10 Fun Things to Do Outdoors in Waikiki
Waikiki has something for nearly every lover of the outdoors. The beachfront neighborhood is packed with rooftop restaurants, lush lanais, and pristine green spaces, with seriously stunning natural scenery to boot. You'll find plenty of things to do outside in Waikiki, whether you want to hop on a bike and explore the enchanting enclave, lay out on the sand, or take a sunset sail. It’s time to get outside!
1. Try Stargazing in Waikiki
For an astronomical experience to remember, Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel’s Stellar Stargazing program provides an awe-inducing stargazing session 21-stories high above Kalakaua Avenue. The celestial tour includes an up-close look at both natural and manmade objects alike, like the International Space Station, the Hubble Space Telescope, stars like Hōkūpaʻa (North Star), constellations like Nāhiku (Big Dipper), the Milky Way, planets, and so much more.
2. Go Whale Watching in Waikiki
Humpback whales migrate from Alaska to the warmer waters of Hawai‘i each winter, bringing spectators to the water’s edge in an attempt to spot these magnificent creatures. Plan your whale watching excursion now and download the Smartmine Whale Tracker to see where the whales are in real time.
3. Do a Walking Food Tour of Waikiki
Explore Waikiki on foot with a free 24-hour self-guided foodie tour of Waikiki or free walking food tour of Kalakaua Avenue. Both tours are excellent ways to get to know Waikiki while indulging in its phenomenal restaurant scene. Sample traditional Hawaiian staples like Kona coffee, Spam and eggs, plate lunch, fresh poke, and sweet treats like Dole Whip and shave ice.
4. Listen to a Waikiki Audio Tour
An audio tour is another great way to traverse Waikiki outside at your own pace. Take your audio tour to another level with a sunset hoverboard tour by Hawai‘i Hoverboarding Tours. Under the direction of a wireless one-ear audio system, hop on your all-terrain hoverboard and learn about Waikiki’s geology, recreation, architecture, and history, all while listening to popular Hawaiian songs and mastering some native language along the way.
5. Explore Waikiki on Wheels
Drive along the scenic waterfront with a rental car, visit important landmarks on a hop-on hop-off trolley, or grab Waikiki by the handlebars with a bike rental. From mopeds to scoot coupes, segways and more, have fun exploring Waikiki on wheels.
Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel’s on-site transportation partners include Avis/Budget® Car Rental and Zipcar ride-sharing vehicles. Valet is also available. Now for a limited time, guests can receive spacious accommodations, a compact car rental from Avis/Budget® Car Rental, and free daily valet parking with our Dive into Vacation Room and Car special offer.
6. Take a Sunset Sail
Bound by Honolulu’s towering high-rise buildings to the west and Diamond Head to the east, Waikiki’s skyline is a hard one to beat. See it from the water aboard a catamaran that departs right from the beach. There are several options that offer sunset, snorkel, lunch, and dinner cruises. Kepoikai II is one such catamaran that lets you soak in the orange and pink hues of the sunset alongside an on-board bar.
7. Submerge Below Waikiki’s Surface on a Submarine
Dive 100 feet for a chance to spot green sea turtles, sharks, and sunken ships on your oceanic adventure. The 64-seat hi-tech passenger Atlantis Submarine departs from Waikiki Beach and is one of the most memorable and best excursions you can do.
8. Sip on a Signature Hawai‘i Cocktail
From Mai Tais to Maui Mules, Hawai‘i’s classic cocktails can be found throughout Waikiki, with almost all bars and restaurants having rooftop or lanai seating. If you prefer a cold beer, Maui Brewing and Waikiki Brewing both have expansive outdoor patios to sip your brew.
9. Dine at one of Waikiki’s Best Outdoor Restaurants
Waikiki has great weather year-round and eating al fresco is just a way of life. From private rooftop cabanas to lush hidden gardens, these outdoor restaurants serve up excellent food with a heaping side of fresh air.
10. Have a Waikiki Beach Day
Kuhio Beach couldn’t be located any closer to Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel - it’s our front yard, so to say. Guests can enjoy surfing, snorkeling, and more Waikiki Beach activities for families alongside the two-mile stretch of sand. Plus, having a beach day is one of the best things to do for free in Waikiki!
Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel makes beach day easy with Beach Candy, Waikiki’s premiere beach gear rental shop, conveniently located lobby level. From surfboards to paddleboards, beach chairs, coolers, and more, have fun in the sun and earn daily Beach Candy Credits when you book your stay.
And if that wasn’t enough, we have an entire page devoted to outdoor activities on O‘ahu where you’ll find more information on our favorite sunshine-soaked places to visit, like Kapiʻolani Regional Park, the Honolulu Zoo, and outdoor farmer’s markets.
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