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If you’re coming to Oahu, chances are you’ll be staying in Waikiki. There are a ton of attractions in this area to keep anyone busy, but the biggest attraction by far is Waikiki Beach. It is just too easy to spend your whole day here tanning in the sun, playing in the surf or taking a walk along the length of Waikiki’s several beaches (there are 8 beaches total). Here are just a few things you can do while in Waikiki.
Of course you’ll have to try surfing at least once! Waikiki is actually one of the best places to learn how to surf. Even locals will get their friends to teach them at Waikiki. Why? The waves are smaller, safer and the whole area is convenient. You can find all sorts of beach rental equipment right on the sand with a variety of boards to choose from.
Local tip: Make sure you’re in the right section for surfing/boogie boarding. For safety reasons, there are designated areas depending on what activity you’re doing. Just ask a lifeguard for directions if you can’t find where you’re supposed to be.
Not many people are aware that they can surf the waves via canoe (with a guide of course) in Waikiki. This is a bunch of fun and is extremely safe since the canoe is so stable on top of the water. You’re not even required to wear life jackets on a canoe, unlike other ocean activities. This is also a great activity to do as a family or with friends since everyone will be working together.
If I’m in Waikiki on a Friday night, I’ll usually make my way out to the beach and watch the free firework show hosted by Hilton Hawaiian Village. The show usually begins at 7:45 PM and lasts for about 10 minutes. If you happen to be in Waikiki on January 1st or July 4th, consider yourself lucky and enjoy the extended firework displays.
Local tip: About 3-4 times a year, Sunset on the Beach is held during the weekend where a 30 foot screen is brought out and a family friendly movie is shown right on Waikiki beach. The event usually lasts from 4 PM – 9 PM that begins with everyone digging a hole into the sand to make their own personal recliner. Dinner is served by the many food trucks parked in the same area and the movie begins right after sunset.
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Waikiki is also a great place to do some parasailing. The view of Diamond Head, Waikiki, Honolulu and the mountain range can’t be beat. And while the large Star of Honolulu Sunset Cruise is an amazing experience, you should also look into a more private cocktail sunset cruise that will be just as magical and fun.