The beach that was the most direct walk from our hotel was Fort DeRussy, we went to it once and didn’t go back. The water was a beautiful turquoise color, but a little murky. The sand was powerdy pale yellow and a bit hard to lie on. We walked past the throngs of people to a bit of a quieter spot and thought that most people were just being lazy and happily laid our towels down. There was a great view of Diamond Head. When we tried to get in the water there was no one around and we realized why, it was lined with seriously jagged rocks. We got out into the water slowly and stayed in for as long as we could, the water was calm and warm, but we didn’t want to go through the whole episode of getting in and getting out again. By the time we got out our towels were surrounded by other people. Some like being at a populated beach, they like the action; I will personally walk three miles at Robert Moses State Park so that I don’t have to see a soul. I know everything in Waikiki is going to be crowded, but for my personal taste I would rather go to a more off the beaten path beach. Fort DeRussy was undeniably beautiful and convenient for us, and if you can deal with crowds you might enjoy it yourself. This was also our go to sunset spot, a beautiful open view for mother natures free show!