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WaikikiHonolulu

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.


Popular places to visit in Waikiki

Moana Surfrider
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Moana Surfrider

5/5(2 reviews)

Find out about the history of Moana Surfrider, a well-known monument in Honolulu. Discover the area's beautiful sunsets or seek out its surfing spots.

Royal Hawaiian Center
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Royal Hawaiian Center

4.5/5(15 reviews)

You can browse for souvenirs with a trip to Royal Hawaiian Center, a favourite shopping spot in Honolulu. Stroll along the beautiful beaches or discover the area's beautiful sunsets.

Honolulu Zoo
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Honolulu Zoo

4/5(7 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(37 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.

International Market Place
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International Market Place

4/5(16 reviews)

You can browse for souvenirs with a trip to International Market Place, a favourite shopping spot in Honolulu. Wander the beautiful beaches or discover the area's beautiful sunsets.

Waikiki Beach Walk
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Waikiki Beach Walk

4.5/5(4 reviews)

Enjoy some entertainment with a trip to Waikiki Beach Walk, a popular attraction in Honolulu. Discover the great live music in this family-friendly area or seek out the local tours.

Top things to do in Waikiki

Catamaran Sunset Cruise
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Catamaran Sunset Cruise

£43
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Original North Shore Tour - Snorkel, Waterfall, Paddle
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Original North Shore Tour - Snorkel, Waterfall, Paddle

£100
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Self-Guided Kayak Adventure
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Self-Guided Kayak Adventure

£76
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Swim with Sharks North Shore Adventure
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Swim with Sharks North Shore Adventure

£80
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Hidden Coast Deluxe Snorkel & Sail
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Hidden Coast Deluxe Snorkel & Sail

£127
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
USS Arizona Memorial - Honolulu City - Aloha Pearl Harbor Tour - Oahu
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USS Arizona Memorial - Honolulu City - Aloha Pearl Harbor Tour - Oahu

£29
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Top hotels in Waikiki

Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach
Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach
3.5 out of 5
175 Paoakalani Ave, Honolulu, HI
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £149 per night from 1 Nov to 2 Nov

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! (2,019 reviews)

"Everything is very clean, the bathroom is clean, the bed is comfortable, we chose the balcony that allows you to see the beach, 2 blocks from Waikiki beach near restaurants and below the hotel is dominos, one block is the public transport stop 30 min from the airport. I hope to return one day after ..."…"

Reviewed on 15 Sep 2020

Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach
Ohia Waikiki Studio Suites
Ohia Waikiki Studio Suites
3 out of 5
2280 Kuhio Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is £73 per night from 12 Nov to 13 Nov

Located in Waikiki, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of International Market Place and Royal Hawaiian Center. Waikiki Beach and Honolulu Zoo are also within ...

3.1/5 (1,497 reviews)

"The staff is very friendly and helpful and it's inexpensive."…"

Reviewed on 18 Jul 2020

Ohia Waikiki Studio Suites
Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort
Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort
4 out of 5
2335 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is £267 per night from 16 Nov to 17 Nov

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

4.3/5Excellent! (2,132 reviews)

"Hospitality was tremendously exceptional. Thanks alot from the depths of my heart. Blessings to you"…"

Reviewed on 28 Jun 2020

Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort
'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
5 out of 5
2490 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI
The price is £296 per night from 29 Oct to 30 Oct

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

4.2/5Excellent! (2,531 reviews)

"This hotel is perfectly situation near quick food options, has a great pool AND is ocean front!"…"

Reviewed on 4 Oct 2020

'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
4 out of 5
2005 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI

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 ...

4/5Very Good! (6,262 reviews)

"Super clean and right at the beach. Soundproof windows"…"

Reviewed on 15 Jul 2020

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Pacific Monarch Hotel
Pacific Monarch Hotel
3 out of 5
2427 Kuhio Ave, Honolulu, HI
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £108 per night from 1 Nov to 2 Nov

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

4/5Very Good! (997 reviews)

"Convenient bus stop access. Short walking distance to International Market Center and Marukame Udon. Me Bar-B-Que across the street."…"

Reviewed on 21 Oct 2020

Pacific Monarch Hotel
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