Waikiki Beach Near Honolulu, Hawaii
Everybody who loves beach holidays should go to Hawaii. Waikiki Beach is the centre of happy-go-lucky Hawaiian beach life, near beachfront accommodation that will suit all budgets.
Waikiki Beach is featured in dozens of movies and TV shows,
with Diamond Head to the left and the famous pink palace, the Royal Hawaiian
Hotel, to your right. Straight out in front is Hawaii's famous gentle surf,
thrilling visitors catching easy waves back in to Waikiki Beach, the same scene
for a hundred years near Waikiki Beach.
Waikiki Beach is a vibrant, happening beachfront dotted with 5 star luxury hotels, and plenty of other accommodation near the white sandy beach all the way back till you reach the Ala Wai canal.
Waikiki Beach climate is warm tropical all year round, just perfect for whenever you want to take a break from your busy life. This is a special place because of the relaxed beach atmosphere and the spirit of "Aloha", which is the local greeting. Aloha means "with love", and Hawaiian culture delivers this spirit of hospitality. You'll feel it too.
The spirit of aloha is exemplified best at The Royal Hawaiian
Hotel, the famous five star Luxury Collection hotel that is the classiest of the
Starwood hotels on Waikiki Beach.
The Royal Hawaiian is the gracious beachfront icon of Waikiki, and has just had $40 million spent on what's now the perfect combination of traditional Hawaiian luxury resort accommodation and 21st century comfort. Book the "pink hotel" near Waikiki Beach Online
What to Do Waikiki Beach
Head straight to the world’s
best beach and take in the wonders of Waikiki. Try Duke’s Bar on the beach from
late afternoon as locals and tourists alike gather for a drink as the sun goes
down over the Pacific Ocean.
Photo of Duke's Bar
on Waikiki Beach
Photo of Duke's Barnear accommodation
on Waikiki Beach
Duke's was named after the man known as the Father of World Surfing, Duke Kahanamoku, who's a Hawaiian legend. He was one of the world's first big wave surfers as well as an Olympic Gold Medallist in swimming over a number of Olympic Games. In 1914 he came to Australia with a surfboard carved from a single log. This was Australia's first introduction to surfing.
You'll find statues and plaques dedicated to the Duke along the sidewalk near Waikiki Beach.
For shopping, some of America's best retail therapy is at the "Waikele Outlet Mall" half an hour north of Waikiki Beach. Famous brands here include Barneys New York, Calvin Klein, MaxMara, Polo Ralph Lauren and Bebe at very low prices, made even lower by Hawaii's state tax which is only 4%.
A good tip is to start your shopping at "DFS Galleria" duty free stores on Kalakaua Avenue, then take the $5 shuttle direct to Waikele's outlets. Along the way you'll pass the "Ala Moana shopping centre", which is the world's largest open air shopping mall with good bargains.
In Waikiki itself, it's worth a visit to the "International Market" to meet local traders as you wander down "Kalakaua Avenue". taking in all the sights on the street.
Buskers out side the International M arket
side the International M
arket in Waikiki
Near the northern end of Waikiki, there's now a magnificent 21st century shopping strip on Lewers Street called the "Waikiki Beach Walk". It's just past the Royal Hawaiian Hotel and features a multitude of shops and cafes both upstairs and downstairs.
A must thing to do is sightseeing this beautiful Hawaiian island of Oahu, especially the famous North Shore beaches of "Waimea Bay" and "Sunset Beach".
The huge waves that draw the world’s best surfers pump through in December and January, but other times of the year you’re likely to be greeted by still waters and an idle lifeguard in his hut who’ll be happy to take your photo.
The nearby Waimea Bay national park is also a beautiful natural experience on a beautiful laidback island that to this day has a touch of magic in the air.
Take seven day cruises from the capital Honolulu near Waikiki beach, on the "Pride of America" cruise ship or the "Pride of Aloha" to the other beautiful Hawaiian slands including Maui and its Kaanapali beach, as well as the pristine beaches of Kauai and the "Big Island" of Hawaii.
Accommodation near Waikiki Beach
If you want opulence right in the middle of the beach strip, stay at the "Royal Hawaiian" resort hotel. The Royal Hawaiian's hotel rooms are gracious and many have balconies looking straight down onto the beach sand and palm trees below.
If you want to be pampered, this is the place.
The Royal Hawaiian resort hotel has a wonderful private beachfront with a
secure private section
that's like the dress circle for undressed guests who just want to laze on
sunbeds in their bathers.
Photo of The Royal Hawaiian near Waikiki Beach
Photo of The Royal Hawaiian near Waikiki Beach
The buffet breakfast is just behind the sunbeds on the beach, so it's just a lazy few steps after breakfast to your prized position observing beach life passing by and in the Pacific Ocean.
The Royal Hawaiian hotel staff including general manager "Kelly Hoen" exude that serene spirit of aloha that is so unique in Hawaii. Hotel staff are perfectly suited to this sacred hotel site that honours the spirit of the Hawaiian Royal Family who used to walk these grounds.
The Royal Hawaiian beachfront hotel has been awarded the 2010 Travelers' Choice award for Romance and Relaxation. The walk down the stylishly decorated hallway towards the bright strip of white sand and blue ocean in front of you is unforgettable. Everywhere you go along Waikiki Beach, your eyes are drawn to this Pink Palace that's so alluring. Book The Royal Hawaiian Online.
Just down the beach, High Tea at the Royal Hawaiian's sister beachfront hotel, the "Moana Surfrider" is a memorable experience, with all types of fruit tea and delicious canapes to enjoy while looking out at beautiful Waikiki beach.
Photo of Moana Surfrider Hotel view down Waikiki
Beach to nearby The Royal Hawaiian Hotel
Photo of Moana Surfrider Hotel view down Waikiki Beach to nearby The Royal Hawaiian Hotel
The famous Banyan tree under which "Robert Louis Stevenson"
wrote is the centrepiece of the Moana Surfrider's view of Waikiki Beach.
The author befriended the King's niece "Princess Kaiulani" in the late
1800s and spent a lot of time on the current Moana Surfrider hotel site.
Directly across Kalakaua Avenue and near the Moana Surfrider hotel is the Moana Surfrider's sister hotel, the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani hotel.
The Sheraton Princess Kaiulani is a good family hotel near
Waikiki Beach with
reasonable rates, a nice pool for adults and children, and Pacific Ocean views
from the higher floors. Try the hotel’s local entertainment at night while
sitting outdoors enjoying the reasonably-priced buffet restaurant near the candle-lit
The hotel stands on the site of the Hawaiian Royal family’s property where the famous young Princess Kaiulani grew up. On January 17 1893, a group of mainly American businessmen backed by American troops forcefully overthrew the Hawaiian royal family.
Princess Kaiulani travelled the world trying to get support for Hawaii's independence, but met a tragic death. On her return, she was caught while horseback riding in a heavy downpour, and died from pneumonia. Princess Kaiulani's magic but tragic life is commemorated to this day with the many portraits and images of the young princess in the foyer and halls of the "Princess Kaiulani Hotel".
There is plenty of hotel accommodation in Waikiki Beach Hawaii that stretch all the way back to the Ala Wai canal. Cheap budget hotels, backpacker accommodation, hostels, B&Bs etc.
Delicious fresh whole fish at Azure Restaurant
Waikiki Beach Summary
Waikiki is the world's best beach because of that unique combination of pretty palm-fringed beach with plenty of hotels and bars that range from sophisticated to beachy.
Just to arrive at Waikiki beach and walk onto that famous strip of sand is one of life's memorable experiences. You've seen it in travel stories and on television, and when you experience it yourself it's very, very pleasurable.
If you want a best beach holiday that has it all, Hawaii is hard to beat.
Editor: I lived at the same longitude as Hawaii and same latitude
but south of the equator instead of north for 10 years on a small
Pacific Island. Same climate as Hawaii. I loved visiting Hawaii and
enjoyed luxury accommodation near Waikiki Beach and the best accommodation
right on the beach very near Waimea Bay on the north shore of Oahu.
Recommend driving round Oahu and stopping off at tourist attractions of
Oahu such as the dolphins at the marine park and sailing
near Waikiki Beach before going back to your
hotel accommodation. You'll find everything in Waikiki and
Honolulu - hotel, motel, even accommodation near Honolulu airport near the
city center. Surfing
for surfing photos
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