Waikiki Beach (click the link for photos in travelogue, details later)
The most popular, however thus the most crowded, beach for tourists (especially Japanese).
The image of Hawaii in many people's minds. It is a fascinating place to be. There is so much going on here that it can be overwhelming at times. But I'd take that to everyday life anytime! Not a pristine seaside paradise, but as one of the world’s greatest resort playgrounds, it’s irresistibly exciting.
The summer months bring bigger surf to Waikiki. The water is usually calm and the surf ranges from 1-3 ft. There are occasional 4-6 ft swells. The winter months bring very calm conditions, and the surf is usually smaller; usually not rising above 2ft.
A walk along this beach is a must! The views from the beach, piers, water, are all outstanding. You may not even find a reason to leave the beach since there are ocean front motels all along it with their wonderful restaurants. You'll even find booths on the beach for buying everything from sunscreen to water toy rentals (such as surfboards, body boards, water bikes, lounge chairs, etc,). For the serious volleyball players, there are beach side sand courts located by Fort DeRussey Park and up by the Aquarium. Also a short walk from the DeRussey park beach is the beautiful Marina by the Sheraton. When we walked along here in Jan., we saw hundreds of jellyfish---but didn't encounter any from the beach area. Down by the pier near the south end of the beach, there's a really nice protected shallow swimming area great for families with small children. Being on the west side of the island, it's also a great place to catch a beautiful hawaiian sunset.
Waikiki is a beautiful area that is pleasant to walk in and there are lots of interesting places to take a picture.I enjoyed my visit here.
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Never has a beach been as fabled as Waikiki. Since the 1950s, this beach has been a tourist destination extraordinaire. While much of it has been eroded, trampled by millions of feet, or encroached upon by towering skyscrapers, hints of its original beauty can still be seen in the crashing waves and the warm sand. Come night time, the hipsters strut their clubwear on the beachwalk, and lovers find peaceful little nooks under the cover of sweeping palm trees.
Waikīkī extends from the Ala Wai Canal (a channel dug to drain former wetlands) on the west and north, to Diamond Head or Lēʻahi on the east. The name means spouting water in Hawaiian for springs and streams that fed wetlands that once separated Waikīkī from the interior. Waikīkī has long been a place of relaxation. In particular, the area was a retreat for Hawaiian royalty in the 1800s. Today it is considered the center of the tourist industry in Hawaiʻi, with an abundance of both high-rise resort hotels (including the Hilton Hawaiian Village, the Halekulani hotel, the Hyatt Regency Waikiki, and the Sheraton Waikiki) and historic hotels dating back to the early 20th century (such as the Moana Surfrider Hotel and the Royal Hawaiian Hotel).
Since 2001, there have been free movies on the beach. Many tourists from around the world can view a movie on an outdoor 30 foot screen. This particular free movie event in Waikiki is called "Sunset on the Beach". Get a rubber raft at a nearby ABC or E-Z Discount stores and float offshore. Sea turtles frequent the area fronting the “grand dame” of Waikiki, the Westin Moana Surfrider Hotel. Cool off with a mai tai under the banyan tree where “Hawaii Calls” was broadcast for 40 years.
honolulu has 3 beaches and parks namely the waikiki beach, kuhio beach and the Ala Moana Beach and Park. This park is popular area for hagning around and is less congested with beachcombers and tourist than the waikiki and kuhio beach areas. This 100-acre park has a wide gold-sand beach that is over a half-mile (800 m) long. It's man-made and was created by the owner of the Dillingham Dredging Company, who was looking for a place to dispose of his dredged earth. So in the 1950s, sand was dumped at this park, which created the beach. Big grassy areas, banyans and palm trees make the park a good place to picnic, barbecue, play all kinds of ball games or go running. There are lifeguards, showers, restrooms, phones, tennis courts, picnic tables, food concessions and a music pavilion. Ala Moana Beach Park is a favorite among Honolulu residents. On the weekends, they come here with their families to picnic, swim and spend time together.
WAikiki Beach is the reason why tourists flock to Honolulu. The area has nearly flawless weather, gentle surf, great views of Diamond Head, plenty of hotel rooms, and lots of nightlife in Waikiki. The surfing here is excellent for beginners, due to the long rolling break of the waves.
In the 1800s Hawaiian royalty maintained a residence at what is Waikiki beach, due to their love of surfing. In the 1880s the first guest houses began opening along the beach. Waikiki area expanded rapidly after the swamps and marshes were drained in the 1920s, and major hotels sprung up in the area. Until the 1970s, the sand was actually imported from Manhattan Beach, California, but today the city has a number of anti-erosion project aimed at retaining the wide sandy beaches.
So first things first. Be safe. My friend was learning to surf and didn't put the ankle strap on. Needless to say his board shot out from under him and flew through the air and landed on another person arm... Breaking it. No your limits and attempt to stay a safe distance from others.
1-Day, 1-Hour Group Surf Lessons
With 5 or more students - 15 & older
You can also rent a board. You will see the locations on the beach as you walk it. The price of renting a board will differ so shop around. If you don't need lessons then it's the best price.
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Waikiki is the center of the tourist industry in Hawaii. Although the beaches tend to be crowded, it has everything that you would want. You've got golden sands, warm waters, outrigger canoes, surfing lessons, beautiful sunsets, etc. I know that it's my Dad's favorite place and for a package destination it's mine too.
Waikiki extends from the Ala Wai Canal (a channel dug to drain former wetlands) on the west and north, to Diamond Head or Leahi on the east. The name means fetched water in Hawaiian for springs that fed wetlands that once separated Waikīkī from the interior. Waikīkī has long been a place of relaxation. In particular, the area was a retreat for Hawaiian royalty in the 1800s.
The first couple of days we just walked everywhere along the Waikiki beach and shops. It is really fun because there is a lot of life on the streets, and the beach is fun as well. There are always little cafes and fun shops you can check out. I would definitely recomend walking down to the Waikiki area....it is a cultural experience in many ways. :)
Waikiki Beach is described as one of the most beautiful beach in the world. So when you go there, you would expect some beautiful people there too, right? WRONG. Waikiki Beach has become a senior and young-family colony. If you prefer your privacy, don't want little kids kicking up sand while your trying to tan, move away from the main entrances! Don't get me wrong, Waikiki is still beautiful, just not what you would expect it to be. If you want to learn how to surf, however, this is the place to go!
True, the beach is very well known and oriented for tourism. Perhaps it is not the nicest beach in Hawaii. Putting things into perspective, I would say that a lot of people would rather be there than where they are right now. Waikiki is a good place to swim, sunbathe, or even learn the basics of surfing. The waves seem fairly tame here compared to some other places on the island. Of course, hotels and all types of tourist related establishments are concentrated here. I would not spend all of my time on the island here, but it is a nice family destination.
This is probably one of the most famous beaches in the world along with the Copacabana, Venice, Bondi and Felixstowe (OK, hands up who's heard of Felixstowe !!!).
It's instantly recognisable with the usual picture showing the crescent of the beach and the mountain in the background.
It is always packed with sunseekers taking advantage of Hawaii's fantastic climate and on the Sunday I was there, there were boat races through the surf.
A beach scene, another day, another view. No matter how many time you come to this beach, there is always something new to see and do.
There is always something happening on the beach.. Music by local musicians, Movies, Shopping across the road, unusual characters walking around, never a dull moment... ;-)
Of course if you come here, you must visit Waikiki Beach. We didn't have time to swim while we were here. But it is a great beach for all ages.