Free Parking in Waikiki
You’ll find a lot of free parking behind the Ilikai Hotel and the Hilton’s Duke Kahanamoku lagoon. But remember these free Waikiki parking lots have a 6-hour maximum. A paid parking lot here is open 24 hours a day for only $1an hour.
Almost everyone knows that Waikiki is the most popular tourist destination in the State of Hawaii, packed with hotels, condos, restaurants, shops, and much more fun things to do.
Waikiki Beach is not only the most famous beach in Hawaii but also one of the most recognized Oahu beaches in the world. Attracting over 4 million visitors yearly.
Whether you are looking forward to enjoying water activities, people watching, or marveling at the beautiful Waikiki sunsets, it’s very easy to have a good time in the different areas of Waikiki Beach.
Did you know that Waikiki beach is divided into 8 different sections?
Duke Kahanamoku Beach
Fort DeRussy Beach Park
Royal Hawaiian Beach
Prince Kuhio Beach
Queen Kapiolani Beach
Outrigger Canoe Club Beach
In this video, I would show you 2 sections of Waikiki beach.
This first section, located near the beginning part of Waikiki and Ala Wai Boat Harbor is Duke Kahanamoku Beach. Named after Hawaii’s legendary surfer and Olympic swimming champion.
A man-made swimming lagoon is sandwiched between the Ilikai Hotel and the top of Duke Kahanamoku Beach.
This beach and lagoon are also part of the Hawaiian Hilton Village Resort grounds. The beach itself is one of the most popular Waikiki Beaches because it offers a calm swimming area with a protected seawall.
You can access Duke Kahanamoku beach through the Hawaiian Hilton Resort or through the back of the Ilikai Hotel, where you can take advantage of the free and metered parking that I mentioned at the beginning of this video.
The rainbow tower that you see belongs to Hilton Hawaiian Village. The resort is the largest hotel property in the Aloha State, and it is certainly one of the most storied. The property itself comprises 22 beachfront acres.
The Hilton Hawaiian Village is also home to a number of bars, lounges, and restaurants that have hosted residencies for some of the most iconic figures in the history of Hawaiian music.
The restaurant that you see is Tropics Bar & Grill, the perfect place to experience authentic Hawaiian beach cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The food at this restaurant is based on fresh locally sourced ingredients, with nightly entertainment provided for guests.
The port that you see is for Atlantis Submarines Tour, which has been
sharing the magnificence of Hawaii’s undersea world since 1988.
The submarine will guide you to explore the depths of Hawaii’s ocean waters 100 feet below the surface.
Their information booth is located right next to Hilton Hawaiian Village and Tropics Bar & Grill.
Next to Duke Kahanamoku Beach is Fort DeRussy Beach Park, a popular stretch of white-sand beach located in the heart of bustling Waikīkī. The beach itself is situated in front of the Fort DeRussy Military Reservation and Army Museum.
Fort DeRussy Beach Park is the only section in the surrounding upper Waikiki area that provides a beautiful grassy park setting with palm trees, shade, a playground, and picnic tables that are perfect for relaxing and enjoying a meal.
The beach features soft sand and calm blue waters as well as a volleyball court and vendors who offer an assortment of water sport rentals.
Fort DeRussy Beach Park is home to several beach-side bars, like Hale Koa Barefoot Beach Bar and the Koa Oasis Beach Bar.
A paved boardwalk runs along the length of the beach, offering access to other sections of Waikīkī Beach.
Fort DeRussy beach park is sandwiched between Duke Kahanamoku Beach and Gray’s Beach.
Waikiki beach is a perfect region for families, couples, and older travelers. There are hundreds of restaurants, cafes, tour centers, transport options, and convenience stores. Many choices of beachfront hotels and resorts, and also has a few hostels for backpackers. It’s kind of a perfect destination for all.
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