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Diamond Head

Diamond Head

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6,848 Reviews
Free admission
Diamond Head Road, Waikiki, 96816

The Basics

The Diamond Head trail is 1.6 miles (2.6 kilometers) round-trip, gaining over 550 feet (168 meters) from the trailhead to the summit and affording amazing views of the island and the Pacific Ocean. Unless you're trying to be the first one up to the Diamond Head summit in the morning, enjoy the hike at a steady pace and take in the views on the way—travelers usually allot one to two hours for the Diamond Head crater hike. This crater adventure is often included on Oahu city tours or circle island tours that take in a number of Hawaiian landmarks and historic sites such as Manoa Falls, Pearl Harbor, and the North Shore. Consider taking a guided Diamond Head tour to learn the history and local stories surrounding the popular crater.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Oahu

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Amazing experience !
Lisbett_V, May 2021
Diamond Head Bike to Hike and Local Lunch
My husband and I absolutely loved the bike and Hike to Diamond Head. It was a Bit challenging , but so worth it ! Kelly our instructor was amazing. We appreciate all the information He provided . His time and patience spoke volumes . He made sure we started and finished the tour with happiness in our hearts. It's Definitely one of the highlights and best experience of our trip. Mahalo 🤙
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Amazing experience! Highly recommend!
Tonya_R, May 2021
Diamond Head Bike to Hike and Local Lunch
This tour was our favorite excursion! Our tour guide was knowledgeable and did a great job making sure we all saw amazing views, had fun and got good information! He took great pictures of all of us for free as well as created a you tube video of our experience. It ended with a great lunch also included!
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Bike and hike Diamond Head
Joshua_C, May 2021
Diamond Head Bike to Hike and Local Lunch
Kelly runs a very organized and informative bike tour across the area of Diamond Beach. We biked to several sites on the way to Diamond Head where we climbed up the pathway to the lookout up top. We finished the tour at a local taco shop which was delicious. Tour lasted about 4.5 hours. Kelly won't disappoint you. He enjoys what he does for his guests
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Great
Amy_C, May 2021
Diamond Head Running Tour
Kawiki was great and very informative! I Would do this tour again when I come back to Honolulu. 😁 Thank you!
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Wonderful narrated tour!
Pam_W, Feb 2021
Diamond Head Hiking Narrated Tour
My husband and I used the narrated hiking tour. I enjoyed it very much and would recommend it to anyone who would be interested in more details and more information as you hike up and down. We did not stop at each location and wait for the details to be completed but we listened as we were walking. We would recommend this to you history buffs, a great value!
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An experience like no other
Lorena_N, Apr 2021
Diamond Head Bike to Hike and Local Lunch
What an awesome bike ride. We toured around town and got to see places we would’ve never known had it not been for Kelly. He was awesome, patient, encouraging. Great workout and awesome views from Diamond Head. Truly recommended!!
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Diamond Head at its best!
JOANNE_L, Apr 2021
Diamond Head Bike to Hike and Local Lunch
Kelly was an awesome guide, He was very engaged and took wonderful pictures for us to have great memories. I would highly recommend this tour.
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Best experience ever!
Carl_D, Jan 2021
Diamond Head Bike to Hike and Local Lunch
I highly recommend this excursion for individuals who want to see Hawaii with a beautiful bike ride up to Diamond Head. We enjoyed the views that you just don’t see you from a car. Kelly, our tour guide, is knowledgeable as well as entertaining. He made sure we were safe along the way.
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Fun tour in Waikiki
Andrea_B, Mar 2021
Diamond Head Bike to Hike and Local Lunch
Had a great experience; Kelly was a great tour guide- very knowledgeable and we had a lot of fun! Would highly recommend this tour.
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Kelly is Awesome
Mayra_H, Feb 2021
Diamond Head Bike to Hike and Local Lunch
Kelly was great!! Gave us a wonderful memorable experience that we will never forget! He is very knowledgeable, safe, and fun! We can't wait to come see you again!
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Most bang for your money!
Selmin_K, Jan 2021
Diamond Head Bike to Hike and Local Lunch
Okay I’ve done the zip lining in the north shore, the dolphin exertion, surf lesson and parasailing. Wow and by far this is my favorite and best physically challenging, historical/informative and awe-inspiring breath-taking vista/view experience/tours of all. I’d say most bang for your money! Thank you Kelly!:)
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Diamond Head
peter_n, Mar 2020
Diamond Head Bike to Hike and Local Lunch
Great guide fun way to see the city and enjoy the views. Climb to Diamond Head was worth it for the awesome views and with a guide to explain all the sites we could see made it much more interesting.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • An admission fee of $5 per car or $1 per pedestrian is required.

  • Hiking up Diamond Head involves numerous steep stairs and isn’t accessible for travelers in wheelchairs. The trail also includes a 225-foot (68-meter) tunnel that is well lit but can feel a bit tight.

  • Restrooms and water are located at the trailhead, but there are no facilities on the trail.

  • Be sure to wear proper walking shoes.

  • On tours of the crater with a tour guide, hotel transport is often included and reduces the need to find parking.

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How to Get There

The best way to reach Diamond Head Crater hiking trail is by foot, bike, guided tour, car, or the local bus. There is limited parking if you choose to drive; many travelers opt to take The Bus to the Diamond Head State Monument bus stop.

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When to Get There

Diamond Head State Monument opens at 6am and closes at 6pm daily, with last entry at 4:30pm. Considering over 2,000 people hike up the famous volcanic crater each day, you'll never have the trail completely to yourself, unless you start your day with a race to the top. Though crowds are heavy almost every day, Tuesdays tend to be especially heavy since one of Oahu's most popular sights—Hanauma Bay—is closed. The best time to beat the heat is early in the morning, and there's usually a line in front of the gate for the 6am opening. Diamond Head tours also arrive pretty early, so hiking late in the day may sometimes help you beat the crowds. If you plan to hike up Diamond Head in winter, keep an eye out for humpback whales that leap from the waters offshore.

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Diamond Head History

In Hawaiian, the mountain is known as ‘Leahi’—the name Diamond Head comes from British sailors who found calcite crystals embedded in the mountain and falsely claimed they were diamonds.

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