Don’t want to leave your hotel’s neighborhood? Not a problem. Waikiki is a neighborhood in Honolulu and sometimes you don’t want to ride the bus to get to the rest of the city or island. Other times a taxi costs too much or you’re going to leave that night and want something to do before you go. Perhaps you just came in, in the early-mid afternoon and want something to do right off of your front doorstep. Thankfully Waikiki is quite small and this is easy to do. Buses go up and down Kuhio Avenue for ease.
The obvious, the famous, Waikiki Beach! Right off of Kalakaua Blvd. and is so easy to get to. There are arrows from everywhere telling you how to get there from all over the island by car. Several buses (2, 8, 13, 42, etc.) stop there as well. On Tuesday and Thursday nights there is a hula show from 6:30-7:30 on Kuhio Beach (the beach right next to it). Granted there isn’t much sand space it’s still something to see and one of the most famous beaches in the world
Price: Free, unless you have a car, parking is going to cost you
Fort Derussy Beach Park
This is the beach park just west of Waikiki. The Hilton’s lagoon is in the middle of it (which is available for everyone, including non-guests at the hotel because of Hawaii’s beach laws). From there you can see Diamond Head much more clearly than you can see it from Waikiki and there is a boardwalk you can enjoy. Walk along that if you don’t want get sand on your shoes.
Price: Free, ditto
Just off of Fort Derussy Beach Park is the Army Museum where an old Army post used to be. That has since been taken down and they decided to build a museum in it’s place. It’s free to enter and explains the entire history of Hawaii’s involvement in American wars, especially World War II. While it is named the “Army” museum they recognize the other branches as well. Go upstairs and you can see a helicopter up close and personal.
The zoo is a bit further east of Waikiki and Fort Derussy. It’s 42 acres of land and houses hundreds of animals and plants from all over the world (mostly tropical regions because Hawai’i). Did you know Indonesia has Tigers? There you can see Sumerian Tigers and the other big cats (Cheetahs and Lions) while seeing dozens of birds and even elephants! No need to worry, all animals here are well taken care of.
Price: $14 for people 13+, 3-12 $6, military $8, and children $4
This is one of the oldest aquariums in the country (2nd oldest, they say) dating back in 1904 and us right down the street from Honolulu zoo. They have natural look exhibits and tanks and have over 500 animals in their care. Sometimes they borrow animals from Sea Life Park (on the other side of the island) for the public to see.
Price: Regular adult is $12, 4-12 $5, Kama’aina $8, Senior (65+) $5, and active duty military $8
Diamond Head Hike
The hike is just less than 1 mile one way up the side of Diamond Head. Bus 9 (which picks up people on Kapiolani Blvd. behind the Ala Moana Shopping Center) goes right to the bottom of the small mountain. Walking up you’ll get a great view of the eastern part of Honolulu and in the center you’ll see a former military installation. At the top of the mountain you can see all of Honolulu (especially Waikiki).
Price: Either free or $1 per person
Did I miss anything?