Waikīkī Beach

Beach and Surf Spot
Waikiki, Honolulu
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  • Noel C.
    Noel ClarkeAugust 21, 2014
    This was an awesome beach. They have a section where the warm clean sea water is only waist height for 60 yards into it. Seems to have decent surf and everything you need near by as well.
  • Christi R.
    Christi RFebruary 26, 2013
    Sunsets are amazing -get a spot with a trop drink in hand well before the sun goes down. You won't be disappointed! Daytime snorkeling is great in the smooth waters, & the people-watching is fun too!
  • CP
    CPJuly 10, 2016
    Very touristy but also a lot of fun. Great restaurants and bars. One of the liveliest places on Oahu. As a visitor this will probably be your main place to stay on the island.
  • Damian B.
    Gentle seas that stretch out for miles. One of the best spots to practice surfing. You can rent chairs, umbrellas and boards right on the beach for reasonable prices.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Camilla H.
    Camilla HansenMay 8, 2016
    Great great beach! It's crowded, but you can definitely find a nice spot away from the crowd. Take some surfing lessons and enjoy yourself! Aloha 🌸
  • Suprachibby
    SuprachibbyFebruary 2, 2015
    We went on a beautiful day and saw the sunset. This time of year is not as crowded as I heard it can get. Many hotels and restaurants nearby where you can grab a drink or food. Water felt nice!
  • Nene B.
    Nene BenitezFebruary 15, 2015
    Turquoise water, surfing and gorgeous weather make this a must see. Can be quite crowded on the weekends
  • Mickey Surf School D.
    Mickey's surf school providing the highest level of quality surf lessons to small groups a real bargain for your money. Ask about social media discount review promo.
  • @MiwaOgletree
    @MiwaOgletreeJanuary 9, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Reserve your spot on Waikiki Beach with Waikiki Beach Services @WBSHawaii! You can rent a set of umbrella and two chairs for only $40 all day! Cheapest deal on Waikiki Beach! In front of Royal Hwn
  • @MiwaOgletree
    @MiwaOgletreeNovember 28, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Don't miss Hilton's FIREWORKS on Friday evening starts around 7:40PM. Walk toward west (away from Diamond Head), pass RumFire (bar) on the beach. 金曜日(7:40PM)の夜はヒルトンからの花火があります!
  • Kimo J.D. S.
    Life's a beach, why not make it Waikiki? The Surfing, Sunning, and world class Shopping make the Waikiki neighborhood a great place to live. Why wait any longer... Read more
    It is such a beautiful day and I love doing my walks at this time in the morning because it's less crowded and you can really enjoy God's creation. I am blessed to have this when I'm home in Hawaii.
  • UH Manoa
    UH ManoaAugust 3, 2011
    Just minutes away from UHM, this beach is popular with both visitors and residents. You can swim, surf, snorkel, dive, people-watch, or just bask in the sun (don't forget to use sunscreen!).
  • Degree Men
    Degree MenOctober 26, 2011
    Located in idyllic Waikiki, Hawaii, Castles is a second reef break, and is the South Shore’s most famous surf break even though it only becomes rideable when wave heights reach 10ft or higher.
  • Caroline
    CarolineDecember 12, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Waikiki beach is probably one of the busiest beaches in Honolulu district. There is much to see here. A tourist magnet. The sunset is always a highlight. Should be seen and experienced.
  • Michael M.
    Michael MankowskiDecember 2, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The Southern side from the Sheraton is the place to be day or night. Easy to enjoy the sun and surf...not to mention cocktails at Duke's or the Beach Bar
  • Veronica L.
    Veronica LeroyMay 3, 2013
    Really famous beach :-) sure, its really nice, but If you go outside the city, there are simply wonderful beaches, much more better than this one and less crowded.
  • Matthew R.
    Matthew ReichardtJune 10, 2015
    Beautiful view and perfect water. If you want a umbrella, bring $10. Worth it if you burn eat ;)
  • Dennis B.
    Dennis BJuly 4, 2016
    Avoid the daily $50 chair rental/reservation fee from Waikiki hotels and rent a chair from a local vendor for $30 per week!
  • Jen V.
    Jen VJune 12, 2012
    This is a total tourist spot, but a great beach to go to if your hotel is in Waikiki. They have places to rent anything you need from boogie boards, fins, etc.
  • Keith K.
    Keith KaplanApril 5, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Love this beach. Can get pretty crowded but has some great surf spots and a nice sheltered area of the ocean for calmer water.
  • Malibu S.
    Malibu ShirtsFebruary 6, 2012
    Stop by Malibu Shirts for a moment in Hawaiian history featuring the people, and places that have made Hawaii unique! check in @MalibuShirts on the Waikiki Beach Wallk Read more
  • Deanna P.
    Deanna PelusoSeptember 10, 2014
    A little bit of everything here at the beach. From sand, surf, to beach bars and catamarans. The perfect place to visit for a touristy time.
  • Elisabeth R.
    Elisabeth RiggsNovember 3, 2015
    If you want a beach and sun for a few days, this is it. No need to rent a car. Lots of good hotels a block off the beach.
  • Riley B.
    Riley BranhamMay 30, 2016
    One of the most well-known beaches on the planet, this 2-mile stretch of white sand and calm turquoise blue ocean is located on the south shore of Oahu. Read more
  • Magnus J.
    Magnus JernJanuary 19, 2015
    One of the best beaches in the world for surf beginners and occasional surfers. Long, long easy waves! The beach is nothing special.
  • Matthew S.
    Matthew StaehleAugust 9, 2011
    Nice but touristy. I am from Tampa and it was like Clearwater Beach with bigger waves. If you don't live near the ocean it will be fine. If you do the North Shore/Hounama Bay beaches are much better.
  • Ashleigh F.
    Ashleigh FabianichJune 13, 2011
    Sand and surf is much better than the beach by the Hilton and the enclosed area for kids is a great place to relax and bring smaller children.
  • @MiwaOgletree
    @MiwaOgletreeOctober 23, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Use the beach access right next to Cheesecake Factory to find Waikiki Beach Services. Ride on Outrigger Canoe, learn how to surf or SUP with @WBSHawaii
  • Babo B.
    Babo BubyFebruary 7, 2015
    Very nice view, great light blue clean water... But not very good for swimming when windy, but perfect for families with children
  • @MiwaOgletree
    @MiwaOgletreeAugust 6, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Learn how to surf, stand-up paddling or go on Outrigger Canoe Ride with Waikiki Beach Services! Look for the Purple Canoes! Check in at the Royal Hawaiian Pool Deck information kooks!
  • Kelly .
    Kelly 🍰December 25, 2012
    Nicest beach on Oahu! Super crowded, though! It's worth it to find a small spot and enjoy the sunrise or sunset
  • Ciro N.
    Ciro NigriOctober 11, 2014
    Crowded, noisy, windy and "surfy"; this is a place of contrasts... A narrow strip of sand with skyscrapers, hotels, malls, restaurants and boutiques meters away. There's always something, 24/7.
  • Deb
    DebSeptember 21, 2016
    Amaaaazing beach!!! Weird sand
  • Sean G.
    Sean GallagherAugust 29, 2011
    This beach is best @ 6:30 am in summer. & Moku surf shop is open for rentals. Summer surf = south beaches. Winter time = 30ft waves @ north shore - waimea bay especially.
  • John D.
    John DoeApril 3, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Avoid swimming at Waikiki Beach/Kahala Beach/and South Shore when there is a strong stormy leeward wind (Kona Wind) coming from the South or South West. You will be swimming in raw human sewerage.
  • Penelope A.
    Penelope AdamsFebruary 20, 2013
    son wasbased Waikiki Beach and enjoyed it always know he wishes he never came back, west coast or east coast, he has many regrets, which we warned him about, but he didnt listen to us of course
  • Chris R.
    Chris RaghoobarNovember 22, 2015
    Very, very, very nice beach. The sunsets are beyond beautiful to watch here.
  • Kevin T.
    Kevin TakNovember 18, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Go to see beautiful sunset from the beach. Please check the sunset time and arrive there 15 minutes before the sunset.
  • Organic Babe O.
    Organic Babe On Line StoreSeptember 16, 2012
    a it's beautiful Waikiki and one of the safest places in the world and did l mention the shopping fantastic
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  • Jim C.
    Jim CurrieOctober 23, 2015
    Great sand, so soft. The outriggers also seemed very good with walk up service on most days.
  • Matt T.
    Matt Ta-MinJune 10, 2015
    Picture perfect Hawaii beach. Soft hot sand and an amazing place to watch the sun go down.
  • Santa V.
    Santa V.September 30, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Beautiful sunsets and sunrises. Surfboard rent has discounted prices in the early mornings☉
  • angel m.
    angel melsJune 9, 2010
    water can be cold during Spring. Got the best waves to learn surfing, but it's too crowded with beginners. Interesting street art performance. Beach to see and to be seen.
  • Karina L.
    Karina LopesAugust 20, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't forget to watch the sunset at the east part. It's really wonderful. What a view
  • Kameron S.
    Kameron SpencerAugust 28, 2014
    Get there early. Towards the evening it is very touristy! Excellent view of Diamond Head!
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    Tune to 105 KINE FM for the traditional Hawaiian soundtrack to the fireworks show. After, try RumFire's Speakeasy party at the Sheraton. – Green Guide Editor
    Upvoted Jul 12
  • Lauren Y.
    Lauren YoungMay 18, 2014
    One of the best beaches on the island. The scenery is just breath taking.
  • JP
    JPAugust 29, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    park at the zoo parking lot (if you can snag a spot) -- it's $1/hour and you can pay with credit card.
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