First, let me say you will definitely want to make sure you plan for the adventures you want to experience in Waikiki. Saving up for the trip is one of the best decisions to make. You can figure you will spend anywhere from $ 14- $ 25 per adult person when you visit some of the main attractions. So if this is your pleasure just multiply the cost by the number of people going. The cost for children depends on age.
Honolulu Zoo – Admission $ 14 adults / $ 6 children. Consider Star-Gazing (may have additional cost) or Snooze in the Zoo-dinner, tour, campfire, sleepover (may have additional cost). WOW! What an adventure and lasting memory this would produce.
Waikiki Aquarium – taking a 1-2 hour tour to experience the marine life – Admission $ 9 adults / $ 4 children. Oceanarium Restaurant surrounds a salt water fish tank. Enjoy dinner while enjoying the open air of the ocean.
1. Swimming, surfing, body-boarding at Waikiki Beach
2. Surf lessons by beach boys in front of the Duke Kahanamoku statue, rental of equipment is reasonable.
3. Catamaran dinner cruises off Waikiki Beach
6. Atlantis Submarine – explore majestic coastal waters surrounding the cities of Waikiki and Honolulu – a 90 minute tour $ 89 adult / $ 40 children
7. Hanauma Bay – Marine Life Conservation Area – Daily from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm $ 5 admission for 13 years or older – Snorkeling
8. Halona Blow Hole (lookout) – The blowhole is a natural occurrence formed by molten lava tubes from volcanic eruptions thousands of years ago. The lava tubes run to the ocean and, when the surf is right, the blowhole shoots water up to 30 feet in the air. The larger the waves, the larger the spray. So COOL!
9. Halona Beach Cove – known at the "Peering Place." This small sandy beach at the cove is great for swimming when the surf is calm. If you're lucky, you can see the resident honu (endangered Hawaiian green sea turtle).
Now if you are looking for some wonderful FREE things to do while in Waikiki. There are cultural classes, with lots of fun things to do. Watching each other learn something new can be entertaining in and of itself. The torch lighting ceremony is spectacular. Katiolani Park, has an art festival where you can certainly find all kinds of treasures and things to remember your trip. Other places to consider, Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center has Free Hawaiian culture classes and entertainment. The Hilton Hawaiian Village has culture activities and a torch ceremony also.
If you have an adventurous spirit, renting a car has endless possibilities. Hiking creates memories; here are just a few places to consider:
1. Diamond Head, a 7 mile moderate hike, takes about 1 1/2 hours, however at the summit you can see some of the best panoramic views of the island.
2. Kokohead Crater Trail, a more difficult hike, filled with "Nature's Stairmaster" (Approx. 1100 steps), however well worth the effort because a beautiful view is waiting you at the top.
3. Makapu'u Lighthouse, a moderate 2 mile trail to the lighthouse, with a spectacular view of the windward side of O'ahu
If you like Open Markets, here's a couple where you can purchase fresh agriculture and aquaculture and other food items at low cost.
1. Queen Kapiolani Park-Wednesdays 10:00 am to 11:00 am
2. Kapiolani Community College -Saturdays 7:30 am to 11:00 am
Make sure you do a travel journal to capture all the thoughts, feelings and emotions that you experience. This can be especially fun to go back and peruse through to remission the experiences you had.