Honolulu, HI 96815
Waikiki Beach Description
No trip to Oahu is complete without a day or two on famous Waikiki Beach. Kids will be awed by all of the sights. Para-sailors float out over the ocean, canoes paddle over waves, and of course, there's sand and water to play in. Vendors offer a variety of activities to visitors, from snorkel rental to surf lessons. Make sure to point out the historic (pink!) Royal Hawaiian Hotel and to search the beach for elaborate sand sculptures.
Babies: Make sure you have an umbrella to keep your baby out of the sun (some resorts provide them for paying guests).
Toddlers & Pre-K: Sand. Water. What's not to love?
School-Age Kids: The water is tons of fun for kids, though the waves can be stronger than they look.
Pre-Teens & Teens: Be sure to rent snorkel gear. Kids this age love to float on the water and watch the activity below the surface. And when they're ready to try to walk on water, talk them into a surfing lesson.
- Wear sunscreen. Seriously. Sunburns happen in no time in Hawaii, even if the day is cloudy.
- Time it right. Avoid the most intense tropical sun by staying off the beach and in the shade from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
- Consider water socks. The reef is shallow at Waikiki and swimmers can hurt their feet on rocks and sea urchins.
- Instruct kids not to touch coral reefs. They're living organisms that are damaged by human touch.
- No reservations are necessary. Beach vendors don't require reservations, so you can just show up for your lessons or adventures.
Just the Facts
Hours: Open daily, year round
Recommended Time: 1 to 2 hours
Reviews of Waikiki Beach
By EkuaH November 20, 2007 | Hermosa Beach, CA
What we loved:
Water is beautiful
What we didn't love:
This is an obvious must-do if youre in Oahu, if not staying in the Waikiki area itself. We spent a lot of time on Waikiki beach. The water is so blue, its amazing - even though we live near a beach in California, the difference was still like night and day... the only downside if there really is one is that its always super crowded ... imagine a foot or two from one beach blanket to the next. Go early to get the prime spots! Swimming there is a blast though. Its an all-day thing. Read More