Places to Visit in Waikiki
The Polynesian Hostel offers a bunch of group tours and activities onsite as well as advice on other attractions around the Island. The list of attractions below is certainly not an all-inclusive list. Visit us at the front desk for help booking or deciding on other attractions you might be interested in.
We offer an array of tours and activities onsite at the Polynesian Hostel. Check out “What’s On” below and follow us on Instagram for other great places to check out while you’re here!
Koko Head Crater Hike – This hike is not for the faint of heart, but will get you ready for the active week ahead. We take the bus ($5.50 for a day pass) from Waikiki to Koko Head Crater around 8 a.m. and return around 12 noon. OR if you prefer you can grab lunch after at Kona Brewing then head across the street to Hanauma Bay or China Walls for the day.
Sunset Booze Cruise – The Booze Cruise is available every Wednesday but we do need to know if you’re going to join us by 3 p.m. Tuesday as seats for this trip fill up fast! If you’re not onsite but would like to join, please send us a message via our contact page or on our Instagram.
Big Kahuna Scuba Diving & Snorkeling – On Thursday’s we dive! The Polynesian Hostel has a long standing partnership with Big Kahuna Water Sports to give our guests access to some of the best diving & Snorkeling on the Island for the most affordable price. Check with Reception for more details.
Diamond Head Hike – Every (and by every, we mean weather permitting…) Friday morning we leave from The Polynesian Hostel and walk up the road to the crater. This is an easy hike to end your week and a great way to meet other guests, don’t forget to bring $1 to pay your entrance fee. On the way back, check out some of the local cafe’s and restaurants on Monsarrat Avenue.
Hanauma Bay Snorkeling – Every Saturday Morning we offer a group trip to Hanauma Bay with our friends from Snorkel Fest! We offer a special discount when you book directly through Polynesian Hostel so make sure to sign up at reception!
Shark Cage Diving – Located on the North Shore of Oahu, this tour with Shark Adventures takes you into the open ocean, over three miles offshore, where you can observe Galapagos and Sandbar sharks in their natural environment from the safety of a cage.
Diamond Head Luau – Experience an authentic evening of Hawaiian and Polynesian based experiences and activities for you and your guests. Diamond Head Lu’au is so great for families because of our focus on interactive, cultural activities like hula lessons, lei making, weaving, ukulele lessons, tattoo, and more.
Hanauma Bay Snorkel Tour – Hanauma Bay offers some of the BEST Snorkeling on Oahu, we have several convenient snorkeling tours with SnorkelFest offering round-trip shuttle service to and from Waikiki, that allow you to simply sit back and relax as you are driven to the unforgettable day at Hanauma Bay.
Surf Lesson – Group Surfing Class will provide the best value for your money and give you a safe environment to learn to surf in. Grab a group of friends and learn how to surf, or come by yourself, and we’ll find a group for you. A group of 3 to 5 surfers team up with a Big Wave Dave instructor.
Kayak Rentals and Tours – Kailua Beach Adventures is a complete water sports company in Hawaii with an emphasis on improving stewardship for our natural environment through education and enjoyment. We provide kayak rentals and guided tours, snorkeling rentals, stand up paddle boards and beach activities.
Horseback Rides – Enjoy a leisurely ride through one of Oahu’s hidden treasures, the Hawaiian countryside. On this one hour tour of Gunstock Ranch, you and your horse will wind through shady trails and open grazing pastures. The highlight of this ride is the pastural views and our hidden cave that was used in the filming of Hawaii 5-0. There is multiple sneak peeks of the ocean which makes great picture taking spots, so don’t forget your camera!
Pearl Harbor Tour – The USS Arizona Memorial is Pearl Harbor’s most visited attraction. Built in 1962, the memorial marks the resting place of 1,102 sailors and marines who were killed aboard USS Arizona when Pearl Harbor was attacked by Japan on December 7, 1941. Enjoy a fast and hassle-free visit to the most historic attraction in Aloha state without being a worry to stay in a long line for USS Arizona Memorial ticket.
Diamond Head State Monument Tour – Last year over 1,000,000 visitors hiked Diamond Head making it Oahu’s 3rd largest visitor attraction. Diamond Head State Monument is one of Hawaii’s most recognized landmarks and for decades, visitors have hiked to the summit of Diamond Head to enjoy the breathtaking views of Oahu. Diamond Head State Monument is maintained by Hawaii’s State Parks and is a popular historic trail that offers a memorable Hawaiian adventure for the entire family. The Diamond Head hike takes about 2 hours; is considered a “moderate”
The Diamond Head hike takes about 2 hours; is considered a “moderate” 1.6-mile hike, with 327 concrete and metal stairs to conquer. It’s not considered an easy hike, but it is extremely scenic and fun hike to the summit.
Bishop Museum – Bishop Museum is the premier place to experience the history, arts, and culture of the Hawaiian people. We are recognized throughout the world for our scientific research, educational programs, and extensive collections which give voice to the stories of Hawai‘i and the broader Pacific.
Parasail Waikiki – Up to 1,000 feet of tow line allows you and a friend to enjoy perfect views of Diamond Head from Oahu’s south shore. Choose the length that will satisfy your craving for adventure: 500 feet, 700 feet, 850 feet or 1,000 feet with X-Treme Parasail.