We have visited Waikiki many, many times over the years, as our 3 boys got older - Hawaii's neighbor islands didn't have all the fun and 'action' that our boys wanted - and us as well. So, a few weeks ago, we were back in Waikiki for 10 days and our boys and their friends were looking for something different to do than the norm of surfing and other water sports that they can also do at home in LA.
Well, one of our sons saw a group taking a Segway tour and inquired more about what they offer and while my husband and I opted to take Segway of Hawaii's 'Honolulu & Cultural Tour' to downtown Honolulu; our boys and friends took their Diamond Head Tour.
They have a super variety of tours and we all had a fantastic time.
The guides rolled up and greeted us with Aloha and welcome and escorted us to their training area near the beach. Despite the fact we were taking different tours - we all trained together and we found it super-easy to learn how to ride a Segway. After about 20-minutes, we all were ready and the boys and their guides took off to Waikiki and Diamond Head, and my husband and I took off with our guide to downtown.
We road through Ala Moana Beach Park - which we learned was a 'local's' beach - and since this was a Wednesday - there was NO ONE THERE - and we knew we wanted to come back and experience this beautiful, serene beach later in the day (we were on their 9am tour). Anyway, we rode through the park and then stopped to see a restored coral
reef at the Aloha Tower and fed the fish. We then went into to Chinatown - which was a blast! Such a variety of fruits and our guide was quite knowledgeable about the various varieties too...which was nice. We then went to the State Capitol, rode the grounds of Iolani Palace (we've been before - make reservations - it's delightful) and then to the King Kamehameha Statue across the street. Everyone who was on a van or bus tour - took our photos on the Segway's in front of the statue - it was really hilarious.
Then we stopped at the oldest church in Hawaii and saw the Mission Houses too - first built by the first missionaries who came to Hawaii - and then back to the beach and headed back to where our tour started.
All in all - our 3 hours were well worth every penny! Our guide was really nice and smart and shared his Aloha with us - and our boys too - on their 3-hour tour to Diamond Head had a blast.
We all thought that riding a Segway would be kinda-of different - and it was. It was so easy to navigate, even with pedestrians going by and our guide made sure we had a safe and fun and informative tour.
Worth EVERY SINGLE PENNY - and we also learned that this is the ONLY ACTIVITY IN WAIKIKI THAT IS 100% 'green!' So, we also did something nice - at least for a little while - for Honolulu.
We'll be back on our next trip! Great Tour - everyone should try a Segway - it could be the future of personal transportation!
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