Waikiki, 7-day Itinerary
Waikiki is a beautiful beach located on the Island of Oahu, in Hawaii. The fact that you can hit the surf at the crack of dawn, swim all day and shop all night, makes Waikiki a very attractive holiday destination for people. This is one of the safest Solo travelers destinations in my opinion.
My favorite thing about Waikiki is the weather, warm all year around 20 to 30 degrees Celsius. For me, that is the perfect temperature. Waikiki has something for every budget. You can indulge in luxury or you cruise on a small budget and still have a ball.
Relax, Check out the Waikiki beach,
I arrived in Honolulu at 10 am, got to the hotel around midday. Lucky for me the hotel checked me in straight away. After 10 hours of night flight with only 4 hours of sleep, my body was craving for a little rest, but as they say, keep going until bedtime, After unpacking, a big shower and change of clothes, I wandered down the streets, window shop, people watch, enjoy the fresh air and sun. Get a nice bottle of wine and take out – sit on the beach, watch the sunset, enjoy just been, early to bed tonight.
Visit Sea life park
Woke up to the beautiful sunny, warm Hawaiian morning, Get a nice big cup of Chai Latte from Starbucks, Jump on the local bus Number 23 to Sea Life Park. It’s a marine mammal park and Aquarium, fun for every age. It is only a short bus ride from Waikiki to near Makapu’u Point, north of Hanauma Bay on the island of Oahu. You can easily spend the whole day there. The gates open at 9.30am and close at 5 pm – every day. The entry for Adult is $39.99USD and Child 3-12 years of age is $24.99USD.(This is where 50 first dates was filmed 🙂
Do a Tour of the Ohau Island
The tour bus will pick you up from Waikiki, all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the scenery. Admire the amazing coastline and white sandy beaches, first you will start the tour from Diamond Head Crater, Nuuanu Pali Lookout, Halona Blowhole, Hanauma Bay, Kualoa Ranch (stop over for a tram tour), continue to pass the Valley of the Temples, Waimea Bay, Dole Pineapple Plantation (must have the ice cream), relax as you make your way back to Waikiki. This is full day tour, it leaves you speechless with how beautiful the landscape of the Ohau island is.
Spend the day on Waikiki beach
It really is not a beach holiday unless you spend a day on the beach. On Waikiki beach, you can Learn to Surf, Swim, Sunbath, Surf, Have Picnic Lunch, Read a good Book, end the day chilling with a magical Hawaiian Sunset.
Have Dinner at the Cheese Cake Factory, an experience not to be missed when visiting Waikiki….. you can not have dinner at the Cheese Cake factory without having desert…. just saying. My favorite – the red velvet cheesecake 🙂
Do the tour of Pearl Harbour and Arizona Memorial
This truly takes you back in time, very emotional and touching experience, the history of the World War II and the museum together with the film documenting the attack on Pearl Harbour will make one appreciate the freedom we have now. Take your time to look around.
Hanauma Bay is a nature preserve and marine life conservation, its located on the southeast coast of the Island. Catch the local bus from Waikiki to Hanauma Bay (No 22). This is one of the most visited beaches by tourists from all over the world; There is about 400 species of fish, Green sea turtles, parrotfish and amazing colorful coral are known to inhabit the bay. It cost $7.50USD to enter; you can hire all the snorkeling gear at the beach hut. The beach offers shower, changing rooms, etc., do pack a little picnic to take with you are there is no food sold on the beach.
Save the best for the last, now a girl has to shop when in Waikiki. Everything from designer labels to local Hawaiian design, you will not come back empty-handed. For me, I came home with an extra suitcase…hehe
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