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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
star-4.5
$39.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Good experience
Good experience, but wish to go to farther places if possible,. captain crew and assistant have great Knowledge, and a sense of humour.
Zhraa_A, Jan 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Oahu

star-4
Great tour for families!
Joe_G, Nov 2021
Hawaii | Waikiki Beach Sightseeing Cruise - Glass Bottom Boat
Enjoyed the boat ride. The crew was friendly, boat was clean, provided great information abou the island.
star-5
Tour guide was great and...
Joseph_P, Oct 2021
Waikiki Beach Glass Bottom Boat Cruise
Tour guide was great and captain was professional. She did an awesome safety briefing and made us all feel safe!
star-5
Glass bottom boat tour
ROSE, Aug 2021
Waikiki Beach Glass Bottom Boat Cruise
The guides were knowledgeable and funny. Clean boat, great prices. A must if you are visiting Hawaii.
star-5
Catamaran sailing adventure
Errol_Yamat, Jul 2021
Waikiki Panorama Sail
Staff were kind, helpful and always safety conscious. The catamaran sailing adventure was very exciting, took us to gorgeous and scenic sites, catered to our sailing needs and made the trip memorable and enjoyable!
star-5
Wonderful boat ride
Debra_S, Jan 2022
Hawaii | Waikiki Beach Sightseeing Cruise - Glass Bottom Boat
We did this in Dec 2021 and really enjoyed the ride! Thank you to the lovely couple running the boat. We got to see plenty of fish, a stingray, and turtles. We definitely got our money's worth and would love to do it again!
star-5
Fun & Phenomenal
Mark_C, Dec 2021
Private Sunset Catamaran Cruise in Waikiki
Francisco and Gerald were fantastic. Very accommodating and helpful with the snorkeling. Very friendly and my kids had a blast. Highly recommend this event.
star-5
Hang 10
Mark_C, Dec 2021
Private Surf Lesson at Waikiki Beach
Chris from Big Wave Dave’s was so friendly and great with the kids. He was patient and was an excellent instructor. He had them surfing in no time. The kids had a blast. I can’t recommend this place enough.
star-5
I had no expectation but I was stunned!
Joanne_A, Dec 2021
Private Surf Lesson at Waikiki Beach
Nobie was terrific. I can’t believe he got this old fart up and actually surfing! Thank you so much for teaching me the basics. Loved how you were able to see waves minutes before they arrived!!
star-5
The crew were very...
Jacqueline_R, Nov 2021
Waikiki Panorama Sail
The crew were very accommodating and fun. I highly recommend this to everyone and you will surely love it. We will ultimately come back. Last night experience was fantastic and a treasure to remember.
star-5
Incredible experience,...
Eliza_R, Nov 2021
Private Sunset Catamaran Cruise in Waikiki
Incredible experience, and great crew. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!! Will definitely do this again when we return.
star-5
8 hours together!!!
Danny_D, Nov 2021
Private Full-Day Sightseeing Tour in Waikiki Beach
Daniel our guide was amazing! He gave us history and made sure we had enough photos at each stop. Our Leonard's donuts and Fumis shrimp lunch were delicious. We enjoyed our free coffee and Macadamia nuts and of course some Dole Whip to end. He was funny and cheerful definitely worth the money. Mahalo Daniel!!
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Tony_W, Jan 2022
Waikiki Beach Glass Bottom Boat Cruise
Great captain and crew. Beautiful scenery. Very knowledgeable guide. Have already directed people to the excursion.

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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