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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 Hiking and Oahu Island Experience feat. North Shore
Diamond Head Hiking and Oahu Island Experience feat. North Shore
USD120.00 per adult
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Great day tour
I am so glad I chose this tour. We were able to see a lot in one day. We started with a hike up diamond head. The view is great. Jon allowed us ample time to hike and enjoy the view. We saw sea turtles in the water on one of the beach. Jon is a great driver and tour guide. He is very knowledgeable and accommodating to everyone. I would highly recommend this tour.
Amy_L, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Oahu

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Great time. Ryan took...
Greg_S, May 2022
Private eBike Diamond Head Ride & Hike
Great time. Ryan took care of everything with the new reservation system at Diamond Head. The hike was beautiful and the ebikes made it easy and fun riding up to the trailhead. It's a great ,fun and active adventure and a great way to see Diamond Head
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Diamond Head and Makapuu Lighthouse trails
Ron_S, May 2022
Half-Day Hiking Tour to Diamond Head and Makapuu Lighthouse
The views were great. The drivers were knowledgeable about the sites and places we passed along the way. The hikes were self-guided. Our tour was broken up into two days which was good since doing both in the same day may have been challenging due to the grades involved. The Lighthouse path was paved and relatively easy uphill walk and some stairs. The Diamond Head trail was a more challenging climb with mixed surfaces including dirt and rocks, semi-dark tunnels and stairs.
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Great time biking to Diamond Head with Kelly!
gabemace, Apr. 2022
Diamond Head Bike to Hike and Local Lunch
Kelly was a great guide and very entertaining and informative. We loved the ride and climb to Diamond Head Crater! And, as most travelers said, the fish tacos at the end were delicious!!
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Nice change of pace
Hugh_M, Apr. 2022
Private eBike Diamond Head Ride & Hike
Enjoyed a leisurely bike ride thru Honolulu, followed by an invigorating hike up Diamond Head. Our guide Ryan was friendly and knowledgeable, and tailored the tour to our interests. Good time!
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Great hiking opportunities!
Peter_V, Feb. 2022
Half-Day Hiking Tour to Diamond Head and Makapuu Lighthouse
It was an easy pickup and drop-offs. Diamond Head and the Makapuu LIghthouse were VERY scenic. Be prepared for some uphill walking. Wear sunscreen. Water is supplied, but it couldn't hurt to bring some.
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Love the ride
Onelly_E, May 2022
Diamond Head/Waikiki Tour (Most Popular Tour!)
We had a great experience, Aaron was very knowledgeable and fun, love it all. Beautiful scenes a lot of fun.
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Best Day- Highly recommend !
Kathi_J, May 2022
Diamond Head Hiking and Oahu Island Experience feat. North Shore
Best day ever ! Jonah went above and beyond to show us this beautiful island . Every stop exceeded our expectations ! We were picked up on time at the hotel . It was a fun , informative day ! Highly recommend !
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So fun!
Carolynne_B, Apr. 2022
Diamond Head Bike to Hike and Local Lunch
I loved our bike trip up to Diamond Head. It was a great way to experience more places. Kelly our guide was the best! He had so much interesting information about the islands, the history, and other various topics. It doesn't appear to be advertised but Kelly took lots of photos of us and then made a little montage that he sent us a couple of days later! It was awesome. Kelly made us feel safe biking around. The taco lunch was also very delicious. I would highly recommend this tour.
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❤️my bike tour
Elizabeth_S, May 2022
Private eBike Diamond Head Ride & Hike
I had already left an amazing review this past November for my tour. But I just wanted to add an update that I loved the bike so much that I have just purchased an E bike myself. The only downfall is driving in Nova Scotia Canada is not nearly as beautiful as Hawaii was
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Hiking, tropical fruits, sightseeing
Pius_N, May 2022
Diamond Head Hiking and Oahu Island Experience feat. North Shore
Tour guide/driver is knowledgeable and we learned about the island along the way. We are crazy for tropical fruits so we finished the hike about an hour and visited the farmer market just 10 min downhill from the tunnel.
star-5
Informative, friendly, fun, and accommodating!
Katie_M, Apr. 2022
Diamond Head Bike to Hike and Local Lunch
Had a great experience with my husband. We were very inexperienced bike riders but our tour guide Kelly was patient, informative, and friendly. My husband is not a fish eater and Kelly made some calls and found a place that sold hamburgers on the way back. I would definitely recommend this tour!
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Segway through Honolulu
Suzanne_S, Apr. 2022
Diamond Head/Waikiki Tour (Most Popular Tour!)
We had to adjust our tour due to issues at the Marriott location. Michael was thorough in our instruction and took us for a nice ride giving us highlights of the sites through an earpiece. Nice touch with the music Michael 😃

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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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