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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$224 per night from 30 Jul. to 30 Jul.
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! (1,257 reviews)
"Clean, comfy hotel."

Reviewed on 27 Jul. 2021

Hilton Garden Inn Waikiki Beach
Sheraton Waikiki
Sheraton Waikiki
4 out of 5
2255 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is AU$543 per night from 23 Aug. to 23 Aug.
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! (1,225 reviews)
"Swimming pool"

Reviewed on 27 Jul. 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$531 per night from 27 Aug. to 27 Aug.
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! (5,565 reviews)
"I like how everything is there, from ABC Store to LV. Beaches and food truck within reach. Pools and lagoons with rental water rides just right there. What was not pleasing was the room. My impression of Hilton is that it is high end. However the first room we were looks dated. I don't mind none ..."

Reviewed on 27 Jul. 2021

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
5 out of 5
2490 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$531 per night from 16 Aug. to 16 Aug.
Offering direct access to the beach, this Waikiki resort is in the entertainment district, steps away from Kuhio Beach Park and Duke Kahanamoku Statue. International ...
4.2/5Very Good! (2,405 reviews)
"This hotel had some amazing amentities - tennis courts, gym and spa. The lounge on the bottom floor was awesome- music was playing in the evening. They have an acquarium as well. Very relaxing atmosphere. They were also very flexibile with policies."

Reviewed on 24 Jul. 2021

'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort
Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort
4 out of 5
2169 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI
The price is AU$311 per night from 18 Aug. to 18 Aug.
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 ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (2,333 reviews)
"Facility under construction. Staff very friendly."

Reviewed on 27 Jul. 2021

Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort
Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa
Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
2424 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is AU$419 per night from 25 Aug. to 25 Aug.
Located in Waikiki, this beachfront resort is connected to a shopping centre and within a 5-minute walk of Kuhio Beach Park and International Market Place. Honolulu ...
4/5Very Good! (1,785 reviews)
"I loved how the hotel is right across from the beach. The Kai Coffee was the perfect place to have breakfast before running off to our day excursions. We were offered a great price to upgrade from a ocean view to an ocean front view and it was well worth it. We enjoyed the views each day or our stay. ..."

Reviewed on 26 Jul. 2021

Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa
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