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Waikiki Beach offers surf, Spam and submersibles galore

Waikiki is a vibrant, ever-changing beachfront neighborhood in Honolulu. It's also one of the world's top vacation destinations . Its sprawling resorts are as famous as its beaches. Incidentally, the elegant Moana Surfrider, the first of the Waikiki Beach hotels, opened in 1901.

Location and features

Waikiki is situated on the southern edge of eastern Oahu. Kalakaua Avenue is Waikiki's main drag, and it's abuzz day and night with shoppers, diners and pleasure-seekers of all types. While the volcanic cone Diamond Head isn't technically part of Waikiki, its vivid and majestic presence looms over the entire district.

What's more, Pearl Harbor, Chinatown and Ala Moana Center—the latter is Hawaii's biggest mall—are all just 30 minutes from Waikiki by car, if not closer.

Things to see

Waikiki Aquarium

The University of Hawaii operates the Waikiki Aquarium, which is across the street from Kapiolani Park. More than 3,000 creatures reside there, including an extremely hard-to-find peppermint angelfish, some playful monk seals and a group of fearsome sharks.

Honolulu Zoo

The Honolulu Zoo is a 24-acre wildlife preserve with elephants, monkeys, birds and other animals from across the globe. Its gardens boast some of the most beautiful Polynesian flowers in existence. On Saturdays, this zoo offers guided walking tours at twilight; these expeditions are visually stunning and highly enlightening.

U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii

The U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii might be modest in size, but it is sweeping in its subject matter. Its halls are housed inside a military outpost that was built in 1909, and they feature native weapons from hundreds of years ago, as well as more recent tools for fighting. Also on display are uniforms, posters, photographs and vehicles. Admission to this museum is free.

Atlantis Submarines

When you board an Atlantis submersible, you dive approximately 100 feet below the waves. Tour guides will identify the marine life that you encounter, and if you're really lucky, you could see a whale. You'll also get excellent views of coral reefs and shipwrecks throughout the journey.

Beaches

Of course, a person can't list Waikiki's primary attractions without mentioning its major beaches: Kahanamoku, Gray's, Kuhio, Sans Souci, Kapiolani and the hugely popular Royal Hawaiian. Nowhere on Earth can you find superior conditions for swimming and water sports.

Yearly events of note

Spam Jam

Held every May, the Waikiki Spam Jam is a festival that celebrates the canned meat with which many Hawaiians have fallen in love. Booths line Kalakaua Avenue so that more than 24,000 people may sample countless Spam dishes. Spam merchandise is readily available. In addition, many volunteers are on hand to collect donations for the Hawaii Food Bank.

Duke's OceanFest

August brings Duke's OceanFest to the shores of Waikiki. This multi-day event is named after Duke Kahanamoku, an Olympic great, actor, legend of surfing and local sheriff. It features a series of athletic contests, including swimming, volleyball, stand-up paddling and surfing competitions. Duke's noble spirit still thrives.

Waikiki Ho'olaule'a

The Waikiki Ho'olaule'a is a 12-block-long street party that rages each September on Kalakaua Avenue. Thousands of people attend this free event, and it showcases hula dancers, Hawaiian musicians, island arts and craft and irresistible area food. And naturally, leis are everywhere.

Climate information

Temperatures

The Hawaiian Islands are surrounded by tropical waters that help keep the weather pleasant and consistent all year long. In fact, Waikiki's coldest month is January, a time when the average low temperature is 66 degrees Fahrenheit. No matter what month it is, you can expect Waikiki's high temperatures to range from 80 to 90 degrees and its low temperatures to be somewhere between 66 and 75.

Precipitation

January, February, October, November and December are comparatively rainy in Waikiki. During each of those months, the average rainfall exceeds 2.1 inches. By contrast, May through September is a particularly sunny period; the average monthly precipitation during that time is less than an inch. Further, tropical storms are rare in the region, but if they do occur, they'll probably take place in August or September.

Recently booked Waikiki Beach hotels

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Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel
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12 minutes ago 4 stars $159
Stay Hotel Waikiki
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42 minutes ago 3 stars $80
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
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56 minutes ago 4 stars $209
Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
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1 hour ago 4 stars $149
Sheraton Princess Kaiulani
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3 hours ago 3 stars $129
Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa
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4 hours ago 4 stars $200
Aqua Waikiki Wave
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5 hours ago 3 stars $85
Aqua Pacific Monarch
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5 hours ago 3 stars $98
Pacific Beach Hotel
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7 hours ago 3 stars $138
Aqua Palms Waikiki
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8 hours ago 3 stars $99

Recently Rated Waikiki Beach Hotels

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Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
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4.1 / 5
656 reviews
4 stars $149
Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa
Waikiki Beach
4.1 / 5
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4 stars $200
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
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4.2 / 5
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4 stars $209
The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort
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4.4 / 5
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5 stars $293
Ambassador Hotel Waikiki
Waikiki Beach
3.4 / 5
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Hilton Waikiki Beach
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4.2 / 5
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Stay Hotel Waikiki
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2.8 / 5
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Trump International Hotel Waikiki Beach Walk
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4.8 / 5
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Aston Waikiki Circle Hotel
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Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel
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From $85

1 Ambassador Hotel Waikiki

3 stars
3.4 / 5 344 reviews

2040 Kuhio Avenue Map

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Welcome to Ambassador Hotel - A Waikiki Hotel, where our ideal Waikiki location meets exceptional value for Oahu Hotels. You'll enjoy contemporary comfort at our Waikiki Hotel, the perfect choice... More

Great for our needs!
Clean; enthusiastic staff; has a travel planner/concierge on-site. Business center shakes, though, when washers above are spinning...thought I was in an earthquake at first, having never...
Dec 6, 2014
From $109

2 Luana Waikiki

4 stars
4.0 / 5 115 reviews

2045 Kalakaua Avenue Map

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A hidden gem along Waikiki's most famous avenueThe Luana Waikiki offers accommodations for an exceptional price.  This unexpected gem at the edge of Waikiki's best shopping and dining district... More

Great Time
We had a first class experience at the Luana Waikiki, the location was superb. Just blocks from high end shopping and restaurants, we could not have chosen a better place to stay.
Nov 28, 2014
From $85

3 Aqua Waikiki Wave

3 stars
3.5 / 5 315 reviews

2299 Kuhio Avenue Map

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Hip escape in the center of WaikikiThe vibrant Aqua Waikiki Wave is a surprising find tucked into the middle of Waikiki. Offering  hip room decor and complimentary amenities like free Wi-Fi... More

Dirty, dated, and overlooking a massive construction site
I'm a super easy, laid back traveler, and this place was sending out red-flags from the start. Rude check-in clerk was throwing hidden fees at me from the start (deposit and daily 'hospitatlity...
Dec 1, 2014
From $80

4 Stay Hotel Waikiki

3 stars
2.8 / 5 92 reviews

2424 Koa Avenue Map

Free Wireless Internet Access

Stay Waikiki - Only Boutique Hotel in Waikiki on a Budget Stay Waikiki is a uniquely affordable boutique hotel in the heart of Waikiki. Created with the savvy modern traveler in mind. Located... More

Not too bad
It was ok... Just didn't expect bunk beds when it was just me....
Dec 7, 2014
From $138

5 Pacific Beach Hotel

3 stars
3.7 / 5 416 reviews

2490 Kalakaua Ave. Map

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The Pacific Beach Hotel in Hawaii's Oahu is a haven for both children and those who once were children. The three-story, 280,000-gallon aquarium is a big hit, along with the arcade, pool and... More

First time going to Hawaii
It was perfect,and would defently stay there again.
Nov 24, 2014
From $139

6 Courtyard by Marriott Waikiki Beach

3 stars
3.6 / 5 80 reviews

400 Royal Hawaiian Avenue Map

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Just steps from pristine white sand beaches and world-class shopping, Courtyard Waikiki Beach is one of the premier hotels in Honolulu, providing rest and relaxation during your island stay. Our... More

Couples getaway
Outside of the couple of roaches and the pigeons pooping on the patio the stay was good. This was the smallest room I have ever stayed in. The staff and housekeeping were very accommodating and...
Nov 26, 2014
From $209

7 Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort

4 stars
4.2 / 5 796 reviews

2005 Kalia Road Map

Book 7 Nights, Get Last Night Free plus Luau for 2

The Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort boasts 22 acres of roaring waterfalls, huge water slides, fragrant botanical gardens and fine white sand. Local artists Herb Kane and John Young... More

HOLIDAY GETAWAY
this place is of great location, it is close to everywhere. just a few minutes away from the beach. The room is exactly as it appeared in the phone. I've chosen the ocean view. A very nice view of...
Dec 16, 2014
From $99

8 Aqua Palms Waikiki

3 stars
3.8 / 5 343 reviews

1850 Ala Moana Blvd. Map

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Blending trendy design with authentic Polynesian touches and top-of-the-line amenities, the Aqua brand is a modern answer to the traditional Hawaiian experience. First founded in 2001, Aqua Hotels... More

Excellent hotel, excellent location
Me and my boyfriend stayed at the aqua palms for a week while we were in Hawaii for a wedding. For the price, you can't do any better. The location is perfect and right next to the beach and the...
Oct 21, 2014
From $98

9 Aqua Pacific Monarch

3 stars
3.5 / 5 41 reviews

2427 Kuhio Avenue Map

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The Aqua Pacific Monarch is ideally located in the heart of Waikiki, steps from the best dining and shopping, and 1 and a half blocks to Waikiki Beach. Featuring complimentary WiFi, spacious... More

Great Value...Great Location!
This was our third stay at the Monarch...and we will go back again and again...because the location is perfect...the staff is wonderful...the full kitchen is a huge plus...and the pool on the roof...
Oct 8, 2014
From $179

10 Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki

4 stars
4.1 / 5 212 reviews

100 Holomoana St Map

3rd Night Free!

Adorned with Asian artwork, the Hawaii Prince in Waikiki is a large high-rise hotel that looks out over the tranquil ocean. Guests are welcomed, island-style, inside the spacious lobby, and... More

Great Hotel
This was the first time we visited Hawaii and we chose this hotel. Right Decision. The price is reasonable and quality is great. Friendly staff. nice food onsite. close to the beach. Overall we had...
Dec 16, 2014
From $149

11 Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

4 stars
4.1 / 5 656 reviews

2552 Kalakaua Avenue Map

4th Night Free + Breakfast for 2 Daily

The Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, located a short distance from Hawaii's renowned Waikiki Beach, provides comfortable, spacious and modern rooms – many with ocean views – amid a striking... More

Better options for less...
It's nice but not worth the price. Pros: comfortable beds, great service, aweseome location. Cons: price compared to others in area, pool is outdated and boring, price.
Dec 8, 2014
From $161

12 Vive Hotel Waikiki

3 stars
4.2 / 5 19 reviews

2426 Kuhio Avenue Map

20% Off 5 or More Nights

Newest boutique hotel in Waikiki, 125 rooms, opening June 12, 2013. Contemporary design, Continental Breakfast in the Vive Cafe for all guests. All guestrooms equipped with refrigerator,... More

Awesome! Highly recommended
The rooms are a little small, and the hotel does' t have a pool ( not needed being in Hawaii). The Staff is awesome, super friendly, complementary breakfast was perfect. The hotel also provides...
Dec 1, 2014
From $336

13 Trump International Hotel Waikiki Beach Walk

5 stars
4.8 / 5 65 reviews

223 Saratoga Road Map

Step into the two-story lobby at the Trump International Hotel Waikiki Beach and feel your troubles melt away as the Pacific Ocean spreads out before you. Head up to the sixth floor to dive into... More

feels like home
staff are very friendly and polite, we felt so welcomed to stay in the hotel. the facilities are new and high end. our two bedroom suite has bosch washer and dryer and even a wine fridge....
Dec 4, 2014
From $200

14 Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa

4 stars
4.1 / 5 281 reviews

2424 Kalakaua Avenue Map

Awake to Breakfast

Inhale that quintessentially Waikiki Beach scent of island flowers at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa, where the Hawaiian high-rise meets the infinite horizons of the Pacific Ocean.... More

Great hotel
Great location, great buffet, great staff. Nothing to complain :)
Dec 8, 2014
From $129

15 Sheraton Princess Kaiulani

3 stars
3.6 / 5 396 reviews

120 Kaiulani Ave Map

4th Night Free + Daily Breakfast for 2

Canoe rides, surfing, discover Hawaiian culture at Waikiki BeachThe Sheraton Princess Kaiulani is a moderately-priced hotel with 1,142 rooms and suites across three individual buildings. Rooms in... More

Princess Kaiulani worth a look
While it is not a 5-star hotel, it is not overly dated and the staff were very nice. Some of the amenities leave a bit to be desired, such as the parking garage. In the future we would probably...
Nov 11, 2014