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Diamond Head

Diamond Head

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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Diamond Head Bike to Hike and Local Lunch
Diamond Head Bike to Hike and Local Lunch
$149.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Light Exercise, Great Views, Good Food!
Kelly was very informative and overall a great guide. We had a great time. Perfect balance of tour and a little bit of exercise. Kelly took some great photos and set up a great lunch.
Eric_K, Dec 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Oahu

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Absolutely amazing!
Shani_B, Dec 2021
Diamond Head Hiking and Oahu Island Experience feat. North Shore
The hike of diamond Head was absolutely incredible the views are absolutely amazing the entire tour was brought to life by our wonderful tour guide cousin Alan who was not only informative and fun but absolutely amazing made everything worth it!
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Diamond Head
Patrick_G, Nov 2021
Private eBike Diamond Head Ride & Hike
Awesome bike ride and hike of Diamond head. Ryan was an awesome guide. He was very knowledgeable and fun to hang out with for the day.
star-5
Great tour guide and a wonderfully personalized experience of the area. Highly recommend!!!
Muna_B, Nov 2021
Diamond Head Bike to Hike and Local Lunch
Great mix of biking, hiking, and walking with restroom and lunch breaks. Breath-taking views of the Honolulu skyline and crater/valley from atop Diamond Head. Appreciated having someone to capture the moments for us on camera. The tacos and spicy fries were delicious! Thanks and looking forward to recommending this tour to our friends :)
star-5
The beauty of the island,...
zookeep216, Dec 2021
Diamond Head Hiking and Oahu Island Experience feat. North Shore
The beauty of the island, Hiking Diamond head, and watching the surfing champ win! Jonah was very friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating. Fantastic way to spend our first day on the island
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Graduation Trip with the Grandparents...
Becky_E, Aug 2021
Diamond Head Hiking and Oahu Island Experience feat. North Shore
Understandable with Covid still being an issue... most of this trip was sightseeing from the bus or shopping. We were a party of 6 so only 1 other passenger went with us and we had a new adopted granddaughter for the day.. Our driver was FANTASTIC!!!!...she put up with our 4 recent high-school graduate (17-18 yes old) grandsons with a smile and great humor. Good communication for pickups and at each stop. Worth the money to see the island and leave the driving to someone else.
star-5
Excellent!!!
Zhanar_K, Jan 2022
Kapolei: Diamond Head Scenic Helicopter Tour
Everything was excellent! Thank you for pilot, he told the story of almost every building. Thank you for operators every time when I called them, they answer quickly.
star-5
Great ebike ride to diamond head
Anonymous, Dec 2021
Private eBike Diamond Head Ride & Hike
This tour was amazing! Ryan is personable and professional. My husband and I really enjoyed the e-bike ride and hike. Amazing views all around. We also appreciated the pictures Ryan kindly took and sent to us afterwards.
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Beautiful Sunrise Hike
David_G, Nov 2021
Diamond Head Hiking and Oahu Island Experience feat. North Shore
Nice relaxing day that began with a sunrise hike to Diamond Head Crater. Excellent guide , small group, and comfortable transportation.
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When I finally got to the...
Lydia_W, Oct 2021
Diamond Head Hiking Narrated Tour
When I finally got to the top of the crater. It was amazing. The hike is not for the faint of heart.
star-5
Do the audio tour - Worth it!!
Gina_A, Sep 2021
Diamond Head Hiking Narrated Tour
Glad we did the audio hike up the crater - it’s a moderate hike, easy enough for people to do in slippers but I don’t recommend it. Learned a lot about how the military used the crater to protect Hawaii. Lots of stairs and sweat - go early. The good thing about the audio tour is we got a certificate of completion at the end besides having beautiful pictures.
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Highly recommend!!!
Erin_B, Sep 2021
Diamond Head Bike to Hike and Local Lunch
Great tour, beautiful views, with local insight of Hawaii. Definitely a highlight of my stay in O’ahu.
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Ebike tour
bill_R, Sep 2021
Private eBike Diamond Head Ride & Hike
Riding the bikes on the streets of Waikiki and seeing the sights. Hiking up to Diamond Head was great . Ryan and his wife were great waiting for us if we got tired. Greatest tour guides we ever had. Would recommend this to everyone who visits Honolulu.

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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