WaikikiHonolulu

Located on the south shore of Honolulu, this neighborhood is known internationally for its great surfing and beautiful beaches.

A magnet for surfers since well before the Beach Boys sang about it in the 1960s, Waikiki also offers many activities for families, a vibrant nightlife and local culture.

Waikiki Beach is a great place to start your adventures in Waikiki. It is usually crowded, especially in winter when the surf swells, but it is the one beach that comes to mind for most people when they think of Hawaii.

Rent a board and paddle out to the waves, where you’ll very likely find yourself surrounded by surfing pros. There are many excellent surf schools catering for all experience levels, so book in for a few lessons. For an alternative to surfing, try out any of the other water sports on offer, such as snorkeling, parasailing or scuba diving.

Take a short stroll south to Kuhio Beach. This is a golden stretch of sand sheltered by a coastal wall, and home to Kapahulu Pier. The pier is a great place to visit at sunset.

Queens Surf Beach is at the Diamond Head end of Waikiki and provides a less frantic, grassier area, perfect for picnicking and gazing out to sea. While in the area, visit the Diamond Head State Monument, a calcite crystal crater that’s a Hawaiian landmark. A trail here takes you through a lit 225-foot (69-meter) tunnel to old military bunkers and a huge navigational lighthouse.

Head up Kalakaua Avenue, which runs behind Waikiki Beach, and into the heart of town. Along here, luxury-brand stores mingle with Waikiki’s high-end hotels, including the Royal Hawaiian and Moana Surfrider hotel. Street performers bring the strip to life, and cocktail bars stay open until the early hours of the morning.

Families should take a trip Honolulu Zoo and Waikiki Aquarium, which is home to more than 500 species of aquatic animals and plants. To get even closer to the aquatic environment, book onto a submarine tour, which will take you down to the Pacific bed to see wrecked ships and exotic sea creatures.

Popular places to visit in Waikiki

Honolulu Zoo
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Honolulu Zoo

Originally designed to house the king's exotic bird collection, and a horseracing track, this zoo is now home to a fascinating population of 905 different animals.

Waikiki Beach
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Waikiki Beach

Come sample the waves and catch some rays on the white sands of the beach most synonymous with surfing and the Aloha spirit.

Diamond Head
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Diamond Head

Follow the trail through Diamond Head State Monument to the top of this volcano for one of the finest views anywhere in Hawaii.

Top things to do in Waikiki

Xtreme Parasail above Waikiki
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Xtreme Parasail above Waikiki

P2,410
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Waikiki Atlantis Undersea Submarine Adventure
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Waikiki Atlantis Undersea Submarine Adventure

P5,894
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Hanauma Bay Snorkeling Adventure
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Hanauma Bay Snorkeling Adventure

P1,314
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Catamaran Sunset Cruise
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Catamaran Sunset Cruise

P2,711
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Chief's Luau
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Chief's Luau

P5,011
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Surfing Lessons On Waikiki Beach
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Surfing Lessons On Waikiki Beach

P5,038
Per adult

Top hotels in Waikiki

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach
Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach
3.5 out of 5
175 Paoakalani Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is P7,943 per night

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.

4.2/5Excellent! (2,212 reviews)

"The room was large and comfortable. Nice views of ocean. But The shower had a high frequency sequel aNd the was bird put all over the lanai which made the enjoyment of the view and fresh air less enjoyable. Overall it was a very good experience"…"

Reviewed on May 28, 2020

Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach
Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort
Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort
4 out of 5
Free Cancellation
The price is P14,812 per night

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 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,249 reviews)

"Hospitality was tremendously exceptional. Thanks alot from the depths of my heart. Blessings to you"…"

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2020

Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort
Ohia Waikiki Studio Suites
Ohia Waikiki Studio Suites
3 out of 5
2280 Kuhio Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is P3,412 per night

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 ...

3.1/5 (1,582 reviews)

"The accommodations were wonderful and the price was very reasonable. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable. I would definitely recommend this place. Specially if you’re looking for a small kitchenette."…"

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2020

Ohia Waikiki Studio Suites
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
4 out of 5
2005 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI

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! (17,030 reviews)
Awesome Resort!

"The beach resort was wonderful and all the staff was super nice and professional, and they were always willing to help. We plan on returning some day in the future. Such a great location and fantastic atmosphere. We never had to leave the resort, and we had fun the entire time."…"

Reviewed on Apr 7, 2020

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
5 out of 5
The price is P14,196 per night

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! (2,527 reviews)

"Very nice modern and very clean. Customer service was great as well"…"

Reviewed on Jul 3, 2020

'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
Pacific Monarch Hotel
Pacific Monarch Hotel
3 out of 5
The price is P4,410 per night

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 ...

4/5Very Good! (989 reviews)

"The parking is horrible. The parking is not owned by the hotel , but it's the only parking offered at $30 a day. The towing company trolled the parking garage to find any reason to tow. I was there for 3 days and visited the tow yard twice. Costing $ 532. Both times the hotel was able to call to ..."…"

Reviewed on May 26, 2020

Pacific Monarch Hotel

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