Waikiki is the extremely touristy area of Honolulu. I typically try and avoid the touristy areas but it seems like you can't stay away from Waikiki. Many hotels are lined along this beach as well as hundreds of "abc Stores" and other gift shops.
In the evening this area is bustling with bars and clubs and of course the best part, Street performers. Some of these people are very interesting and worth the time to see what they are doing.
As for me, I did find that the Diamond Head Lighthouse was nearby and their were some interesting buildings. For more information on these interests go to my Waikiki Page.
The beach is a wonderful place to relax and get a great tan. The water was a lot saltier than I'm used to, but it was the perfect temperature, and great after a long hot day. The beaches are normally crowded, but I didn't really mind, because I was able to relax and enjoy, regardless of how many people were there. You don't need to buy a beach mat, because you can usually find them around the beaches at night, after most people have left. Many people just leave them there, because they don't want to take them home, so just pick a stray one up, and leave it at your beach when you're done with it. Someone will want it! Being on the beach every day was a wonderful treat for me, because my life back at home is fairly stressful. It was great to forget all my worries, and just relax and enjoy the sun, sand and water.
You never know what you might find amongst the surfboards!
This beach stretches for two miles, fronted by hotels and Kapiolani Park. You can swim, canoe, surf, and snorkel here. Facilities include lifeguards, picnic areas, telephones, showers, and restrooms.
Actually, Waikiki beach isn't very good for sunbathers and those who want to body surf. The course coral sand is uncomfortable, the coral reef below the water dangerous, and the undertoe, even more dangerous. However, sand has been imported in places, and the people watching at Waikiki is as good as it gets. What makes the beach famous in term of the water sport of surfing is the regular cycles of waves which can be ridden for a long time. On the other side of the island are the big waves, but here with a long board, a novice rider can catch a wave and ride forever. Meanwhile, body watching along the beach is the main action on shore. Unfortunately, the width of the beach is narrow in some places due to overbuilding by big hotels, but then the verandas of these hotels do provide great places to lunch and watch the surfers. Further down the beach, lawn invades the beach a bit, providing a comfortable place to lay under the palm trees that line the street. There's a protected swimming area about midway down the Waikiki strip that's a good place to take the kids.
This is one of those places that once you have seen it, and walked on these sands, and taken in all the surrounding beauty, you are convinced that it doesn't get much better than this. And believe me, it doesn't.
I spent a lot of time on this beach, soaking up the rays, chatting with the locals, and doing a lot of damage to my budget... LOL..
The incredible sunsets were unforgettable..
There are many interesting things to see on the foreshore. This lovely waterfall really added to the already beautiful parks along the beach. There were also many statues, and I even found the web cam that I used to watch in Australia, before this holiday ever happened.
It is a dream come true to stroll along this world famous Wakiki beach.
Overlooking is the Diamond Head - a reminder of the volcanic origin of this archipelago of islands rising in the middle of Pacific Ocean.
There are many tourists, young and old, sunbathing. I was hoping to hula hula dancers and pineaples being served under the coconut palms but no such thing.
Surprised that there are so many Japanese and Japanese owned property here.
Perhaps the most famous and best known beach in Hawaii and the world. This white sandy strip of is open to the public from dawn to dusk and features tourist friendly gentle waves. A great place for people watching. Here you will find beach boys giving surfing lesson to tourist, local canoe teams, and throngs of tourist soaking up the sun.
Along Waikiki Beach at night during the month of December every night they show different films on the beach and some restaurants showcase their foods, so you can eat and enjoy movies right on the beach.
While I was there I enjoyed watching Top Gun and Toy Story 2. Locals and tourists alike enjoy the atmosphere and surroundings. What's better sitting in a stuffy theatre or watching a movie sitting on the sand and hearing light waves behind while watching a movie just like they did in the days of drive-in movies.
It was defenitely a pleasure and must do when staying in Honolulu. The food choices were wonderful. Every other evening there would be a band playing till sunset hour.
The feeling of first seeing this place from the airplane, is one of incredible excitement. I will never forget that feeling, and it only got better when I landed, and immediately got 'Leid' .. LOL...
I'm not much of a beach person because I don't like lying on the sand in the sun, and I've had two melanomas removed. I did not expect that my grandson would be either since he had remarked "My mother made me take swimming lessons".
We were supposed to have Pearl Harbor tours on two days but the part of the tour in an airplane fell through because the company went out of business. So we had a free day, and at one point he was going to try the beach - he said he would try surfing if I would!!!! The hotel gave us a beach bag, and it was only a short walk from there.
But we went to the Bishop Museum instead.
So all we did was look at the beach
The beaches of Waikiki are world famous because of their location...which is great...right along the main strip of Honolulu where all the fancy hotels reside. But the beach itself are rather basic, in fact the beach is really just a long strip of beach that aren't very wide and usually very crowded. In other words there isn't a lot of room to build sandcastles. However that said the location is wonderful and nothing beats swimming in the ocean with a view of Honolulu and a beautiful blue sky! The waves at Waikiki are nothing to write home about but they are big enough to have fun with...you will see far more body boarders than surfers. Which actually is a good thing...surfers are like snowboarders, obnoxious and pretentious! The best part of these beaches are the setting, sand and palm tree's and a thriving shopping/hotel district running perpendicular with the beach. It makes for some wonderful pictures and memories!
Despite its size, Honolulu’s accommodations are geographically limited. Practically all the lodging is in the Waikiki area which can turn into blessing for some but a nightmare for others. Even those who find it repulsive should not shun it though – after all, this is the example of high efficiency tourism model where multitudes are being delivered, processed and dispatched with profits assured and control unscathed. The beach itself is not worthy of special attention except for the fact that it is full of stony outcrops in shallow waters that render it unpleasant for swimmers. Add the efforts to avoid crashing with surfers and the conclusion would be negative. On the other hand, for people who thrive in crowds, follow the latest fads and have exhibitionistic tendencies, this must be a Mecca of some sort. The strip is never quiet with people sunbathing, surfing, walking etc. activities. At sunset a stage is organized and impromptu concerts with hula dancing are performed. Shopping is never far away so missing coral shoes or other vital equipment can be obtained in a matter of minutes. The hotels, condos and similar dwellings contribute to the uninspiring look of the urban sprawl that Waikiki is. Shops, restaurants and other service joints fill up the concrete towers’ niches.
If you want to have a low key beach dance party, head down to Duke's @ the Outrigger Waikiki
Listen to legendary Henry Kapono & Band 400pm-630p, end the night with the most amazing sunset!
One of my favorite Sunday afternoons!
The beach was really fun, though way overcrowded. The water was so warm and the surf, wayyyy mellow. It's more of a meeting place than any other beach I've been to before. We went one night at dusk and got a bit of seclusion.