Destination guide

Serenity awaits you at Waikiki vacation rentals

Let the sand and sea wash away your cares as soon as you step inside your Waikiki vacation rental. Spend your mornings chasing the swell on your surfboard or stretching body and mind with yoga poses. On lazy afternoons, work on your tan while reading a book on the beach, hop a Diamond Head–bound catamaran with your crew, or hit the malls for some retail therapy. In the evenings, feast on local Hawaiian cuisine at an ocean-view eatery, then sip on a mai tai while watching a hula troupe's after-dinner performance. Whether you're visiting as part of a couple, a solo traveller, or with your family or friends, you're sure to find your serenity in this playground by the sea.


Sightseeing in and around Waikiki

Are you hoping to find top things to see and do in the city? Travelers enjoy fun activities like surfing and swimming. Venture out of your vacation home and check out everything that makes Waikiki a fun spot to vacation. Here are some of the major attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Honolulu Zoo (1 mi / 1.5 km)
  • Waikiki Aquarium (1.2 mi / 1.9 km)
  • Sea Life Park (11 mi / 17.7 km)
  • Ala Wai Golf Course (0.8 mi / 1.3 km)
  • Judd Trail (4.6 mi / 7.5 km)
  • Living Art Marine Center (6.5 mi / 10.5 km)
Day trips

Find new adventures beyond your Waikiki vacation rental

You'll make your Waikiki vacation rental holiday more memorable if you venture forth on short day trips outside Waikiki. Here are just a few places to check out:

  • Diamond Head. A prominent feature of the Waikiki skyline, Diamond Head is an extinct volcano crater. Hiking there takes only a couple of hours round trip, but the trail can be challenging because it involves stair-climbing. But the breathtaking views of Honolulu and the Pacific Ocean from the crater's peak are worth it. Diamond Head is 18 minutes away from Waikiki by car or catamaran.
  • Hanauma Bay. Your Waikiki holiday won't be complete if you don't snorkel at Hanauma Bay. This curved bay 30 minutes east of Waikiki is famous – and protected – for its lush marine life. Here, you can view magnificent corals and swim with turtles.
  • Pearl Harbor. The largest natural harbour in Hawaii, Pearl Harbor witnessed a turning point in history when the Japanese attack on the naval base there spurred the US into joining World War II. Pearl Harbor has 4 military monuments where you can honour the veterans of that war. It's an hour's drive from Waikiki.
  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. A short ferry ride away to the island of Hawaii is Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. A hike there will take you through otherworldly terrain, from lush rainforests to barren ash deserts and lots of dried and drying lava flows in between. The centrepieces of this national park are the highly active Mauna Loa and Kilauea volcanoes.

Natural features

Exploring the beaches and other natural features in Waikiki

Waikiki is famous for its beautiful ocean views and breathtaking sunsets. Whether you're an adventurous traveler or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Waikiki is a great place to spend some time outside. These are some of the area's most stunning sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Diamond Head (2.1 mi / 3.3 km)
  • Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve (8.5 mi / 13.6 km)
  • Kailua Beach (10.5 mi / 16.9 km)
  • Lanikai Beach (10.7 mi / 17.3 km)
  • Gray's Beach (0.2 mi / 0.4 km)
  • Waikiki Beach (0.4 mi / 0.6 km)
How to get there

Transportation to and around Waikiki

The nearest airport is in Honolulu, HI (HNL-Daniel K. Inouye Intl.), located 6.7 mi (10.8 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could book a flight to Kapolei, HI (JRF-Kalaeloa), which is 15.5 mi (25 km) away.

How to get around

Public transit from Waikiki vacation rentals

You have a number of public transit options to get around Waikiki from your vacation rental. The Waikiki Trolley shuttles people around shopping malls and major attractions between Pearl Harbor and Diamond Head. Public buses mostly ply Kuhio Avenue, though some routes can take you further inland.

Food & drink 

Tropical dining near your Waikiki vacation rental

Pineapple on your pizza might raise a few eyebrows in colder cities, but in the casual eateries around Waikiki Beach you're in good company. Wash it down with a Pina Colada and it's even better. You'll be a short walk from dozens of laid-back joints where you can grab pizzas or burgers; there are also beach BBQs which get very popular as the sun goes down. The hotels of Waikiki are home to several posh restaurants, so you can check them out for a blow-out meal before retreating to the comfort of your air-conditioned Waikiki vacation rental.

Restaurants and bars

Eating well is part of any Waikiki holiday, and Waikiki has a wealth of world-class restaurants for you to discover, like:

  • Marukame Udon. Marukame Udon's specialty is udon noodles handmade in the complicated Sanuki style. The result is a chewy treat, which you can enjoy with a variety of broths or sauces, as well as with tempura and musubi.
  • Azure. Azure serves up some of the best seafood dishes in Waikiki, made with the day's freshest catch. The selection is dizzying – highly recommended is their modern take on bouillabaisse, which showcases Hawaii's marine richness.
  • Hy's Steakhouse. Practically a Waikiki institution for the last 40 years, Hy's Steakhouse offers a selection of USDA prime beef cooked over Hawaiian kiawe wood, yielding mouth-watering steaks with little fat. They also have seafood and other meat entrees.

How many vacation rentals are available around Waikiki?

Our 2019 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 2,441 house rentals around Waikiki. From 1,914 Condos/Apartments to 21 Houses, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay around Waikiki is on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Waikiki?

Whether you're travelling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Waikiki:

  • Lanikai: 125 vacation rentals
  • Hawaii Kai: 3,395 vacation rentals
  • Diamond Head - Kapahulu - St. Louis: 1,850 vacation rentals
  • Ala Moana: 1,057 vacation rentals
  • Ewa: 35 vacation rentals

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when travelling to Waikiki?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in Waikiki. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Fort DeRussy: 4,107 home rentals
  • St. Augustine by-the-sea Catholic Church: 3,533 home rentals
  • Royal Hawaiian Center: 3,891 home rentals
  • International Market Place: 3,549 home rentals
  • Straw Garden: 3,565 home rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Waikiki listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in Waikiki?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 1,914 Condos/Apartments in Waikiki. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Waikiki include:

  • Houses: 21 lodging choices
  • Villas: 31 lodging choices
  • Studios: 465 lodging choices

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation homes including Hotels and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Waikiki?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 1,797 vacation homes with pool available in Waikiki.

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