There are plenty of good reasons why some of the vacation hot spots in Hawaii have become as famous as they do. World renowned Waikiki is a good example. A nice blend of city life and serene ocean-side bliss, even the air of Waikiki has a fresh sea breeze mixed with the delicious scent of tropical flowers. It is not hard to believe that many of the people who visit end up coming back. Here are some of our top reasons why you will want to keep Waikiki on your bucket list when planning your next Hawaiian vacation.
Unparalleled beach views: How often can you say you’ve lounged at a beach where an ancient volcanic cinder cone is part of the panoramic view? Not only is Diamond Head one of the most recognizable attractions in the region, it also makes an inspiring backdrop for any photo you capture of you and your friends on the beach. Taking a sunset cruise near Waikiki is a stunning way to soak the starry nights and sparkling city skyline. It is no wonder how Waikiki became celebrated as one of the most beautiful coastal areas in Hawaii.
No need to rent a car: Yes the streets will be teeming with people who wish to walk outside and enjoy the perfect weather Hawaii is known for. But think of all the money you’ll save not having to rent a car. This area has been described as a walker’s heaven. Everything you could possibly need for a fabulous time is all in walking distance if you are staying in Waikiki. Not only will walking give you an opportunity for exercise during your vacation as well as save you the cost of parking, but going places by foot will help you justify having that extra serving of shave ice on a hot day. When you walk, you earn those holiday desserts. The good news is you can always catch a trolley, shuttle or bus if you need to give your feet a break.
Outdoor activities: Waikiki is the ideal place to splash in the waves and try a whole slew of exciting adventures. Book your first surf lesson, try wind surfing, rent a kayak, paddle a canoe, go stand-up paddle boarding or learn boogie boarding. Whatever ways you plan to enjoy the ocean, the options are limitless in Waikiki. Even if you are more of a land-lubber, there are many things to do in Waikiki that are not water related. For example, you can hike up to Diamond Head, visit the Honolulu Zoo or Waikiki Aquarium or even enjoy a picnic at Kapiolani Park. You don’t have to be deep in the rain forests of Hawaii to enjoy some of the most glorious parts of nature.
Pampering and luxury: When on vacation, one of the primary priorities is to simply relax. For many people this entails sleeping in, taking leisurely walks, sipping cocktails by a poolside or unwinding at the spa. Waikiki has a wealth of world class spas and resorts where you can book a facial, sit in a soothing mud bath, soak in a mineral pool or have a couples massage right in your suite. Because there are so many options in the area, you can compare prices and find the best luxury deals and packages in the area.
Restaurants and nightclubs: In Waikiki, you won’t be struggling to find good food, unique atmospheres and quality entertainment. If you don’t want to commit to venues with loud music and energetic crowds, you can meander down Waikiki Beach Walk and take in the evening at your own pace. While a thriving nightlife scene might not be on everyone’s list of important elements in a vacation, it is nice to you have the option to dance or listen to live music if you want to.
Family friendly: Waikiki is a notably secure area where kids can safely play on the beach or run around the parks. Many restaurants cater to children and a number of resorts offer family-oriented entertainment, classes, events and even on-site childcare. No one will have a chance to be bored when there are so many exciting family activities to choose from in Waikiki.