Duke Kahanamoku Beach Tours
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Named after Hawaii’s legendary surfer and the official “Ambassador of Aloha,” this Waikiki Beach was voted “Best Beach in America” in the 2014 rankings. Dozens of palm trees spring from the sand to provide natural shade from the sun, and young children love splashing and lounging in the protected saltwater lagoon. The ocean here isn’t nearly as busy as at the main Waikiki Beach, and since the offshore reef manages to break up the waves, inflatable rafts meant for lounging in the sun replace surfboards, SUP boards, and canoes.
When standing on the wide, white sand beach, iconic Diamond Head looms to the left on the far side of Waikiki. To the right, the Ala Wai Boat Harbor houses mariners from all across the Pacific, and the famous Hilton Hawaiian Village Resort lines the entire shoreline. The beach—as you can imagine—is very popular, so it’s a good idea to arrive early and stake out a good patch of sand. Once here, exhale deeply, slather on sunscreen, and peacefully float in the saltwater lagoon. You should also probably cancel the rest of your plans—since there’s a good chance you won’t want to leave.
Duke Kahanamoku Beach is the westernmost beach in Waikiki and is separate from the main Waikiki Beach, often referred to as “Canoes.” Even though the Hilton fronts the entire beach, there are a couple of public access points from Kalia Road and Pahoa Place. Parking in Waikiki can be tough, however, so visitors staying in Waikiki are better off visiting on foot. Every Friday night at 7:45pm there is a free fireworks show, and the beach shouldn’t be confused with the Duke Kahanamoku Statue, which is at nearby Kuhio Beach.
Address: Honolulu, Hawaii 96815, USA
2 Tours and Activities to Experience Duke Kahanamoku Beach
Watch the sun set over an Oahu beach on a 1.5-hour Segway tour of Honolulu’s scenic harbor, beaches and parks. Learn to steer your Segway, follow your guide through the quiet streets and take in stunning views of Diamond Head and Waikiki. Cruise past Ala Wai Yacht Harbor to a coastal canal, then watch surfers ride the breakers as you explore Ala Moana Beach Park. Glide past banyan trees and coconut palms while the stars appear above the ocean, and experience a perfect Hawaiian sunset.
Explore Diamond Head and the Waikiki area on this 2-hour guided Segway tour. Climb on to your own Segway Personal Transporter, a self-balancing, two-wheeled electric scooter that allows you to enjoy some of the Honolulu area's most important sites without all of the walking. Visit Diamond Head Lighthouse, Waikiki Beach, Kapiolani Park and the bustling streets of the Waikiki area. Listen as your guide provides engaging, informative commentary about the culture and history of the area.
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