Waikiki Beach
Waikiki Beach
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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
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  • 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, Washington1,723 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
  • Toni Y.
    Singapore, Singapore50 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It’s the a Hawaiian beach
    There’s nothing wrong with Waiki. It’s a nice beach with lots of people and you feel relatively safe. It’s also very close to the city. That being said, I have a hard time giving it full marks because it’s not that special relative to other beaches.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 December 2023
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Kim Z
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Couples
The beach is small, smells like urine, major homeless issue, covid killed a ton of businesses and it just seems dirty. The most the restaurants we ate at were over priced with bad food, and you have to make a reservation or you're not getting in unless you're willing to wait an hour and a half.
Cheeseburger in Paradise, Hy Steak house and a food truck were the only 3 places I would recommend eating at. Hy steak is a very classy restaurant with a dress code. Truly enjoyed this experience.
If you're staying in Waikiki I recommend planning in advance the different excursions out of the town.
Written 10 April 2021
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MG444
Bucharest, Romania28 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Family
The beach was just too crowded for me to like. The water was dirtier than I thought as well. Finding restaurants along the Waikiki main road is also very painful, now after COVID, prices have drastically risen! If you want to watch the sunset I do not recommend it as much as I would the other west coast beaches, because on Waikiki the whole sunset is blocked by a small mountain.
Written 31 May 2021
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TweedleDee
Huntsville, AL396 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Very nice beach but not all that large and can get crowded. If you plan on being out there for the day there are chair and umbrella rentals that are a good idea as even on nice temperature days the sun can still be quite brutal. Very nice water and stays relatively shallow for quite a way out. Not a lot of sand area, but there is also a lot of food and shopping venues just across the street. You can also go further down towards the south side of the beach and there is a large shaded park area that can be explored. Parking is at a premium so you might have to pay a meter or park at a nearby parking garage but the bus is also a good option as the stop is right in the middle of the beach area!
Written 8 March 2020
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ChrisH
Frederick, MD524 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Waikiki Beach and the surrounding area is ok but the rest of tourist and working class Honolulu is no better than third world (unless you visit the multimillionaire areas).

Spent a week at one of the high rise hotels on Waikiki beach in early February. Waikiki is very nice but an extremely expensive area.

Totally unimpressed with the rest of Honolulu though. More like being in a third world city than our perception of Hawaii from TV shows. Dirty, rundown, noisy and way too much traffic and pollution. Constant traffic jams and speeding vehicles make walking hazardous.

Used the Waikiki Trolley as our main means of transportation and saw many areas of the city where we would not have gotten off the trolley to wander around without feeling totally unsafe, especially Chinatown.

The city has changed for the worse since we were here in the 1980s.

Honolulu International Airport restrooms near the American/United check-in areas are also horrendous at 230pm in the afternoon. Dirty, smelly, trashy and pee all over the floor. Another example of Hawaii state not caring about its number 1 industry, Tourism.
Written 1 March 2020
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Diane D
Naples, FL163 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
I never got tired of the view from our balcony high above the beach watching the surfers, sunbathers, sailboats, and sunsets. Once down on the street, however, the crowds on the beach, lines at every shop and restaurant, homeless people approaching, and traffic made the street level less appealing. Waikiki, an urban city with a beach running along the edge, is not representative of the relaxed, tropical island paradise atmosphere Hawaii is famous for.
Written 2 July 2021
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Eric S
Saint Louis, MO111 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
My wife and I stayed at the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort for our anniversary. The beach is stunning in its beauty. I recommend staying in one of the few hotels that are actually on the beach as most are across the street. We went to the beach early and late in the day. The morning and near sunset are lovely times to be on the beach and it is not too crowded at those times. The beach does get very crowded during the main time of the day, but it is an exciting vibe. The surfers are fun to watch as are the sail boats. Diamond Head on the one end is breathtaking. The sand is soft and the waves generally are calm. It is fun to people watch as well. There is so much to do in the Waikiki area we had no need for a rental car.
Written 20 June 2021
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StacyInDC2012
Alexandria, VA868 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
We enjoyed Waikiki Beach because we didn't go for a traditional beach day. Our first visit was during our first night in Hawaii, just before sunset. It was still crowded, but not nearly as packed as I imagine it was during the height of the day.

We returned the following morning shortly after sunrise (thanks East Coast jet lag) and enjoyed the beach for about an hour before the crowds showed up.

The proximity to the city is convenient and the view of Diamondhead impressive, but for a "day at the beach" I'd prefer something a little less central & crowded!
Written 12 September 2021
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HillaryDawn
Paphos, Cyprus47 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We mostly swam at the end of the beach nearest the Duke statue and near Waikiki Zoo. Wouldn't really recommend. Was packed and one side was too rocky, where the other side, while being protected and great for little kids, felt dirty. If you go up the strip and swim in front of some of the nicer hotels, you'll have a better time. All in all, it's a stunning beach with crystal clear waters and near-white sand, but parts of it are nicer than others!
Written 18 January 2020
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VeeLee4
Arlington, VA145 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We have visited the other islands, and I had hesitated to come to Oahu because I thought Waikiki would be too touristy. Well, it is very touristy, but not in the sense of an Ocean City or Orlando. It's very pretty, with the hills in the background, and lots of green space. It was cloudy and rainy the last few days of our vacation but it was still pleasant, and we enjoyed the Iolani Palace, Bishop Museum and Honolulu Museum of Art.
Written 13 January 2020
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Kyliethefabulous
Batemans Bay, Australia5 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
Not sure why there’s so much hype about this beach. It’s crowded, very built up and the coral under your feet once in the water isn’t the best experience. It’s pretty to look at in spots, the water is clear (although the rubbish in the water at the nearby marina is disappointing), and it’s suitable for small kids as there’s almost no waves.
Written 8 January 2020
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