About Waikiki Beach
All About Waikiki Beach
Waikiki Beach is one of the most famous beaches in the world and has more than four million visitors each year. Spanning a two-mile stretch, Waikiki is actually made up of a number of beaches, including Fort DeRussy Beach to the west, Kuhio Beach (along Kalakaua Avenue) and Queen Surf Beach, home to quieter stretches on the Diamond Head side of Waikiki.
Here are some info about each of these Waikiki Beaches.
Duke Kahanamoku Beach
This first section is located near the beginning part of Waikiki is called Duke Kahanamoku Beach. There is a man-made swimming lagoon in between the Ilikai Hotel and the top of Duke Kahanamoku Beach. The beach and lagoon are part of the Hawaiian Hilton Village Resort. The beach one of the more popular and busier of Waikiki, offering a calm swimming area with a protected seawall.
Fort DeRussy Beach Park
Fort DeRussy Beach Park provides a beautiful grassy park setting with palm trees, ample shade and some picnic tables. This beach area is sandwiched between Duke Kahanamoku Beach and Gray’s Beach.
Named after Gray’s By The Sea lodge that once stood at this point, Gray's Beach is probably one of the oldest sections of Waikiki Beach. It is next to the Halekulani Hotel.
Royal Hawaiian Beach
Also known as Waikiki Beach Center, Royal Hawaiian Beach is on the other side of Gray’s Beach and one of the busiest beaches along Waikiki. Royal Hawaiian Beach is a great spot to surf, catch a Catamaran ride or paddle out on an outrigger canoe.
Kuhio Beach has been nicked named “The Ponds”, because of two back-to-back concrete walls that stretch about 40 yards into the ocean. The enclosure has created a calm salt water swimming pool to play around in, with a sandy sea floor that is easy to walk on. Be careful along the walls as it is
covered in algae and slippery.
Queen’s Beach is located just after the Kuhio Ponds and busy stretch of hotels along Waikiki. It’s a nice stretch of sand to relax and sunbath on. Queen’s Beach is also home to a 1000 foot outdoor movie screen that is used for special movie night screenings known as “Sunset on the Beach”.
Kapiolani Beach is one of the widest sections of Waikiki Beach, with ample space for sun bathers, water sports a few beach volley courts and surf gear rentals.
San Souci Beach/Kaimana Beach
Kaimana or San Souci Beach is the the last section of Waikiki Beach and is popular with the locals.
San Souci Beach is a family friendly area and a great snorkeling spot. The reef that encompasses the area with lots of marine life located about 50 yards into the ocean. San Souci Beach is also a favorite spot for swimmers, kayakers and surfers who take advantage of a natural ocean channel located on the left hand side of the reef and beach.
Outrigger Canoe Club Beach
The Outrigger Canoe Club Beach is the last stretch of Waikiki Beach and is a popular spot for families. Also known as Colony Surf Beach, located in front of the Colony Surf condo. This is a tiny beach with access point between the Colony Surf and Colony Beach condos or from the Outrigger Canoe Club (for members of this exclusive club).
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