Destination guide

From royal retreat to world-famous resort

Once a haven for Hawaiian royalty, today Waikiki is one of the world's most iconic neighborhoods. The famous stretch of sand is lined with glitzy high rises and luxury resorts which make it a playground for sun worshipers. Its gleaming high rises are legendary, so why not live it up in a penthouse suite? Waikiki vacation rentals unlock access to the neighborhood's best condos, complete with stylish decor, sparkling swimming pools, and sweeping ocean views.

Things to do

Get to know Waikiki's local legends

From its elaborate turrets to its iconic pink facade, the Royal Hawaiian Hotel is a Waikiki landmark. Historic tours offer a behind the scenes glimpse at the "Pink Palace" that's been luring A-list celebrities since the 1920s. For a quintessential Waikiki photo, snap a selfie with local legend Duke Kahanamoku. The tall bronze statue honors the legacy of the Hawaiian freestyle Olympic champion, who's considered the godfather of surfing. No matter when you visit, you can bet that Duke will be sporting a colorful lei.

Activities

Hang 10 on a Waikiki wave

Hawaii's surf culture is justifiably renowned, and there's no better place to sign up for a lesson than Waikiki. If you simply want to laze around on a golden stretch of sand head to Kuhio Beach Park. Stay for sunset and you'll catch the free hula show. Waikiki vacation rentals put you just steps from Kuhio, which means you can stroll out your condo and straight onto the sand. If you're feeling restless throw on your runners and hike up Diamond Head. The trail winds its way to the top of the crater and rewards visitors with sparkling views over the Pacific Ocean and the Honolulu skyline.

Weather

Dive into Waikiki's colorful events calendar

Winter is very much the high season in Hawaii, and Waikiki is certainly no exception. Summer can also get busy, especially over the Memorial Day to Labor Day stretch. As one of the world's most iconic beaches, Waikiki takes its festivals seriously. One of the biggest is the annual Ukulele Festival, which celebrates the legacy of the stringed instrument. Waikiki is also packed to the brim during Hawaii's Aloha Festival. Held in late September, Waikiki throws a legendary street parade featuring street food, live music, and hula shows.

Natural features

Sunset toasts to Diamond Head

While this region is famous for its golden sand and legendary surf breaks, Diamond Head arguably steals the spotlight. The immense crater towers over Waikiki, formed by volcanic activity more than 500,000Êyears ago. For uninterrupted views of Diamond Head, snap up one of the Waikiki vacation rentals that face the crater. On a balmy evening there's no better place to enjoy a sunset mai tai. For a glimpse at local wildlife don't miss Honolulu Zoo, home to Komodo dragons, peacocks, Hawaiian hawks, and more.

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.

Where to stay around Waikiki, Honolulu?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,773 vacation rentals near Waikiki. From 2,244 Condos/Apartments to 36 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Waikiki for a holiday or a weekend are on Vrbo.

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

Whether you're traveling 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:

  • Eastern Honolulu: 388 vacation rentals
  • Lanikai: 207 vacation rentals
  • Hawaii Kai: 4,048 vacation rentals
  • Diamond Head - Kapahulu - St. Louis: 2,125 vacation rentals
  • Ewa: 53 vacation rentals

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

What are the popular point of interests near where I can stay when traveling to Waikiki?

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

  • Royal Hawaiian Center: 4,595 vacation rentals
  • Fort DeRussy: 4,764 vacation rentals
  • Ala Wai Yacht Harbor: 4,793 vacation rentals
  • St. Augustine by-the-sea Catholic Church: 4,238 vacation rentals
  • Duke Kahanamoku Statue: 4,236 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Waikiki listed on Vrbo 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. Vrbo has 2,244 Condos/Apartments in Waikiki. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Waikiki include:

  • Houses: 36 rentals available
  • Villas: 35 rentals available
  • Studios: 515 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals 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 2,007 vacation rentals with pool available in Waikiki. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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