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Waikiki Beach

Waikiki Beach

Kalakaua Avenue, Waikiki, 96815

The Basics

Waikiki Beach is one of the best spots on Oahu to get out on the water with a surfing lesson or stand-up paddleboarding tour. It’s also possible to check out the beach aboard a duck or catamaran sunset tour, or gaze into the ocean on a submarine excursion. If you’d rather relax, soak up the sun on the sandy beach. The site is visited on most Oahu tours, including those that also hit other Honolulu highlights like the Bishop Museum, Iolani Palace, and Chinatown before heading farther afield to the Polynesian Cultural Center on the North Shore, Hanauma Bay, and Sea Life Park Hawaii on the east side of the island. Visitors who want to cram in the most sites on Oahu can even book helicopter or circle-island tours, both of which depart from Waikiki and showcase the entire island.

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Hawaii | Waikiki Beach Sightseeing Cruise - Glass Bottom Boat
Hawaii | Waikiki Beach Sightseeing Cruise - Glass Bottom Boat
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$40.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Highly recommend!
Captains Brandon and Lorenzo guided a very entertaining, educational, and beautiful tour of the marine life near Waikiki. We got to learn more about the history of the island as well as the Hawaiian culture. Would highly recommend this tour to others!
Somnath_P, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Oahu

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A great little trip!
Gabrielle_O, May 2022
Waikiki Beach Glass Bottom Boat Cruise
At first it seemed like a nothing trip but soon shows as a great trip. The captain and her first mate were knowledgeable and entertaining. The boat was clean and they offered ice cold water.
star-5
Early morning sight seeing
James_M, Apr 2022
Waikiki Beach Glass Bottom Boat Cruise
Great views stories and wildlife. Prompt, clean, good value. Wife and I on anniversary tour and had a blast.
star-5
Lovery trip and amazing crew!
ANKUR_K, Apr 2022
BYOB Sunset Cruise off the Waikiki Coast
Amazong trip with an amazing crew! The crew and the experience of hawaii made this trip memorable. Sunset was great and the water was sooo clean, you can see the bottom at 20 feet. The crew was so great, they would offer to take photos and would pause the boat for nice views… no rush. Thanks team!!
star-5
Good Sunset Cruise
Sharon_B, Apr 2022
BYOB Sunset Cruise off the Waikiki Coast
Staff were all friendly and personable. Boat was clean. Beautiful scenery and we had the good fortune of seeing a whale! Family friendly atmosphere as well.
star-5
Worth the Money!!!
TaNeisha_B, Jun 2022
Diamond Head/Waikiki Tour (Most Popular Tour!)
We had to audible and do a different tour. BUT it was really fun and totally different than I expected. It was nice going to a less crowded area and exploring things we never would have if we didn't go on this tour! Highly recommend and they have great communication!
star-5
Great family fun!
Jason_H, Jun 2022
Waikiki Beach Glass Bottom Boat Cruise
Jim and Kiko were wonderful hosts and made the tour fun and enjoyable. Seeing the turtles and fish were beautiful and Kiko’s pictures of our family in front of Diamondhead are a gift to remember.
star-4
Great instructor. Physically exhausting.
David_T, May 2022
Private Surf Lesson at Waikiki Beach
Underestimated the strength it took to accomplish We had a great instructor who got my daughter up a few times and confident in surfing more. Fr a business aspect if you used jetskis to get ppl out to the area it would have been the perfect time.
star-5
Awesome!two Thumbs up 👍🏼 👍🏼
Enrique_M, Jun 2022
BYOB Sunset Cruise off the Waikiki Coast
It was an amazing experience, the crew was awesome , they provided some snacks and beverages , I definitely recommend this cruise to enjoy with friends and family, I know I Did. The best part is u get to bring your own Booze 😁
star-5
It was really beautiful!...
Shaminder_K, May 2022
Hawaii | Waikiki Beach Sightseeing Cruise - Glass Bottom Boat
It was really beautiful! I would definitely recommend to my friends . It was really good experience . Thank you!
star-5
Great Show
Rene_D, May 2022
Hawaii | Waikiki Beach Sightseeing Cruise - Glass Bottom Boat
Obviously worked real hard and put a lot of effort . I would definitely recommend this show . The dancers were very talented and my girlfriend and I were very impressed
star-5
Surfing in Hawai'i is a MUST!
Colette_K, May 2022
Private Surf Lesson at Waikiki Beach
Such a fun activity and must try when in Hawaii! I couldn't help but not get on those waves, and finding Lee my private surf instructor was the right way to go! He was a pro, was helpful, calm and had me up on my first wave! COWABUNGA!
star-5
Love the ride
Onelly_E, May 2022
Diamond Head/Waikiki Tour (Most Popular Tour!)
We had a great experience, Aaron was very knowledgeable and fun, love it all. Beautiful scenes a lot of fun.
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Know Before You Go

  • Waikiki Beach is a must-see for first-timers to Oahu and beginning surfers.

  • If you’re not staying in one of the Waikiki hotels—and even if you are—parking can be expensive and hard to find. If possible, leave the driving up to tour companies and bus drivers.

  • Waikiki is warm and sunny year-round. Don’t forget your sunblock, hat, sunglasses, and bathing suit—though if you do, rest assured you can find a shop with replacements.

  • Lifeguards are staffed at lookouts along Waikiki Beach. Though conditions are usually calm and great for swimming year-round, heed the lifeguard’s warnings and exit the water if necessary.

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How to Get There

Waikiki is just east of downtown Honolulu on Oahu’s southern shore, and about eight miles (12.5 kilometers) from Honolulu International Airport. The main stretch of Waikiki Beach is along Kalakau Avenue, parallel to the sea, which stretches east to Kapiolani Park and Diamond Head. The Waikiki Trolley connects the downtown Ala Moana Center with Waikiki.

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When to Get There

Waikiki Beach is popular year-round, but summer, spring, and winter school holidays are the busiest times. To make the most of your trip, time your visit with one Waikiki’s many festivals and parades, such as the King Kamehameha Floral Parade in June, the Spam Jam in late April, or the Aloha Festival Floral Parade, usually held in late September.

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The Duke Kahanamoku Statue

One can’t-miss Waikiki Beach landmark is the nine-foot (2.75-meter) bronze statue of Duke Kahanamoku Statue, the king of surfing. Following tradition, visitors drape leis around Duke’s neck and arms; it’s not uncommon for the man to sport fistfuls of purple orchids and be buried up to his eyeballs in plumeria. Duke Kahanamoku was a Waikiki local who is credited with popularizing the ancient Hawaiian sport of surfing and once won an Olympic gold medal in swimming.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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