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A magnet for surfers since well before the Beach Boys sang about it in the 1960s, Waikiki also offers many activities for families, a vibrant nightlife and local culture.
Waikiki Beach is a great place to start your adventures in Waikiki. It is usually crowded, especially in winter when the surf swells, but it is the one beach that comes to mind for most people when they think of Hawaii.
Rent a board and paddle out to the waves, where you’ll very likely find yourself surrounded by surfing pros. There are many excellent surf schools catering for all experience levels, so book in for a few lessons. For an alternative to surfing, try out any of the other water sports on offer, such as snorkeling, parasailing or scuba diving.
Take a short stroll south to Kuhio Beach. This is a golden stretch of sand sheltered by a coastal wall, and home to Kapahulu Pier. The pier is a great place to visit at sunset.
Queens Surf Beach is at the Diamond Head end of Waikiki and provides a less frantic, grassier area, perfect for picnicking and gazing out to sea. While in the area, visit the Diamond Head State Monument, a calcite crystal crater that’s a Hawaiian landmark. A trail here takes you through a lit 225-foot (69-meter) tunnel to old military bunkers and a huge navigational lighthouse.
Head up Kalakaua Avenue, which runs behind Waikiki Beach, and into the heart of town. Along here, luxury-brand stores mingle with Waikiki’s high-end hotels, including the Royal Hawaiian and Moana Surfrider hotel. Street performers bring the strip to life, and cocktail bars stay open until the early hours of the morning.
Families should take a trip Honolulu Zoo and Waikiki Aquarium, which is home to more than 500 species of aquatic animals and plants. To get even closer to the aquatic environment, book onto a submarine tour, which will take you down to the Pacific bed to see wrecked ships and exotic sea creatures.
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.
It's no secret that you don't take time off work to sit in a metal tube and sleep in a different bed. Traveling is all about the adventures you have while you're there!
Kick off your trip to Waikiki by checking out one or two of these things to do:
Have some time up your sleeve? Make your way to our Waikiki things to do page for a full range of options.
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Nice open lobby no doors, just walk up the stairs from the street or straight from the car drop off. Very pleasant staff. Complimentary bottle of wine along with daily breakfast buffet. Great location quite street and less than two blocks to the beach. Elevator is a little slow and ice machines are ...
The room was excellent (Ocean Front) and the Rainbow towers is in a excellent spot close to the beach. We were there at the start jof the Covid-19 virus so things started to shut down or there was take out only, but every associated with the hotel was pleasant and very friendly. The prices I thought ...
I liked how it was not the newest item on the block it felt like Hawaii. Loved the staff they went above and beyond. Never felt like we where putting them out.
Beach and location is perfect!. Surf was great. Staff was fun and helpful at all times. Place is showing it's age but in good shape.
This was our third stay at the resort, the rooms are a little small and the hotel has been around for a while but overall it was a good stay. Pros: location next to the zoo you can get to the freeway in a few minutes. Cons: Parking is valet and can add up $46 per day.
Good location for shopping and dinning. I requested to repair a safe in my room but they had never showed up until check out.
We traveled from Kauai for a procedure at Queen’s Hospital. When the staff heard this they kindly changed our room to one with a beautiful ocean view. They were happy to respond to any questions we had. They were friendly at every encounter. Though the room was small, they had everything needed - ...