Surfboard rack on the ocean shore in Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Surfing Lessons and Outfitters in Waikiki

You’ll find surfing is a way of life in Waikiki. There’s a long history here of welcoming visitors to learn how to catch a break and ride the big one that continues on today with several surf schools offering private, group, and customized surf tours for reasonable prices, as well as boards and gear.

Surfboards for rent on Waikiki Beach.

Best Surf Spots in Waikiki

Synonymous with surfing, Waikiki is home to a host of excellent surf spots. Whether you are a longboarder, shortboarder, experienced, novice, or first-timer, there’s a number of breaks that suit all abilities. Here are the best of the best for everyone.

TheBus in Waikiki is an easy way to get around.

Getting Around Waikiki

There are plenty of options for vehicle rentals from budget to luxury rides when it comes to getting around Waikiki, as well as taxis and limos, and there’s always the bus in a pinch. Here are all your options.

Lei-covered statue of Duke Kahanamoku in Waikiki.

Hawaiian History: The Story of the Waikiki Beachboys

If there’s something about Waikiki that sets it apart from other tropical sea destinations, it’s the Waikiki beachboys. Hailing back a century, the Waikiki beachboy culture has evolved with the changing face of tourism in Hawaii, but the gentlemen in the red shorts still practice the same core values of sharing the sports of surfing, outrigger canoe riding, and aloha with visitors.

Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach.

Luxury Hotels and Resorts in Waikiki

As a prime vacation destination, Waikiki has a plethora of luxury hotels and resorts to choose from. You’ll find some hotels cater best to families and large groups, others to the business traveler, and still more to those seeking a truly luxurious, full-service stay. Read on for the highlights of each.

A woman on a balcony overlooking iconic Waikiki beach.

Your Best Day in Waikiki

There’s so much to do in Waikiki, from all the usual outdoor activities to shopping, dining, or simply relaxing on the beach. Of all the activities on offer, some tap into the history and character of Waikiki, which have evolved to make Waikiki the iconic and unique place that it is today.

Famous Waikiki beach with Diamond Head in the distance.

Discover Waikiki

Waikiki is a complete destination, a beachside hamlet with all the amenities of city life within its mesmerizing embrace: shopping, dining, nightlife, health, fitness, spas, and, of course, ocean sports and activities.

Outdoor seating at the Mai Tai Bar on Waikiki Beach.

The Best of Waikiki Nightlife

Waikiki nightlife is wonderfully varied—you’ll find bars and clubs, fine dining and live music, ultra-casual hangouts and high-class venues, so no matter your mood, there’s always somewhere to go. Many of these locations are popular with visitors and locals alike.

Traditional dishes can be found at Odoriko. Photo © David Recordon, licensed Creative Commons Attribution Share-alike.

Waikiki’s Asian Restaurants

Waikiki’s Asian restaurants feature a variety of Japanese, Chinese, and Thai cuisines for a range of budgets and dining styles from casual to elegant. You’ll also find a nice selection of truly traditional dishes.