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Waikiki Beach

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!

It may sound like a cliché, but Waikiki really does epitomise the picture-postcard perfection of Hawaiian beach life. Palm-fringed sands, crystal-clear waters and endless azure skies provide the backdrop for the beautiful people to show off their toned bodies and sporting skills, or just lie back and soak up the sun.

Waikiki’s fame chiefly rests on its reputation as a surfers’ paradise, a legacy of the legendary Hawaiian-born Olympic swimming champion Duke Kahanamoku, whose giant statue dominates the promenade. "The Duke" is credited with spreading the global popularity of the sport, and it’s easy to see why both novice and more experienced surfers continue to be drawn to this idyllic stretch of Pacific coastline. Sheltered by a natural reef, the waves are gentle enough for beginners and there are several schools based on the beach where you can sign up for lessons. Afterwards, watch in amazement as the experts effortlessly ride the rollers further offshore or show off their mind-boggling circus skills with a spot of tandem surfing.

If you prefer your entertainment a little more passive, find a shady spot under a palm tree and settle back to watch the world go by. There’s always something interesting to see at Waikiki, from hula competitions and outrigger canoe races to free Friday evening firework displays. Take a dip in the warm lagoon or stroll along the promenade admiring the never-ending fashion parade. As the day draws to a close, people flock from far and wide to marvel at the spectacular sunset, before enjoying a meal or a drink in one of the popular bars and restaurants nearby or dancing the night away in the pulsating clubs.

Waikiki’s popularity makes it a magnet for visitors all year round so, if you want to escape the crowds, head for the quieter stretches bordering Kapiolani Park. In either case, whether you prefer a more peaceful vibe or like to pitch yourself right into the action, there’s no better place to learn the true meaning of Aloha than right here on Waikiki Beach.


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Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach NZ$250
Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach

Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach

175 Paoakalani Ave, Honolulu, HI
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    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.

    Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort NZ$469
    Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort

    Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort

    2335 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      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 Center and Waikiki Beach Walk are also within 10 minutes.

      Ohia Waikiki Studio Suites NZ$101
      Ohia Waikiki Studio Suites

      Ohia Waikiki Studio Suites

      2280 Kuhio Ave, Honolulu, HI
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        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 15 minutes.

        'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach NZ$500
        'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach

        'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach

        2490 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          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 Market Place and Honolulu Zoo are also within 10 minutes.

          Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
          Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort

          Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort

          2005 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            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 Ala Moana Center are also within 3 mi (5 km).

            Pacific Monarch Hotel NZ$171
            Pacific Monarch Hotel

            Pacific Monarch Hotel

            2427 Kuhio Ave, Honolulu, HI
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              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 also within 3 mi (5 km).

              Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa NZ$434
              Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa

              Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa

              2424 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Waikiki, this beachfront resort is connected to a shopping centre and within a 5-minute walk of Kuhio Beach Park and International Market Place. Honolulu Zoo and Waikiki Aquarium are also within 15 minutes.

                Pagoda Waikiki NZ$155
                Pagoda Waikiki

                Pagoda Waikiki

                260 Beach Walk, Honolulu, HI
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Waikiki, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of U.S. Army Museum of Hawai'i and Waikiki Beach Walk. Royal Hawaiian Center and Waikiki Beach are also within 10 minutes.