Waikiki Beach

Where is the best area to stay in Honolulu?

Honolulu is a place that is hard to fault and is probably one of the luckiest cities on the planet with stunning natural scenery surrounding its borders, some of the best looking beaches in the world that are home to exceptionally clean waters and world-class surf spots and year round great weather. It has certain areas that have a laid back atmosphere, which stems from the general culture, though it is still very fast-paced and dynamic as any other city. Honolulu is also home to numerous museums, palaces, a zoo, an aquarium, parks, excellent shopping and vibrant nightlife.


The best area to stay in Honolulu is Waikiki as this district is known as the tourist centre of Hawaii and therefore there are plenty of facilities and amenities including budget hotels to the most luxurious accommodation as well as many restaurant, pubs and shopping opportunities that are found along the shorefront. Waikiki is one of the most famous stretches of beach on the planet that is separated into lots of different beaches that are great for surfing, swimming, snorkelling and other water-based activities. There is a diverse range of tourist attractions in the area with views over Diamond Head, staying in the memories forever.

Hotel   Price per night
Vive Hotel Waikiki
2426 Kuhio Avenue
149€ - 174$
Aqua Oasis
320 Lewers Street
163€ - 191$
Hotel   Price per night
Embassy Suites Waikiki Beach Walk
201 Beachwalk S
227€ - 266$
Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort
2335 Kalakaua Avenue
227€ - 266$
Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort
2169 Kalia Rd
219€ - 256$
Hotel   Price per night
Aston Waikiki Beach Tower
2470 Kalakaua Avenue
339€ - 397$
Trump International Hotel Waikiki Beach
223 Saratoga Road
353€ - 413$
Halekulani Hotel
2199 Kalia Road
409€ - 479$


If you are interested in where to stay in Honolulu, you may also be interested in where to stay in Maui, Kauai, Oahu and Hawaii.

Waikiki, the best area to stay in Honolulu

The area of Waikiki is world famous and achieved legendary status many years ago, which has been a particular favourite playground of Hawaiian royalty and that is literally enough to suggest why this place is the best place to stay in the city. The neighbourhood has city buses running through it, which connect up to all parts of the city and there are shuttle buses from the airport to Waikiki and vice versa, every half hour. There is a constant police presence in the area and for that reason, make it one of the safest places in Honolulu and in fact the only things to worry is the heat and the ocean as there can be powerful rips and currents as well as some of the biggest waves on earth.


As soon as you get to the district, the first thing that is in your mind is to get to the waterfront right away as this iconic view is one in million and is probably one of the most beautiful sights in the world. Once at the seafront, you are greeted with a series of glorious white sandy beaches, the stunning bay and its crystal clear waters and the icing on the cake being Diamond Head Crater, which is one of the most popular and scenic landmarks in Hawaii.


This ancient volcanic crater dominates the landscape and daunts over the city, which can be easily climbed by flights of stairs and at the top is an observation deck, where you will find some of the most breath taking views that will stay with you indefinitely. The 1 and a half miles of beautiful sandy beaches that lay beneath you are some of the most famous in the world with Waikiki Beach being the most crowded on the beach as well as in the sea as it generally has bigger surf.


There is also Kuhio Beach, excellent for families and beginner surfers, Fort De Russy Beach, great for snorkelling with superb reef to explore and Duke Kahanamoku Beach, which is named after the famous big wave surfer. The majority of the beaches have surf equipment to hire as well as offering surf lessons and there is also stand-up paddle boarding, jet skiing, scuba diving, windsurfing and various other things that you can try your skills at.


Other things to see include Kapiolani Park, which is a huge public park where you can relax and take in the magnificent views as well as play various recreational sports like tennis, bowls, football and golf.


The park is also home to Honolulu Zoo, which contains all the major exotic animals like lions, tigers, zebras, giraffes, elephants, rhinos and many others with various feeding and live performance and informative shows. Just opposite the park is the aquarium and this has an impressive display of marine life species from the waters that surround Hawaii and gives the chance for the public to get up and close to sharks, jellyfish, octopuses coral and rays along with other types. Other attractions include watching movies on the beach that are played on a decent-sized outdoor screen by the zoo and close by there are submarine trips which set off and take you up the coast, whilst examining shipwrecks, coral reefs and wonderful marine life. There are also sailing trips, which give you a great perspective of the city and the sunset tour is an extremely popular one and should be booked some time in advance.


One of the brilliant factors about Waikiki is that everything can be done by foot and the same goes for shopping with the best being the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Centre, DFS Galleria and Waikiki Shopping Plaza, which consist of food courts, hundreds of shops that sell about anything you could think of, cinemas, art galleries, arcades and much more.


The closer you are to the waterfront the better in terms of restaurants, pubs, clubs and hotels, though do be prepared to pay more due to the stunning setting. There are cuisines from all over the world offering their traditional foods like Chinese, American, European, seafood, Korean, Thai and many others. Most bars are full of energy with live music, gay friendly bars and clubs, sport type pubs and huge dance floors. The hotels are in abundance in this area with the most expensive, yet most luxurious found along the beachfront with cheaper alternatives found a few streets back.

Outrigger Waikiki Hotel
The Modern Honolulu Hotel