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WaikikiHonolulu

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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Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
4 out of 5
2005 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥21,570 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25

Located in Waikiki, this beachfront resort is in the entertainment district and within 1 mi (2 km) of Royal Hawaiian Center and Waikiki Beach. Honolulu Zoo and ...

4/5Very Good! (6,135 reviews)

"Excellent location with restaurants and shops at the resort. Beautiful view of ocean and Honolulu!"…"

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2021

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
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 ¥24,527 per night from Feb 2 to Feb 3

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! (1,750 reviews)

"No free parking at all, 25$ daily parking rate was kind of steep"…"

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2021

The Modern Honolulu by Diamond Resorts
Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach
Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach
3.5 out of 5
175 Paoakalani Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥13,520 per night from Jan 22 to Jan 23

Located in Waikiki, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Queen Kapiʻolani Regional Park and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Diamond Head.

4.2/5Very Good! (1,956 reviews)

"The friendly staff made our trip very enjoyable the entire time we were there!"…"

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2021

Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach
'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
5 out of 5
2490 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥26,972 per night from Jan 21 to Jan 22

Offering direct access to the beach, this Waikiki resort is in the entertainment district, steps from Kuhio Beach Park and Duke Kahanamoku Statue. International ...

4.2/5Excellent! (2,557 reviews)

"Everything was nice clean and comfortable. I would definitely stay again."…"

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2021

'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort
Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort
4 out of 5
2335 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥21,507 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27

Located in Waikiki, this beachfront resort is on the boardwalk, just steps from Royal-Moana Beach, International Market Place, and Waikiki Beach. Royal Hawaiian ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,099 reviews)

"The great hospitality and the cleanliness. Will definitely stay there again."…"

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2021

Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort
Prince Waikiki
Prince Waikiki
4.5 out of 5
100 Holomoana St, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥26,858 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25

Located in Waikiki, this luxury resort is within a 10-minute walk of Ala Wai Yacht Harbor and Duke Kahanamoku Beach. Magic Island and Hawaii Convention Center ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (1,218 reviews)

"Our room was very spacious, clean and filled with bright sunlight when we entered. It had a beautiful partial view of ocean and city (Ala Moana mall). All the amenities were provided except microwave, which is slightly concerning."…"

Reviewed on Jan 7, 2021

Prince Waikiki
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