Tips From Waikiki Trolley
Aloha friends! Are you looking for some tips and trick for riding the Waikiki Trolley? Do you have some anxiety about taking the Waikiki Trolley for the first time? Do you want to know where to sit to get the best views? Look no further! We will give you the insider tips for getting the most out of your trip on the Waikiki Trolley.
Plan Your Vacation to Hawaii
Step 1 is easy: explore the Waikiki Trolley website and read some blog entries (like you are doing right now). Make a list of all the places you want to explore. As the date approaches, check to make sure the places that you want to visit are open (i.e. the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet is only open Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday).
On the day of, make sure you bring bring sunscreen. Don’t forget to charge the batteries to your camera, your day of sightseeing and adventuring will be amazing and you will want to capture it.
Purple Line: Pearl Harbor Sightseeing Tour
Visit Pearl Harbor, Stadium Swap Meet, Aloha Tower and Ward Village on the Waikiki Trolley Purple Line. The Waikiki Trolley stops every 70 minutes on this line, so make sure you plan your trip accordingly.
Pearl Harbor is the location where in 1941 Japanese Aircrafts attacked American Soil. This act of war propelled America into WWII. Now you can visit the USS Arizona memorial to learn and pay honor to those who lost their lives. The USS Missouri, affectionately called the Mighty Mo, acts as a giant museum that you can explore. There is also the Pacific Aviation Museum and the USS Bowfin Submarine to explore and experience. Many people spend a half day at Pearl Harbor but depending on what you see you can make a full day. If you want to see the Arizona Memorial we suggest you get your tickets ahead of time.
If you would like more information about Pearl Harbor check out our latest blog “10 Tips for Visiting Pearl Harbor”
A Hawaii tradition is the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet. You can find all kinds of awesome treasures at the swap meet from sarongs to ukuleles and anything in between. There are lots of food vendors so you never have to go hungry. Make sure you find the lemonade stand, it’s the best. The loop around the Stadium is about a mile to make sure you wear very comfortable walking shoes.
Know before you go: Aloha Stadium Swap Meet is only open Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.
Green Line: Diamond Head Sightseeing Tour
Diamond Head not only defines Waikiki’s skyline, it provides activities and a beautiful lookout to view Oahu. The Green Line Waikiki Trolley stops every 35 minutes.
The most famous stop on the green line is Diamond Head Monument. The Hawaiian name for Diamond Head is Leahi, meaning the brow of a tuna fish. The Extinct volcano jets 750 feet into the sky and is a favorite hike of locals and tourists like.
On Saturdays, starting at 8 am, there is a fantastic farmers market at Kapiolani Community College. The Waikiki Trolley stops directly in front of the market. There are over 60 booths that sell local artisan goods and you can get all kinds of yummy treats. It’s a great Saturday morning adventure.
Blue Line: Panoramic Coastline Tour
Ride on the big Double Decker open air bus on the Blue Line. The best seat on the this tour is on the top at the very front. Begin at T Galleria. If you are planning on riding on the top level remember to slather on sunscreen, the top of the bus has a canopy that filters out some sun proving a comfortable ride.
The Blue Line loop takes about 2.5 hours to complete so bringing an extra bottle of water to sip on at stops (food and drink is not permitted on the trolley) because many of the stops along the coast don’t have stores to buy things.
If you are planning on visiting Sea Life Park, get on the first trolley that way you can have the most time there possible. The last Waikiki Trolley pick up at Sea Life Park is at 2:51 pm.