Waikiki has a lot of excitement to offer, but we always find ourselves drawn to the same little stretch of beach called Queen’s Surf Beach. We walked past it many times in the past on the way to the Waikiki aquarium or Honolulu Zoo, but didn’t stop until we joined the fantastic (and fun!) ocean safety class from Na kama kai. It has everything a family needs in a small space – showers, bathrooms, a life guard stand, shade, and a grassy area to run around or hang a hammock. There’s even a tasty little cafe with ocean views. It’s especially good on weekends when they offer a brunch menu and live music. Yay for those unmotivated to pack a lunch!
And then there’s the jetty. As a photographer, I am slightly obsessed with it. It offers fun perspectives for shooting and great views of Waikiki and Diamond Head. The kids love watching the fish – unicorn fish, yellow tangs, wrasses, parrotfish, needlefish, moray eels, and some of the fattest triggerfish (humuhumunukunukuapua’a) i’ve ever seen. The diamond head side has some fun waves to jump into while the other side is more mellow and you can snorkel (not the greatest, but it’ll do).
Its location on the outskirts of Waikiki makes it easy to get to, but close enough to other spots if you want to combine activities. If you’re not up for the zoo or aquarium, you can play in Kapiolani Park or head into the heart of Waikiki.
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