Offshore Oasis

September 1, 2012 | By Waikiki Magazine Team

Water activities abound, Waikiki Ocean Club makes it easy to frolic in the waves.

For over a century, Waikiki has garnered a reputation for being a bright, sunny, watery playground. No wonder, it was once the retreat for ali‘i (royalty) where they could relax or hit the waves for a regal surf session.

Today, visitor and kama‘aina alike don’t need a royal pedigree to know all that Hawai‘i’s waters have to offer: aside from surfing, kayaking, snorkeling and the burgeoning sport of stand-up-paddle surfing (SUP) have all become de rigueur activities when in the islands. Up until recently, that meant booking multiple tours on different days; that would often include a long ride to another part of the island.

Waikiki Ocean Club is a 10,000-square-foot playground located 300 yards off the shores of Waikiki. Guests depart form the pier at Hilton Hawaiian Village for a full day filled with water fun such as snorkeling, jet skiing, paddle boarding, SUP, jumping on the water trampoline or diving from the tri-level diving platforms. Want a bit more adventure? Try parasailing, the South Shore excursion and secret snorkel tours.

If your style is more beach bunny than waterman—don’t worry. Sun-bathe on the vessel and get your dip in the water via the onboard waterslide, or go underwater without smudging your mascara with the thrilling helmet dive.

This island of watery fun offers a full bar and lunch menus, and swim vests are available for the keiki. Shuttles take passengers between the Waikiki Ocean Club and shore throughout day.

As the sun dips below the horizon, the fun continues with DJs, dancing and spectacular sunset views. On Friday nights, Waikiki Ocean Club provides a unique perspective on the Hilton Hawaiian Village’s fireworks display and sailboat races.

There’s much to do at this all-encompassing playground so a fun time is practically guaranteed.

Waikiki Ocean Club
Shuttles depart from the Hilton Hawaiian Village pier or Ala Wai Harbor
9 a.m.-5 p.m., daily
(808) 927-9606