Some of the activities available in the Waikiki Beach area include swimming, surfing, kayaking, catamaraning, snorkeling, and viewing Diamond Head. Waikiki Beach is a row of beaches along the southwest coast of the island of Oahu in Hawaii. There are many hotels to choose from along the beach, but the area is open to the general public, so tourists are not required to stay at a beach hotel to enjoy Waikiki Beach.
Waikiki Beach is the name for a collection of several beaches, including Kuhio Beach, Duke Kahanamoku Beach, Fort DeRussy Beach, San Souci Beach and Queens Surf Beach. Fort DeRussy Beach is a good option for those who enjoy snorkeling, while visitors who are new to surfing should try Kuhio Beach, which has more forgiving waves than some of the other beaches. To get away from the crowds, try San Souci Beach for snorkeling and swimming. Guests can view the sunset and views of the shoreline from Kapahulu Pier. Other activities include canoe rides and windsurfing.
A variety of shops and cafes can be found along the water's edge, primarily on Kalakaua Avenue running from the Royal Hawaiian hotel to Diamond Head. As of 2015, some of the stores found here include Louis Vuitton, Prada and Chanel. Waikiki Beach is also host to several events throughout the year, such as the Island Arts Festival, Hawaii Food & Wine Festival and Waikiki Artfest.