WaikikiHonolulu

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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.

Top hotels in Waikiki

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
5 out of 5
2490 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
NZ$476
per night
Feb 29 - Mar 1

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! (2,240 reviews)

"Alohilani resort was a good place to stay at for my first visit to the island. It wasn’t great because it wasn’t a"…"

Reviewed on 23 Feb. 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
NZ$272
per night
Mar 22 - Mar 23

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! (16,088 reviews)

"It's located in the best place in Honolulu. It has good pools and leisure facilities. The beach front of the hotel is very good to spend time taking a rest."…"

Reviewed on 24 Feb. 2020

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Queen Kapiolani Hotel
Queen Kapiolani Hotel
4 out of 5
150 Kapahulu Ave, Honolulu, HI
NZ$289
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 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! (1,245 reviews)

"Great location. Good deal for the price. Very safe. Friendly staff."…"

Reviewed on 22 Feb. 2020

Queen Kapiolani Hotel
The Modern Honolulu by Diamond Resorts
The Modern Honolulu by Diamond Resorts
4.5 out of 5
1775 Ala Moana Boulevard, Honolulu, HI
NZ$250
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

Located in Waikiki, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Duke Kahanamoku Beach and Ala Moana Center. Royal Hawaiian Center and Waikiki Beach are also ...

4.3/5Excellent! (3,102 reviews)

"Penthouse was emmaculate and amazing. From there the views are breathtaking and watching the fireworks was the cherry on top"…"

Reviewed on 22 Feb. 2020

The Modern Honolulu by Diamond Resorts
Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel
Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel
3.5 out of 5
2570 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
NZ$260
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

Offering direct access to the beach, this Waikiki hotel is in the entertainment district and within a 10-minute walk of Honolulu Zoo and Waikiki Aquarium. Ala ...

3.9/5Very Good! (8,743 reviews)

"Nice location and fairly priced. Close to the beach, shopping and many amazing restaurants. You are right in the middle of the chaos of the city though and there is a lot of road noise (sirens, etc). Staff was absolutely Amazing! Very helpful, polite and accommodating on all levels. Upgrade to the ..."…"

Reviewed on 26 Feb. 2020

Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel
Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort
Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort
4 out of 5
2335 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
NZ$441
per night
Mar 8 - Mar 9

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! (5,092 reviews)

"Perfect location, nice rooms, overall very nice property. Service does not match price tag."…"

Reviewed on 24 Feb. 2020

Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort

Popular activities in Waikiki

Honolulu Zoo
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Honolulu Zoo

4/5(92 reviews)

Make friends with the meerkats, chat with the cheetahs and play with the pot-bellied pigs at one of the island’s favourite destinations.

Waikiki Beach
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Waikiki Beach

4.5/5(543 reviews)

Nowhere sums up the spirit of Hawaii more powerfully than its world-famous beach – so grab your swimming gear and prepare to be wowed by Waikiki!

Top activities in Waikiki

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

88% of travellers recommend
NZ$65
Per adult
Germaine's Hawaiian Luau
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Germaine's Hawaiian Luau

86% of travellers recommend
NZ$145
Per adult
Paradise Cove Luau
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Paradise Cove Luau

90% of travellers recommend
NZ$165
Per adult
Catamaran Sunset Cruise
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Catamaran Sunset Cruise

92% of travellers recommend
NZ$83
Per adult
Sunset Cruise with Crab and Steak Dinner & Show
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Sunset Cruise with Crab and Steak Dinner & Show

86% of travellers recommend
NZ$177
Per adult
Circle Island Tour
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Circle Island Tour

NZ$169
Per adult

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