Meaning “sprouting fresh water” in the Hawaiian language, Waikiki, a beachside neighbourhood in Honolulu, is one of America’s most popular vacation destinations. Located on the island of Oahu, it is the birthplace of modern surfing and a luxurious retreat from daily life. While a trip to Waikiki can turn out to be a regular impersonal experience, by renting with Wimdu, you can be sure to make your trip unforgettable by staying with and among locals in this tropical paradise. Waikiki rentals range from private rooms to full apartments and bed and breakfasts, a welcome respite from banal dime-a-dozen hotels. Whether surfing, sunbathing, or shopping, you can do it in spades without having to walk for more than 30 minutes. If a world-class beach getaway is what you are looking for, Waikiki has it. It’s a huge gift in a compact, well-presented package.
Where to Stay
Waikiki is a relatively small section of Honolulu, occupying an area of just 3.4 square miles, so no matter where you stay, you will be just a few steps from the beach. The question then becomes, how close to the water do you want to be? For those looking to be hitting the surf first thing in the morning, nothing beats an apartment looking out at the rolling breaks on the north part of the beach. If lounging is more your thing, the southern part of the beach is protected, meaning the waves don’t break, and the water is calm and surfer-free. Wimdu offers a variety of apartments for rent, as well as private rooms and bed and breakfasts. Why not try staying with a local to really find all the ins and outs of this ever-popular spot? Enjoy fresh breakfasts made by loving hosts who by now are Waikiki experts, or have an apartment to yourselves, with the ability to self cater and have maximum privacy.
- Surfing as we know it today originated in Waikiki.
- Hawaii is the only American state that is increasing its land area. This is due to volcanic eruptions.
- The Hawaiian archipelago is the world’s longest island chain.
- Waikiki Beach is the most famous beach in Hawaii, and one of the most famous in the world.
- On weekends during tourist season, free movies are shown on Waikiki Beach in the evenings.
Things to See and Do
It is impossible to visit Waikiki and not at least get a little caught up in the surf culture. Even if you choose not to try the sport at all, its impact on the area clear. For decades, Waikiki has been a top destination for surfers from around the world and it continues to attract them to this day. It is highly recommended that you at least try this fun sport. It is easy to do so as there are equipment rentals and surf schools scattered everywhere. The surf at Waikiki beach is not so rough as to discourage as beginners, but it also a popular spot among the more experienced riders. If surfing is not your thing, lounging is just as popular. Have a relaxing afternoon on a balcony, or visit the beach to sunbathe or take a dip. When the itch to move gets you, visit the Diamondhead Crater, just to the south. The ancient volcanic crater provides a wonderful hike to its summit and breathtaking views of the ocean and surrounding island. Waikiki also has a great zoo and aquarium. Of course, do to its popularity, the area has a wealth of shopping options - everything from cheap tourist trinkets, up to high-end fashion brands like Tiffany’s and Armani. Naturally, there is a huge selection of wonderful dining to enjoy all day long.
When flying in to Waikiki, you will be arriving at Honolulu International Airport. From there, either take the Airport Waikiki Express shuttle which runs every half hour, or rent a car from one of the several agencies at the airport. Due to its size, Waikiki is a very walkable area. It takes just 30 minutes to walk from end to end, so getting around on foot is no problem. If you are feeling a bit weary or want to efficiently travel to the important parts of the neighbourhood, the private company Waikiki Trolley provides transportation in its trollies based on the traditional San Francisco cars. Three lines run in the area: the Green Line runs past scenic attractions, the Red Line runs past historical sights, and the Pink Line runs past the main shopping and dining areas.