3 weeks ago I got the itch, after all, it’s been 5 months since I’ve been to paradise, and so we decided to do a last minute Waikiki Getaway. On this post everything you need to know about planning a last-minute Waikiki Getaway including where to stay, where to eat, what to do to maximize your getaway.
How to go about planning your Waikiki Getaway
Going on a vacation or getaway require always some level of planning for the activities, lodging, transportation, and fun you are hoping to have during your weekend getaway or vacation. All these things normally are based on the budget that you might have for this particular getaway, and in this post, you will get a glimpse of the things I considered for this Hawaiian getaway.
Waikiki tends to be on the expensive side, but by all means, know that you can do Waikiki on the cheap. I’ve done it before, however, I’ve got to the point in my life where I don’t have to stay in hostels or eat cheap anymore. Thankfully!
But since I’ve been there before, here are some tips to do Hawaii on a budget.
When it comes to food, what you want to do, is to make sandwiches for lunches, eat fruit from the ABC store for breakfast and there is always the Subway, Pizza and other fast food options for dinner.
The truth, however, is that even though I go big or go home when I travel, I still like to keep a tap on what I’m spending because I’m after all a responsible parent of 6 children. In this particular time, I was very interested in keeping a tap on my spending because Ben and I have 2 more trips coming in the summer and one other one already lined up for next Spring. (and because I know myself, I’m sure I’ll find a way to go somewhere in the fall/winter). So, I just wanted to make sure I was pacing myself.
Planning a Waikiki Getaway
As I stated early in this post, your budget will determine when you can travel, where you would stay, and the restaurants that you can visit, etc.
So always start with that.
For me, I usually break it down as follows:
1. Airline tickets. Since I live in Alaska, it usually represents a decent chunk of my budget, and so I’ve become great and finding deals, and I know when I see one because I’m familiar with the regular fares to the common places I go.
“Tip: Get familiar with the regular fares for your bucket list destinations so you can recognize a good deal when you see it.”
2. Hotels. This is obviously the largest expense you will have. For me, location is key and so the radius of search for a Waikiki getaway is very limited, because I like to be right there in the action and on Waikiki Beach if possible, but I’m willing to compromise crossing the street (like we did this time) and stay at hotels like the Sheraton Waikiki Beach if that saves me a good amount.
For booking hotels, my super hack is using hotels. com.
3. Activities. There is so much to do in Waikiki. From literally nothing but relaxing on the beach (which is my favorite thing to do, to being super active with many places to hike, and water activities like paddle boarding, surfing, kayaking, etc.
How much do you do in you Waikiki Getaway is literally dependent on how much time, money and desire to do things you have.
Some examples of things you might want to consider to do in Waikiki Beach are:
Surfing is the traditional and customary thing to do in Waikiki. Maybe you have previous experience and feel like you can get up on the surfing board without help.
In that case, you can rent a surfboard right there in Waikiki for around $25 per hour.
However, if you feel you need either a refresher or a full-blown surfing lesson, there are many options for you. Check out my recommendation for surfing lessons during your Waikiki Getaway.
Paddle Boarding is the new hype thing on Waikiki Beach. When getting up of a flat board seems so simple, if you haven’t done it before I’d recommend you also take a Paddle Boarding Lesson given the residual waves that hit Waikiki, making paddle boarding interesting.
The next activity on the list is of course Parasailing.
This intense activity that will have your adrenaline rushing is the most intense activity that you could find in Waikiki.
For once you will be soaring at about 500 feet of altitude, but also you will be experiencing real freedom, not to mention the undistinctive feeling of flying.
Where to stay on a Waikiki Getaway
For me, a Waikiki Getaway is all about Location, Location, Location!
I like to stay very close to Waikiki Beach so I can maximize my team in paradise. There are so many restaurants, shopping, bars and things to do in and around Waikiki that you will never be left without things to do.
My favorite spot in Waikiki Beach is outside of Duke’s on the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort. I like it there because the beach is so perfect, and the Mai Tai’s are the best on the Island. Check my review of this place on my post about Duke’s.
I usually tend to stay within 2-3 blocks of Duke’s, and throughout the years I’ve gotten to stay in many nice places (and some that are not worth for you staying).
While I try to stay at the Outrigger Resort itself, I’m happy to trade a few blocks walk for a few hundred dollars per night.
This last time we stayed at the Sheraton Waikiki across the street from the Outrigger, and I have a full review of this hotel in this post, but we have also stayed and recommended the following hotels:
- Hyatt Regency Waikiki
- Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort
- Moana Surfrider
- Hale Koa (Military Facility)
- Hilton Waikoloa Village
Where to eat during your Waikiki Getaway
There is no lack of amazing places to eat while on Waikiki. I would suggest that you would find some of the best and finest restaurants in the world laid out around the prestigious shore of Waikiki Beach. From well-known Steak houses to Iron Chef owned restaurants, you will find it all at Waikiki Beach.
I’m not going to go into much detail about restaurants here, because I have prepared an extensive review with the best restaurants in Waikiki that you can check here.
However, just by walking down Kalakaua Avenue you will find an abundance of restaurants.
A Waikiki Getaway is waiting for you and you will have the time of your life. That I can promise you.
There is so much to do, so much to see, and enjoy in the magical paradise called Waikiki.
So don’t postpone your visit to Waikiki and remember that Life is a Getaway.