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Waikiki Tours

Waikiki, where most Hawaii vacations get their start, is everything at once: white sandy beaches, swaying palms, high-rise accommodations, world-class shopping, top-notch and seaside dining, local culture, and excellent surfing. It’s no wonder this former playground for Hawaiian royalty continues to be an oasis for global visitors.

The Basics
Waikiki is Honolulu’s city within a city dedicated to fun and sun. Stroll down the main oceanfront thoroughfare, Kalakaua Avenue, and place a lei on the Duke Kahanamoku surfer statue; splash in the surfer’s namesake Kahanamoku Lagoon; shop in one of several open-air malls; grab lunch along the way for a picnic in Kapiolani Park; and see the sunset behind the profile of Diamond Head. 

Waikiki sightseeing tours by trolley or Segway are a great way to learn about the area and cover greater distances than you can on foot. For a different perspective, take to the water aboard a sunset dinner cruise, or get on the water in this watersports wonderland: Learn to surf, take a stand-up paddleboarding lesson, or try kayaking, parasailing, or scuba diving. Many Oahu tours, including circle-island tours and helicopter tours, depart Waikiki and allow visitors to see sights beyond Waikiki Beach.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Waikiki is a must-see for first-timers to Oahu, families, sunbathers, and more.
  • Oahu enjoys daytime temperatures that hover around 80°F (27°C) year-round. But come nightfall in spring and winter, it can get cool—bring an extra layer if you plan to be out past sunset.
  • Don’t forget a hat, sunscreen. and sunglasses. Though if you do, several ABC Stores—a Hawaii retail chain—offer replacements along Kalakaua Avenue.

How to Get There
Waikiki, a 3.4-square-mile (8.8-square-kilometer) neighborhood in southeast Honolulu, encompasses everything between Ala Wai Boulevard, Kapahulu Avenue, and the oceanfront. It is serviced by several local bus routes, including the 2, 8, 9, 13, and 22. By road, the area is within 30 minutes of most main Oahu attractions, including the 23 sites covered by the Waikiki Historic Trail, Pearl Harbor and the USS Missouri and Arizona memorials, Iolani Palace, the Nuuanu Pali Lookout, the popular snorkeling haunt of Hanauma Bay, and Sea Life Park Hawaii.
 
When to Get There
Waikiki’s peak season coincides with the United States’ spring, summer, and winter school holidays. If you plan to visit during these times, it pays to book tours and hotels well in advance. Several of the region’s best (and most unusual) festivals, such as the parades and cultural demonstrations of the Aloha Festival in September and the Waikiki Spam Jam in April, beckon in the off-season.

Waikiki in Winter
Balmy Waikiki provides a tropical respite to the mainland’s chilly winters, but in these months the rains are more frequent, the waves can be wilder, and temperatures still dip a bit—expect 77 to 82°F (25 to 28°C) as opposed to summer’s 82 to 89°F (28 to 32°C). Still, warm-weather seekers will be in good company: Between November and March, hordes of humpback whales migrate down from chilly Alaska to mate, splash, and put on a show for eager onlookers.

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Waikiki Trolley Hop-On Hop-Off Tour of Honolulu, Oahu, null
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Waikiki Trolley Hop-On Hop-Off Tour of Honolulu

4.5 star rating: Recommended 192 Reviews

Explore Waikiki and Honolulu with a choice of hop-on hop-off tours that feature the historic sites, scenic natural beauty and world-class shops and restaurants ...  Read more

Location: Oahu, Hawaii
Duration: Flexible

From USD $25.00
Waikiki Parasailing Experience in Oahu, Oahu, Hop-on Hop-off Tours
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Waikiki Parasailing Experience in Oahu

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 27 Reviews

Soar over the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Waikiki during a parasailing adventure that provides bird’s-eye view of Oahu. Choose a morning or afternoon tour ...  Read more

Location: Oahu, Hawaii
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $27.99
Surfing Lessons On Waikiki Beach, Oahu, Parasailing
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Surfing Lessons On Waikiki Beach

4.5 star rating: Recommended 7 Reviews

This tour operator wants you to have the best experience in your life, have fun, learn about the ocean, Hawaiian culture and most importantly learn how to surf ...  Read more

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $99.00
Waikiki and Diamond Head Segway Tour, Oahu, Surfing & Windsurfing
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Waikiki and Diamond Head Segway Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 16 Reviews

See the best of Waikiki and Diamond Head, and experience it all in an exhilarating way on a Segway tour! On your own Segway Personal Transporter, you can enjoy ...  Read more

Location: Waikiki, Oahu
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $178.01
Discover Scuba Diving from Waikiki, Oahu, Segway Tours
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Discover Scuba Diving from Waikiki

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 Reviews

Do you want to go scuba diving on vacation but don't have time for a scuba certification? Then this tour is for you! This Honolulu SCUBA company offers this ...  Read more

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $145.56
Sunset on the Beach Segway Tour, Oahu, Scuba Diving
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Sunset on the Beach Segway Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

Enjoy an exciting Segway adventure along Duke Kahanumoku Beach and Ala Moana Beach Park with the sun setting in the background! Your expert guide will teach ...  Read more

Location: Waikiki, Oahu
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $178.01
Waikiki Panorama Sail, Oahu, Segway Tours
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Waikiki Panorama Sail

Snap beautiful photos of Waikiki on this 90-minute sail, where you'll cruise past famous Waikiki Beach and out towards Diamond Head crater. The cruise departs ...  Read more

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $75.01
Two Tank Boat SCUBA Dive from Waikiki, Oahu, Sailing Trips
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Two Tank Boat SCUBA Dive from Waikiki

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

There you are, totally weightless, quietly soaring just above the sea floor with only the smallest amount of physical exertion. Being underwater can calm your ...  Read more

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $124.61
Private Group Stand-Up Paddling Lessons, Oahu, Scuba Diving
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Private Group Stand-Up Paddling Lessons

Learn how to stand up paddle with your own Waikiki Beachboy in the birth place of surfing.  We are located in the heart of Waikiki, just steps away ...  Read more

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $78.53
One-On-One Private Stand-Up Paddling Lessons, Oahu, Stand Up Paddleboarding
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One-On-One Private Stand-Up Paddling Lessons

Learn how to stand up paddle with a Waikiki Beachboy in the birthplace of surfing!  We are located in the heart of Waikiki, just steps away from the ...  Read more

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $104.71

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