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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
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Diamond Head Hiking and Oahu Island Experience feat. North Shore
US$120.00 per adult
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Great time
Stephanie, our tour guide, was great and the tour was wonderful! Loved doing the hike first! Thanks!!!
Kirsta_v, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Oahu

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A Must Do!!
Rhonda_Z, Aug 2022
Private eBike Diamond Head Ride & Hike
Ryan, our tour guide, was wonderful. He did a great job of showing us special landmarks on the island and took family photos of us along the way. A great way to tour the island and hike up Diamond Head. The view from the top is truly breathtaking. Shaved ice on the way back was a real treat. Would highly recommend this tour. You don’t want to miss this experience.
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Amazing DiamondHead Experience!
Joseph_B, Aug 2022
Private eBike Diamond Head Ride & Hike
Ryan was an amazing tour guide with tons of info and history about oahu and the people and culture! The ride to diamond head had breathtaking vidws and was super fun on the ebike! The hike was definitely challenging but we're so glad we did it! He even rewarded us with shaved ice afterwards! Definitely would recommend this experience!
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Beautiful trip around the island …
Pamela_B, Jul 2022
Diamond Head Hiking and Oahu Island Experience feat. North Shore
Was a great day trip to see the island. We had fun hiking Diamond Head then a trip around the island to several beautiful beaches, a cocoa factory and ended the day at the Dole Plantation. Was a fun day!!!
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An Unforgettable Experience
Alison_M, Jun 2022
Diamond Head Bike to Hike and Local Lunch
We had a fantastic time on this tour! Kelly was an awesome guide and made the tour a fun and memorable experience. He took lots of great photos and had lots of great info to share as well. The bike tour to Diamondhead was beautiful as well as the hike itself. And to top it all off, we had some truly amazing food at the end of our adventure! Buy the ticket and take this ride -you will not be disappointed!
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Must do
Jordan_D, May 2022
Half-Day Hiking Tour to Diamond Head and Makapuu Lighthouse
Both hikes are a must do. The Diamond Head is a more difficult hike but worth it. Bring a good pair of shoes and a good camera for both. The shuttle was on time and the drivers where great especially Cousin Mark.
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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 experience for sure!
John_H, Jul 2022
Private eBike Diamond Head Ride & Hike
This was an amazing afternoon for sure! The Ebike ride and hike up Diamondhead was awesome. Ryan, our guide, was great! Thank you for a great memory!
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It was an amazing hike...
maria_h, Aug 2022
Diamond Head Hiking Narrated Tour
It was an amazing hike and more when you get to the to the top it has breath taking wiews. Definitely will recommend
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Great walk but slow most...
Kathryn_S, Aug 2022
Diamond Head Hiking Narrated Tour
Great walk but slow most people don’t move to the side for you and, I’m not a fast walker so a little annoying! Go when really hot to avoid crowds
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Great Segway Experience
Jane_F, Jul 2022
Diamond Head/Waikiki Tour
Great experience. There were eight of us and the staff were wonderful. Very kind, knowledgeable, patient, accommodating and friendly group who were interested in helping with other experiences in the area.
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Fantastic experience
Traci_G, Jul 2022
Private eBike Diamond Head Ride & Hike
This was a fantastic trip! Ryan stopped to show us around the island and take pictures. He led us up to the top of Diamond Head and stopped for shaved ice on the way back. He shared all the photos with us the same day. Highly recommend!
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Loads of fun
Viola_A, Jun 2022
Diamond Head Hiking and Oahu Island Experience feat. North Shore
Our tour guide, John (AKA Tater Tot) was awesome. He was humorous, engaging and shared a lot of history regarding the island of Oahu. Hiking up Diamond Head is not for the faint at heart; it's an ominous trek. I stopped climbing at the 7 mile marker. I loved trying some of the local foods. And enjoyed the beautiful scenery. There were an adequate number of stops for photo ops on this tour.
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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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