The Beach is Waiting Can You Hear it Calling?
Our Waikiki beach hotel in Honolulu is the ideal home base from which to explore the sights and sounds of this unforgettable island paradise. The park and beach areas of Waikiki have lifeguards, picnic areas, restrooms, phones and showers—just about everything you need for a fantastic day at the beach. Relax with our favorite novel and let your cares wash away with the tides.
Temperatures are surprisingly mild, even in the warmer months, though it would be wise to keep an eye on the forecast on the day you plan your beach outing since rain is an important part of this tropical ecosystem. The Queen Kapiolani Hotel is within easy walking distance of the Queens Surf Beach Park and Kuhio Beach Park.
The most popular among tourists, you'll find families, partiers, and vacationers soaking up the warm island sun. Many of Hawaii’s beaches offer a plethora of exciting activities, and Waikiki Beach is a great place to start. Among the most popular activities are swimming and surfing, body- and boogie-boarding. There are also numerous stretches of small parks and pavilions that line the beach, with plenty of space for all sorts of outdoor activities—or a full day of unwinding.
Kaimana Beach, also known as Sans Souci, is a popular access point for surfers, who paddle out at the popular surf spot Old Man's. Protected by a reef, San Souci’s wide expanse offers a welcoming ocean bottom both shallow and sandy. The current can be strong, especially after a high tide when the water is flowing out. Ask the lifeguard on the beach if you're not sure about the tides and wear fins if you plan to swim further out.
Ala Moana Beach Park
Whether you’re craving a great outdoor workout spot, a leisurely picnic in the park, or just want to people-watch when it gets busy, the Ala Moana Beach Park is a great destination. With a little something for everyone, this large park in the heart of Honolulu is a favorite of locals and tourists alike. There are often all sorts of activities going on throughout the day, from fitness boot camps to groups of people practicing tai chi or yoga. Ask the concierge if you have an interest in a particular class and we will help you find it.
Kuhio is a great place for young and inexperienced swimmers to enjoy the warm tropical waters of Waikiki beaches without having to navigate the rocky coral reefs. Park amenities include restrooms, showers, and picnic tables on grassy lawns. Local vendors have a variety of water sport equipment available for rent, including surfboards, body boards and snorkeling gear. We know you’ll have a great time.
Laniakea Beach or Turtle Beach
At Laniakea Beach, the most important VIPs don’t show up wearing sunglasses. These sea turtles are well-loved by the locals and visitors alike. Often called “Turtle Beach” for the famous inhabitants, Laniakea is your best bet for an up close and personal experience with the rare and endangered Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle, called “Honu” by locals. These beautiful sea creatures flock to Laniakea because of the plentiful seaweed (called “limu”) which the animals feed on, and because this particular beach and reef area are largely safe from tiger sharks and other natural predators.
During the warm, calm summer months, Sunset Beach is a great family destination for anyone looking to enjoy a beautiful stretch of one of Hawaii largest beaches. Over two miles in length, Sunset Beach accommodates large numbers of visitors without ever feeling as crowded as Waikiki. A sharp drop of the ocean bottom just offshore and a rip tide mean that swimming should be attempted only by veteran ocean swimmers. However, this same drop of the ocean floor makes a relatively friendly area for snorkelers looking to see some curious tropical fish out around the reefs.
Kaneohe Bay features the largest sheltered body of water in Oahu, is the only bay on the island of Oahu with a barrier reef, and chances are very good that you’ve seen it before. The bay area includes five tiny islands, most prominent among them MokoliI, or “Chinaman’s Hat,” and Moku o Loe, “Coconut Island." Coconut Island was featured in the world-famous television show Gilligan’s Island, but the bay and its scenic views were also pictured in the movies Pearl Harbor and 50 First Dates.