Top Attractions in Waikiki

Waikiki is known for being a vibrant neighborhood popular for its surf, fine dining, and amazing hotels. Located on the south shore of Honolulu, it was once a neighborhood for Hawaiian royalty. Waikiki is credited for the popularization of surfing and modern stand-up paddle boarding. However, there is more to Waikiki than the beaches, eateries and oceanside hotels. Here is a list of the top attractions in Waikiki.

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Kapiolani Park

Kapiolani Park is named for Hawaii’s Queen Kapiolani and was the first public park in the islands. Sitting on the eastern edge of Waikiki just across the street from the beach, the park is perfect for a stroll or activities such as recreational tennis or basketball. Kapiolani Park is also home to the famous Honolulu Zoo and Waikiki aquarium. 

Honolulu Zoo

A 42-acre spread where visitors can learn about 900 of Hawaii’s indigenous species, the Honolulu Zoo is the only zoo in the United States to be established by a monarch as it was built on the grounds of Kapiolani Park. Not only can you visit the indigenous animals, but you can also explore the beautiful Waikiki botanical garden. 

Waikiki Aquarium


Founded in 1904, the Waikiki Aquarium is the second-oldest operating public aquarium in the United States. Its mission is to “inspire and promote understanding, appreciation, and conversation of Pacific marine life.” The aquarium has recently undergone exhibit revitalizations such as the green sea turtle exhibit.

Diamond Head Crater

From the beaches of Waikiki you can see the iconic Diamond Head Crater. This beautiful landmark is a popular hiking destination and is open daily from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm. It takes around 2 hours to hike the trail and ends with jaw dropping views from the summit. Here are a few ways to experience the Diamond Head Crater:

Diamond Head Crater Shuttle

This budget-friendly shuttle will take you from the beaches of Waikiki to the trailhead at Diamond Head Crater. If you do not have a rental, we recommend this shuttle service.

Diamond Head Crater Hike with Expert Nature Guide


If you are interested in learning the history and culture behind Diamond Head Crater, this option provides a great opportunity. There is shuttle service that will pick you and your party up from Waikiki hotels and give you a great educational tour of the Crater.

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