THINGS TO DO IN WAIKIKI Waikiki is arguably the most popular destination in Hawaii. Located in southeast Oahu, Waikiki offers a variety of exciting things to do on vacation!

One of the best things to do in Waikiki is enjoy Waikiki Beach. The two-mile-long stretch of golden sand is split into several sections.

While sunset at Waikiki Beach is an iconic experience, you can swim, snorkel, surf, paddleboard, canoe, kayak, and more at Waikiki Beach!

Hiking Leahi, or Diamond Head, is another popular Waikiki activity. The Diamond Head crater is located very close to Waikiki and can be seen from many places in Waikiki. 

From the summit of Diamond Head, the views over Waikiki and the southeastern Oahu coastline are sensational on clear days. The hike is moderate, and involves ascending the inside crater wall.

If you are in Waikiki on a Friday evening, you must definitely plan on watching the fireworks show held by Hilton Hawaiian Village. It's one of the best free things to do in Waikiki!

While you can watch the fireworks show from the beach, a catamaran sailing cruise offers a prime viewing location as you sip Mai Tais and enjoy the cool ocean breezes!

In downtown Honolulu, touring the Iolani Palace is a must. It's the only royal palace in the United States, and has been carefully restored.

There's also a zoo, aquarium, art museum, and botanical garden you can visit in Honolulu. So whether you are a nature lover or art enthusiast, or you are visiting with kids, there's an attraction for you!

If you enjoy snorkeling, you'll want to plan a snorkeling with turtles tour to Turtle Canyon. This is a "cleaning station" for turtles and the tour is hugely popular!

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