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This is one of the best-known beaches in Hawai’i thanks to its impeccable surf conditions and fun beach culture.

How do you get to Waikiki?

Waikiki is one of the most famous surfing beaches in the world and one of the most popular beaches in Hawai’i. The Beach Boys sang about the idyllic swells here in the 1960s, but long before then, and ever since, thousands have flocked here each year to enjoy the surfing culture, lively nightlife, family activities and the waves and white sand. Winter is the busiest time in Waikiki because the swells are biggest, but it’s a great time to come and watch professional surfers show off their talents.

Hire a surfboard and join the pros waiting to catch a wave at the back of the swells. If you’re a beginner or want to touch up on your skills, book lessons through one of the many surf schools. You can also go scuba diving, snorkelling and parasailing.

Head further south and you’ll come to Diamond Head. Stop at Queens Surf Beach for a picnic on the grass and then continue on to the Diamond Head State Monument. This huge crater encompasses 192 hectares (475 acres) of hiking trails, military history and incredible ocean views. Take the trail through a 69-metre (225-foot) tunnel to a lighthouse and wartime bunkers.

Nearby Kuhio Beach is more sheltered than Waikiki. Stroll to the end of the Kapahulu Pier and watch the sun set over the sparkling water and golden sands.

Waikiki town has accommodation, restaurants and shops to suit every budget. Kalakaua Avenue is the main strip where you’ll find luxury boutiques and plush hotels. Look for the distinctive pink façade of the Royal Hawaiian hotel and the elegant Moana Surfrider resort. Sip cocktails in bars and be entertained by street performers.

There is an array of activities for families. Spend a day at the Honolulu Zoo and Waikiki Aquarium, where you’ll find more than 500 species of animals. Book a submarine tour in the Pacific Ocean to see more marine life in its natural environment.

Waikiki lies just south of central Honolulu. Several parking lots nearby charge a small fee by the hour or for a full day.

Activities near Waikiki

For some of the best surfing and the safest swimming on Ouahu and the chance to picnic in the shade of a banyan tree, Ala Moana Beach Park is where you want to be.

Follow the trail through Diamond Head State Monument to the top of this volcano for one of the finest views anywhere in Hawaii.

Discover the rise and fall of the Hawai’ian monarchy in this lavish palace complete with the crowns and chambers of the king and queen.

This stunning bay is one of the most diverse marine ecosystems in the world and boasts some of the best snorkelling in Hawaii.

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*NOTE: Visitor access to the USS Arizona Memorial is temporarily suspended. Travel back to World War II-era Hawaii on this tour of Pearl Harbor, the USS Arizona Memorial, and the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific located at Punchbowl.

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Become immersed in the history of the attack on Pearl Harbor, which resulted in the United States' involvement in World War II. Experience the sobering memorial to the sunken USS Arizona, and learn fascinating details about the attack from your guide and the comprehensive museum.

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Take advantage of worry-free roundtrip transportation to Waikele Premium Outlets—home to more than 50 name-brand stores such as Calvin Klein, Coach, Ralph Lauren, Kate Spade New York, Michael Kors, and many more.

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Discover Honolulu-area attractions, landmarks, and more with the Go Oahu Card. Enjoy skip-the-line access to top points of interest throughout the city, save on admission prices at every attraction you visit, and take advantage of discounts on area retailers and restaurants.

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*NOTE: Access to the Pali Lookout is temporarily closed due to construction. Circle the island of Oahu on a guided bus tour, riding along rugged coastline and sandy white beaches from bustling Waikiki to the crashing surf of the North Shore.

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Embrace the Aloha spirit and the rich heritage of the Hawaiian Islands at a traditional luau. This celebration of Polynesian culture brings together island cuisine and ancestral song and dance to transport you to old Hawaii.

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Oahu's very first zipline course, the 7 ziplines at Keana Farms offer adrenaline-pumping rides plus an up-close look at a working North Shore farm. Trek along elevated boardwalks through the trees, glimpse views of the ocean, and race a friend down dual lines over the tropical landscape below.