Waikiki Beach on Oahu, Hawaii, offers two miles of soft sand and family-friendly attractions, including Diamond Head Crater.

Family Vacations in Hawaii: Waikiki Beach

This famous two-mile stretch of sand in Oahu, Hawaii, is home to scores of family-friendly beach hotels and all kinds of action-packed excitement. Waikiki Beach is the perfect place to go if you're looking for warm ocean water and golden beaches. Kids will enjoy strolling along the beach-front promenade, stopping for shaved ice or an ice cream cone, taking a dip in the ocean, and checking out the parade of people passing by.

Be sure to take an exhilarating ride in an outrigger canoe, where you paddle out beyond the breakers and are carried back to shore by the ocean's cresting waves. Waikiki is also an excellent place to learn to surf, and lessons are available at just about every hotel or water sports center on the beach.

If you can tear yourself away from the water, hike the landmark volcanic crater, Diamond Head, visit the indigenous animals of Honolulu Zoo, or tour the Bishops Museum to view an interesting collection of Polynesian artifacts.

Waikiki Beach Information

Address: Kalakaua Ave. and Royal Hawaiian Ave., Honolulu, HI

Phone: 800-GoHawaii

On the next page, you'll travel to the North Shore of Oahu where the waves are bigger and the surfers are pros.

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