WAIKIKI ADVENTURE

$250EA FULL-DAY FOR 1-3 PEOPLE $200EA 4-7 PEOPLE

$175EA HALF-DAY FOR 1-3 PEOPLE $150EA 4-7 PEOPLE

“Adventure is not outside man; it is within” > George Eliot

Waikiki Beach Adventure includes hiking up Diamondhead, Surfing, Stand-Up Paddle boarding, Outrigger Canoe Surfing and sailing the legendary shores of Waikiki Beach… The playground where Duke Kahanamoku, “The King of Waikiki Beach” & “The Father of Modern Surfing” grew up on.

Check out this 1-minute Godspeed Adventures Waikiki Adventure Information video!

Waikiki Adventure Includes:

  • Guided hike up Diamond Head Crater.
  • Surfing, lesson included.
  • Paddle-boarding/paddle-surfing, lesson included.
  • Boards, paddles and leashes.
  • 3 outrigger canoe surf rides. 
  • 1-2hr catamaran sail. 
  • Beach chairs, towels, umbrella and cooler set-up.
  • Beverages, snacks and lunch included. 
  • Memories of a lifetime. 

Add parasailing to your Waikiki Adventure for another $100!


Surfing

Surfing and surf lessons in Waikiki are without a doubt one of the most popular activities in Hawaii. Learning to surf in Waikiki is a unique and fun experience. If you have never been on a surfboard in your life, or even if you have some experience in surfing, there really is no better place than Waikiki. The waves are normally gentle rollers that offer a smooth, long ride. Also, there are no vicious undertows or rough waves in this protected bay. It is because of the excellent surfing conditions in Waikiki that people come from all over the world to surf here.

Stand-Up Paddle Boarding/Surfing

Stand-up paddle boarding/surfing (SUP), or in the Hawaiian language; “Hoe he'e nalu”, is an emerging global sport with a Hawaiian heritage. Stand-up paddling began in the 1960’s when surfing instructors used the technique to position themselves for taking photographs. Supporters cite the ease of learning as a key to its popularity, with beginners becoming comfortable in as little as an hour of training. Traditional style surfers have converted to stand up paddling because of the versatility of the new sport. Stand-up paddle boarding offers surfers the ability to catch more waves in a set, as well as offering a better view of incoming sets.

The boards are generally longer than 9 feet (3m), and can be longer than 12 feet (4m), with features such as padded decks and concave hulls; they generally have one or three surfboard-style fins in the stern for tracking. 

Outrigger Canoe Surfing

The outrigger canoe is a type of canoe featuring one or more lateral support floats known as “outriggers”, which are fastened to one or both sides of the main hull. Smaller canoes often employ a single outrigger on the port side, while larger canoes may employ a single-outrigger, double-outrigger, or double-hull configuration. Outrigger Canoe Surfing is an ancient Hawaiian pastime. For centuries Hawaiians have been surfing waves on outrigger canoes and is one of the funnest things to do on Waikiki Beach. 

Catamaran Sail Adventure

1-2-hour catamaran sail from Waikiki Beach, down the coast out and around Diamondhead and back. This is a wonderful adventure when you get of shore and look back at Waikiki, Honolulu, the Koolau Mountains and Diamond Head. We often see large Green Sea Turtles, Spinner Dolphins and even Humpback Whales from November to March. Alcoholic beverages are available on the catamaran cruises.  

Diamond Head Hike

Diamond Head Trail is the most popular hike in Oahu. While fairly steep, this moderate 1.6-mile round-trip hike starts from the middle of the Diamond Head volcano crater and climbs about 560 feet up the side to the top of the rim offering amazing 360 degrees views when you reach the top. Hiking Diamond Head might first appear to be a challenging climb, but this trail can be deceiving, as it really only takes about 30-40 minutes to reach the 760-foot summit. To see and learn more about Diamond Head, visit our “Hiking Adventures” page.


Waikiki Beach Story

The name Waikīkī means “spouting fresh water” in the Hawaiian language, for springs and streams that fed wetlands that once separated Waikīkī from the interior. The area was a retreat for Hawaiian royalty in the 1700-1800’s who enjoyed surfing (naked) on 18-ft wooden longboards. In 1901 the first main hotel (Moana Hotel, now known as The Moana Surfrider Hotel) opened. In 1927 The Royal Hawaiian Hotel opened… both hotels catered to the rich and famous… placing the Hawaiian Islands on the map of tourism world-wide.

The history of Waikiki Beach and surfing cannot be told without mention of the Waikiki Beach Boys. The “glory days” of the Beach Boys were during the 1920’s to the 1930’s on the famous stretch of beach from the Moana Hotel to the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. Tourists, especially wealthy celebrity figures such as Nelson Rockefeller, Douglas Fairbanks, Shirley Temple, and Doris Duke, began to visit Waikiki. The Beach Boys welcomed the visitors, taught them surfing and canoeing, and entertained them. The Beach Boys’ spirit of aloha, the spirit of “unconditional giving,” and “ocean is life” is at the heart of a true Waikiki Beach Boy. This persona and lifestyle made a huge impact on the visitors who came to the islands.

The most famous Waikiki Beach Boy was Duke Kahanamoku, “The King of Waikiki Beach” and “The Father of Surfing” was born in 1890 and raised in Waikiki. Duke was a true waterman, surfer, canoe paddler, record breaking swimmer, and one of the founders of the Beach Boy Club; Hui Nalu. Duke later became Hawaii’s unofficial “Ambassador of Aloha”. Throughout Duke’s life he had an Olympic swimming career, was in 28 Hollywood movies, and worked various odd jobs, but always returned to the ocean. In his later years, Duke became an iconic figure that will forever embody the true spirit of Aloha. 

Check out this video segment from the Video Postcard of Oahu... It features the story of World-Famous Waikiki Beach, history of surfing, Duke Kahanamoku & Diamondhead with actual film footage of Waikiki dating back to 1906!

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor, and catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover" . > Mark Twain