Waikiki

Honolulu
Waikiki

This is one of the best-known beaches in Hawai’i thanks to its impeccable surf conditions and fun beach culture.

Waikiki is one of the most famous surfing beaches in the world and one of the most popular beaches in Hawai’i. The Beach Boys sang about the idyllic swells here in the 1960s, but long before then, and ever since, thousands have flocked here each year to enjoy the surfing culture, lively nightlife, family activities and the waves and white sand. Winter is the busiest time in Waikiki because the swells are biggest, but it’s a great time to come and watch professional surfers show off their talents.

Hire a surfboard and join the pros waiting to catch a wave at the back of the swells. If you’re a beginner or want to touch up on your skills, book lessons through one of the many surf schools. You can also go scuba diving, snorkelling and parasailing.

Head further south and you’ll come to Diamond Head. Stop at Queens Surf Beach for a picnic on the grass and then continue on to the Diamond Head State Monument. This huge crater encompasses 192 hectares (475 acres) of hiking trails, military history and incredible ocean views. Take the trail through a 69-metre (225-foot) tunnel to a lighthouse and wartime bunkers.

Nearby Kuhio Beach is more sheltered than Waikiki. Stroll to the end of the Kapahulu Pier and watch the sun set over the sparkling water and golden sands.

Waikiki town has accommodation, restaurants and shops to suit every budget. Kalakaua Avenue is the main strip where you’ll find luxury boutiques and plush hotels. Look for the distinctive pink façade of the Royal Hawaiian hotel and the elegant Moana Surfrider resort. Sip cocktails in bars and be entertained by street performers.

There is an array of activities for families. Spend a day at the Honolulu Zoo and Waikiki Aquarium, where you’ll find more than 500 species of animals. Book a submarine tour in the Pacific Ocean to see more marine life in its natural environment.

Waikiki lies just south of central Honolulu. Several parking lots nearby charge a small fee by the hour or for a full day.


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Top hotels in Waikiki

Hilton Garden Inn Waikiki Beach
Hilton Garden Inn Waikiki Beach
3.5 out of 5
2330 Kuhio Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is AU$176 per night from 18 Sep. to 18 Sep.
Located in Waikiki, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Royal Hawaiian Center and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Ala Moana Center.
4.2/5Very Good! (1,248 reviews)
"I liked that beach towels were available and certain fees were waived due to Covid - resort fee and washing machines were free to use. I didn’t like that there were no amenities at the property - like yoga classes or massages."

Reviewed on 15 Sep. 2021

Hilton Garden Inn Waikiki Beach
Sheraton Waikiki
Sheraton Waikiki
4 out of 5
2255 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is AU$384 per night from 18 Oct. to 18 Oct.
This family-friendly Honolulu hotel is located by the ocean, steps away from Royal-Moana Beach, Waikiki Beach and Royal Hawaiian Center. International Market ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,210 reviews)
"Nice property"

Reviewed on 16 Sep. 2021

Sheraton Waikiki
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
4 out of 5
2005 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI
The price is AU$384 per night from 2 Oct. to 2 Oct.
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 ...
4/5Very Good! (5,455 reviews)
"The room was nice and I like the location, right next to rockpile surf spot. I did not use any of the pools or gyms. Restaurants are over priced and the tour desk just wanted me to participate in some promotional thing, but didn't even tell me about the tours offered."

Reviewed on 14 Sep. 2021

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort
Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort
4 out of 5
2169 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI
The price is AU$314 per night from 18 Sep. to 18 Sep.
Located in Waikiki, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk, just steps away from U.S. Army Museum of Hawai'i and Waikiki Beach Walk. Royal Hawaiian Center ...
4.4/5Excellent! (2,303 reviews)
"Voyager 47 club was wonderful! Employees always happy and “aloha-ing” you. Construction was a bit of a disappointment, but beggars can’t be choosers."

Reviewed on 13 Sep. 2021

Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort
Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
2552 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is AU$392 per night from 18 Sep. to 18 Sep.
Located in Waikiki, this beachfront resort is in the entertainment district and within a 5-minute walk of Kuhio Beach Park and Waikiki Beach. International Market ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,409 reviews)
"I appreciated the proximity to the beach and bus stops. Since there are changing guidelines and mandates due to COVID, it would've been nice to have signage on the lobby floor to point out more specifically what is open/closed and what policies are in effect."

Reviewed on 14 Sep. 2021

Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
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 AU$225 per night from 16 Oct. to 16 Oct.
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! (1,563 reviews)
"Very good staff nothing impressive about it."

Reviewed on 9 Sep. 2021

The Modern Honolulu by Diamond Resorts
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