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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
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Hawaii | Waikiki Beach Sightseeing Cruise - Glass Bottom Boat
star-4.5
$39.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great time you won't regret.
I had a great time and it was very affordable . The crew was very professional and yet fun. Highly recommend especially if you are short on time or can only do short trips at a time.
Maria_G, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Oahu

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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.
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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
We saw the sea turtles.
Sherry_M, Jul 2021
Hawaii | Waikiki Beach Sightseeing Cruise - Glass Bottom Boat
We enjoyed the views. We were able to feed the fish and we saw a few sea turtles. They took pictures of us so we could remember our trip. The captain and crew were very nice. The boat was clean. I would recommend this tour for anyone that wants to see sea life.
star-5
A must go
Tana_R, Jun 2021
Waikiki Panorama Sail
Great and friendly service. Boat was clean and safe. Drinks were tasty. Great sailing and amazing view of the Island and ocean
star-5
Unbeatable experience!
Aimee_A, Jun 2021
Private Sunset Catamaran Cruise in Waikiki
Francesco and Gerald were so nice! They made me and my family feel very safe while we were out at sea. The boat is clean and comfortable with bean bag to sit on! We even saw turtles while snorkeling. They had some delicious juices on board as well. My daughter lost her sunglasses and Gerald dove to the bottom to get them for her. Super nice and so fun! The private boat was definitely worth it.
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
Awesome Surfing
Natalie_N, Nov 2021
Private Surf Lesson at Waikiki Beach
Great instructor! Great waves. Highly recommend for beginners. By the end of the lesson I was catching every wave!
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!!
star-5
Great Experience
Luigi_G, Oct 2021
Private Surf Lesson at Waikiki Beach
Great Experience learning how to surf for the first time. Chose the beginners private session. Chris was an excellent instructor. Very encouraging, personable and fun.
star-5
Awesome!
Sharyn_B, Jul 2021
Private Surf Lesson at Waikiki Beach
Our three teenagers went on their first surfing lesson here on Waikiki Beach and they came back with amazing reviews. They did not think they would even get up on the board but all of them got some nice rides in. Chris was their instructor and he was the best! They spent a long time out in the water he was patient and positive. The water was beautiful. My teenagers are still talking about this experience!

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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