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Oahu on a medium budget

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Waikiki has been our go to destination since we went on our honeymoon in 1992. We can relax on the beach or play at the water park or challenge yourself in the waves at Sandy Beach. An Adventurous family and outdoor activities that don't cost too much.

Good for
  • Family
  • Nature Lover
  • Beach Goer
  • Like a Local

16 Places

4 City Tips

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16 Places

Day 1

Wailana Coffee House

Restaurants

Waikiki Beach

Beaches

Kapiolani Park

Beaches, Parks

Honolulu Zoo

Zoos

Diamond Head State Monument

Scenic Walking Areas, Hiking Trails

Hard Rock Cafe

Restaurants

Day 2

Hula Grill Waikiki

Restaurants

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

Beaches, Nature & Wildlife Areas, Parks, State Parks, Bodies of Water

Makapu'u Beach

Beaches, Parks

Sunset Beach Park

Beaches

Waimea Valley

Gardens, Parks, Valleys, Waterfalls

Benihana

Restaurants

Day 3

Shore Bird Restaurant & Beach Bar

Restaurants

Sea Life Park Hawaii

Nature & Wildlife Areas, Theme Parks

Polynesian Cultural Center

Civic Centres

P.F. Chang's

Restaurants

gnw69's City Tips

  • Shop ahead of time to book a room at one of the condos for a good family rate.
  • You can get away with flip flops and shorts most of the time, wear something a little dressy casual for the dinner time.
  • Plan on renting a car for this itinerary. It is easy to get around using the GPS on your phone
  • If you are from Alaska, visiting Hawaii mention it when talking to local especially about rental rates on equipment and attractions. It may score you a rental rate reduction...
    Day 1
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    Wailana Coffee House
    Restaurants (American, Cafe, Diner, Hawaiian)
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    gnw69 Says:

    Great food at a budget price. If you are staying anywhere near the Hilton Hawaiian Village it is super close. All day breakfast, good service and good food.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Family
    Tips
    • Go early in the morning to avoid the lines at 8-9 am
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #153 of 2,844 restaurants in Oahu
    • Old fashioned interior but great breakfast food 11/12/2017
    • Always Good 10/12/2017
    • Wailana Coffee House
    Address:
    1860 Ala Moana Blvd
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-1632
    Phone:
    +1 808-955-1764
    Price range:
    USD 0 - USD 20
    Hours:
    Wed
    06:00 - 00:00
    Thu - Tue
    00:00 - 23:59
    Other:
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    Waikiki Beach
    Beaches
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    gnw69 Says:

    Iconic, beautiful, a good place to relax, sit in the sun or rent a surfboard, paddle board and venture out into the ocean. Can rent chairs and umbrella or just relax on the beach, The waves are best before 8 am. The sun is hottest around 2-4pm

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • Go early for waves, go later for sun
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 332 things to do in Honolulu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful, clean beach. 11/12/2017
    • Stay at the quiet end 11/12/2017
    • Waikiki Beach
    Address:
    Kalakaua Avenuue
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815
    Phone:
    0862211885
    Other:
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    Kapiolani Park
    Beaches, Parks
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    gnw69 Says:

    The walking/running path through this park is worth the trip. We did this walk early in the morning before it got too hot. It is wide, beautiful, little bit of ocean, some trees, the edge of diamond head as it begins, and it wraps you back around to the Zoo if that is next on your agenda.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • go early to avoid the heat
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #30 of 332 things to do in Honolulu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The green heart of Honolulu 06/12/2017
    • A quiet respite 19/11/2017
    • Kapiolani Park
    Address:
    3840 Paki Ave
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-4523
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 21:30
    Other:
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    Honolulu Zoo
    Zoos
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    gnw69 Says:

    This zoo has a nice layout and lots of new enclosures which are very natural feeling. We have gone twice and enjoyed it both times. If you like zoos this is a good one to visit.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • check the attractions desk for coupons or deals
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #42 of 332 things to do in Honolulu
    • Very well arranged, family friendly 09/12/2017
    • Great zoo right in downtown Waikiki 07/12/2017
    • Honolulu Zoo
    Address:
    151 Kapahulu Ave
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-4096
    Phone:
    +1 808-971-7171
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 16:30
    Other:
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    Diamond Head State Monument
    Scenic Walking Areas, Hiking Trails
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    gnw69 Says:

    This is a must see at least once when visiting Oahu. It is an amazing panorama of the island, awesome. You need water, alot, the hike is challenging if you aren't a big hiker. Straight up the mountain, and through the creepy dark stairs, but it is worth the trip and we have done it three times.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Go early in the day as it is quite hot up there and it is easier to hike if its cooler. or go on a cooler day
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 332 things to do in Honolulu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Incredible view 11/12/2017
    • Always a great time 10/12/2017
    • Diamond Head State Monument
    Address:
    18th Ave.
    Waikiki
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815
    Phone:
    +1 808-587-0300
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    06:00 - 16:30
    Other:
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    Hard Rock Cafe
    Restaurants (American, Bar)
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    gnw69 Says:

    Great atmosphere, great food and fun location. We eat here at least once every visit.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • Go before 6 or after 8:30 to avoid a long wait
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #86 of 2,844 restaurants in Oahu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice rock shop. 10/12/2017
    • Below Average 10/12/2017
    • Hard Rock Cafe
    Address:
    280 Beach Walk
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-1931
    Phone:
    +1 808-955-7383
    Price range:
    USD 0 - USD 30
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    08:00 - 00:00
    Fri - Sat
    08:00 - 01:00
    Other:
  • Day 2
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    Hula Grill Waikiki
    Restaurants (American, Bar, Seafood, Polynesian, Hawaiian)
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    gnw69 Says:

    Great breakfast, nice open location with a view of Waikiki beach, the food is consistent and will not disappoint.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #31 of 2,844 restaurants in Oahu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very nice dinner but not exceptional 11/12/2017
    • Enjoy a good meal and drinks 10/12/2017
    • Hula Grill Waikiki
    Address:
    2335 Kalakaua Ave
    Ste 203, Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-2941
    Phone:
    +1 808-923-4852
    Price range:
    USD 20 - USD 40
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    06:30 - 22:00
    Other:
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    Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve
    Beaches, Nature & Wildlife Areas, Parks, State Parks, Bodies of Water
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    gnw69 Says:

    A must for a first trip to Oahu. Plan to go early as it can get too full and they will close the park to new visitors. Bring snorkel gear and for sure bring sunblock. also a waterproof camera is a bonus as you can see all kinds of fish, turtles etc. So great.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Go early, plan on going through the tutorial slideshow, its non-optional, bring sunscreen
    • The food is up top of the beach, so buy what you want before you head down. walk down and plan on taking the trolley back up.. its like a dollar or two, wicked worth it.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 332 things to do in Honolulu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A nice less crowd d nature reserve to visit 11/12/2017
    • Amazing snorkeling! 11/12/2017
    • Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve
    Address:
    100 Hanauma Bay Drive
    ueber Kalanianaole Highway
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96825-2005
    Phone:
    +1 808-396-4229
    Other:
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    Makapu'u Beach
    Beaches, Parks
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    gnw69 Says:

    The waves here are pretty aggressive, but it is incredible to stop and look at the water, and see the seasoned surfers and boogie boarders use this beach

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • don't plan on going in unless you are an accomplished surfer, boarder or swimmer
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 18 things to do in Waimanalo
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful but use caution 29/10/2017
    • Beautiful beach 08/10/2017
    • Makapu'u Beach
    Address:
    41-095 Kalanianaole Hwy
    Waimanalo, Oahu, HI 96795-1808
    Other:
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    Sunset Beach Park
    Beaches
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    gnw69 Says:

    You just have to see it. Do not plan on going into the water unless you are a pro. It is dangerous if you aren't a professional surfer or boarder. The sand is amazing, the view is too

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Nature Lover
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 60 things to do in Haleiwa
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great beach to watch surfers 06/12/2017
    • Beautiful hike 01/12/2017
    • Sunset Beach Park
    Address:
    59-104 Kamehameha Hwy
    Haleiwa, Oahu, HI 96712-9728
    Other:
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    Waimea Valley
    Gardens, Parks, Valleys, Waterfalls
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    gnw69 Says:

    If you have time to tour this lovely valley it is worth the time. Beautiful and great history surrounding the place, If you just take a quick look its ok, but honestly worth going and taking the tour at least once.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Plan on lots of walking, where good comfortable shoes
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 60 things to do in Haleiwa
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • So much beauty 11/12/2017
    • Nice walk 11/12/2017
    • Waimea Valley
    Address:
    59-864 Kamehameha Hwy
    Haleiwa, Oahu, HI 96712-8411
    Phone:
    +1 808-638-7766
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Benihana
    Restaurants (Japanese, Sushi, Asian)
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    gnw69 Says:

    GREAT dinner, great show, great atmosphere. We have enjoyed ourselves every time. Ask for a reservation. and plan ahead by at least a day to make the reservation. Order the fried rice... soo worth it. It is dressy casual so don't wear your swim clothes

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • Make a reservation at least one day ahead
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #156 of 2,844 restaurants in Oahu
    • Visual Delight 24/11/2017
    • Super fun evening -great food 21/11/2017
    • Benihana
    Address:
    2005 Kalia Rd
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-1917
    Phone:
    +1 808-955-5955
    Price range:
    USD 0 - USD 100
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:30 - 14:00
    17:00 - 22:00
    Other:
  • Day 3
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    Shore Bird Restaurant & Beach Bar
    Restaurants (American, Barbecue)
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    gnw69 Says:

    Beautiful open air buffet right on the beach. Good food, good coffee and good value. Some typical American breakfast and some Hawaiian local food choices

    Good for
    • Family
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • Loved grilling my meal!! 28/10/2017
    • End of an era 20/10/2017
    • Shore Bird Restaurant & Beach Bar
    Address:
    2169 Kalia Rd
    Suite 118
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-1936
    Phone:
    +1 808-922-2887
    Price range:
    USD 10 - USD 22
    Other:
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    Sea Life Park Hawaii
    Nature & Wildlife Areas, Theme Parks
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    gnw69 Says:

    This is something you should plan to do at least once in Hawaii. You can book a dolphin experience and either get into the water with them or actually swim with the dolphins. Really great experience, but if you don't like to see animals in captivity, don't go

    Good for
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Bring a sweater or coat, it randomly rains on this side of the island
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 18 things to do in Waimanalo
    • Great day of seeing sea life animals for a low cost 11/12/2017
    • Sea life park 29/11/2017
    • Sea Life Park Hawaii
    Address:
    41-202 Kalanianaole Hwy Ste 7
    Makapuu Point
    Waimanalo, Oahu, HI 96795-1820
    Phone:
    +1 866-393-5158
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:30 - 16:00
    Other:
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    Polynesian Cultural Center
    Civic Centres
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    gnw69 Says:

    Another must see at least once. It gives a great overview of all the islands and the peoples who live on them and have lived on them. There are interactive activities to engage in, and a great luau at the end with a really good buffet.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • get tickets to the luau early so you get good seats
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 15 things to do in Laie
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • So much fun! 10/12/2017
    • Unforgettable Experience!!! Kap is amazing! 10/12/2017
    • Polynesian Cultural Center
    Address:
    55-370 Kamehameah Hwy.
    Laie, Oahu, HI 96762-2113
    Phone:
    +1 800-367-7060
    Other:
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    P.F. Chang's
    Restaurants (Chinese, Asian, Sushi, Fusion)
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    gnw69 Says:

    Yummy! If you are a fan of oriental cuisine then make plans to eat here. The food is high quality and they have local fresh food on the menu. Ask about the specials. Very good service and excellent food

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • go before 5:30 or after 8:30 to avoid a long wait
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #75 of 2,844 restaurants in Oahu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Dinner at PF Changs 08/12/2017
    • Excellent Choice! 06/12/2017
    • P.F. Chang's
    Address:
    2201 Kalakaua Ave
    Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, Building A, 1st level
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-5201
    Phone:
    +1 808-628-6760
    Price range:
    USD 0 - USD 25
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    11:00 - 23:00
    Fri - Sat
    11:00 - 00:00
    Other:
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