Waikiki, HI

Honolulu
Waikiki featuring landscape views, a sunset and a city

Located on the south shore of Honolulu, this neighborhood is known internationally for its great surfing and beautiful beaches.

A magnet for surfers since well before the Beach Boys sang about it in the 1960s, Waikiki also offers many activities for families, a vibrant nightlife and local culture.

Waikiki Beach is a great place to start your adventures in Waikiki. It is usually crowded, especially in winter when the surf swells, but it is the one beach that comes to mind for most people when they think of Hawaii.

Rent a board and paddle out to the waves, where you’ll very likely find yourself surrounded by surfing pros. There are many excellent surf schools catering for all experience levels, so book in for a few lessons. For an alternative to surfing, try out any of the other water sports on offer, such as snorkeling, parasailing or scuba diving.

Take a short stroll south to Kuhio Beach. This is a golden stretch of sand sheltered by a coastal wall, and home to Kapahulu Pier. The pier is a great place to visit at sunset.

Queens Surf Beach is at the Diamond Head end of Waikiki and provides a less frantic, grassier area, perfect for picnicking and gazing out to sea. While in the area, visit the Diamond Head State Monument, a calcite crystal crater that’s a Hawaiian landmark. A trail here takes you through a lit 225-foot (69-meter) tunnel to old military bunkers and a huge navigational lighthouse.

Head up Kalakaua Avenue, which runs behind Waikiki Beach, and into the heart of town. Along here, luxury-brand stores mingle with Waikiki’s high-end hotels, including the Royal Hawaiian and Moana Surfrider hotel. Street performers bring the strip to life, and cocktail bars stay open until the early hours of the morning.

Families should take a trip Honolulu Zoo and Waikiki Aquarium, which is home to more than 500 species of aquatic animals and plants. To get even closer to the aquatic environment, book onto a submarine tour, which will take you down to the Pacific bed to see wrecked ships and exotic sea creatures.


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Top Hotels in Waikiki

Sheraton Princess Kaiulani
Sheraton Princess Kaiulani
3.5 out of 5
120 Kaiulani Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥11,529 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
Located in Waikiki, this hotel is steps from Duke Kahanamoku Statue, Waikiki Beach, and International Market Place. Royal Hawaiian Center and Diamond Head are ...
4/5Very Good! (1,185 reviews)
"This property is across the street from the beach. 2 minute walk, very safe , great staff we loved it !!"

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2021

Sheraton Princess Kaiulani
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
4 out of 5
2005 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥26,789 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 1
Nestled on the beach, this Waikiki resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Waikiki Beach, Honolulu Zoo, and Ala Moana Center. Diamond Head and Na Ala Hele Manoa Falls ...
4/5Very Good! (5,430 reviews)
"Great property! Great location! Restaurants & shopping onsite."

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2021

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Sheraton Waikiki
Sheraton Waikiki
4 out of 5
2255 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥24,154 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 27
This family-friendly Honolulu hotel is located by the ocean, just steps from Waikiki Beach and Royal Hawaiian Center. International Market Place and Diamond ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,200 reviews)
"This was my first time in Honolulu Hawaii and I am happy I got the Sheraton wakiki resort it’s beautiful and has a lot of different things you can do. We had a great experience here, I would definitely be back. Also, if you plan to stay here just know everything is so pricey to eat here and have ..."

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2021

Sheraton Waikiki
The Modern Honolulu by Diamond Resorts
The Modern Honolulu by Diamond Resorts
4.5 out of 5
1775 Ala Moana Boulevard, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥12,747 per night from Oct 21 to Oct 21
Located in Waikiki, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Duke Kahanamoku Beach and Ala Moana Center. Royal Hawaiian Center and Waikiki Beach are also ...
4/5Very Good! (1,560 reviews)
"Very clean room"

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2021

The Modern Honolulu by Diamond Resorts
Hilton Garden Inn Waikiki Beach
Hilton Garden Inn Waikiki Beach
3.5 out of 5
2330 Kuhio Ave, Honolulu, HI
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥12,296 per night from Sep 24 to Sep 24
Located in Waikiki, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Royal Hawaiian Center and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Ala Moana Center.
4.2/5Very Good! (1,244 reviews)
"Ok location. Construction around us noisy but we were hardly at our hotel."

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2021

Hilton Garden Inn Waikiki Beach
Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort
Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort
4 out of 5
2169 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥21,852 per night from Sep 24 to Sep 24
Located in Waikiki, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk and within a 10-minute walk of U.S. Army Museum of Hawai'i, Royal Hawaiian Center, and International ...
4.4/5Excellent! (2,304 reviews)
"Excellent"

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2021

Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort
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