Great Parking Options for Waikiki Guests
Lagoon Parking: Just 1 minute walk from the resort on the ocean side, there are numbered parking stalls that you can use for around $1 an hour. It seems the company that has the contract for that lot changes rates according to seasons so check the machine to check current rates. Sometimes you can also purchase from the ticket machine a weekly pass for $80, this is usually only available in low season. Make sure to park in the numbered stalls and purchase your ticket from the machine at the entrance to the lot. You can park free on the left side during the day for up to 6 hours, but there is no parking after 10:30pm in the free parking area. All cars are towed away right at 10:30pm sharp.
Ilikai Resort Valet Parking: Valet parking is available 24/7 and is $28 a day. Please check the rate on arrival.
Ilikai Daily Self Parking: $20 per day plus one time, non refundable $25 activation fee. Based on stall availability.
Red Lobster Parking: Just left of the Red Lobster Restaurant is a parking garage that usually charges $20 per day with no activation charge. There is an attendant at the entrance you can ask current rates.
Long Term Parking (2 month min): If you wish to rent an underground parking stall on a monthly basis, the rate is $240 a month, minimum stay of 2 months (based on availability) to qualify plus a $25 non refundable activation fee. Make sure upon arrival you ask for the paperwork and application and tell them that you want a monthly stall and the first day or so will be included as monthly use, otherwise its $28 a day till they know you are renting a long term stall.* Rates may vary, please check with the companies that provide these services for current rates.
Do You Need A Car in Waikiki?
You DO NOT need a car in Waikiki. Everything in Waikiki is within walking distance. There is little parking in Waikiki, and what parking there is, is very expensive. We recommend that all visitors rent a car for just 1-2 days after arriving to drive around the island but 80% of your time will be walking around and enjoying Waikiki.
It is recommended that you book online rather than walking up to the counter in Hawaii to rent a car. You will save around 30%. There is also an Advantage Car Rental desk right by the front desk in the lobby.
Did you know to walk from one end of Waikiki Beach to the other end is just a 25 minute walk? That is it.
Arrival: From the airport, the recommended way to get to Waikiki is to take a taxi for appx. $32 plus tip. Its fast and in just 20 minutes you are in your condo. There is a Speedie Shuttle Company that shuttles people to Waikiki Hotels, but their rates are actually higher than a taxi if you are two or more people with baggage as they charge $15.48 per person, min. 2 people, plus $10 extra for golf clubs, $8 extra for each bag over 2 per person. Plus they drive around the airport looking to fill up their vans that could make it at least an hour before you get to your hotel.
Departure: Best way to the airport on Departure is to call Charley's Taxi at 808-233-3333 the day before and schedule your taxi to the airport. Charley's is the best taxi company we know of and is the only one that offers a flat $29 taxi ride to the airport plus tip. Charley's is also the company that has all their cars right in front of the Ilikai so if you don't reserve in advance, you can just go downstairs and grab a taxi from them near the valet.
Visiting locations on this side of the island is a snap without a car. There are tons of companies that service the whole area with super inexpensive shuttle bus service. For example, for just $11 round trip, they pick you up at the front door and take you to Hanama Bay, includes snorkel, mask and fins. Same price to the huge flea market at Aloha Stadium. Pearl Harbour is also appx. $14 round trip with shuttle bus and you get inside info from the drivers.
Check out these pages for great info on other sites in the area:
WAIKIKI WALKING TOUR
OAHU GOLF COURSES
OAHU DRIVING TOUR AROUND THE ISLAND
PAID OAHU TOURS