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4 Days in Waikīkī and 3 Days on the Leeward Coast, O‘ahu

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Itinerary #3: 4 Days in Waikīkī and 3 Days on the Leeward Coast, O‘ahu

Arrival Day: Take an airport shuttle to your Waikīkī hotel.

Day 1: Tour Waikīkī by Biki

Pick up your Biki bike at the Biki Stop closest to your hotel and get ready for a morning exploring some of Waikīkī’s most iconic sites. Follow Biki’s Waikīkī Loop ride starting at the Duke Kahanamoku Statue on Kalākaua Avenue. You’ll head into oceanfront Kapi‘olani Park past Honolulu Zoo, Waikīkī Aquarium, and the War Memorial Natatorium. The ride continues along the Ala Wai Canal and then loops back to Kalākaua Avenue. Spend the afternoon on Waikīkī Beach taking a surf or stand up paddle board lesson, enjoying an outrigger canoe ride, or sailing aboard a catamaran leaving right from the beach.
Close-up of a taro (kalo) leaf

Day 2: Explore Downtown Honolulu and Chinatown via Waikīkī Trolley’s Red Line

Spend a day discovering Hawai‘i’s rich culture and history hopping on and off Waikīkī Trolley’s Red Line at your own pace. Start your journey enjoying artistic treasures from Japan, China, Hawai‘i, the U.S., and Europe at the Honolulu Museum of Art. Jump back on the Red Line and head over to Chinatown, an historic immigrant gateway, arts hub, and cutting edge dining district. Shop for fresh lei at Lin’s Lei Shop, savor Vietnamese fare at The Pig & The Lady, stop at Native Books with its enormous selection of Hawaiian and Pacific Island literature, and shop for vintage Hawaiian memorabilia at Tin Can Mailman. Enjoy a glimpse of downtown Honolulu where the Red Line stops at the King Kamehameha Statue which honors Hawai‘i’s first monarch who united the Hawaiian Islands. Here you’ll disembark for 15-20 minutes of local sightseeing where attractions include ‘Iolani Palace, the only official royal palace in the U.S., and historic Kawaiaha‘o Church. Afterwards, head back to Waikīkī for beach time and relaxation.
Lei in water

Day 3: North Shore Adventure: Gunstock Ranch and Hale‘iwa

Download the Hui Car Share app (from the Apple Store app or Google Play) and book one of their vehicles for your North Shore adventure. Start your day at Gunstock Ranch where you can opt for horseback riding, ziplining, off road, and eco tour adventures. Take part in a voluntourism activity by planting a tree in O‘ahu’s first Hawaiian Legacy Forest and dedicate it to someone you love. Stop in Kahuku at one of O‘ahu’s legendary shrimp trucks for a delicious plate lunch and take a tractor tour at family owned Kahuku Farms. Visit Hale‘iwa’s wonderful eateries, boutiques, and galleries and don’t leave without sampling a refreshing Hawaiian shave ice at top spots like Matsumoto’s Shave Ice or Aoki’s Shave Ice.
Hikers explore the Makiki Valley Trail System

Day 4: Climbing Lē‘ahi (Diamond Head), Beachside Lunch, and Bishop Museum

Make your reservations ahead of time to climb Lē‘ahi (Diamond Head), the iconic volcanic crater that sits prominently on the eastern edge of the Waikīkī shoreline. At the summit, you’ll be rewarded with amazing 360-degree views of southeast O‘ahu. TheBus provides convenient transportation between Waikīkī and Lē‘ahi (Diamond Head). Head back to Waikīkī for lunch right on the beach at Duke’s Waikiki which celebrates Duke Kahanamoku, O‘ahu’s legendary waterman, championship surfer, Olympic swimmer, and Ambassador of Aloha, who introduced surfing to the world. In the afternoon, take TheBus to Honolulu’s Bishop Museum and immerse yourself in Hawaiian history and culture.
Waikiki Beach with Leahi (Diamond Head) in the background

Day 5: Begin Your Leeward Coast Adventure

Take a taxi cab to Ko Olina Resort for three days on this scenic coastline in less than one hour, but a world away from Honolulu’s hustle and bustle. Choose from four world class resorts, golf, watersports, and incredible shopping and dining right in the resort complex.
Waikiki, Oahu

Day 6: Zip, Climb, and Ride at Coral Crater Adventure Park

Go for a day of adrenaline thrills at Coral Crater Adventure Park. Ride the zipline almost 30 mph, learn to drive an ATV over a berm, and scale a 50-foot high climbing wall. Enjoy exciting rides, challenging games and obstacles, and local food.

Day 7: Experience Marine Life with Wild Side Hawai‘i

Book the Best of the West adventure with Wild Side Hawai‘i which offers small group ocean charters off O‘ahu’s West Coast aboard their state-of-the-art catamaran. The crew of biologists/naturalists provides fascinating information about Hawai‘i’s waters and the dangers facing local marine life while promoting environmental awareness and stewardship. Wild Side Hawai‘i focuses on blue water adventures up to three miles offshore which enables the outfitter to offer year-round whale watching. You may see false killer, pilot, and pygmy killer whales along with spotted, rough-toothed, and bottlenose dolphins. Enjoy near shore snorkeling over the reefs and the opportunity to spot honu (green sea turtles). Passengers are welcome to volunteer in any of the crew’s research activities.

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