawn, as well as frequent concerts at the shopping center’s outdoor stage. There’s local shops to browse – Na Hoku Jewelers has been on the island since 1924 and features jewelry inspired by the island’s landscape. For sandals, pop-in at Popits Hawaii. Also check out the racks at Kahala Sportswear for excellent outdoor wear.

227 Lewers St., just a couple blocks from Waikiki Beach. Open 10-10pm daily, 365 days a week.

Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center

Mosey across the street for upscale shopping in one of Hawaii’s largest malls. Here you’ll find high-end retail, such as Anteprima, Furla, Valentino, and Cartier.

The center is a good choice for dinner plans, with international offerings such as Thai, sushi, Italian or even an udon noodle brasserie. You can also go for a quick bite at the Paina Lanai Food Court. Make sure to swing by for a snack at Banan on the first level – they turn locally-grown bananas and fruits into dairy-free soft serve.

2201 Kalakaua Ave. Open 10-10pm daily, holiday hours may differ.

Atlantis Submarine Tour

Did you ever think you’d ride in a submarine? Now’s your chance. The Atlantis Submarine Tour in Oahu travels 100 feet below the water’s surface, revealing coral reefs, sunken plane and boat wreckage, and a world of marine life. Watch turtles, fish, eels, rays, and even dolphins navigate the the ocean depths! Enjoy a quick boat ride out to the submarine, where you’ll embark underwater. This is an eye-opening experience, excellent for kids and the easiest way to go for a dive.

252 Paoa Pl. Tours available 9-11am daily. Book in advance – this activity regularly sells out!

Magic of Polynesia

For a night of dramatic special effects and magic, consider the Magic of Polynesia. Starring world-renowned illusionist John Hirokawa, families can enjoy a magic show that includes Polynesian entertainment, spellbinding magic, audience participation and lots of laughs. This show is great for kids and those taken by the world of magic tricks and illusions. Tickets available for show only, show and cocktails, or show and dinner. See your options.

2300 Kalakaua Ave. Showtime at 7pm.

Water sports at the Beach

Looking for more than just a day at the beach? Venture outside your comfort zone with some water sport action. Hawaii is home to surfing and paddleboarding, both of which are easy to book during your stay in Waikiki. If you’re in the mood for high-speed thrills or heights, consider a banana boat ride or parasailing. Learn more using our local water sports guide.


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