Waterfront at dusk, Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii

Waterfront at dusk, Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii (Gus Vanderelst/Photographer's Choice/Getty)

What to do in Waikiki

Let’s get our bearings: Waikiki is a district of the city of Honolulu on the island of Oahu. And as with most Hawaiian destinations, the 1.5-mile beach (actually a series of linked beaches) is the main attraction. Though many of the beaches front the area’s famous mega hotels, quieter sections, like San Souci Beach, offer a respite from the hustle bustle. If you need a day away from the surf and sand, there are plenty of options. The Waikiki Beach Walk sprawls for eight acres along popular Lewers Street, complete with shopping, dining, and hotels. Waikiki also has a top-notch aquarium that’s across the street from the Honolulu Zoo and Kapiolani Park, a relaxing green space that’s perfect for stretching your legs. But Waikiki’s defining attraction is Diamond Head Crater, which looms over the neighborhood and offers stunning views of Oahu from the observation deck.