Never has a beach been as fabled as Waikiki. Since the 1950s, this beach has been a tourist destination extraordinaire. While... More
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.
The only thing that could make Waikiki better is if their were bottomless Pina Coladas or Mai-tais. I loved the aloha spirit. Note to those complaining about the sharp coral/rocks: youre supposed to swim over them not walk on them ... theres lots of sandy areas in the water to just stand and admire the beach shore and Diamond Head.
The city is very dirty around the beach, lots of kids doing drugs and loitering on the street. The beach was not clean and it is just a bunch of huge hotels thrown up right on the beach. All of the shops were very expensive and just selling junk souviniers.
This beach is so over rated. If you want to go to Hawaii go to Maui. There are some private beaches on Maui that you can have some real relaxation. Waikiki is the worst beach that i have ever been to. dont waste your money.
This is a great spot to go on vaction with lots of water based activities and an intresting shopping district complete with 39 ABC stores (really!) but for swimming it's not so good, very rocky. You have to wear water shoes to protect your feet if you actually want to swim here.
Loved it, loved it, loved it, loved it. If I could afford to go back more frequently, I would be there all the time. There is nothing negative to say about Waikiki. The people are awesome. The beaches are crystal clear. Abundant activities for people of all ages.
I don't regret going to Oahu, but I will not be returning to Waikiki. It's a great jumping point to a lot of visitor attractions, but if you're expecting white sand beaches and crystal clear waters, you will be disappointed. Waikiki is not a natural beach. The sand was imported, so it is not the typical white Hawaiian sand- it's very coarse. Also, the waters were muddy. The town (it's acutally a suburb)is all right, but definitely be prepared to spend a lot on food. Even the grocery stores are expensive.
My suggestion? If you have a week vacation, I would spend three or four days in Waikiki to experience the zoo, the aquarium, Pearl Harbor, and Hanauma Bay, etc. Try one of the nature tours- it's a great way to see the Hawaii most people don't see. Also, try a surfing lesson. It may seem scary, but it's something you'll never forget! Most of the hotels and motels are within two blocks of the beach. If you don't mind walking an extra block (it'll take two minutes!), you can save A LOT of money during your stay by walking past the four and five star hotels. Make sure your hotel is in Waikiki and not downtown Honolulu, as many hotels have Waikiki in the name, but are a five to ten minute drive to the beach.
After Waikiki, head to the north shore where you will have the beautiful coastlines you expected to see. Spend the rest of your vacation relaxing here. It's great surfing territory as well. If you can afford taking a plane to one of the other islands, it would definitly be worth your time.