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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

Hotel Last booked Stars Price from
Courtyard by Marriott Waikiki Beach
Waikiki Beach
47 minutes ago 3 stars $113
Luana Waikiki
Waikiki Beach
1 hour ago 4 stars $121
Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort and Spa
Waikiki Beach
2 hours ago 4 stars $325
Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
Waikiki Beach
2 hours ago 4 stars $189
Vive Hotel Waikiki
Waikiki Beach
2 hours ago 3 stars $161
Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel
Waikiki Beach
3 hours ago 4 stars $159
Ambassador Hotel Waikiki
Waikiki Beach
3 hours ago 3 stars $93
Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa
Waikiki Beach
4 hours ago 4 stars $190
The Modern Honolulu
Waikiki Beach
4 hours ago 5 stars $275
OHANA East
Waikiki Beach
5 hours ago 3 stars $138

Recently Rated Waikiki Beach Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa
Waikiki Beach
4.1 / 5
278 reviews
4 stars $190
Grand Waikikian by Hilton Grand Vacations Club
Waikiki Beach
4.2 / 5
6 reviews
4 stars $313
DoubleTree by Hilton Alana Waikiki Hotel
Waikiki Beach
3.8 / 5
33 reviews
3 stars $189
Aqua Bamboo Waikiki
Waikiki Beach
3.9 / 5
92 reviews
3 stars $128
Sheraton Princess Kaiulani
Waikiki Beach
3.6 / 5
395 reviews
3 stars $205
Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort
Waikiki Beach
4.3 / 5
373 reviews
4 stars $288
Waikiki Resort Hotel
Waikiki Beach
3.7 / 5
108 reviews
3 stars $147
Hilton Waikiki Beach
Waikiki Beach
4.2 / 5
159 reviews
4 stars $179
Shoreline Hotel Waikiki, a Joie de Vivre Hotel
Waikiki Beach
3.8 / 5
31 reviews
3 stars $159
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Waikiki Beach
4.2 / 5
784 reviews
4 stars $199

Waikiki Beach hotels

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Featured Waikiki Beach Hotels

From $93

1 Ambassador Hotel Waikiki

3 stars
3.4 / 5 335 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 Location For Price
Looking at this hotel's location on a map makes it seem further away from Waikiki Beach than it is. It's a 20 minute walk from there and you are walking down one of the 2 main strips in Honolulu....
Oct 17, 2014
From $199

2 Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort

4 stars
4.2 / 5 784 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

Great bargain
The hotel was updated, clean, and close to the beach. It was also walking distance to a ton of restaurants (buffalo wild wings, IHOP, charthouse, etc).
Oct 21, 2014
From $119

3 Aqua Palms Waikiki

3 stars
3.8 / 5 342 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 $179

4 Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki

4 stars
4.1 / 5 211 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

Summer Holiday
We were given a room on the 16th floor and had great views over the harbour. The room was clean and spacious with a decent sized bathroom and the beds were very comfortable. It took approximately...
Oct 13, 2014
From $83

5 Waikiki Gateway Hotel

3 stars
3.2 / 5 201 reviews

2070 Kalakua Avenue Map

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Budget-friendly hotel near Waikiki’s best shopping and dining Waikiki Gateway Hotel offers friendly island spirit, budget prices and a great location in Waikiki, perfect for traveling friends... More

Horrible hotel
Location is great but the hotel it self is good for the price but not worth it when you're in Hawaii! Also check the beds before sleeping!
Oct 9, 2014
From $138

6 Pacific Beach Hotel

3 stars
3.7 / 5 412 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

Only fair location only good thing
The bathroom was pretty dirty, not as in a couple of cleanings, buts months maybe even years. I took pictures, it was gross! The bed was clean and comfy, the furniture was old, but dusted. The rug...
Sep 28, 2014
From $121

7 Luana Waikiki

4 stars
3.9 / 5 113 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

Ok Hotel.
The Hotel is near all attractions in Waikiki but in my experience nothing was special. The Staff was not bad but they were not great. I did not feel like I was treated with that special touch that...
Sep 30, 2014
From $170

8 Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach

3 stars
4.2 / 5 47 reviews

175 Paoakalani Avenue Map

Rate includes breakfast

Island living on a budget, one block from the beachEnjoy a welcoming and unpretentious stay with island style at Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach. The hotel offers a selection of views, numerous... More

Great Location and Breakfast to Boot!
This hotel is close to city bus stops, trolley stops, shops, and the beach! Every morning the coffee is hot and brewed to perfection and the breakfast buffet can't be beat with fresh fruit, eggs or...
Oct 20, 2014
From $98

9 Aqua Waikiki Wave

3 stars
3.5 / 5 312 reviews

2299 Kuhio Avenue Map

48 Hour Sale - Save 55%

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

mother -daughter vacation
the hotel was good. i was in hawaii with my daughter to show her the sites. i used to live in hawaii many years ago and liked it so much that when my daughter turn 15 that was her birthday gift....
Aug 20, 2014
From $179

10 Hilton Waikiki Beach

4 stars
4.2 / 5 159 reviews

2500 Kuhio Ave. Map

Rate includes 7th Night Free

Classic luxury and professional service near the beachThe Hilton Waikiki pairs the amenities and professionalism of a business hotel with the pampering luxuries of a resort. Recently renovated with... More

Super family affair
Great customer service! The people who work here are super friendly and try to accomodate you in every way possible!
Oct 22, 2014
From $113

11 Courtyard by Marriott Waikiki Beach

3 stars
3.6 / 5 77 reviews

400 Royal Hawaiian Avenue Map

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A trendy Waikiki hotel the family will loveSet few steps from pristine white sand beaches and world-class shopping, Courtyard by Marriott Waikiki Beach is trendy yet perfect for the... More

Great for the night!
We needed to change hotels for one night and this place came up on the hotel app. The location was great! Walked out of our hotel to a ton of shops and most importantly, their local mini-mart...
Oct 13, 2014
From $336

12 Trump International Hotel Waikiki Beach Walk

5 stars
4.8 / 5 63 reviews

223 Saratoga Road Map

Save 30% on your stay

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

Fantastic hotel, hawaii
Amenities, Location, Room cleanliness, Room comfort, Staff, Value all good
Oct 21, 2014
From $190

13 Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa

4 stars
4.1 / 5 278 reviews

2424 Kalakaua Avenue Map

Rate includes breakfast buffet for 2 daily

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 Location
The location couldn't get any better. It was right off the beach and walking distance from many things.
Oct 27, 2014
From $159

14 Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel

4 stars
3.9 / 5 1190 reviews

2570 Kalakaua Avenue Map

4th Night Free

The Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel in Oahu greets guests with surfboards and citrus shades in its lobby, and bright island decor and natural elements of bamboo and rattan in its guestrooms. Start the... More

Grand ending to Hawiian Holiday
Being our first visit to Honolulu we were not sure of which hotel to select. We were so happy that the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel was the perfect answer to our holiday needs. The rooms were not as...
Oct 3, 2014
From $76

15 Aqua Waikiki Pearl

3 stars
3.3 / 5 153 reviews

415 Nahua Avenue Map

Big Sale - Save up to 50%

Big value at contemporary hotel in central WaikikiThe new Aqua Waikiki Pearl is a totally refreshed and upgraded boutique-size hotel featuring large rooms at a reasonable rate. The hotel is located... More

Good location
The hotel is nice and in a great location. The staff was very friendly and willing to help answer any questions. Great food and shops within a few minutes walk. Only a 5-10 minute walk to the...
Oct 14, 2014