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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
Highly recommend!!!
Great tour, beautiful views, with local insight of Hawaii. Definitely a highlight of my stay in O’ahu.
Erin_B, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Oahu

star-5
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.
star-5
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
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.
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.
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.
star-5
An amazing tour!!!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Brad_M, Oct 2021
Diamond Head Hiking and Oahu Island Experience feat. North Shore
Jonah was our tour guide! He did an amazing job! He was born & raised in O’hau & he knew his stuff! He took us to every little nook & cranny on the island. It was A LOT of fun & WORTH the money! Thanks Jonah for a great day!
star-4
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
I DID IT!
Lisa_F, Aug 2021
Diamond Head Hiking and Oahu Island Experience feat. North Shore
What a view! I finally made it up to the top of Diamond Head - frankly I never thought I would, but with the patience and encouragement of my 4 adult kids, I DID IT AND IT WAS WORTH IT! Beautiful views, wonderful sense of accomplishment! Fabulous experience.
star-5
Best tour ever!!
Chris_B, Oct 2021
Diamond Head Hiking and Oahu Island Experience feat. North Shore
The whole trip was memorable, everything was great and the driver was awesome. We highly recommend!!
star-5
Awesome Trip
Lisa_O, Jul 2021
Diamond Head Hiking and Oahu Island Experience feat. North Shore
Alan was an excellent host! He was very informative and helpful. We loved everything and had a great day! Diamond Head was beautiful, the Island drive was gorgeous, Leonard’s donuts was a plus!!

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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