Waikiki Beach (Main / Center)

4.5 stars from 24 reviews
Address 2410-2420 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815
Waikiki Beach is the center of all Waikiki madness. Excellent beach, great water, not to be missed.

Features
• Facilities: Bathrooms • Facilities: Concession Stand
• Facilities: Equipment Rentals • Facilities: Lifeguard
• Facilities: Showers • Type: Kid Friendly
• Type: No Dogs Allowed • Sand Type: Regular
• Parking: Fees For Parking • Good For: Boogie Boarding
• Good For: Sunsets • Good For: Swimming
• Surfing Level: Beginner • Surfing Level: Intermediate

Matt Anderson's Take
Waikiki Beach. This is it. This is the place. This is what most people are thinking of when they think of Waikiki Beach so this little stretch of sand is the center of it all and it's easy to find in Honolulu on O'ahu.


Let's back up a bit and cover what Waikiki actually is. Waikiki is the entire stretch of sand in this area which runs over a mile and a half long. On the far northwest end you have the boat harbor and Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort and on the far southeast end you have Kapiolani Beach Park @ Waikiki (and you can even go a bit further with Kaimana / Sans Souci Beach @ Waikiki and the Outrigger Canoe Club Beach @ Waikiki since everyone wants in on the Waikiki action). It's fully explained in our The Beaches Of Waikiki article.


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 Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa, right next to (southeast of) King's Village Shopping Center. For more on parking, read Free & Cheap Waikiki Parking.


The center stretch of Waikiki is pretty small and is located by the Duke Kahanamoku Statue that you'll see out front near the street. The Honolulu Police Waikiki Beach station is located right here along the beach to keep everything and everyone in check. You can walk (more or less) from beach to beach along Waikiki very easily (via the sandy beach, beachwalk areas, or sidewalks) and likely won't even know where one beach starts and the next one ends (nor would you care).

The water here is usually a lot of fun to play in and unless the ocean is angry the waves should be very easy to handle. The bigger issue is usually all of the surfers that will be paddling out and surfing back in along this main channel. There are a lot of surf lessons going on here and we often see the new riders catching a wave and surfing in closer to shore than they really should so keep an eye out to avoid getting hit.


If surfing isn't your thing then grab a floaty of some sort and just bob up and down for a few hours until you get hungry. When that happens, you'll find plenty of restaurants nearby (including the Waikiki Beachside Bistro by the police station). Bathrooms, showers, and lifeguards are all here as well.


It's an excellent beach for sure but that doesn't mean it is perfect. You'll see some homeless people around and while most will keep to themselves some might try to sell you something or ask for money. You'll also have to watch out for the various tour boats coming in and sailing out from time to time as they land and launch right on the beach. It's also really, really crowded here which can be a bit annoying at times but still a must see beach.

For more on Waikiki area beaches see The Beaches Of Waikiki.
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Brett D
Joined: Mar 2017
Reviews: 56
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I found Waikiki Beach to be a nice beach for my age group (20 at time we went) as the younger crowd seem to be there. It is crowded but I always managed to have a great time when we were on the beach. Surrounding area was nice also.
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Lisa F
Joined: Jan 2017
Reviews: 48
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Although this is an excellent beach if you are staying in Honolulu or Oahu, I much rather prefer the more quiet and secluded beaches. If you are looking for the same, than this is not your beach! Although there is everything you could possibly need around you, TOURISTY! And they know it and make for every kind of knick knack you could ever need. Great place to people watch and there are definitely fabulous people to watch along the beach.....It's just that if you want to really be able to see Hawaii and be able to rest and relax, a quieter beach may be what you would look to spend your time on.
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Vickey W
Joined: Mar 2017
Reviews: 123
Likes Received: 45
Waikiki Beach is a very long stretch of beach with lots to see can be very crowded at times. You can and will see all kinds of activities on this famous beach never a dull moment for sure. A little too congested for us but we stayed at Outrigger and enjoyed our visit and walks along the beach.
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Tom T
Joined: Sep 2013
Reviews: 579
Likes Received: 33
Waikiki beach is fun, crowded, and a cool spot to give surfing a go. The waves are easy to catch and offer long rides. Sometimes I imagine what it must have been like a hundred years ago. Outrigger canoes with only handful of people on the beach, a couple of hotels, and no crass tourism. Unless you're into people watching, the best time to visit is early in the morning around 6:30-ish. Later than that, you'll be fighting for a small patch of beach real estate to park yourself for the day.
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Matt A
Joined: Feb 2013
Reviews: 790
Likes Received: 106
Yes, it's complete insanity here during peak times on pretty much any day of the week. It's too crowded, the sand is full of rocks and trash, and it will be anything but a peaceful experience. But that's okay, because all of that is part of the experience here. That's what this section of Waikiki Beach is. If Oahu is The Gather Place (as it's known) then this is lobby to that gathering. You must experience it and then go find some place more peaceful.
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Reggie
Joined: Jul 2016
Reviews: 29
Likes Received: 8
There is always something going on along Waikiki beach and main street. Do not miss the street mannequins... very well done. Ignore the peddlers trying to get you shooting targets. Enjoy the great yogurt shop. The Louis Vuton shop is ridiculously expensive so watch out for the armed guards. Senor Frogies is great for casual food, rent a boogie board and enjoy the waves but watch out for coral! Slumber under a beach umbrella but remember that the sun moves! Enjoy fireworks and plumeria leis. Much history close by.
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Kim--4309
Joined: Jul 2016
Reviews: 146
Likes Received: 2
If you want to experience city life in Hawaii, this is it. Waikiki beach is always super crowded... But the views of Diamond Head can't be beat. And there is so much to do... Surf lessons, paddle boarding, boat cruises, basically anything you can imagine. If you want some good people watching and fun activities this is the place to be.
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Billy G
Joined: Aug 2015
Reviews: 4
Likes Received: 0
It's a great beach and all but way, way too busy here. Just too many people all over the place make it less than ideal.
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CB16
Joined: Jul 2016
Reviews: 6
Likes Received: 0
A super fun beach to hang out at but also really, really crowded! I mean, it's just packed with people almost all the time so as long as that doesn't bother you it's fun. We have here three times during our week on Oahu and while it wasn't my favorite beach it is tons of fun.
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Rosemarie P
Joined: Jun 2016
Reviews: 7
Likes Received: 0
Beautiful! One of my favorite places in the world, so far! Water feels amazing, looks amazing, just gorgeous! Sand is very hot in July.
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