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Honlulu/Waikiki ....tips for first timers...

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Waikiki trips have been our favorite visits for 7 years in a row...multiple trips each year since 2010. We love to find the groovy little holes in the wall as well as popular sites for meals...our other favorite pastime is scoping out the little dive bars on the side streets!! A lot of time is spent walking the beach and there too are neat little spots to grab a snack or beer....maybe a quick mai tai ...or just a way to get from one side of Waikiki to the other...

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  • Friends
  • Couples
  • Foodie
  • Beach Goer
  • Thrifty Traveler
  • Like a Local

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8 Places

Duke's Waikiki

Restaurants

Fort DeRussy Beach Park

Parks

Honolulu Tavern

Restaurants

Sheraton Waikiki

Hotels

Waikiki Beach

Beaches

Aloha Tower Marketplace

Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Waikiki Aquarium

Aquariums

Waikiki Trolley

Tramways, Bus Tours

bellonda's City Tips

  • Take the bus ANYWHERE you can think of ....www.thebus.org
  • Friday night fireworks at Hilton Hawaiian Village...just follow the crowd you won't miss it!! Or find Harbor Pub and go for a pizza first...BEST PIZZA www.harborpubhawaii.com
  • Get float rings or mattresses at the ABC store...they even fill them for you...just go float in the ocean...that is hours of awesome fun...
  • Waikiki beach is awesome...treat your self to a couple loungers and umbrella for the day...just walk down in the morning... around $30-$40 for 9-5...
  • On the main streets of town you will find many booklets...grab them...they have coupons and maps and you can learn about everything there is to do!!!
  • Walk along the beach. You can explore shopping in the hotels along the way...find Happy Hours all over the place every day... waikikimenus.com/happy-hours (just a few here)
  • Mai Tai cocktails of course.. favorites include Duke's Barefoot Bar, The Outrigger Reef and the Mai Tai Bar at Ala Moana Mall...excellent menus as well...
  • Our favorite and not to be missed little side street bar the Honolulu Tavern in Waikiki Great people and great drink specials....all day long!
  • There is the trolley to get around town... gets you all the way to Ala Moana Mall for $2 each way...and it's fun! There is also the free Hilo Hattie shuttle.. www.hilohattie.com
  • The catamarans at Waikiki beach are very economical 60-90 minute options with most including alcoholi/soft drinks...around $30 www.manukaiguy.com/ check these boats out!
  • The airport is close to town...so cabs, shuttles or even the bus don't cost too much...a cab will be about 30 bucks plus tip. Shuttles around $14 +tip and the bus $2.50
  • Duke's Waikiki
    Restaurants (American, Bar, Soups, Polynesian, Hawaiian)
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    bellonda Says:

    One of the most popular places in Waikiki...awesome menu both restaurant and beach bar...love the Mango Ribs... drinks are slightly pricey here but totally worth every cent!! You cannot go wrong with any choice on the menu and the breakfast buffet is a steal at around $16...

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • Have a lava flow...such a delicious white icy cocktail with strawberry purree
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #85 of 2,975 restaurants in Oahu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Disappointing 10/21/2018
    • Great Restaurant 10/21/2018
    • Duke's Waikiki
    Address:
    2335 Kalakaua Ave
    Ste 116
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-2941
    Phone:
    +1 808-922-2268
    Price range:
    $0 - $30
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    7:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Other:
  • Fort DeRussy Beach Park
    Parks
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    bellonda Says:

    Beautiful beach park... Charcoal BBQ's and picnic tables...sandy beach just a few steps away...this is a gorgeous park where you can just relax and take it all in.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Beach Goer
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Do bring a blanket and a picnic...this is just a beautiful park to spend the day...playgrounds for kids too
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #24 of 274 things to do in Honolulu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful Park Setting 10/04/2018
    • a beautiful place to walk and be peaceful in the hustle and bustle of the city 10/03/2018
    • Fort DeRussy Beach Park
    Phone:
    +1 800-367-6027
    Other:
  • Honolulu Tavern
    Restaurants (Bar, Pub)
    bellonda Says:

    Our favorite bar in town...we go here daily...Tuesday for tacos!! Bartenders are super friendly and they do have a pool table and dart board...super local bar.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Like a Local
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1,194 of 2,975 restaurants in Oahu
    • Great Place for a Cold Beer and to Talk Story 09/23/2018
    • taco tuesday 08/06/2018
    • Honolulu Tavern
    Address:
    417 Nohonani St
    Ste C
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-5545
    Phone:
    +1 808-922-5539
    Price range:
    $5 - $5
    Hours:
    Sun - Mon
    12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
  • Sheraton Waikiki
    Hotels
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    bellonda Says:

    We have stayed here in the past..wonderful hotel...now we go and enjoy the Rum Fire bar...they have a wonderful Happy Hour and you can sit right there at the edge of Waikiki...amazing spot!! There are other spots for drinks and eats...plus lots of shopping and a spa!!

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Tips
    • Check out the spa ... it is really fantastic...go after a few days at the beach...they have a wonderful treatment for sun kissed skin
    From the community
    Ranked #42 of 86 Hotels in Honolulu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • NO SERVICE In THE HOTEL... STRIKE 10/21/2018
    • The Waikiki experiance 10/19/2018
    • Sheraton Waikiki
    Address:
    2255 Kalakaua Avenue
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-2579
    Phone:
    (808) 922-4422
    Other:
  • Waikiki Beach
    Beaches
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    bellonda Says:

    Love the beach...lots and lots of shopping run parallel to the beach...Kalakaua Avenue...you can spend the day just wandering along...and at night the street entertainers come out to earn some money...pick your faves to add a couple bucks to their "pot"

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Beach Goer
    • Senior
    • Family
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 274 things to do in Honolulu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful beach 10/21/2018
    • Tourist Stop 10/21/2018
    • Waikiki Beach
    Address:
    Kalakaua Avenuue
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815
    Other:
  • Aloha Tower Marketplace
    Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    bellonda Says:

    This is great place to go and have lunch...go up the tower for amazing photo oportunities...amazing view from the top...also close to Chinatown so you can knock a couple things off your list...love it here and not far from Waikiki...

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Beach Goer
    • Senior
    • Family
    From the community
    Ranked #249 of 274 things to do in Honolulu
    • Hawaii's shopping mecca 09/10/2018
    • Nice views from the tower - Free to go up in the elevator 08/30/2018
    • Aloha Tower Marketplace
    Phone:
    +1 808-544-1432
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
  • Waikiki Aquarium
    Aquariums
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    bellonda Says:

    I love this aquarium...although small it is fantastic...please make sure to visit...it really is worth your time...and this is very economical "touristy" thing to do.

    Good for
    • Must See
    From the community
    Ranked #61 of 274 things to do in Honolulu
    • Small aquarium but very very nice. 10/18/2018
    • Great spot to get out of the sun! 10/16/2018
    • Waikiki Aquarium
    Address:
    2777 Kalakaua Ave
    Waikiki
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-4027
    Phone:
    +1 808-923-9741
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    Other:
  • Waikiki Trolley
    Tramways, Bus Tours
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    bellonda Says:

    The trolley is a really fun way to get around...check out the website to get a map of stops...this is a great way to meet other travelers as well!

    Good for
    • Must See
    Tips
    • Do take the trolley at least once...and don'f forget to give your driver $ for your group...they sometimes offer lots of info along the way.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 76 Transportation in Honolulu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good way to get around but... 10/20/2018
    • 4 day pass worked for us 10/19/2018
    • Waikiki Trolley
    Address:
    330 Royal Hawaiian Ave
    T Galleria Basement
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96819-1936
    Phone:
    +1 808-593-2822
    Hours:
    Sun
    8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Mon - Sat
    8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Other:
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