If Honolulu is the beating heart of Hawaii
, Waikiki is its sunny soul. This world-renowned center of surf, culture, and scenery is situated on the shore of bustling Honolulu, and the striking Diamond Head Crater sets a verdant backdrop for Waikiki's bright blue waves and warm white sand. Stay in one of our Waikiki vacation rentals and experience the magic for yourself.
Waikiki: Honolulu's Crown Jewel
Waikiki is home to Honolulu's most famous beaches
and popular vacation rentals. This stretch of paradise encompasses about eight individual beaches, each offering something different for the thousands of visitors who travel here each year. The legendary Duke Kahanamoku, "the father of modern surfing," honed his craft here. A section of the shore called Duke Kahanamoku Beach, as well as a statue, commemorate him.
The Waikiki Beach Walk directs visitors through the palm trees, offering glimpses of the waves and avenues to the surrounding shops. Upscale shoppers may gravitate toward the Royal Hawaiian Center, where you'll find luxury goods of all kinds. Once you've worked up an appetite, stop by Duke's Waikiki for picturesque tiki drinks and a classic taste of Hawaiian grilling.
Surfing and Beyond: Things to Do in Waikiki
There's no denying that Waikiki's waves are the main attraction. Surfers from all over the world journey to this beautiful beach to test their skills, and classes are readily available to teach beginners the thrill of surfing.
If surfing isn't for you, you might rent a snorkel mask and get acquainted with the local aquatic life instead. Companies like Waikiki Beach Services can furnish you with a stand-up paddleboard or take you out on a catamaran. Don't miss the opportunity to try outrigger canoe surfing with the famous Waikiki Beach Boys, who keep the tradition alive for visitors to sunny Oahu
Visiting Waikiki is like stepping into a postcard of paradise. The gorgeous beach paired with chic urban dining, shopping, and entertainment creates a world of possibility for vacationers. Book one of our Waikiki vacation rentals and experience everything you've imagined Hawaii could be!
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