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Summer Fun in Paradise: Your Guide to the Top Activities and Attractions in Honolulu

Welcome to the endless summer paradise of Hawaii, where warm temperatures, calm waves, and exciting activities await on our island playground.The best part about summer on our island of Oahu? It’s a season that lives large and likes to linger around until October, giving extra time to bask in the sun and enjoy fantastic adventures.

If you dream of an everlasting summer, pack your bags and unleash your adventurous spirit, because the beautiful shores of Honolulu are calling your name! Here’s a taste of the best summer activities and attractions awaiting you in paradise.

Check Out the Surf Scene

A surfer lines up a very large wave in Oahu

If you’re in Hawaii during the summer, there’s one thing you can’t miss — the ultimate thrill of catching waves! Whether you’re experienced out in the water or just want to watch, our surf scene has something for everyone.

Summertime brings mellow waves, perfect for those practicing the art of balancing on a board and riding with the waves. But if you’re already a pro, don’t worry, some beaches boast bigger breaks all year long. And with 112 miles of coastline, you’re sure to find a beach on Oahu that suits your surfing needs.

Silhouette of a surfer at sunset, Waikiki Beach

And at The Twin Fin, sitting right along Waikiki Beach, we’re all about embracing surfing as a lifestyle. Our name itself is a nod to the Twin Fin Surfboard, signifying our love for the art of wave riding. You can even check out our Surfline Surf Cam with real-time footage of the beach, so you’re ready to catch the waves as they roll in.

Hike Diamond Head

Hawaii tourist taking photo of Honolulu and Waikiki beach using smartphone camera. Woman tourist on hike visiting famous viewpoint lookout in Diamond Head State Monument and park, Oahu, Hawaii, USA.

Just down the shore from us, you’ll stumble upon the captivating Diamond Head State Park — hands down one of Hnolulu’s most popular and gorgeous places to explore. This iconic volcanic crater boasts panoramic views that will leave you in absolute awe — be sure to bring your camera to capture the moment!

Summer is the prime time to conquer the hike up Diamond Head! The weather is warm and pleasant, creating the perfect atmosphere for a thrilling adventure. The trail is well-maintained and not too rugged, but at midday, the sun can turn up the heat. So, opt for an early morning or late afternoon trek, and remember to fill up your water bottle!

If hiking isn’t your thing, no worries! Diamond Head Park is home to a haven of summer delights. Dive into the sparkling waters for a swim, catch some waves on your surfboard or bodyboard, take a stroll along the sands, or go beachcombing for hidden treasures washed ashore. Whatever your vibe is, this place has you covered.

Day Trip to North Shore

Hawaiian Green Sea turtles (Honu) basking in the sun on the beach at Laniakea Beach, Haleiwa, Oahu

If you’re up for a day trip, the North Shore is only about an hour’s drive from Honolulu.

First stop: Haleiwa — the most charming little surf town on the island. Cruise through the lively streets and dive into a world of unique shops and boutiques, art galleries, and authentic cuisine. On your way out, be sure to try Hawaii’s favorite summer treat — shaved ice!

If you’re up for spotting some wildlife, head over to Laniakea Beach — otherwise known as Turtle Beach! Watch the sea turtles sunbathe on the beach, and maybe even catch them in the water. But remember — let the turtles do their thing, give them some space, and respect their habitat.

Another favorite on the north shore is Waiema Valley — a whimsical wonderland full of luscious greens and tropical colors. Stroll the pathways through 52 different themed gardens and see the thriving plants and flowers. Throughout the gardens, you’ll also find many cultural sites like the Hale o Lono — said to have been built all the way back in 1470 AD. And everyone’s favorite part of the Waimea Valley? The legendary 45-foot Waimea Falls — nature’s ultimate water park. Take a dip in the natural pool under the cascading falls and let your worries wash away.

And just like that, you’ve explored some of the favorite activities and attractions on the North Shore!

Experience the Hawaiian Culture

Honolulu, the capital of Hawaii, is a cultural gem that embraces the aloha spirit. It’s a city full of flavors, traditions, diversity, and smiles.

Iolani Palace at night in Honolulu, Hawaii

Immerse yourself in the fascinating history of Iolani Palace, where you’ll feel like royalty stepping into a landmark of Hawaii’s past. Dive into the exciting fusion of cultures at the Honolulu Museum of Art, where you’ll find ancient artifacts along with contemporary pieces. Stroll through the lively markets where the aroma of exotic spices fills the air, and you can savor some mouthwatering street food delights.

Honolulu’s culture is all about creating a welcoming atmosphere for everyone. Become a part of the aloha spirit and experience the time of your life.

A Day at The Twin Fin

If you just want to sit back and enjoy a summer Hawaiian day, The Twin Fin is the perfect place. Start your day sipping coffee on your private balcony, where stunning views of Waikiki Beach are right in front of you.

Man and Woman on pool chairs

Take a leisurely dip in the hotel pool, open from 8 am to 8 pm, where you can cool off and soak up the sun. When you’re ready for a bit of shade, head down to the lobby area for a shaved ice treat from Kai Coconut, or check out Cafe Glace for an explosion of flavor with 32 gelato and sorbet options.

As dinner time approaches, get ready for an evening of Hawaiian delights at Tiki’s Grill, right here at the Twin Fin. Savor delicious dishes with fresh flavors and groove along to the sweet sounds of daily live music — it’s the perfect recipe for an unforgettable evening. To top it all off, take a stroll along the beach during golden hour as the sun sets and the salty breeze fills the air.

Your Hawaiian Summer Escape

Summer in Honolulu is on a whole new level of fun. With so many activities and attractions to check off your bucket list, you’ll wish your time here would last forever. And when you choose to stay at The Twin Fin, all of these amazing experiences are right at your fingertips!

Make this summer the best one yet by taking advantage of our Escape to Twin Fin special offer, where you can save up to 25% off your stay. This means more savings, more fun, and more opportunities to make unforgettable memories.

So why wait? Come make waves with us and book your oceanfront room at our playful and laidback resort today. Hawaii is calling, and it’s looking for you to answer “Aloha!”

Woman enjoying Maui ocean during the day on surfboard; | Twin Fin Hotel | Love Maui | Maui Ocean View Stays
Person surfing during the day in Maui | Twin Fin Hotel | Love Maui | Maui Ocean View Stays
Palm trees against rainbow sky during the day | Twin Fin Hotel | Love Maui | Maui Ocean View Stays
Rusted Ford truck with surfing boarding in the truck bed | Twin Fin Hotel | Love Maui | Maui Ocean View Stays