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Waikiki Beach

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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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3750 Cheap Hotels Near Waikiki Beach

Ala Moana Hotel
Ala Moana Hotel
3.5 out of 5
410 Atkinson Drive, Honolulu, HI
The price is NZ$303 per night from 15 Aug. to 15 Aug.
Located in Ala Moana, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hawaii Convention Center and Ala Moana Center. Royal Hawaiian Center and Waikiki Beach are ...
4.1/5Very Good! (2,317 reviews)
"First room we booked was dirty, however, their customer service was nice enough to let us have a free upgrade which made the stay a whole lot better. The rooms are quite small but the staff on our floor was very nice."

Reviewed on 22 Jul. 2021

Ala Moana Hotel
Sheraton Waikiki
Sheraton Waikiki
4 out of 5
2255 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$575 per night from 22 Aug. to 22 Aug.
This family-friendly Honolulu hotel is located by the ocean, steps away from Royal-Moana Beach, Waikiki Beach and Royal Hawaiian Center. International Market ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,218 reviews)
"The convenience of everything around us. It was kid friendly and the property was lovely . The staff was so helpful and friendly. Beautiful beachfront property and easy access to the beach"

Reviewed on 23 Jul. 2021

Sheraton Waikiki
'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
5 out of 5
2490 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI
The price is NZ$562 per night from 16 Aug. to 16 Aug.
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 ...
4.2/5Very Good! (2,391 reviews)
"Everything was amazing"

Reviewed on 22 Jul. 2021

'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Top Waikiki Beach Hotel & Accommodation Deals

Hilton Garden Inn Waikiki Beach
Hilton Garden Inn Waikiki Beach
3.5 out of 5
2330 Kuhio Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is NZ$279 per night from 2 Aug. to 2 Aug.
Hilton Garden Inn Waikiki Beach
Sheraton Waikiki
Sheraton Waikiki
4 out of 5
2255 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is NZ$575 per night from 22 Aug. to 22 Aug.
Sheraton Waikiki
'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
5 out of 5
2490 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI
The price is NZ$562 per night from 16 Aug. to 16 Aug.
'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
Ala Moana Hotel
Ala Moana Hotel
3.5 out of 5
410 Atkinson Drive, Honolulu, HI
The price is NZ$303 per night from 15 Aug. to 15 Aug.
Ala Moana Hotel
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$593 per night from 22 Aug. to 22 Aug.
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort
Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort
4 out of 5
2169 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI
The price is NZ$328 per night from 16 Aug. to 16 Aug.
Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort
Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger
Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger
4 out of 5
2300 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is NZ$452 per night from 22 Aug. to 22 Aug.
Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger
Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa
Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
2424 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is NZ$444 per night from 25 Aug. to 25 Aug.
Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa
Sheraton Princess Kaiulani
Sheraton Princess Kaiulani
3.5 out of 5
120 Kaiulani Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is NZ$279 per night from 10 Aug. to 10 Aug.
Sheraton Princess Kaiulani
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.