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Waikiki Beach

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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£128
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort

2005 Kalia Rd, Honolulu
4.2
of 5, from 6,214 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.

£76
Queen Kapiolani Hotel

Queen Kapiolani Hotel

150 Kapahulu Ave, Honolulu
3.5
of 5, from 2,049 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Overlooking Kapiolani Park and Diamond Head, across from Honolulu Zoo, this 19-story Honolulu hotel is located less than a block away from Waikiki Beach.

£91
Luana Waikiki Hotel & Suites

Luana Waikiki Hotel & Suites

2045 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu
4.1
of 5, from 1,032 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Overlooking serene Fort DeRussy Park, this contemporary Honolulu boutique hotel is a 10-minute walk from Waikiki Beach, and a 20-minute walk from Ala Moana Shopping Center.

Hawaiian Monarch by Hawaii Ocean Club

Hawaiian Monarch by Hawaii Ocean Club

444 Niu Street, Honolulu
2.5
of 5, from 2 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in Waikiki, this condo is within 1 mi (2 km) of Hawaii Convention Center and Ala Moana Center. University of Hawaii at Manoa and Honolulu Zoo are also within 2 mi (3 km).

The Breakers Hotel

The Breakers Hotel

250 Beach Walk, Honolulu
0.0 out of 5.0

Located in Waikiki, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Waikiki Ocean Club and Honolulu Zoo. Ala Moana Center and Waikiki Aquarium are also within 2 mi (3 km).

£140
Hilton Waikiki Beach

Hilton Waikiki Beach

2500 Kuhio Ave, Honolulu
4.3
of 5, from 2,114 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Just a block from the sand, surrounded by fine dining and boutique shopping, is the Hilton Waikiki Beach. It’s 4 miles (6.4 km) from downtown Honolulu, and a 20-minute cab ride from the airport. It’s a 30-minute bus ride to the memorials of Pearl Harbor, and 7 minutes to the base of Diamond Head.

Hawaiian King 506 by RedAwning

Hawaiian King 506 by RedAwning

417 Nohonani St, Honolulu
3.0 out of 5.0

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

£128
Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach

Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach

175 Paoakalani Ave, Honolulu
4.2
of 5, from 1,630 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

A block from Kapiolani Park and its tennis courts, and a block from a family-friendly beach, this hotel on the corner of Kuhio Avenue is close to Waikiki's adventures and one mile from Diamond Head.

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