If you’re only spending a few days on Oahu and don’t have a car, there’s still plenty to do in Waikiki. Here is what I would do if I only had two days in Waikiki.
Try out some Spam at McDonald’s or Iyasume Musubi. See post on Spam.
Work off the Spam with a surf lesson. See post on surfing lessons.
Grub on the Loco Moco at Rainbow Drive In.
Walk/Shop along Kalakaua Avenue. Shop your heart out for the perfect souvenir T-Shirt at International Marketplace (post). For international visitors, there is a duty free mall with tons of name brand stuff. And as you walk along Kalakaua, you’ll pass by store after store to fulfill your shopping desires.
Go light for dinner with some sushi at Sansei. Order by 6 pm and you’ll get 25% off your sushi. There’s also Morio’s Sushi and Kaiwa for other good sushi options.
Hike Diamond Head (post). Make sure to bring plenty water and sunscreen. Better yet, wear a hat.
If it’s Saturday, go visit the Kapiolani Community College Farmer’s Market. There are tons of local vendors selling fresh veggies and fruits, and lots of food to eat.
If it’s not Saturday, head down to the Diamond Head Market & Grill for lunch. I love their Chinese Chicken Salad and Portobello Burger. Go inside as well to check out the selection of desserts made fresh. Their lemon crunch cake is to die for. They also have Okinawan sweet potato and haupia pie, which is you can only find in Hawaii.
Relax the afternoon away as you lay on the soft sand of Waikiki Beach, listening to the waves one after another.
Watch the sunset into the ocean whilst sipping a fruity cocktail at one of the hotel bars on Waikiki Beach. Try The Edge of Waikiki or RumFire in the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel, Mai Tai Bar at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, or the Beach Bar at the Moana Surfrider Hotel. If you need some more substantial grub to go along with your mai tai, try Duke’s Waikiki in the Outrigger Waikiki Hotel.
Kick it up a notch with a dinner at one of Waikiki’s classier joints such as Roy’s, Morimoto’s, Michel’s at the Colony Surf, La Mer (Halekulani Hotel), Nobu’s, or Wolfgang’s. You can’t get much better seafood than right on Waikiki unless you go to Japan.
Or go more local with some Hawaiian food at Ono Hawaiian Food on Kapahulu Avenue. It’ll be a wait but definitely worth the experience. Or some classic local grub at bar/restaurant Side Street Inn, also on Kapahulu Avenue.