5 Audio Tours You Must Try in Waikiki
Explore Waikiki at your own pace with immersive audio tours by some of the neighborhood’s top storytellers. These tours do a good job of breaking the best of Waikiki down into manageable bites while giving you a lot of good stories along the way. Here are five of the best audio tours in Waikiki for the self-guided traveler.
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1. Intro to Waikiki
Shaka Guide’s Heart of Waikiki Walking Tour takes you through Waikiki’s postcard-perfect scene. Arguably the most famous beach in Hawai‘i, Waikiki was once a playground for Hawaiian royalty. Stroll alongside the beach as you explore 13 fun narration points like International Market Place, the Princess Bernice Pauahi Statue, and the Duke Kahanamoku Statue. The 1-2 hour interactive walking tour begins at the Royal Hawaiian Center. Get the app to have it delivered straight to your mobile device.
2. Waikiki’s Hidden Gems
Discover Waikiki’s hidden gems with Kalani’s Waikiki Audio Walking Tour. With Kalani as your guide (a Hawai‘i native with 20 years in the tourism industry), learn the surprising history and entertaining stories behind Hawai‘i’s most famous and mystical spots. Stops include Helumoa, the Healing Waters of Kawehewehe, Wizard Stones, and the Prince Jonah Kuhio Statue. Get instant access to the walking tour with the app or grab an MP3 player from Kalani with the pre-loaded tour.
3. Diamond Head
For those looking to hike the summit of the ancient volcanic tuff cone, the official State of Hawai‘i Diamond Head State Monument Narrated Tour is like having your own Park Ranger along for the trek! The self-guided audio tour enriches the experience with a four-color souvenir map guide and narration of the history, legends, culture, geography, plants and animals, music, and scenery of the Diamond Head State Monument. Stop at the Diamond Head Visitor Center before getting started. The tour also includes an “I Hiked Diamond Head” certificate.
4. Hoverboard Sunset
With the use of an exclusive wireless one-ear audio system, riders can hop on a glowing, all-terrain hoverboard during the most magical time of day to take the scenic route to Diamond Head Lighthouse. Learn about Waikiki’s geology, recreation, architecture, and ancient and modern history, listen to popular Hawaiian songs, Hawai‘i-filmed television and movie soundtracks, and 'native' instruments, and master some Hawaiian language along the way. The Signature Sunset tour lasts just over two hours and includes souvenir digital photos to fully capture the experience.
5. East O‘ahu Shoreline
Take to the road with Shaka Guide’s East O‘ahu Shoreline Driving Tour. O‘ahu’s eastern shoreline is one of the most scenic roadways in Hawai‘i. Traverse this unique corner of the island in a counterclockwise loop from Waikiki to discover hidden beaches, famous hikes, and volcanic landscapes that are thousands of years in the making. Set aside 6-8 hours for this full-day tour which includes 116 narration points.
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