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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

Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel
Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel
3.5 out of 5
2570 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥23,982 per night from Jun 16 to Jun 16
Offering direct access to the beach, this Waikiki hotel is in the entertainment district and within a 15-minute walk of Honolulu Zoo and Ala Wai Golf Course. ...
4/5Very Good! (2,610 reviews)
"excellent location, excellent service, excellent sanitation"

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2021

Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel
Sheraton Waikiki
Sheraton Waikiki
4 out of 5
2255 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥43,754 per night from Jun 15 to Jun 15
This family-friendly Honolulu hotel is located by the ocean, steps from Royal-Moana Beach, Waikiki Beach, and Royal Hawaiian Center. International Market Place ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,170 reviews)
"Everything perfect 👍"

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2021

Sheraton Waikiki
Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort
Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort
4 out of 5
2169 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥31,253 per night from Jun 15 to Jun 15
Located in Waikiki, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk, just steps from U.S. Army Museum of Hawai'i and Waikiki Beach Walk. Royal Hawaiian Center and ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (2,302 reviews)
"Good"

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2021

Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort
'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
5 out of 5
2490 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥40,366 per night from Jun 16 to Jun 16
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! (2,384 reviews)
"Spacious lobby with nice tables and sofas to relax and have coffee, breakfast"

Reviewed on Jun 11, 2021

'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort
Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort
4 out of 5
2335 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥42,247 per night from Jun 16 to Jun 16
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! (2,008 reviews)
"The Hotel is excellently located, the cafe, restaurants and stores inside hotel all very adequate and staff friendly and do their best to accommodate you. I give it 4 stars due to the fact regarding Beach chairs that our a separate entity to hotel and thus you have to pay extra & stand in long lines ..."

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2021

Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
4 out of 5
2005 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥38,929 per night from Jun 15 to Jun 15
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 ...
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
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Waikiki, HI