Waikiki Beach

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Waikiki Beach featuring general coastal views, a beach and swimming

Pack your shorts or bikini and surf, swim, or just sit back under a palm tree and enjoy the Aloha spirit at Hawaii’s most famous beach.

You know that you’re in Hawaii when you step onto the pristine white sand of world-famous Waikiki Beach. Dip your toes into the warm Pacific waters and watch the surfers show off their moves on the waves, or sit back in the shade of a palm tree and gaze up at the green slopes of Diamond Head.

For a swim, jump in at the western end of the beach, where a reef creates a natural lagoon. This is the safest place, as it’s well away from the waves and surfboards.

If you’ve always wanted to give surfing a go, then Waikiki is the place to do it. The gentle rollers here are perfect for beginners, and you’ll find several companies on the beach willing to show you the ropes. After your lesson, be sure to check out the larger-than-life statue of Duke Kahanamoku, which stands with open arms on the promenade behind the beach. A former Olympic swimming champion, “The Duke” is also credited with introducing the sport of surfing to the world.

If all that paddling isn’t your idea of a relaxing holiday, then Waikiki Beach is a great place to spend a lazy afternoon in the sun. There’ll almost always be something to keep you amused, with regular shows including hula competitions and outrigger canoe races, as well as the acrobatic tandem surfing. It is astonishing to see two people perform athletic circus acts while riding the waves.

When evening comes, the beach becomes one of the island’s most romantic places to enjoy a sunset. On Friday nights, the spectacular colors of the Polynesian sky are matched by a free fireworks show at the western end of the beach. The beach is lined with hotel bars, restaurants and nightclubs.

Waikiki Beach is a great place to swim, surf and relax any time of year. Its popularity means that it does get crowded, but you’ll often find quieter areas in front of Kapiolani Park. While the public beach is generally a safe place to visit, never leave your valuables unattended.

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Top Hotels Close to Waikiki Beach

Sheraton Princess Kaiulani
Sheraton Princess Kaiulani
3.5 out of 5
120 Kaiulani Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥14,963 per night from Oct 19 to Oct 19
Located in Waikiki, this hotel is steps from Waikiki Beach, Duke Kahanamoku Statue, and International Market Place. Kuhio Beach Park and Royal Hawaiian Center ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,205 reviews)
"Overall a positive experience."

Reviewed on Oct 16, 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 ¥26,842 per night from Oct 20 to Oct 20
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 ...
4/5 Very Good! (5,399 reviews)
"Even though we paid extra to stay in a renovated room it looked old. Not enough chairs on the beach or pool"

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2021

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Sheraton Waikiki
Sheraton Waikiki
4 out of 5
2255 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥33,694 per night from Oct 19 to Oct 19
This family-friendly Honolulu hotel is located by the ocean, just steps from Waikiki Beach and Royal Hawaiian Center. Duke Kahanamoku Beach and Waikiki Beach ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,209 reviews)
"I will be back as soon as I can."

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2021

Sheraton Waikiki
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Best Lodging Options Near Waikiki Beach

Sheraton Princess Kaiulani
Sheraton Princess Kaiulani
3.5 out of 5
120 Kaiulani Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥14,963 per night from Oct 19 to Oct 19
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 ¥26,842 per night from Oct 20 to Oct 20
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Sheraton Waikiki
Sheraton Waikiki
4 out of 5
2255 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥33,694 per night from Oct 19 to Oct 19
Sheraton Waikiki
Hilton Garden Inn Waikiki Beach
Hilton Garden Inn Waikiki Beach
3.5 out of 5
2330 Kuhio Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥15,420 per night from Nov 5 to Nov 5
Hilton Garden Inn Waikiki Beach
Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa
Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
2424 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥29,583 per night from Oct 19 to Oct 19
Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa
Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort
Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort
4 out of 5
2169 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥21,591 per night from Oct 19 to Oct 19
Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort
Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger
Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger
4 out of 5
2300 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥25,833 per night from Oct 19 to Oct 19
Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger
Ala Moana Hotel
Ala Moana Hotel
3.5 out of 5
410 Atkinson Drive, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥17,590 per night from Nov 8 to Nov 8
Ala Moana Hotel
Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa, Waikiki Beach
Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa, Waikiki Beach
4.5 out of 5
2365 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥37,578 per night from Oct 19 to Oct 19
Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa, Waikiki Beach
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.