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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
Great tour guide and a wonderfully personalized experience of the area. Highly recommend!!!
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 :)
Muna_B, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Oahu

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Sunny ride and hike
Justin_A, Jun 2021
Diamond Head Bike to Hike and Local Lunch
This was a great and fun way to get from Waikiki to Diamond Head without a car. Kelly was a great guide and quite a personality. He is very knowledgeable and kept safety first. Make sure to put sunscreen on exposed skin as there's not much shade, especially on the hike.
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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
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.
star-4
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.
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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.
star-5
Best adventure in honolulu!
Ninette_F, Jul 2021
Diamond Head Bike to Hike and Local Lunch
Very knowledgeable and friendly. Concerned for everyone's ability and safety. Good pace with breaks when appropriate to the group. Great photos.
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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.
star-5
A must dot our in Waikiki
Bao, Sep 2021
Private eBike Diamond Head Ride & Hike
Ryan and IAya Were very knowledgeable, kind and patient! The bike ride and tour or so pleasant and relaxing, that I would do it again and again. They both took us to beautiful spots to take gorgeous pictures. They are small business owners that exemplify model business owners that deserve the public’s support! I very much recommend that I will experience this tour, five stars, if not more!
star-5
Great experience
Kamay_L, Aug 2021
Diamond Head Bike to Hike and Local Lunch
Great tour for active people. Our guide, Kelly is energetic and very friendly. Highly recommended if you want to get up to diamond head.
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Island tour
Keith_l, Nov 2021
Diamond Head Hiking and Oahu Island Experience feat. North Shore
Jonah, our guide, was excellent. He know the area well and we can ask him all sort of questions, and he had all the answers. The tour was a great way to get to know the island different places, and sceneries. It was a great tour!
star-5
Awesome trip
diane_n, Oct 2021
Diamond Head Hiking and Oahu Island Experience feat. North Shore
Tour guide was absolutely phenomenal really gave us a lot of information and very personable and that climb was unbelievable very enjoyable

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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