Arguably the most famous beach in Hawaii, Waikiki was once a playground for Hawaiian royalty. Once you step onto the beach you’ll see why; with turquoise shores and Diamond Head in the backdrop -- it’s a postcard perfect scene. Today, Waikiki is known for its bustling restaurants, diverse shopping and of course, beloved beach. On Shaka Guide’s Heart of Waikiki Walking Tour you’ll stroll through this vibrant neighborhood listening to stories along the way.

Here are just a few of the fun things you can do on the tour!

•⁠ Relax on Waikiki Beach
•⁠ Rent a board a try surfing
•⁠ Shop at Royal Hawaiian Center or International Marketplace
•⁠ Try some local eats like shave ice, garlic shrimp, plate lunch and spam musubi

Recommended Start Time: Around 9:00 a.m. (before it gets too hot)
Tour Starting Point(s): Royal Hawaiian Center
Direction: South, ending at the Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Statue

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1-2 Hour Walking Tour 13 Narration Points


  • Beaches

  • Views

  • Hikes

  • Snorkeling

  • Local Food

  • Storytelling



Tour FAQ’s

Where does the tour go?

Waikiki was once a playground for royalty. Now, this bustling neighborhood is one of the most famous spots in Hawaii. The tour starts at the Royal Hawaiian Center and ends past Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Statue.

Here are some of the popular spots you can explore on the tour! 

  • Waikiki Beach 
  • International Marketplace 
  • Moana Surfrider 
  • Royal Hawaiian Hotel 
  • Princess Bernice Pauahi Statue 
  • Duke Kahanamoku Statue

For help planning your day check out our Heart of Waikiki Walking Tour suggested itinerary, the complete list of tour stops here, and tour highlights in the app! 

What should I budget for the Circle Island tour?

With any Shaka Guide tour, what you see and do is totally up to you! You pick the stops along the tour that you want to visit, and skip the ones you don’t. Here is a list of paid attractions on the tour and what you can expect to spend at each one. 

  • Byodo In Temple: $5

  • Kualoa Ranch: Prices vary, visit website for more information. 

  • Polynesian Cultural Center: Prices vary, visit website for more information. 

  • Waimea Valley: $20/ adults, $16/ children 

  • Dole Plantation: $25/ adults, $21/ children - Train, maze and garden pass. Other options available, see website

And, don’t forget about food! Here are some of the restaurant and snack stops you’ll make along the tour with some pricing estimates. 

  • Leonard’s Bakery: $5

  • Tropical Nut Farms: $10 

  • Kahuku Shrimp Trucks: $15, CASH ONLY

  • Ted’s Bakery: $5 

  • Matsumoto Shave Ice: $5

Can I join the tour along the route?

Yes! Feel free to join the tour along the route. Just make sure that you follow the numbers in chronological order from where you are starting from.  If you don’t begin at one of the tour starting points you’ll miss a few stories, but you’ll still have a great experience.

Can I take the tour in the opposite direction?

No, this tour can only be done in one direction. 

Can I share the tour across multiple devices?

No, everyone participating in the tour must make a purchase and download the tour separately. 

Other Questions? Contact Us!

Still have questions? Send us an email at aloha@shakaguide.com or give us a call on 1-888-250-2261.

Customer Reviews

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Awesome app

Mike D from NYC | January 2022
The app is super helpful, I bought this one and the kuaui app - going at your own pace, hits all the spots and then some that aren't popular but super cool, love that you can skip something if you don't want to do it and can pick up where you left off etc. Saves, time and money and still feels like you're seeing it all!

Gary Burt | January 2022
Easy and informative tour guide for the phone and car.

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Responded | January 2022

Loved Maui but Oahu Tour Disappointes

Anchortown 367 | January 2022
I greatly enjoyed the combination of history, music and detailed location information in the Maui Tour. The narrator was so good and made the trip a richer experience. However, I just did the Oahu Tour and felt it lacking in comparison. Too commercial without the local color.
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