After 9 hours on the plane from Sydney with a baby, waking up to the sight of Hawaii’s crystal blue water is like a long overdue breath of fresh air. I have a ‘thing’ for islands, and Hawaii has been on my list for a while now. This time however, is only a glimpse of this magical island, as we’re on our way to a 2 weeks coastal drive in California.

We specifically booked a flight with a 10 hours transit in Honolulu. Let’s go straight to Waikiki and explore the best part of Honolulu!

Airport to Waikiki


If you have time to do a bit of homework, book an airport shuttle prior to your trip.

Ohana Transit is the most affordable way to get to Waikiki. One way tickets are $10 per person, and infants travel for free. If you don’t mind sharing and a bit of delay, this shuttle will get you there in under an hour.

Alternatively, you can book VIP Trans for $12 per person, or a Speedi Shuttle for $16 per person, $5 extra for a child seat.


We joined the queue at the Taxi rank instead, as we have limited time here. Taxi costs around $40 to get to Sheraton Waikiki. There’s only one freeway apparently, so factor in traffic jams during peak hours!

Getting Around

By Bicycle

When you get to the main centre of Waikiki, there are bikes that you can hire, starting from $3.50 for half an hour.

Bike hire in Honolulu

By Foot

Alternatively, walk around the main street and explore all the little local boutique shops and markets by foot.


From LV to Coach, you can find all your luxuries brands at T Galleria by DFS. Air-conditioned shopping malls are great places to chill on a hot summer day!

Explore International Market Place for more luxury brands.

International Market Waikiki

Take a hula lesson at Waikiki Shopping Plaza.

Visit Duke’s Marketplace for your souvenirs, dresses, ukulele and more!

Duke's Marketplace
Hawaii souvenir

Visit Sheraton Waikiki

The Reception area of Sheraton sits in the middle of a ring of shops and café. Help yourself to a fruit punch, and take a selfie with their postcard photo booths!

Selfie Postcard photo booth at Sheraton Waikiki

Walk through the shops, try a Hawaiian coffee, and wander out to their award-winning adults only infinity pool. Order a drink and watch the waves rolling in.

Waikiki Sheraton Infinity Pool

Reserve a pool cabana or lounge on the water, and enjoy the picturesque view of the famous Waikiki Beach. Children’s pool is right around the corner for the little ones.

Sheraton cabana and kids pool

Dine at P.F Chang’s

Try some delicious Asian fusion food at P.F Chang’s

P.F Changs Sushi Asian Fusion

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That’s all the time we’ve had at Waikiki for now. What are your experiences like? Share with love.

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