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Ala Moana Beach Park

Enjoy the sun, sea and sand at one of Hawaii’s best swimming and surfing spots, a popular nature escape within easy reach of downtown Honolulu.

Escape the city and enjoy a break, or activities, in the 100 acres (40 hectares) of Ala Moana Beach Park. Dip into the Pacific Ocean to cool off or sit beneath the shade of a tree with a picnic.

If you’re looking for a relaxing day at the beach, then the sands at Ala Moana are perfect for you. Almost always quieter than Waikiki, the half-mile (800-meter) long beach is also one of the safest places to swim on the island. The offshore reef creates calm waters in almost all weather conditions. The most popular area for families is at the eastern end of the beach, with the soft, sandy bottom offering a safe place for children to splash around.

Active people will be in good company here, as this is where Hawaii residents come to get fit in the outdoors. Balance on the waters during a stand-up paddle boarding session, enjoy a game of tennis, or get a sweat up with a serious workout or jog. There’s no charge to use the exercise equipment in the park. Go in-line skating or swim laps in the deepwater channel along the beach. Offshore, you can surf some of the best waves on Oahu’s south coast, while on calmer days you can scuba dive or snorkel, and explore the coral reefs.

If you prefer to relax, then settle down in the park for a few hours. Vast grassy areas, large banyan trees for shade, and ponds with freshwater turtles make this oasis-like spot a perfect place to enjoy a picnic.

At the eastern end of the park is the Magic Island area, where cultural events and performances often take place. Every year in May, the Lantern Floating festival mesmerizes the crowds, and on July 4 spectacular fireworks mark Independence Day.

While there are a large number of parking spots, they do tend to fill up quickly at weekends and during the high season. Get there early or take the bus to Ala Moana Beach Park. A regular service runs from downtown Honolulu to Ala Moana.


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Lodging Near Ala Moana Beach Park

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Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort $156
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort

2005 Kalia Rd, Honolulu
     
    4.1
    of 5, from 11,220 reviews
    4.0 out of 5.0

    With lush gardens, ponds, and waterfalls, this 22-acre Honolulu destination resort is fronted by several acres of Waikiki Beach; offers views of iconic Diamond Head Crater; a weekly Polynesian extravaganza includes traditional dance and fireworks.

    Ala Moana Hotel $152
    Ala Moana Hotel

    Ala Moana Hotel

    410 Atkinson Drive, Honolulu
       
      3.9
      of 5, from 2,550 reviews
      3.0 out of 5.0

      Adjacent to the expansive Ala Moana Center shopping mall, this 2-tower hotel is across the street from the Hawaii Convention Center and 1 block from the family-friendly Ala Moana Beach Park.

      Aqua Palms Waikiki $109
      Aqua Palms Waikiki

      Aqua Palms Waikiki

      1850 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu
         
        3.8
        of 5, from 2,403 reviews
        2.5 out of 5.0

        This 12-story nonsmoking hotel is a 10-minute walk from Waikiki Beach's wide stretch of sand and 1 block from Fort DeRussy; guests often walk the half-mile to the Ala Moana Center indoor/outdoor mall.

        Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel $141
        Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel

        Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel

        2570 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu
           
          3.9
          of 5, from 7,007 reviews
          3.5 out of 5.0

          Located across the street from Waikiki Beach and 2 blocks from the Honolulu Zoo, this Aston hotel is on Waikiki's main thoroughfare, with easy access to shops, restaurants, and attractions.

          Prince Waikiki $227
          Prince Waikiki

          Prince Waikiki

          100 Holomoana St, Honolulu
             
            4.4
            of 5, from 540 reviews
            4.5 out of 5.0

            At the gateway to Waikiki, this oceanfront hotel overlooks the Ala Wai Yacht Harbor and is 0.5 mile from the Ala Moana Center and less than 2 miles from Ala Moana Beach Park and Waikiki Beach.

            Trump International Hotel Waikiki $319
            Trump International Hotel Waikiki

            Trump International Hotel Waikiki

            223 Saratoga Road, Honolulu
               
              4.7
              of 5, from 3,024 reviews
              5.0 out of 5.0

              Offering the world-class Trump lifestyle, this contemporary Honolulu hotel is just 1 block from the white sands of Waikiki Beach and the designer shops of Luxury Row. Diamond Head is 2 miles away.

              Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa $199
              Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa

              Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa

              2424 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu
                 
                4.1
                of 5, from 3,484 reviews
                4.0 out of 5.0

                Across the street from sheltered ocean waters and a sandy beach, this resort hotel is 5 blocks from Kapiolani Park, the Honolulu Zoo and the Aquarium, and within a half-mile of Ala Wai Golf Course.

                Aqua Ohia Waikiki $89
                Aqua Ohia Waikiki

                Aqua Ohia Waikiki

                2280 Kuhio Ave, Honolulu
                   
                  3.1
                  of 5, from 1,285 reviews
                  3.0 out of 5.0

                  Located in Waikiki, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of International Market Place and Honolulu Zoo. Waikiki Aquarium and Ala Moana Center are also within 2 mi (3 km).