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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.

Accommodation in Waikiki

When a destination is as bustling as Waikiki, it should come as no surprise that there's a massive range of room and apartment options to select from. You can find 102 Waikiki hotels or other lodgings on Expedia's convenient booking website.

If you want to treat yourself, check out the rooms, rates and amenities at the Halekulani or the Aston Waikiki Beach Tower, two of the island's more upmarket accommodations. Those looking for cheaper accommodation could try the Marina Tower Waikiki and the Aston Waikiki Beachside Hotel, two of the island's more competitively priced choices.

Popular Activities in Waikiki

A getaway is a wonderful time to slow down, recharge and relax. It's also the perfect time to try new things!

The excellent news is that in Waikiki there are heaps of things to do. Here are just some of our favorites:

For more things to do, head to our Waikiki things to do page.


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Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort AU$349
Reviewed on 26 May 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

    Great place to stay has everything you’d ever want

    Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel AU$267
    Reviewed on 25 May 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

      Hallways are noisy, no private balconies, noisy kids on balconies at 6 am, sidewalk construction , people dont consider other guests and how much noise they are making. Quiet end of Waikiki, walking distance to beach and restaurants, easy to get around, would stay again, but hope i have different ...

      'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach AU$394
      Reviewed on 19 May 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 ...

        Queen Kapiolani Hotel AU$282
        Reviewed on 25 May 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

          The staff here was very friendly the room was very clean overall an excellent experience!

          Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa AU$430
          Reviewed on 25 May 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

            Good hotel. Close to beach. convenience to shopping, food and transportations.

            The Modern Honolulu by Diamond Resorts AU$357
            Reviewed on 26 May 2019
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            The Modern Honolulu by Diamond Resorts

            The Modern Honolulu by Diamond Resorts

            1775 Ala Moana Boulevard, Honolulu, HI
               
              4.3 of 5
              4.5 out of 5.0

              Likes- The property is modern looking. Pool areas are nice- especially liked the adult pool area. Nice bars at both with TVs, happy hours until 5 daily. Pool service is great- chair covers, towels, citrus water, sunscreen pumps, drinks & food. Nice Lounge beds for $60/day. Public parking garage across ...

              Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort AU$397
              Reviewed on 25 May 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

                Nice resort but they close the pool and hot tub at 8 pm and the pool bar was no longer a bar, but was selling pool gear. We were kicked out of the pool and pool area including hot tub was closed, beach access was roped off. Unless you were eating at the restaurant there was nothing to do and nowhere ...

                Trump International Hotel Waikiki AU$708
                Reviewed on 22 May 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 ...

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