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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.

Waikiki Beach Hotels

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Featured Waikiki Beach Hotels

From $199

1 Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort

4 stars
4.2 / 5 783 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 have adorned the inside walls with original works, and there's something for everyone to do in the... 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
Great Trip!
Beautiful hotel on the end of the Waikiki Beach strip. This is a great hotel for a family with small children - lots of activities and water slides for the little ones. The property is very large and you can stay there several days! The restaurants are average - Pronto Pickle on property is a...
Oct 16, 2014
From $99

2 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 for your Hawaii Vacations, Romantic Hawaii Getaways or last-minute tropical escapes. The Ambassador... 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. So for the price is fantastic. The staff were so friendly and welcoming. They give you a free...
Oct 17, 2014
Great stay
Great price rooms pretty clean the only thing is I paid a extra $20 something for hotel fees
Oct 13, 2014
From $179

3 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 accommodations in the Diamond Head tower offer the best scenic outlook across Waikiki. Watch the sunset... 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 20 mins to walk to Waikiki beach or the hotel had a free shuttle bus that ran until 10pm. Plenty of...
Oct 13, 2014
Great Location
Great Location. Not in the busy center of waikiki. Close to Alamoana Mall and near by Lagoon and waikiki beach. Staff was great and so helpful!
Oct 4, 2014
From $109

4 Aqua Palms Waikiki

3 stars
3.8 / 5 341 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 & Resorts is now home to more than 15 one-of-a-kind properties on four Hawaiian Islands,... More

Stans stay
Its conveniently located with close access to Waikiki beach and dinning experinces. I would expect beter value for money.
Oct 8, 2014
Aqua Palms
Good location, parking for 25$ a day, pool, helpfull friendly staff, decent size rooms will stay here again.
Aug 1, 2014
From $265

5 The Modern Honolulu

5 stars
4.2 / 5 39 reviews

1775 Ala Moana Boulevard Map

Non Refundable Savings

Chic in both aesthetics and service, Polynesian decor characterizes The Modern Honolulu. Neutral colors and themes give the hotel a sophisticated feel throughout, while there is plenty of Hawaiian heritage on the grounds as well - say "Aloha" to staff as they greet you around every turn. By far,... More

very very clean hotel
stayed there for my honeymoon. it was an excellent hotel. but it is bit off from anywhere. not near to waikiki beach nor ala moana center. and also during my stay, construction was going on for all days. and on my last day, the front door was closed due to consteuction outside. staffs were really...
Oct 10, 2014
Family getaway
Hotel & Staff were excellent, hotel was modern crisp & clean, staff were very helpful & friendly. Food & service were excellent, although quite expensive as were drinks, but only to be expected for this standard hotel. Would definitely stay here again. Only disappointment was if you book a double...
Sep 20, 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 whirlpool. For the sports enthusiast, there are on-site tennis courts and jogging trails nearby. The... 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 was vacuumed. The slider to go out on the balcony lock was barely functional, the outside chairs...
Sep 28, 2014
Wonderful service!
The Pacific Beach Hotel has lovely customer service, the room - oceanfront on the 5th floor was gorgeous! When asking to extend for a few hours since I needed access to a fridge for breastmilk, they accommodated our request and even stored my freezer packs in their restaurant freezer. The...
Sep 10, 2014
From $79

7 Kuhio Banyan Club

3 stars
2.2 / 5 29 reviews

2310 Kuhio Ave. Map

Kuhio Banyan Club is an all-kitchenette boutique resort located less than 1-1/2 blocks from spectacular Waikiki Beach, the International Market Place, the Royal Hawaii Shopping Center, many fine restaurants, discos, nightclubs, and exciting shows such as the legendary Society of Seven and The... More

Good Price for location
The location is alright but there is a club next to it and it gets loud during the night. Hotel is within walking from the beach.
Sep 5, 2014
Basics for a good rate
If you want to be right by the beach and want to spend as little as possible then this is the hotel for you!
Aug 20, 2014
From $169

8 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 day off with live music accompanied by freshly brewed Kona coffee, tropical fruit, baked goods and... 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 large as other hotels we had stayed at but this was of little consequence when considering the...
Oct 3, 2014
Fantastic Family Vacation
We stayed in Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel. We were upgraded to Jr. Suite and that's a plus! Room view side is amazing still can see the gorgeous beach. Our experience was great! We pay extra to use their amenities though. I thought breakfast and wifi included. So expect to be charged for parking...
Sep 22, 2014
From $188

9 Hilton Waikiki Beach

4 stars
4.2 / 5 158 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 hip dining space and glamorous common areas, Hilton Waikiki is one of the best-kept secrets in... 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
Hiltion Waikiki Great Location
My wife and I stayed here for 4 days in October 2014, The staff here are all very friendly and so Helpfull Jan at the front desk made our check in so easy she went out of her way to make sure are stay was perfect. Shawn at the bell desk also went the exter mile as my wife need a whellchair to get...
Oct 19, 2014
From $129

10 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 on Kalakaua Avenue is just a few blocks from the beach. A cool, clean lobby is finished in marble,... 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 sometimes you get with excellent customer service.
Sep 30, 2014
convenience location
not very far from waikiki beach, about 5 minis walk. shops within walking distance. buses are close by.
Sep 25, 2014
From $159

11 Shoreline Hotel Waikiki, a Joie de Vivre Hotel

3 stars
3.8 / 5 30 reviews

342 Seaside Avenue Map

Save 20% on your stay

The freshly renovated,"island-chic" Shoreline Hotel Waikiki, just two blocks from world famous Waikiki Beach, has a prime location that makes its value incomparable. Enjoy a day of sun and surf at the beach or take in an island tour and easily walk back to the hotel to refresh before... More

Perfect location, nice and clean, Parking missing
Everything is clean, location is perfect, very good restaurant near lobby. Only problem: no parking for guests. Fee parking available across the street though.
Oct 22, 2014
Great location!
Perfect location to enjoy Honolulu. The free ice tea is great, and it's in great location to see shopping, dinner and beach.
Oct 18, 2014
From $189

12 Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

4 stars
4.1 / 5 650 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 landscape that includes native flowers and plants. The resort's two swimming pools offer friendly... More

Great vacation!
We had a great stay at the Marriott Hotel! It was located in a busy area with a lot to do. The Marriott had great restaurants, a little pricey but delicious! The $30 resort fee a night was really not necessary.
Sep 24, 2014
Lovely Hotel
This was my second stay on this hotel and I really like the venue. It was a pleasant experience and I would go back again. My only question was that I upgraded to a Leisure Oceanview room and expected to have a full on ocean view as oposed to the side view facing the Aston hotel. I got the same...
Sep 22, 2014
From $126

13 Stay Hotel Waikiki

3 stars
2.8 / 5 88 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 just one short block from the sands of Waikiki Beach and steps away from world class dining and... More

hostel?
Fancy overpriced hostel, load bar and cheaply "remodel ed
Oct 17, 2014
location, cost effective
Dears, if u r low on budget..want to be near the sea..no need to stay in your hotel all day... So book in the Stay and leave for Hawaii adventures from 7 am till night. Dont be suprised if u notice the dumps of the Hayat regency in front of the hotel entrance.also thr noise of trucks in the...
Oct 16, 2014
From $161

14 Vive Hotel Waikiki

3 stars
4.1 / 5 15 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, individually controlled A/C, flat screen HDTV, free HSIA Wi-Fi, safe (fits laptop), hairdryer, iron/iron... More

Great location if you want to be right in the middle of the Waikiki craziness.
Service was great but be forewarned if you don't want a room with two twin beds you need to indicate this, very European style in that aspect. Also the breakfast is free for a reason, really pedestrian. Otherwise the place is spotless and the staff is friendly and helpful. I would definitely stay...
Sep 20, 2014
Lacking Amenities
The Vive hotel is located in a great area, very convenient to the beach. It is very clean because it is a new hotel. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The downfalls are that the rooms are extremely tiny. Definitely upgrade to a larger suite if you want to be comfortable. The other...
May 29, 2014
From $85

15 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 and couples. Located near a peaceful park that leads to the beach and the crossroads of Waikiki's... 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
good choice, great value
The hotel got a good location, only 5 min to walk to waikiki beach, 10 min to a shopping center. There's also convenient stores and public traffic stations nearby. In addition, the room is very tidy and cozy. The staff at the front desk is also very nice. They arranged a two double bed room for...
Jun 19, 2014