Waikiki Beach
Waikiki Beach
4
About
This iconic landmark in Waikiki is one of Hawaii’s most famous beaches, located on the south shore of Oahu. Waikiki Beach is the birthplace of modern surfing culture—look out for the statue of renowned waterman Duke Kahanamoku, who popularized the sport internationally. Once the playground of Hawaiian royals, today the beachfront is lined with resorts and some of Hawaii’s most historic hotels. Surfers, swimmers, and sunbathers flock to this beach all day long. Boat tours in Waikiki are a great way for admiring the coast away from the crowds. Neighboring Kalākaua Avenue has plenty of shopping, dining, and entertainment options. – Tripadvisor
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Tours & experiences
Explore different ways to experience this place.
What is Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best?
This award is our highest recognition and is presented annually to those businesses that are the Best of the Best on Tripadvisor, those that earn excellent reviews from travellers and are ranked in the top 1% of properties worldwide.
Top ways to experience Waikiki Beach
See what travellers are saying
  • Ajay H
    New York City, New York87 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very Crowded
    Waikiki Beach is beautiful and conveniently located. However, the beach was extremely crowded, and it’s not exactly one of the “best” beaches on the island. Come here early and have a relaxing beach day near your hotel, or enjoy the sunset. If you want to visit a truly exceptional beach though, this is not it (Try Lanikai Beach instead!).
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 July 2023
  • Bex I
    Silverdale, New Zealand204 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Busy but beautiful!
    We were staying one block from the beach so we’re able to visit a couple of times during the day. In morning the tide was low however water is refreshing when hot. Went back in afternoon when tide was higher. Part has a beach wall that creates a safe place for kids to swim, and the rest is for surfers and those wanting to body board. It is busy so if you want a quieter beach there are plenty of others. You can hire umbrellas and loungers however they are quite expensive e.g $20 per hour for an umbrella and they sell out fast. One if the challenges is limited toilet facilities, they have port-a-Loos while they are doing restorations. Anyway you are always close to an ABC store for a cold drink so enjoy !
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 July 2023
  • K Chris F
    Kawaguchi, Japan6 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Water's Great, Gets Crowded, though
    The water and the beach experience here is easy to recommend, but get there early, or plan for a short visit as the beach gets crowded with both guests and companies that stake their claim in the beach in the early morning. My primary recommendation would be to walk along the beach a ways, though, as you can get some very nice spots with just a 3 to 5 minute walk in either direction. Beaches in Hawaii aren't allowed to be private, so go ahead and set up just outside the hotels.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 22 July 2023
  • MrsHotrox
    Auckland, New Zealand451 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Waikiki Beach - so much better than I remembered!
    Such a cool, easy, laid back place to hang out. The park behind was shady and cool, the beach was not overly busy down the far end, the snorkelling was entry level (tangs, small parrot fish, trigger fish and of course humuhumunukanukapua’a!) but on the first evening we dropped by there was the added bonus of two Hawaiian Monk Seals sunbathing on the shore, and a turtle scooting around in the shallows! Also ate takeaway udon in the moonlight on the beach in front of the twinkly hotels on our last night - heavenly!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 7 August 2023
  • Brown_Samantha
    Kennewick, Washington1,700 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Iconic beautiful white sand beaches with great amenities and busy vibe
    Sure, it is not a private beach where you can relax. It is Waikiki Beach after all. We just love how beautiful it is, surrounded by great resorts so you could pop in for a cocktail. Lots of public space with good facilities. We simply got some beach chairs from the resort we were staying at, settle down by some palm trees, sat in the shade, did a lot of people watching. Then enjoyed the ocean, many areas shallow and perfect for families.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 August 2023
  • mwbudd
    Alameda, California429 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best beach on Oahu.
    Since we were steps away from this fantastic beach we made it a habit to take a morning swim. One must bring NO valuables to the beach unless someone is sitting with them at all times. The beach is smooth and sandy amd since there is an offshore reef the shore break is gentle. The water is quite comfortable and it is like bathing. Can't pass it up.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 October 2023
  • Gary W
    Richmond, Australia869 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Iconic Beach
    Iconic beach in Honolulu. Plenty of beach area available. Water is warm and clean. There are several sections of the beach - open, walled and surf, some of which have life guards. The currents are powerful so the walled area was appreciated. There are shower areas to get rid of the sand. Lots of grassy areas at the back and lounge chairs can be hired. Plenty of bars, eateries and souvenir shops nearby.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 October 2023
  • Charles L
    Effingham, Illinois29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sheraton Outrigger Hotel Waikiki Beach Hawaii
    The Outrigger Hotel was one of the best we've ever stayed at. Our whole family loved it. The views were spectacular. We witnessed couples renewing their wedding vows on the beach. Restaurants and gift shops were nearby. We love the Hard Rock Cafe which was one block away. Out son's family took surfing lessons behind the hotel. We could see Diamondhead in the distance which we all climbed later.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 November 2023
  • Richard H
    Fort Worth, Texas224 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Love this Beach
    We enjoyed morning walks on the beach. It was a perfect way to start the day before it got warm and busy with people. The walkway along the beach is also a perfect way to get up to places, such as restaurants and such, more central and northern. Even if you’re not a water person, don’t come to Oahu and not explore Waikiki Beach.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 November 2023
  • Canucksontheloose
    Victoria, Canada736 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quintessential Hawaiian Beach
    If you like crowds, this is a great beach. You can rent chairs and beach stuff nearby or from the hotels; the beach is relatively clean and the water is warm. But if you like quieter beaches, go to Ala Moana Beach or Magic Beach at the top end of Waikiki Beach. Same nice sand, more grassy areas and trees but farther from the madding crowd.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 November 2023
These reviews are the subjective opinion of Tripadvisor members and not of TripAdvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Most Recent: Reviews ordered by most recent publish date in descending order.

Detailed Reviews: Reviews ordered by recency and descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as waiting time, length of visit, general tips, and location information.

Popular mentions

4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles18,825 reviews
Excellent
9,268
Very good
5,725
Average
2,923
Poor
678
Terrible
231

NinaMcKrazy
London, UK340 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Couples
Beautiful beach to people watch from. Even though it is close to the road and all of the shops it felt like it was still quite calm.
Written 9 July 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Geary M
Falls Church, VA24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Family
I remember coming to Waikīkī beach as a child and the water seemed cloudy but the beach is clean and the water is clear. Beautiful place for a swim!
Written 9 July 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Chris V
North Las Vegas, NV237 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
It’s Waikiki! Travel here so often not much more to say than if it’s your first time go! If it’s your 100th time go!!! It’s got it all…sand, sun, surf, people watching…food…music nearby and plenty of places to get a few cold drinks…
Written 29 June 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

BrooklynRider
Brooklyn, NY142 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Waikiki Beach has always been on my vacation bucket list. It’s Hawai’i. It’s sunny. Palm trees galore. Sunsets. A beautiful beachfront. Yet… I have been to much better and more beautiful beaches on the mainland and around the world. Waikiki might be one of the most famous beaches in the world, but being famous and being among the best are not the same thing. We were here five days at the Waikiki Marriott Resort.
Written 25 June 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Fi L
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
From start to finish this tour was one of the best. Gareth is really a “can do” kind of person. We have hired e-bikes before but nothing as elaborate as these ones. Highly recommend this bike hire tour company any day of the week…. Thank you for a fun experience.
Written 21 June 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia18,666 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
One of the world's most famous beaches, no question about that.
One of the most average beaches, also no questions about that.
But, movies, shows and tons of hotels around in a concrete jungle by the sea made it world famous.
It is a nice beach, but it's in fact a town beach, better say city beach.
On Oahu only, there're for sure 6-7 much better beaches. It's also not that big, so it gets very crowded.
We were in a hotel one block away, so we used it only for our morning swim and after that we explored the island in our rented car.
Written 9 June 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Judy P
Minneapolis, MN31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Waikiki Beach is stunning with golden sands, clear waters, and amazing views of Diamond Head. Great for swimming, surfing, and sunbathing. Lots of nearby shops and restaurants. Can be crowded, but the energy and sunsets are worth it. A must-visit in Honolulu!
Written 7 June 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Andy keen
Birmingham, UK1,685 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Of course it is world famous like Bondai and just as disappointing.
Ordinary at the best.
Clearly became famous due to it being the R and R centre for those brave Yankee boys.
Sand comes from Ozz and the Palm tree;s from Polly Neesia.
Gorra go but dint expect too muchy
Written 5 June 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Cheryl P
Little Rock, AR32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Waikiki Beach is an absolute paradise! The golden sands, clear turquoise waters, and stunning views of Diamond Head make it a perfect spot for relaxation and adventure. There are plenty of activities, from surfing to beachside dining. It's clean, safe, and vibrant, with a wonderful mix of locals and tourists. An iconic destination that lives up to the hype—highly recommended for anyone visiting Honolulu!
Written 30 May 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Beverly B
35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Waikiki Beach stole my heart! The golden sands, inviting waters, and lively vibe create an unforgettable experience. Whether I was swimming, surfing, or just lounging, every moment felt like a dream. A must-visit spot for anyone craving a taste of Hawaiian paradise!
Written 29 May 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Showing results 1-10 of 14,817
Is this your Tripadvisor listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim your listing

Waikiki Beach - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (2024)

All Honolulu HotelsHonolulu Hotel DealsLast Minute Hotels in Honolulu
All things to do in Honolulu
Day Trips in Honolulu
RestaurantsFlightsTravel StoriesCruisesCar Hire