One of the best ways to explore a new city is by Hop-On/Hop-Off bus. After some research online, we found Waikiki Trolley, which has four different routes, each focusing on different interests. We "hopped on" the Pink Line just outside of the TRUMP Waikiki hotel. The Pink Line makes 16 stops and focuses on shopping. We wanted to explore Kalakaua Avenue, the premier shopping street in Honolulu. Our stop at the Galleria DFS was just a few blocks away, and as it turns out, we could have easily walked to the Galleria from our hotel.
Waikiki Trolley Double-Decker Bus
We stopped for lunch before picking up Waikiki Trolley's Green Line trolley.The Green Line is the scenic Diamond Head sightseeing tour. We were able to pick up the Green Line trolley at one of the several trolley stops you will find along Kalakaua Avenue.
Look for trolley signs like this one
The Green Line trolley was an actual "trolley" design, instead of the double-decker bus design. This route makes 12 stops including Duke Kahanamoku statue, the Honolulu Zoo, Waikiki Aquarium, Diamond Head Surf Lookout, Diamond Head Crater, Diamond Head Lookout, Kahala Mall and more.
Green Line trolley bus
Our driver stopped long enough at the lookout points to allow us to get off and take photos. However, the outward facing bench seating is very good for taking photos without the need to get off, assuming of course, that you are on the correct side of the trolley.
Diamond Head Lookout
The entire Green Line route only takes 70 minutes and soon we are returned to Waikiki Trolley's terminal at Galleria DFS. There is also a Blue Line (2.5 hours) that offers a Panoramic Coastline Tour and a Red Line for Historic Honolulu Sightseeing. You could spend an entire day riding all four lines (a one-day pass is $38pp for all four), and on the Pink Line, you can simply pay $2 each time you hop on the trolley. That's a really good value. The next time we visit Oahu, we will definitely check out the other two lines.
For more information, visit their website at www.waikikitrolley.com