If you are going to Hawaii, the one beach name that comes up is Waikiki Beach. One of the best known beaches in the world, Waikiki was the favorite playground of Hawaiian royalty in the 19th century.

These days, this 1.5 mile stretch of white sand beach is the nucleus of Hawaii’s tourist industry, packed full of high-rise hotels that promise to treat you like a king, some of which may also require a king’s ransom for admission. There are high price resorts and some family friendly prices, but nothing is exactly a bargain on Waikiki Beach. A lot of guests are staying Air BnB too.

Although it is often criticized for its concrete-jungle appearance, large crowds, and touristy feel, there is a lot to enjoy here and you can still find a quiet spot if you know where to look, the beach and local parks. You will love that this beach because it is very walk able and easy to get around.

From the Daniel K. Inouye International airport, there are plenty of options for getting to Waikiki. The Airport Waikiki Express provides shuttle service to hotels in Waikiki every half hour for $9 per person; look for the bright yellow t-shirts. Be warned that these are full coach buses, and if your hotel is on the eastern end of Waikiki, it will take the shuttle just as long to get through all the other hotels and traffic as it did to reach Waikiki from the airport. Roberts Hawaii (Toll-Free: +1 800 831-5541, On Oahu: +1 808 441-7800) does not charge for luggage and operates several coaches between the Honolulu Airport and Waikiki for $16 one way and round trip for $30.

If you are a party of multiple people, it’s better to take a cab. However, you can expect to pay around $35 (before tipping) for a one-way trip from the airport to your hotel in Waikiki.

Now while on Waikiki Beach, you may be wanting to swim with the dolphins while on the beach. You will need to come to Sea Life Park and try one of the programs. You can choose either the Dolphin Exploration or Encounter or Dolphin Aloha.

Remember spaces are limited and you need to book early !!!

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