Staff Picks hotel review: Aqua Waikiki Wave Hotel

Published November 10th, 2014

Been saving up your pennies for a Hawaii holiday? Our Staff Picks hotel packages tick all the boxes. With accommodation in the middle of all the action, well-equipped modern rooms, plenty of extras for nix (free wi-fi, complementary drinks an d free breakfasts) and the best bang-for-your-buck hotel rates, all you have to do is enjoy your vacay. Student Flights Store Manager at the University of Queensland James Furlong tried out the Aqua Waikiki Wave Hotel in Hawaii’s capital, Honolulu. Here’s his verdict.


James and the amazing sunset backdrop on the Alli Kai Dinner Cruise.


This was my first time to Hawaii and I would 110 percent recommend it as a great holiday destination. I stayed at the Aqua Waikiki Wave Hotel, which was in a good location a block away from the main drag of Kalakaua Avenue and three blocks from Waikiki Beach. To get to the shopping outlets was a US $30 cab ride.


The Superior Room at Aqua Waikiki Wave Hotel


A 3.5-star hotel, Aqua Waikiki Wave Hotel is cheap and cheerful. I had a Superior Wave Room, which had two queen-size beds, air-con, a mini fridge, microwave and coffee maker. There was also a flatscreen LCD TV, a DVD player and even a PS3!


Filling up with the free brekky!


For food and drinks, Da Big Kahuna Restaurant & Tiki Lounge (where I got my free house cocktail) is a part of the hotel. Another dining option onsite is the China Garden Restaurant that serves Cantonese meals. For the free breakfast as part of the Staff Picks package, I went down the road to the Seaside Grill, a diner with hot brekky options. Also in the area is a Starbucks and a few clubs.


Taking in the Magic of Polynesia show.


During my four-night stay in Honolulu, I went on an Alli Kai dinner boat cruise around Waikiki Beach that had Polynesian dancers, and I also went to the Magic of Polynesia magic show that also had a Polynesian show.


The view from Diamond Head Crater in Honolulu.


The highlight of my time in Honolulu was definitely going out and partying at night. Another thing I did was the Diamond Head Crater hike that I would totally recommend. You get to hike just under a mile up the volcanic crater along walkways, up stairs and under a tunnel to see the amazing view.


The people in Hawaii were so amazing and my experience has left me wanting to come back again.


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