How to spend 48 hours in Waikiki
Feel the Aloha upon arrival into Honululu and make your way to Waikiki; the first port of call for any Hawaiian experience. If you are feeling a bit peckish and just want something light then head to ARVO café; a plant-filled coffee shop that does a really good smashed avo on toast. The place is owned by Aussies so if you are missing home already you can opt for the vegemite on toast. Oh, did we mention the place is totally Instagram worthy.
You can probably do an early check in to your hotel by now and our favourites are The Modern or The Laylow. The Modern Honululu is your contemporary luxury hotel, fit for a beachy queen who likes getting into a bed that easily melts away the day. With numerous pools and restaurants on site and a short walk into downtown Waikiki it’s worth a splurge for a sleek and sophisticated stay. The Laylow is a new boutique style accommodation where mid-century modern style meets Hawaiian charm in an original way. This place makes for a simple stay, where the details have been thought of to enable you to lay low on your holiday.
The Modern Hotel Honolulu
The Modern Hotel Honolulu
The Modern Hotel Honolulu
Time for some more food! The SurfJack has to be the cutest Hotel & Swim club we have ever seen where the heritage of Waikiki and Hawaii truly comes to life. The pool, amenities and decor is so retro and so cool, you could call it modern Aloha. While the restaurant; Mahina and Suns is headed up by a local chef who seriously makes the best poke bowls in the business. Big call, we know! Just inside and to the right of the restaurant is Olive and Oliver; a coffee shop and boutique where you can easily spend a weeks pay check. Make sure to get a quick espresso before you leave, the pineapple cups are so pretty for Insty.
Olive and Oliver
You can’t go to Hawaii without getting in the sea! You can hire longboards all along the beachfront and paddle out amongst the numerous other surfers for the most crowded party wave of your life! If in doubt, book in a lesson and you will be standing up pulling shakas in no time. Waikiki has a gentle slow rolling wave that’s perfect for beginners to get the fundamentals down pact. Even just sitting out in the sparkling sea looking at the incredible vista of Diamond Head, the high-rises along the shore and the smiles on everyone’s faces is a memory you will have forever.
The Royal Hawaiian is the pale pink hotel plonked right on the beach and is the perfect spot for a Mai Tai while the sun goes down behind the palm trees. It opened way back in 1972 and it feels all kind of nostalgic as you sit there sippin’ on your drink and taking it all in. If you fancy, you can book in to see a Aha’Aina; a journey through time to honour the land’s majestic history through food, song, stories, hula and culture. A must see if it’s your first time to the land of Aloha.
Dinner should be spent at the iconic Duke’s Restaurant. Start off with the Pupu’s (what Hawaiians call entrees) of Panko Fried Calamari, Ahi Poke and Sashimi and the Waikiki hot wings. For your main meal you can’t go past the Island Favourites and don’t ever decline dessert while on away on vacay! Help yourself to the Hula Pie; an original recipe full of chocolate cookie crust, macadamia nut ice-cream, hot fudge, toasted mac nuts and whipped cream. You can thank us later!
After a dreamy nights sleep at your abode, it’s time for breakfast at Bills where they do the fluffiest hotcakes in the house. If savoury is more your thing, then go for the corn fritters or the kale and quinoa bowl. The first ‘ Bills’ restaurant opened in Sydney and now the Australian, sunny, easy-going and generous vibes are scattered in restaurants around the world with Waikiki high on the must visit
A hearty breakfast of hotcakes calls for some muscle moving and sight seeing. Diamond Head hike is a must do (along with all the other tourists), but is well worth the view. It is a short 1 mile walk along a trail with a few stairs in the mix (99 to be exact) and offers 360 degree views of Waikiki once you reach the top. Diamond Head is actually a volcanic crater site where the U.S army had a military base, so is full of history and plenty of things to see.
After your rigorous morning of exercise, you may feel like something healthy to munch on for lunch. Heavenly has a beautiful array of fresh and local produce to fuel your day the right way. They pride themselves on proposing an island lifestyle that satisfies the body and soul. With items such as breakfast burritos, healthy salads, fresh acai bowls. Organic green curries, ahi poke and coconut ceviche. A cute café and diner that is open all day, all you need to do is make your way there! The hardest decisions at Heavenly; is what to order!
Retail therapy! Shopping the streets of Waikiki is an easy way to spend your afternoon….if you have already scouted the shops , Ala Moana Mall is a gigantic mall with every single brand and store you can imagine. You have to make it to the vintage Hawaiian shirt store called ‘ Bailey’s Antiques & Aloha Shirts’ where you can score some true gems at a bargain. Prices range from $9 to $999 so be prepared to rummage for the right one!
Dinner at Moana Surfrider’s beach bar; a chilled dining option on the beachfront at Waikiki. The menu offers lots of tasty bites like scrumptious mouth watering burgers, island style tacos, kalua pork, panko crusted fish sandwhiches, flatbreads and ahi poke nachos. Say no more! If you fancy something a little nicer and a little pricier, then make a reservation at The Beachhouse which is more fine delectable dining.
And then it’s time leave, thanks for the Aloha hospitality Waikiki!