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Waikiki Beach
Vacation Travel Guide

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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Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
4 out of 5
2005 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI
The price is $218 per night from Apr 6 to Apr 7

Located in Waikiki, this beachfront resort is in the entertainment district and within 1 mi (2 km) of Royal Hawaiian Center and Waikiki Beach. Honolulu Zoo and ...

4.1/5Very Good! (5,795 reviews)

"Loved the property and that it is it's own place with shops but was disappointed that the restaurants were closed due to COVID and there were not allot of places to eat and it was a struggle for the 7 day stay there"…"

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2021

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
5 out of 5
2490 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI
The price is $251 per night from Mar 15 to Mar 16

Offering direct access to the beach, this Waikiki resort is in the entertainment district, steps from Kuhio Beach Park and Duke Kahanamoku Statue. International ...

4.2/5Excellent! (2,425 reviews)

"Lobby was beautiful, pool was modern and rooms were fine."…"

Reviewed on Mar 3, 2021

'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
Sheraton Waikiki
Sheraton Waikiki
4 out of 5
2255 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is $279 per night from Mar 8 to Mar 9

This family-friendly Honolulu hotel is located in the entertainment district, steps from Royal-Moana Beach, Waikiki Beach, and Royal Hawaiian Center. International ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,202 reviews)

"This hotel was so worth the splurge for this single mom!!! Everyone was so welcoming and accommodating! EVERYONE! I didn't experience any bad customer service the whole week. The adult only pool was breathtaking and the beach access was great! The location was perfect and I never had to use Uber ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2021

Sheraton Waikiki
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Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
4 out of 5
2005 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI
The price is $218 per night from Apr 6 to Apr 7
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
5 out of 5
2490 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI
The price is $251 per night from Mar 15 to Mar 16
'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
Sheraton Waikiki
Sheraton Waikiki
4 out of 5
2255 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is $279 per night from Mar 8 to Mar 9
Sheraton Waikiki
Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort
Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort
4 out of 5
2335 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is $267 per night from Mar 8 to Mar 9
Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort
Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel
Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel
3.5 out of 5
2570 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is $134 per night from Mar 8 to Mar 9
Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel
Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach
Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach
3.5 out of 5
175 Paoakalani Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is $143 per night from Apr 5 to Apr 6
Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach
Hilton Garden Inn Waikiki Beach
Hilton Garden Inn Waikiki Beach
3.5 out of 5
2330 Kuhio Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is $127 per night from Mar 8 to Mar 9
Hilton Garden Inn Waikiki Beach
Hilton Waikiki Beach
Hilton Waikiki Beach
4 out of 5
2500 Kuhio Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is $179 per night from Mar 8 to Mar 9
Hilton Waikiki Beach
Queen Kapiolani Hotel
Queen Kapiolani Hotel
4 out of 5
150 Kapahulu Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is $129 per night from Mar 16 to Mar 17
Queen Kapiolani Hotel
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