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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Price: $5 - $12, and children under 3 years enter for free
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 Hike with Expert Nature Guide
Price: Starting at $31
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.
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 6am to 6pm. It takes around 2 hours to hike the trail and ends with jaw dropping views from the summit.