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Waikiki
Honolulu

Honolulu showing general coastal views, swimming and landscape views

One of Hawaii’s most popular beach settlements features bright white sand, beachfront hotels and O’ahu’s landmark volcanic crater.

World-famous for its long beach and waterfront hotels, Waikiki is where many visitors to Honolulu choose to stay. While the beach is nearly always crowded, family activities, surf classes and fun nightlife give plenty of reasons to spend your time here.

Spend a day enjoying the beach’s many watersports. Hire equipment for snorkelling or scuba diving and explore the coral reefs spread out further off the shore. Go parasailing, Jet Skiing or windsurfing across the small waves in summer. If you’re a novice surfer, book some lessons with a surfing class and then paddle out to join the experts on the break. In the winter, notice the professional surfers riding the heavy swells over the reef.

Kuhio Beach lies to the south of Waikiki Beach behind a coastal wall. In the evening, take a walk along Kapahulu Pier just off Kuhio. The beautiful sunset over Waikiki is best viewed from here.

Head to the southeast end of Waikiki for the family-friendly Queens Surf Beach, which is less crowded. Picnic here in peace and gaze along the wide, curving stretch of scenic Waikiki Beach.

The Diamond Head State Monument, a landmark crater popular for its walking trails and views over glittering Waikiki, stands nearby. Hike along the trail up into the crater to see a lighthouse and a 69-metre (225-foot) tunnel leading to a former military bunker.

Luxury shops and hotels line Honolulu’s Kalakaua Avenue, which stretches behind the beach. Order a fruity cocktail at the fancy Royal Hawaiian or the Moana Surfrider hotel. Enjoy the music and antics of street performers along the Kalakaua strip. If you want to go dancing, the bars are open until early in the morning.

Take the kids to the Waikiki Aquarium, home to more than 500 marine species, and the Honolulu Zoo. See Waikiki’s wildlife in its natural habitat on a submarine tour. Old shipwrecks and colourful sea animals await at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.


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Top hotels in Waikiki

Sheraton Princess Kaiulani
Sheraton Princess Kaiulani
3.5 out of 5
120 Kaiulani Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is NZ$214 per night from 21 May to 21 May
Located in Waikiki, this hotel is steps away from Royal-Moana Beach, Waikiki Beach and International Market Place. Royal Hawaiian Center and Waikiki Beach Walk ...
3.9/5Very Good! (1,081 reviews)
"It was very close to the beach. I would have liked a microwave in my room and more vegan food options. Vegans eat more than green salad"

Reviewed on 18 May 2021

Sheraton Princess Kaiulani
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
4 out of 5
2005 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI
The price is NZ$452 per night from 21 May to 21 May
Nestled on the beach, this Waikiki resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Waikiki Beach, Honolulu Zoo and Ala Moana Center. Diamond Head and Na Ala Hele Manoa Falls ...
4.1/5Very Good! (5,520 reviews)
"The hotel staff was very kind and friendly. They appeared to be very patient during a very busy time of the day."

Reviewed on 18 May 2021

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Sheraton Waikiki
Sheraton Waikiki
4 out of 5
2255 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is NZ$564 per night from 21 May to 21 May
This family-friendly Honolulu hotel is located in the entertainment district, steps away from Royal-Moana Beach, Waikiki Beach and Royal Hawaiian Center. International ...
4/5Very Good! (1,160 reviews)
"The infinity pool is amazing!"

Reviewed on 18 May 2021

Sheraton Waikiki
Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort
Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort
4 out of 5
2169 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI
The price is NZ$284 per night from 21 May to 21 May
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 ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (2,268 reviews)
"The staff and rooms were amazing."

Reviewed on 17 May 2021

Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort
'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
5 out of 5
2490 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$484 per night from 25 May to 25 May
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! (2,372 reviews)
"Centrally located in Waikiki, across the street from beach. Morimoto Momosan located in hotel. Numerous dining options nearby on Kapahulu Street. Excellent Valet and Front Desk services. Due to COVID 19, daily housekeeping is limited, recommend fully vaccinated guest receive full housekeeping ..."

Reviewed on 18 May 2021

'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel
Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel
3.5 out of 5
2570 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
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Offering direct access to the beach, this Waikiki hotel is in the entertainment district and within a 15-minute walk of Honolulu Zoo and Ala Wai Golf Course. ...
4/5Very Good! (2,589 reviews)
"Classic Waikiki hotel in transition. The lobby areas were so fancy, and the room was a little more basic/shabby with obvious patchy areas in the drywall. I was on the 24th floor and the hot water was almost nonexistent in the shower. Bathroom cleanliness can be improved—tile floor could use a scrubbing ..."

Reviewed on 18 May 2021

Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel
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