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“A beach so crowded yet awesome for tranquility.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Waikiki Beach

Waikiki Beach
Kalakaua Blvd, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815 (Waikiki)
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Honolulu History and Culture Segway Tour
Ranked #28 of 264 things to do in Honolulu
Activities: Surfing, Walking, Dining, Snorkeling
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Owner description: Oahu's most popular beach.
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“A beach so crowded yet awesome for tranquility.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

This beach can be visited at any time of the year/month/day and you would love to the core. It looks different every time and always you admire. I am lucky to live near the beach for 4 years and never missed the opportunity to see the beautiful beach. Evening hula dance by the beach bring liveliness to the evening. What else you need in a beach. You can buy a cold stone/haagendas/yogurtland ice cream to enjoy the beach, or in a mid sunny day enjoy with beer, get into Starbucks to watch the waves by sipping the nice coffee or hungry get some sandwich/subway hear roaring waves while you munch. Enjoy!

Visited January 2013
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Waikiki
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“Easy access, crowded almost all the time, good for kids”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

I live in Waikiki, a block from this beach. We go all the time and swim in "the ponds", the walled off areas perfect for non-swimmers, kids and folks who don't want to be in over their heads. The water is OK, could be cleaner, lots of sunscreen on the surface. Over the wall is clean water, fairly shallow conditions and lots of rocks. Down by the Moana Surfrider and Royal Hawaiian Hotel, the beaches are really nice, great for body surfing, surfing lessons, etc. The beaches in Waikiki are always busy with lots to see! If you want cleaner more peaceful beaches, head out of town.

Visited July 2013
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“A must”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

A great, iconic beach, even though it's sometimes so crowded you can hardly see the sand. Great for people watching, and eaves-dropping on international conversations. Fabulous sunsets, lined with hotels where you can grab a cold drink or a bite to eat. Water is clean and so is the beach.

Visited October 2012
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“Visitor Beach”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

This popular, historic beach area is lovely and crowded. Unfortunately there are a lot of nasty smokers who litter and pollute. Once the NO SMOKING ON THE BEACH law is in effect, this will be a pristine place to hang out! Yay! There are surf rentals as well as SUP, paddle boats rentals. Many fun festivals, competitions and exhibits are here too.

Visited August 2012
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“Waikiki Beach - Don't Expect Too Much”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Waikiki Beach may be extremely well known, but it disappointed on many levels. The sand is extremely shallow on the beach, there are plenty of submerged rocks on which to stub your toes when you go in for a swim, the beach is so crowded it is difficult to find a space on which to place your towel, high levels of thefts occur on the beach and there are beggars everywhere. Aesthetically the beach with Diamond Head in the background looks spectacular, but the beach itself is over-rated. Well worth a visit but don't expect Shangra-la.

Visited May 2013
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