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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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'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach ¥25,849
Reviewed on Mar 26, 2020
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'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach

'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach

2490 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI
     
    4.2 of 5
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Beautiful hotel. Clean and comfortable rooms. Perfect for couple stay.

    Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort ¥22,846
    Reviewed on Apr 1, 2020
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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 Stars

      The room was excellent (Ocean Front) and the Rainbow towers is in a excellent spot close to the beach. We were there at the start jof the Covid-19 virus so things started to shut down or there was take out only, but every associated with the hotel was pleasant and very friendly. The prices I thought ...

      Sheraton Waikiki ¥32,985
      Reviewed on Mar 24, 2020
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      Sheraton Waikiki

      Sheraton Waikiki

      2255 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
         
        4.1 of 5
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Good location for shopping and dinning. I requested to repair a safe in my room but they had never showed up until check out.

        Waikiki Resort Hotel ¥16,057
        Reviewed on Apr 7, 2020
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        Waikiki Resort Hotel

        Waikiki Resort Hotel

        2460 Koa Avenue, Honolulu, HI
           
          3.9 of 5
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          It was close to the beach. Food was ok. Room was nice and clean. WiFi was a little sketchy

          Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach ¥18,386
          Reviewed on Mar 30, 2020
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          Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach

          Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach

          175 Paoakalani Ave, Honolulu, HI
             
            4.2 of 5
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            I liked the spacious room and the couch in the room with the balcony and the king bed.

            Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa ¥22,737
            Reviewed on Mar 27, 2020
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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 Stars

              Everything was exceptional during our stay however due to Covid19 there really was nothing open but not the Hotels fault! Exceptional stay super accommodating and nice staff

              Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort ¥25,566
              Reviewed on Mar 27, 2020
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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 Stars

                Beach and location is perfect!. Surf was great. Staff was fun and helpful at all times. Place is showing it's age but in good shape.

                Queen Kapiolani Hotel
                Reviewed on Mar 24, 2020
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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 Stars

                  Accomadated to a PH view we did not pay for while here during civic-19 Staff went out of there way to do their jobs and restaurant did room drops w/ food during the crisis Hotel nicely redone and in good location on the park

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