Royal-Moana Beach @ Waikiki

4.5 stars from 9 reviews
Address 2365 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815
An excellent and very popular stretch of Waikiki and one we highly recommend.

Features
• Facilities: Bathrooms • Facilities: Concession Stand
• Facilities: Equipment Rentals • Facilities: Lifeguard
• Facilities: Showers • Type: Dog Friendly
• Type: Shady • Sand Type: Regular
• Parking: Fees For Parking • Good For: Bodysurfing
• Good For: Sunsets • Good For: Swimming

Matt Anderson's Take
This stretch of Waikiki beach runs from The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort at the northwest end to the Moana Surfrider - A Westin Resort & Spa at the southeast end, hence the not-so-clever name of Royal Moana Beach.


Getting here is easy, but there is no actual beach parking. This means that using one of the local paid parking garages is your best bet. You can also park for free at the boat harbor at the far northwest end of Waikiki or the free street parking at the far southeast end of Waikiki but this beach is a bit of a walk from either. A fairly decent option is the underground paid garage on Koa St which is behind the tall Hyatt twin towers, right next to (southeast of) King's Village Shopping Center.


The beach is a bit wider than some other parts of Waikiki and fairly long as well. Like most of Waikiki, this is a heavily used beach on all days and that means you won't have tons of room to spread out here. Go early in the day to stake your claim.


Still, it's an excellent part of Waikiki beach and one of our favorite areas to go because the waves here, while not large at all, are a lot of fun to bob up and down in. In fact, it's easy to lose the better part of a day just doing that! While the bottom can be somewhat rocky in some parts, it's generally not bad at all.


All of the usual Waikiki amenities are here like bathrooms at the southeast end, food options, equipment rentals, and surf lesson to name a few. Right behind the beach are the hotels and shops of Waikiki so you'll have plenty of dining options when the hunger pains kick in. Those same buildings might provide some shade for you as well.

For more on Waikiki area beaches see The Beaches Of Waikiki.
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Brett D
Joined: Mar 2017
Reviews: 56
Likes Received: 1
Visited this beach several times during my stay. Found it busy on the weekend as it is a beach where families go. I was pleased with the convenience to stores to get something to snack on when we were at the beach. We did some bodyboarding here. It was clean.
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chantel
Joined: Mar 2016
Reviews: 426
Likes Received: 11
Royal Moana Beach @ Waikiki is a great beach and a great area to stay in as it's not so crowded. Beautiful beach and gorgeous to go out and watch sunrise and sunset! Make sure you take your camera for some gorgeous moments and some nice walks along Waikiki beach. Great to swim and great for family's with kids. I always come out to this spot when I'm in Waikiki, make sure you check it out.
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Stephanie M
Joined: Feb 2017
Reviews: 4
Likes Received: 0
This is actually the only beach that I've been to in Honolulu. Yes, it's busy and crowded, but I honestly think that makes the beach perfect. It's nice to be able to walk from your hotel and spend the day down at the beach. The waves aren't too big and it's easy to spend hours swimming around with the beautiful view. I love that iconic Diamond Head is in the background - makes your day(s) there so surreal. The only downfall that I don't like, is all of the sharp coral that is around, you just have to be careful where you walk until you get past it to the sand.
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Matt A
Joined: Feb 2013
Reviews: 642
Likes Received: 97
Probably one of my favorite Waikiki beaches. Yes, it gets incredibly crowded here which can be annoying, but at other times that's part of the charm.
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Stephanie--2094
Joined: May 2016
Reviews: 67
Likes Received: 2
This is a great beach if you're staying in Waikiki. Of course, it is busier than beaches you would find on the north shore, but it's close to most accommodations and conveniently close to stores for when you forget something silly like a bottle of water. It is also a perfect spot to watch the fireworks on Friday night that the Hilton sets off. There is no bad seat on this beach.
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Consensus Guy
Joined: Jul 2013
Reviews: 11059
Likes Received: 22
Crowded Waikiki beach in front of historic Royal Hawaiian Hotel. Family friendly with gentle ocean waves. But don't plan to play frisbee or paddleball. Too many tourists. The hotel rents beach umbrellas and chairs to guests. Great view of Diamond Head.
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Tom T
Joined: Sep 2013
Reviews: 578
Likes Received: 32
From my perspective, the beaches in Waikiki are great for families and visitors who are experiencing Hawaii for the first time and want a safe, comfortable vacation. But, it's crowded and loud. Not exactly restful or peaceful except EARLY in the morning. The sunsets from any of the beaches in Waikiki are lovely and breathtaking, but also really crowded. Royal-Moana Beach is closest to the legendary The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort hotel, which is one of my favorites on Oahu.

In summary, Royal-Moana Beach is a safe stretch of beach with gentle waves, great for laying out, relaxing and having a comfortable day at the beach. If you're looking for a private, secluded beach then you'll need to explore the pages of this website further.
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Vickie H
Joined: Aug 2014
Reviews: 1
Likes Received: 0
We were on this beach back in 1996. Our son won a contest all expenses paid to the hula bowl and gave it to us. We stayed at the Hilton. It was wonderful!
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trucoat
Joined: Aug 2013
Reviews: 5
Likes Received: 3
Probably the best overall section of Waikiki.
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