Waikīkī Beach

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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.
  • 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 🌸
  • Damian B.
    Damian Bayona2 weeks ago
    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.
  • 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
  • DJ K-OSS/B-BOY KID ROCK®
    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
  • Matthew R.
    Matthew ReichardtJune 10, 2015
    Beautiful view and perfect water. If you want a umbrella, bring $10. Worth it if you burn eat ;)
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Cannamed H.
    Cannamed HonoluluMay 18, 2014
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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!
  • Lauren Y.
    Lauren YoungMay 18, 2014
    One of the best beaches on the island. The scenery is just breath taking.
  • 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 1 week ago
  • 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.
  • Kelly J.
    Kelly JrDecember 26, 2013
    I lent the paddle surf,$25/1h.It's easy to fun.This is the first time to ride on the paddle.We shoule try this!
  • Rainbow D.
    Rainbow Drive-InSeptember 14, 2012
    Every month, 7 to 10 days after the full moon, box jellyfish swarm the beaches. Those who are allergic to bee stings will likely be allergic to these. Check out www.808jellyfish.com for updates.
  • Rowena T.
    Rowena TAugust 2, 2011
    Being here is fun if you love resort areas, be sure to ake a drive past Hanuama Bay and Other beaches!
  • Isabela S.
    Isabela SchlupApril 15, 2015
    Great urban beach, a little crowdy On weekends
  • Honolulu Festival
    Honolulu FestivalFebruary 13, 2012
    NAGAOKA FIREWORKS DISPLAY~! part of the 2012 Honolulu Festival, Sunday March 4, 8:30-8:45pm. Hawaiian105 KINE will be broadcasting the music to the fireworks. Please bring your FM Radio with you. Read more
  • Tess L.
    Tess LSeptember 8, 2011
    Come to the beach early and save a spot. It gets packed pretty fast especially because of the rentable chairs and umbrellas.
  • TruthorDare.us
    TruthorDare.usMay 14, 2011
    We dare you to try surfing. If you can stay on your surfboard for one full ride get a picture with a real surfer on the beach giving the shocka hawaii hand sign.
  • Kate F.
    Kate FoyNovember 30, 2012
    At sunset, grab a drink from the Sheraton Moana beachside bar, sit under the giant banyan tree and watch the sun go day. Guaranteed to thrill.
  • US National Archives
    US National ArchivesApril 18, 2011
    Appreciate the beautiful beach you're relaxing on by taking a look at this vintage 1970s photo from our Documerica collection. Read more
  • Renee V.
    Renee ViningMay 25, 2012
    All u need is chair, towel & sunscreen. Stores and eateries across the street or few bar/restaurants beach side.
  • Mora N.
    Mora NapoleonNovember 1, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Go to Aloha Beach Services for rentals (in between the Moana Hotel and Chuck's Steak House).
  • Maggie M.
    Maggie MacGAugust 29, 2016
    This beach is really pretty and right in the heart of it all.
  • Edna W.
    Edna WyenaMay 17, 2014
    Great beach for kids and family. Friendly people. Nice sunset.
  • Arlynne C.
    Arlynne CakesFebruary 23, 2015
    This beach is among the less liked from my trip to HI. Super hard sand imported from Australia ain't the business.
  • Hyeyoung S.
    Hyeyoung SongDecember 15, 2016
    This place has a beautiful sunset. It was very impressive. I'll never forgrt it forever.
  • Andrew H.
    Andrew HealanSeptember 21, 2015
    get there early and stay late. The sunrises and sunsets will get you beaucoup Instagram likes.
  • Michelle V.
    The beach is beautiful, but the rocks under water are horrendous 😩
  • Francesco B.
    Francesco BleveNovember 2, 2014
    Don't miss the sunset. That's a life experience!
  • John Kaminski Photography
    Sunset at Waikiki can be harsh. Try shooting a bracketed image and create an HDR photo to capture something more interesting.
  • Cam B.
    Cam ByrdJanuary 8
    Super crowded, like an obstacle course...not a beach to relax on.
  • Belinda Zicha
    Belinda ZichaAugust 7, 2011
    What ever you do.. go to see HENRY KAPONO! Totally awsome and updated island music. If you are not in love alread, you will be after hearing him! I hope he is still at Dukes!?!
  • Jerome Y.
    Jerome YapchingMay 20, 2011
    Eat a Grilled Steaks good deal good food, just so y'all know stay clear of Pocho's Mexican Food. The dude that works there is a complete and total douchbag
  • Mark J.
    Mark JessupMarch 6, 2014
    Pay attention to the walk/don't walk signs, the plain-clothes police are giving out $160 - $180 tickets on the spot for jay walking.
  • Jeffrey R.
    Love this beach. Great for walking and getting in the water
  • James P.
    James PostellOctober 17, 2014
    Check out the Tiki Bar & Grill, great food,drinks and atmosphere. Love it
  • Michelle M T.
    Michelle M TuckerFebruary 12, 2014
    Watching the #sunset and having a Mai tai #romantic
  • Jan O.
    Jan ORNovember 2, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Iconic beach in the heart of Waikīkī.
  • @MiwaOgletree
    @MiwaOgletreeSeptember 28, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Waikiki Beach Services @WBSHawaii (808) 388-1510 for Outrigger Canoe ride! It's Hawaii's only state sport! You've got to try!
  • Lily
    LilySeptember 22, 2016
    this beach was such a beauty and well kept even with all the tourists :D
  • Rob
    RobAugust 8, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Rent a paddle board and soak up the vibes brah.
  • Karen J.
    Karen JerolamonJuly 1, 2015
    I loved the beach, scenery, people, hotel and food!
  • Monika S.
    Monika StammerSeptember 5, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Further out are huge turtles at the little beach between Sheraton and Halekulani
  • Modex Hawaii O.
    Modex Hawaii OahuFebruary 15, 2014
    Best beach with lots of cool spots to surf and dine out
  • Shari A.
    Shari AjayiMarch 5, 2013
    The only thing wrong with this beach is that I can't take it back to NYC! #paradise #perfection #loveithere
  • JESSICA
    JESSICAApril 17, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Too crowded to tan. If u wanna tan, go to alamoan beach. It's like a heaven for tanning♥ but love waikiki♥
  • Caron L.
    Caron LingSeptember 14, 2010
    Get here early, don't wait until seven pm, get your spot before you eat, especially when it's a premier...7,000 people came to premier of Hawaii 5-0!!!
  • Dylan H.
    Dylan HarringtonSeptember 24, 2016
    I'm not exactly a beach person but I especially didn't like this one. Super crowded and often super windy.
  • Kaleb R.
    Kaleb RowlesDecember 14, 2015
    A great place to chill and enjoy the view.
  • Eugene C.
    Eugene ChoFebruary 12, 2012
    Buy a pair of reef shoes from ABC store for 9.99. Best investment if you plan on going in the water.
  • Kyle E.
    Kyle ElrodJuly 24, 2013
    Not a bad beach. It is packed with tourists, though. The north shore is much nicer.
  • Jeff
    JeffSeptember 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Check out the Friday night fireworks at the Hilton Hawaiian Village pretty impressive
  • Island Bruin
    Island BruinMay 20, 2016
    Rent an umbrella and hang out near the breakwater. Not super crowded.
  • Mark J.
    Mark JessupMarch 6, 2014
    People, don't stand in the middle of a busy sidewalk and talk in large groups. Don't you see that thousands of people are trying to go someplace?
  • Melody P.
    Melody PevateauxMay 22, 2011
    Since your here, go check out the shorebird beach bar. It's a chill oceanfront setting and great service!
  • Matija D.
    Matija DjumicDecember 19, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Honolulu's best beach, one of the world's most famous beaches.
  • William S.
    William SudahAugust 5, 2015
    Awesome surfing and snorkeling.
  • Malibu S.
    Malibu ShirtsFebruary 7, 2012
    Make sure to stop by Malibu Shirts and ask for an authentic Waikiki Beach Boys t-shirt
  • Hawaii Vacation Rentals with Aloha Family
    You usually can find a shaded place to park yourself for the day so you may not need to rent an umbrella to keep out of the sun. In front of Dukes you can order your lunch on the beach.
    Downvoted Jun 12
  • Chris P.
    Chris PMarch 13, 2016
    Plenty of other options in Oahu but still a beach. Nice sunsets
  • Steph K.
    Steph KatrinaSeptember 22, 2016
    Excellent waves but crowded and touristy.
  • Masaya O.
    Masaya OganoDecember 11, 2013
    人工の浜とは思えない綺麗な砂浜。ゴミも少ない。12月は17時45分位が夕日の沈む最高の瞬間。自分の17時頃から場所を探してただボーッと夕日が落ちるのを眺める。贅沢な時間。お店に入るならDuke'sがオススメ。ハワイの気分満載のカクテルと共に。必ず海辺の席を注文する事!
  • Cassius V.
    Cassius VallimDecember 22, 2014
    Ondinhas pra qualquer pessoa surfar e aprender... muito boas! Local para compras e entretenimento. Centro comercial intenso.
  • U.S. Embassy Jakarta
    U.S. Embassy JakartaDecember 28, 2011
    Di mlm tahun baru langit di pantai ini akan menyala oleh kembang api. Tempat ini jg menawarkan cruise yg dpt dgn jepas menikmati kembang api.
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    AprendiFebruary 20, 2012
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