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!
Sunday FunDay Turtle Canyon Snorkel & Sail – This 3 hour snorkel and sailing trip with Royal Hawaiian Catamaran just off the coast of Waikiki is the best way to spend a Sunday in Waikiki! All you need to enjoy this fun day out is to wear your bathing suit and bring a few drinks for the boat! Seats are limited so please e-mail us or sign up upon check-in.
Waterfall & Beach Day – Every Thursday we head out to Maunawili Falls and Alan Davis Beach Park for the day. Maunawilli Falls is off the beaten track and a VERY nice change from the crowded Manoa Falls. After our hike up to the falls we head to Fresh Catch for some Poke before we check out Alan Davis Beach Park (next to Makapu’u light House) for a chill afternoon of snorkeling. The tour leaves around 9:30 and returns at 4pm. E-mail us or check with reception for more details!
Big Kahuna Scuba Diving & Snorkeling – On Friday 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.
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!
Diamond Head Hike – Every (and by every, we mean weather permitting…) Monday 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.
Wednesday Sunset Sail – Our friends at Royal Hawaiian CatamaranRoyal Hawaiian Catamaran take us into the big blue to enjoy sunset and a few drinks (BYOB) from just off the coast of Waikiki every Wednesday evening. Seats are limited…. it’s a boat.
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.