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Six nights in Waikiki is the perfect amount of time to relax into and enjoy the island way of lifem, especially now you can take advantage of one of the best packaged holidays at the Sheraton Kaulaini from only $1,999pp!
Waikiki is famous for its relaxed beach and surfing culture, a spot of shopping, outdoor activities and Mai Tais at sunset. Here we take you through our most highly recommended activities for six nights in Waikiki.
Day One: Feel the Island Vibes
After a long flight, and settling into your hotel, there's no better way to get a feel for the relaxed Waikiki vibe than heading off to Dukes at the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort. This iconic hotel has a beachfront restaurant and bar called Dukes Waikiki, named after the late famous Duke Kahanamoku – a Hawaiian native who popularised the sport of surfing. You can watch the dreamy sunset over the ocean while enjoying a famous Mai Tai and Cajun Fish Taco – the ultimate way to relax, Waikiki style.
Or, if you're ready to take on an activity, then another fantastic way to spend the evening is to head out on a sunset cocktail catamaran cruise and enjoy the beautiful sunset with the Seabreeze in your hair. Take in the view from the ocean, looking back at Waikiki. You'll enjoy the island vibes from the water, chat with other holidaymakers and enjoy some light refreshments – you'll be loving the holiday feeling. Hawaii Bliss!
Day Two: Surfing in the U.S.A and the Cheesecake Factory
Experience one of the activities that Waikiki is famous and most loved for – Surfing! Surfing Waikiki is an absolute must! If you know what you're doing on a surfboard, you can hire a board from one of a few providers along the Waikiki beachfront. If you're a novice book into surf lesson with a Waikiki local. Stand Up Paddle boarding has also become very popular at Waikiki Beach and is another fun option for people who want to get out on the water. Be sure to take some photos with the iconic longboards along the shore and of course the statue of Duke Kahanamoku.
After a surf, a nice big lunch is in order – time to check out the highly rated Cheesecake Factory. Don't be fooled by the name; this isn't a cheesecake shop. The Cheesecake Factory is a popular, busy restaurant with food suited for breakfast lunch and dinner (although they are famous for their Pumpkin Pie).
Day Three: Diamond Head Crater
One of Waikiki's famous "must-do" attractions is the Diamond Head Crater Hike. The hike starts in the middle of the volcanic crater and takes about 60 minutes each way; it is steep in places with a lot of stairs. It's agreed by locals and tourists alike that the effort is well worth the reward of the stunning views of Waikiki, Honolulu and out to sea. The U.S Military initially created the path as a lookout in the early 1900s. The history will be evident as you complete the walk, you'll even come out through an old military bunker at the top of the volcano!
To get to Diamond Head Crater walk, you can take the trolley to the start of the national park, and complete the hike independently. Or, if you're interested in the incredible history and would like to be picked up from your hotel then consider a guided walking tour, with hotel pick up.
Day Four: Snorkel with Green Sea Turtles and Tiki’s Bar and Grille
Jump onboard a powered catamaran and sail towards Oahu's Turtle Canyon where you will see, and snorkel with native Green Sea Turtles! Tour companies guarantee that you will see the native Green Sea Turtles or they will give you a second tour for free. From the catamaran you'll likely see other marine life – like dolphins and migrating whales. On-board the catamaran you'll enjoy lunch (if you choose a mid-day departure), and delightfully refreshing beverages as you take in the beautiful bliss of Hawaii's crystal clear waters. If you like to jam-pack your days, select the two-hour morning trip to keep your afternoon free and ready for the next activity!
Today's sundowner location of choice is Tiki's Bar and Grille. You'll enjoy a laid-back happy-go-lucky Tiki vibe in this open-aired venue with views out to Waikiki Beach. Tiki's is the place to come and kick back and relax to local live musicians, mingle with travellers and locals, and enjoy the warm sea breeze! At night you can't miss Tiki's, you'll see flames shooting up from their deck, visible from the street!
Day Five: Road-trip: Polynesian Cultural Centre
The Polynesian Cultural Centre is rated as the #1 attraction in Hawaii by USA Today, so you can expect this attraction to live up to its 4.5 star Trip Advisor review! Visiting the Polynesian Cultural Centre is a fun, educational, and hands-on day out for both adults and children.
As you make your way through the park, you'll experience villages that represent the Polynesian cultures of Hawaii, Fiji, Aotearoa (New Zealand), Samoa, Tahiti, and Tonga. The Pacific Islanders take pride and pleasure in demonstrating traditional hands-on activities and invite the guests to join in.
There are endless highly-rated dining experiences, including a feast buffet that features authentic dishes enjoyed with live Polynesian entertainment. The evening show features over 100 Polynesian performers in an exciting show that features fire, song and dance.
Day Six: Relaxation and Shopping
It's your last day in Waikiki, so two things are essential before you board your flight home.
If you love island vibes, friendly locals, outdoor activities and delicious fresh food then you'll love a holiday to Waikiki. There is so much to see and do, we're really only just touched on some of our favourites, but our full list is extensive! If you'd like to check out more things to do in Waikiki browse Trip.com for some more ideas. Buyer beware, you will be tempted with fares from only $717 per person return.