Explore the exciting island of Waikiki
Situated on the island of Oahu on the South shore is Waikiki - Honolulu's neighborhood of choice. From the Ala Wai Canal in the west and north to Diamond Head (Leahi) in the east, this large area is every bit a beautiful as it is popular. The name Waikiki means "fetched water" and was chosen because of the springs that were used to feed the wetlands which separated Waikiki from the rest of the island. Waikiki was a place of retreat for Hawaiian royalty in the 1800's, but now everyone who desires to do so can enjoy the neighborhood's relaxing beaches.
For many, Waikiki is the center of Hawaii's tourism industry. Here you will find not only an abundance of hotels of all shapes, sizes and ages but also a wonderful beach, plenty of attractions and a plethora of activities to enjoy. Waikiki beach is one of the best known beaches in the world. While the beach has suffered some ecological problems in the past, it is still enjoyed by millions every year.
While many people have now taken to Maui as a destination choice, you will still find that Waikiki very popular. Throngs of tourists flock to the beaches and meander through the streets as they soak up the sun and enjoy their holiday. Most hotels are conveniently located so that patrons have easy access to the beach, shops and restaurants - and why shouldn't they be? Waikiki is situated at the heart of all the action and besides entertainment, sports and historical tours, you can benefit from the 24/7 party that you will find here.
So what exactly can you expect to enjoy here? Well, surfing and swimming are two of the most popular beach activities, but there are many more. If you head a little bit more inland, you can see the Honolulu Zook Queen Kapiolani Park or even take up a seat at the Waikiki Shell and enjoy a wonderful open air performance. Waikiki will provide you with the perfect tourist destination.