Waikiki Beach Ocean Swimming Pool
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A rock wall protects this area of Waikiki Beach from waves- not that there are big waves at Waikiki Beach- making it a swimming pool right there at the beach! Timid swimmers or children may enjoy it for its peaceful atmosphere. I prefer to swim directly in the waves, since there is more cleansing ocean flow there. This pool, however, is fairly open to the ocean and therefore gets somewhat refreshed. The area nearby is just gorgeous! Lots of swaying palms, bright blue sea meeting the horizon, and throngs of interesting tourists and locals walking by on Kalakaua Avenue. There is a waterfall nearby along Kalakaua Avenue that is lovely. At night, tiki torches are lit all along Kalakaua Ave and it's great for a stroll. Very romantic!
For places to eat near here and a hotel I recommend, see the entry for Waikiki Beach near Kapahulu Avenue.
Other nice spots in Waikiki from east to west are: the Hau Tree Beach all the way on the Diamond Head end of Waikiki- lots of shade and a lovely swim; the great bodyboarding beach near Kapahulu Avenue; this ocean swimming pool, a safe spot for more timid swimmers, and very romantic at night with the moon shining on the still water; Duke Kahanamoku Statue Beach, in the center of it all; the Sheraton Beach, crowded but with great swimming; and all the way west before you hit the harbor, my favorite spot, the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach, with tons of fun stuff for kids to do.
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Click on the "satellite" button on the map and you can see the ocean rock wall in a satellite photo.
Parking is limited here so park at the zoo and walk. The zoo parking is on the corner of Kapahulu and Kalakaua. It costs $1 per hour and you can use your credit card to pay the parking meter.
If you're hungry, across Kalakaua Avenue, on the corner of Kapahulu, there is a Starbucks, and a Denny's. Denny's food isn't the greatest but the view is nice, because you can sit on the balcony and look out over the water. If I want something small to bring back to eat on the beach, I go to the ABC store and buy a guava juice and a salmon roll- they are local-style, triangular, ans wrapped in seaweed. For only around $1 it's a yummy and healthy snack! There is also a Jack-in-the-Box just around the corner on Kapahulu. If you want to walk, you can eat at Wolfgang Puck's pizza, on the corner of Kalakaua and Paoakalani Ave. They have some really yummy different combinations of veggie pizzas, which are cooked in an open hearth making for a crunchy crust. Around $8 each. Above Wolfgang Puck's, in the ResortQuest Waikiki Beach hotel, is Tiki's Grill and Bar. It's expensive- $20 a plate- but it's relaxing to sit outside on their balcony amongst the tiki torches with a view of the ocean. There is live music sometimes but it's too loud.
Wolfgang Puck's Pizza, corner of Kalakaua and Paoakalani Ave, 2570 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu HI 96815, call (808) 931-6226.
Tiki's Grill and Bar, upstairs on the corner of Kalakaua and Paoakalani Ave, 2570 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu HI 96815, call (808) 923-8454.
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|The wall was awesome. Also alot of fun to watch the locals body surf and body board the waves.|
|A lot of the sand on Waikiki Beach has been imported from Stockon Beach in Newcastle, Australia!!!|
|New sidewalks.. more palm trees, shops and dining make the beach better than ever....|