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Waikiki Beach

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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Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel ¥17,609
Reviewed on May 22, 2019
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Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel

Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel

2570 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
     
    3.9 of 5
    3.5 out of 5.0

    Great location!! The restaurant/bar was awesome even though we couldn't get into the restaurant we used the bar. The restaurant was always packed. The rooms were clean. They definitely could use updating but we weren't in our room that much. This hotel has amazing views. From the rooms as well as ...

    Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort ¥19,631
    Reviewed on May 21, 2019
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    Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort

    Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort

    2005 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI
       
      4.1 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0

      Property was fine. There wasnt much to do at the place and everything closed really early. There were only a few bars and they were only open about 4 to 5 hrs a day and late in the day. The rooms had a fridge but no microwave. And its very very crowded there with lots and lots of kids.

      'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach ¥25,972
      Reviewed on May 19, 2019
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      'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach

      'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach

      2490 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI
         
        4.3 of 5
        5.0 out of 5.0

        The resort was in a great location right off of the beach. It had a lot of additional activities that were nice, however, there was an additional $40 per night fee that we were unaware of. However, instructors did not show up to the scheduled classes, the pool bar staff did not greet us or take our ...

        Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa ¥25,480
        Reviewed on May 22, 2019
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        Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa

        Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa

        2424 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
           
          4.1 of 5
          4.0 out of 5.0

          We had a very nice stay, I would recommend this hotel. Lines were very long at check-in

          Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort ¥25,032
          Reviewed on May 21, 2019
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          Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort

          Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort

          2335 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
             
            4.4 of 5
            4.0 out of 5.0

            Loved the location of this property, being right on the beach & in the centre of Waikiki. Our room was a city view room however we still had a great ocean view. Dukes was a great place eat or have a drink but was always crowed due to popularity. Staff were all very friendly. Would definitely stay ...

            Queen Kapiolani Hotel ¥18,594
            Reviewed on May 23, 2019
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            Queen Kapiolani Hotel

            Queen Kapiolani Hotel

            150 Kapahulu Ave, Honolulu, HI
               
              4.3 of 5
              4.0 out of 5.0

              No coffee pots in rooms. And no free coffee any where in hotel.

              Trump International Hotel Waikiki ¥46,648
              Reviewed on May 22, 2019
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              Trump International Hotel Waikiki

              Trump International Hotel Waikiki

              223 Saratoga Road, Honolulu, HI
                 
                4.7 of 5
                5.0 out of 5.0

                Had an amazing time at the Trump, my wife and I came to celebrate our anniversary and it was a blast she loved it. We originally booked a deluxe studio, but when we got there the front desk told us we could upgrade to a Deluxe Suite corner room with an ocean view for literally an $50 a night! I’m ...

                Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa, Waikiki Beach ¥28,432
                Reviewed on May 23, 2019
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                Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa, Waikiki Beach

                Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa, Waikiki Beach

                2365 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI
                   
                  4.1 of 5
                  4.5 out of 5.0

                  The hotel is very central and is right on the beach. Hotel has a great pool too.

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