WAIKIKI BEACH has nearly 1.5 miles of beach. KUHIO BEACH is one of a series of beaches that make up Waikiki Beach.
Surfing gained widespread popularity in the early 1900's after the formation of the Outrigger Canoe Club and the Hui Nalu swim club. Hui Nalu members became the first beachboys and began teaching tourists to surf and paddle outrigger canoes --- services that visitors still find on the beach today.
Among Hui Nalu's founding members was Duke Paoa Kahanamoku, a statue of whom is on Kuhio Beach, welcoming all to Waikiki and the ocean he loved so dearly.
This is probably the most popular place for snorkling. Its also a great place to take the kids. You can rent masks, fins, snorkels and lockers at the beach. Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve is one of the most popular recreational swimming, snorkeling, diving and picnicing areas in Hawai‘i. The bay is legally designated as a State Underwater Park and Conservation District.
$1.00 per car to park and $5.00 per person to enter. The entrance fee is waived for children under 13 and for residents of Hawaii with proof of residency.
One of the best beaches in the world, is WAIKIKI BEACH. Weather-weary travellers come from all over the world just to experience the beautiful white sand beach and enjoy the sun. The sun shines here at least 300 days a year and the water is warm all year round.
Surfing on Waikiki beach is kinda one of those things you just have to do. Unfortunately I had a little to much sun the previous day, and didn't want to risk anymore. Sun doesn't agree with me in large doses, and coming from Australia, I know the damage it can do. So I sat on the beach while my friends hired Malibu's and caught some waves.
Waikiki beach is perfect for beginners. The waves are small and very consistant. If you manage to catch one, you can ride it for ages.
Malibu hire was $10 per hour.
Did you know that the sand on Waikiki Beach comes from Stockton, Australia? I drive past the Stockton sand dunes every day on the way to work.
It felt like they were cheating....Having one of the most famous beaches in the world and it's not even real!!
Never mind, the sand was lovely and clean and great to walk on. Just make sure you don't trip over people or boat rigging as you walk along the beach. It's not easy to dodge all the obstacles.
The NO.1 Beach in Waikiki. Always clean beach, nice sand and not so crouded. They clean the beach every morning and "airing" the beach every morning. Besides the beach you can enjoy the Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon, great for small children since it´s not so deep.
The Duke Kahanamoku Beach Park is located right by Hilton Hawaiian Village.
As in every beach in Waikiki you can rent a bunch of funny things for your water activitys, such as surfboards, kayaks small boats and much more. You can also take surflessons.
If you want to see my rankings of the beaches of Waikiki see my Fort DeRussy Beach tip.
7 Feb 04 2045
Today I spent the day on the beach reading 'The Orchid Thief'. It's not really my type of book, but since it's for my bookclub I have perservered.
I managed to find a nice spot in the shade on the grass, rather than in the sand. There is nothing worse than getting sand through everything. Despite the large number of people at the beach, I didn't really feel too crowded, and managed to have a nice relaxing day.
Hint: Buy yourself one of the cane mats that are for sale at all the ABC shops. Very cheap and great to sit on.
If you are into something that gets your pulse rate going a little more than lazing on the beach, you can go parasailing.
I didn't actually go, but one day I saw these spots on the horizon and couldn't work out what they were. A large bird, helicopter? Then as they came into focus, I noticed it was some thrill seekers being pulled along behind a boat with a parachute. Too energetic for me :o)
Well I guess a trip to Honolulu wouldn't be complete without at least quickly checking out Waikiki Beach... We went down to the beach every day but didn't swim every day... The beach was quite small compared to what we expected (I guess we're used to Aussie beaches) and there were a lot of people there (which we expected anyway)...still we found our own little space and sat around watching the waves roll in for a while. :)
The world famouse Waikiki beach, what a dissapointment!!! I had really high hops before I came to Hawaii, I mean who didn´t heard about Waikiki beach the paradise on earth.
It was so crouded whit people and it was of season, the beach wasn´t so big as I thought it would be, the sand felt dirty and it was impossible to lie there and enjoy of our paradise vacation. Lucky for us we stayed at Hilton Hawaii Village and the beach by the Hilton is the best in all of Waikiki SEE MY TIP OF THE DUKE KAHANAMOKU BEACH PARK ON MY THINGS TO DO TIP
If you want to see my rankings of the beaches in Waikiki se my Fort DeRussy Beach tip.
I do not recomend this beach, this is a pure tourist trap. Go to Duke Kahanamoku Beach Park or Fort DeRussy Beach instead
A great Beach Park. Here you can rent surfingboards, kayak and much more fun for water activities. Nice sand on the beach aswell.
No.3 in my own ranking (see my tip of the Fort DeRussy Beach things to do tip, there is my whole list of my ranking of Waikiki beaches)
Be a lifeguard for a day???!!!! No I´m just kidding. But you can take a cool picture in the lifeguard tower.
The Fort DeRussy Beach is slightly better beach then Waikiki Beach, WHY you wonder? Well it´s much more cleaner and there a little less people there than Waikiki beach and the sand is nicer. Here´s more tourists from the Hilton Hawaiian Village since it´s so close.
At Fort DeRussy beach you can rent a bunch of funny things for your water activitys, such as surfboards, kayaks small boats and much more.
Fort DeRussy Beach is no.2 in my own ranking of the beaches. The No.1 beach is Duke Kahanamoku Beach Park (SEE MY TIP OF THE DUKE KAHANAMOKU BEACH PARK IN THINGS TO DO TIP)
My rankings of the beaches in Waikiki
*1 Duke Kahanamoku Beach Park (See my things to do tip of D.K Beach Park)
*2 Fort DeRussy Beach
*3 Kuhio Beach Park (See my things to do tip of Kuhio Beach Park)
*4 Waikiki Beach (See my things to do tip of Waikiki Beach)
I´m really dissapointed that WAIKIKI BEACH is the worst beach of them all, this is the world famouse beach but it´s just a tourist trap.
The main reason you are going to be heading to Waikiki is to see the beach scene. Whether going out and running through the sand is your thing, or if you prefer to sit in a bar and watch the other swimmers, you will have alot of fun people watching!
There is so much to and see in and around Waikiki but you can't forget or avoid the beaches. They are right there in your face no matter where you go in Waikiki. And they are beautiful. Nothing compares to the beautiful blue waters of Hawaii and Waikiki has some wonderful beaches to high light them. There are eight sections to the beach at Waikiki each with it's own name.
Kuhio Beach is my favorite beach in Waikiki. It has two concrete walls built around it that make it a little rough from the surf so you can relax and float around all day if you chose.
Just down from Kuhio Beach is Fort DeRussy Beach. It's a little less crowded than Kuhio Beach. It has a grassy park like setting with picnic tables and palm trees.
Probably one of the oldest sections of Hawaii Waikiki Beach is Gray's Beach. Much of the beach here is gone from erosion. It's more of a point now than an actual beach. .
Next to Gray's Beach is the Royal Hawaiian Beach by the big pink Royal Hawaiian Hotel. And it is just the opposite of Gray's Beach. It is a busy beach with sun bathers and surfers. You can catch Catamaran rides here or rent a board and take some surfing lessons.
Next to Kuhio Beach is Queens Beach. It’s a nice stretch of sand to relax and sunbath on. It's not as crowded as Kuhio.
San Souci Beach is extremely kid and family friendly! Also one of the best spots on this side of the island to snorkel!
Outrigger Canoe Club Beach was once a private beach. It's still seems somewhat private and is a little difficult to reach. You have to walk across the eastern end of San Souci Beach which is mostly reef and old cement wall where there are stairs to take you over onto the small Outrigger Canoe Club beach
Waikiki is iconic. Sure it's touristy, crowded and expensive, but it's also fantastic for people watching and stunningly beautiful. For the hands down best value in Waikiki go for a sail on Manu Kai in front of Dukes restaurant. $30 for a 1.5 hour sail and all the Mai Tais, beer and well drinks you can put down. It's an amazing deal.