WaikikiHonolulu

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Located on the south shore of Honolulu, this neighborhood is known internationally for its great surfing and beautiful beaches.

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.

Top Hotels in Waikiki

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
4 out of 5
2005 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI
CA $253
per night
Feb 20 - Feb 21

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! (15,885 reviews)

"Didn’t like the price for one night. Loved the view"…"

Reviewed on Jan. 23, 2020

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
5 out of 5
2490 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI
CA $325
per night
Feb 22 - Feb 23

With direct access to the beach, this Waikiki resort is in the entertainment district and within a 10-minute walk of Kuhio Beach Park, International Market Place ...

4.2/5Excellent! (2,120 reviews)

"I like Alohilani resort ! My family and me so happy we had great vacation! Thanks for all service!"…"

Reviewed on Jan. 24, 2020

'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
Queen Kapiolani Hotel
Queen Kapiolani Hotel
4 out of 5
150 Kapahulu Ave, Honolulu, HI
CA $205
per night
Feb 1 - Feb 2

Located in Waikiki, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Honolulu Zoo, Waikiki Beach and Waikiki Aquarium. Royal Hawaiian Center and International Market ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,183 reviews)

"View and location are ace. Staff are helpful. Air con is noisy and woke us up each night as it became too cold then switched off to become too hot in the room. An upgrade would be good. We also found the pillows uncomfortable as they were very puffy. The tv was good size but it could be placed on ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 23, 2020

Queen Kapiolani Hotel
Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach
Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach
3.5 out of 5
175 Paoakalani Ave, Honolulu, HI
CA $274
per night
Jan 31 - Feb 1

Located in Waikiki, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Queen Kapiʻolani Regional Park and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Diamond Head.

4.2/5Very Good! (4,022 reviews)

"Everyone was so friendly/happy/helpful! Room was upgraded without a request to ocean view. Complimentary breakfast was wonderful. Room was on the small side but completely adequate & comfortably appointed! Hotel is 2 blocks from the beach & anything else you might want. Also very close to the zoo, ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 23, 2020

Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach
Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort
Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort
4 out of 5
2335 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
CA $353
per night
Feb 11 - Feb 12

Located in Waikiki, this beachfront resort is on the boardwalk, just steps away from Royal-Moana Beach, Waikiki Beach and International Market Place. Royal Hawaiian ...

4.4/5Excellent! (5,009 reviews)

"2nd time at the property in the last year. Love the location but maybe it was just the room I got the 2nd time around, It seemed a little dated, especially the restroom."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 22, 2020

Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort
Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort
Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort
4 out of 5
2169 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI
CA $288
per night
Jan 26 - Jan 27

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 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (6,061 reviews)

"The hotel was fine. Liked the view and the front Desk people were really helpful."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 22, 2020

Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort

Popular things to do in Waikiki

Honolulu Zoo
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Honolulu Zoo

4/5(203 reviews)

What began as the exotic bird collection of the island’s king is now a park with over 1,200 animals, including several rare and endangered species.

Waikiki Beach
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Waikiki Beach

4.5/5(888 reviews)

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.

Top activities in Waikiki

Pearl Harbor & USS Arizona Memorial
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Pearl Harbor & USS Arizona Memorial

CA $55

On this USS Arizona and Pearl Harbor tour, immerse yourself in the history of the attack which launched the United States into World War II. Experience the sobering memorial to the sunken USS Arizona, and learn fascinating details about the attack from your guide and the comprehensive museum.

Germaine's Hawaiian Luau
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Germaine's Hawaiian Luau

CA $122

Delve into the ancient traditions of the islands and celebrate the cultures of the South Pacific at Germaine's Luau—where dance, cuisine, and customs meld seamlessly together to capture the beautiful spirit of old Hawaii.

Paradise Cove Luau
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Paradise Cove Luau

CA $139

Embrace the culture and spirit of Hawaii with an evening of lively entertainment and delicious cuisine at the spectacular Paradise Cove Luau. Participate in island games and crafts, learn about traditional ceremonies, and savor a buffet dinner while you watch a revue filled with music and dance.

Catamaran Sunset Cruise
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Catamaran Sunset Cruise

CA $70

Barefoot, board the boat right on Waikiki Beach and sail out through the surf line, leaving the hustle and bustle of Waikiki behind. Sit back and enjoy Hawaii's beauty as you experience a true Hawaiian sunset and sip beverages such as Mai Tais, beer, champagne, wine, juice, and soft drinks.

Xtreme Parasail
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Xtreme Parasail

CA $63

Enjoy a bird's-eye view of Honolulu and beyond as you take to the blue skies above Waikiki on a thrilling parsasailing adventure. With room for up to 2 people, you can fly solo or team up with a friend to take a tandem flight that lets you out on lines up to 1,000 feet (305 m) long.

Self-Guided Honolulu Scavenger Hunt
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Self-Guided Honolulu Scavenger Hunt

CA $14

This adventure will take you through the heart of Honolulu and let you see how it has changed over time, while also having fun. This hunt has been evolving over time to be as entertaining as possible, while showing you as much as possible.

Other neighborhoods in Honolulu

Downtown Honolulu featuring modern architecture

Downtown Honolulu

2.5/5(3 area reviews)

Many of Hawai’i’s most important historic sites and beautiful buildings are clustered together here at the hub of the city, with the ocean just a short walk away.

Downtown Honolulu