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Diamond Head State Monument, Honolulu

Categories: Scenic Walking Areas, Hiking Trails, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots, Outdoor Activities
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4.6/5 based on 14,000+ reviews on the web
One of the first natural landmarks you see as you arrive in Honolulu, Diamond Head State Monument offers several vantage points with views of the entire island. Formed by volcanic eruptions more than 150,000 years ago, this tuff cone covers 141 hectares (350 acres). A well-beaten path leads partway to the top. Lengthy metal and concrete staircases make it easier to traverse the steepest sections, and the very narrow tunnels are illuminated. Climb to the summit if you feel fit, or enjoy the views from the lookouts along the way. Wear comfortable hiking shoes, and bring plenty of water and a snack. Put Diamond Head State Monument into our Honolulu trip itinerary maker and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • And quite a slope, on the way from the bumpy road, and finally a great staircase and... 50 is pretty tight in the past couple. I'd buy there starting next to the vending machine, so don't bring drinks to people. It's no drink and be retired. Went on the trolley bus, but missed the sunrise at the Summit.
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  • Before we decided to take a hike we saw many people coming down and going straight to shaved ice truck that seemed pretty expensive. Once we came down, we sure wanted some of that ice and price did no...  read more »
  • Very diverse, hot and challenging. Not for the weak or feint of heart. Rugged terrain and steep climbing. If you are physically challenged, afraid of heights or confined space, this may not be the att...  read more »
  • Great hike. Get there early if you want to park in the lot, but even if the lot is full, just wait; people leave consistently and your wait is still better than parking at the bottom of the hill. The view at the top is incredible. A must do hike
  • Pretty easy hike with some beautiful views! Will definitely need some comfortable shoes and can probably knock it out in about 1.5 hours if you comfortably climb/get down without rushing. As first timers, we went in minutes after the parking lot was closed so rushed through it but took plenty of pictures at the top and made it out within an hour.
  • Contemplated 2-3 stars, while the views are stunning we went in early August and aparently during "tourist time" Very crowded with slow and rude tourists. If you don't mind getting elbowed by someone trying to cut in front of you it's not really a hike, more of a long crowded line to the top. A huge pro is no smoking throughout the park. Also a shaved Ice truck was waiting In the parking lot. Bathrooms and water are only available at the bottom, so plan accordingly. There was a building about halfway up that may serve as a restroom but was unmarked. It's only a 6-700 foot climb with winding trails that make it easy to climb. I've hiked on trails before, and this is an extremely easy-manageable hike with about 1qt water and athletic clothing w/sneakers. Part of the trail is paved concrete and there are stairs... Not exactly a natural trail but about halfway up it does go to some rough and an uneven rocky path. You can see the crater and you can also see some of the beaches and scenery of Oahu. I recommend going early, because it can get hot and crowded quite easily.
  • This is a fantastic way to enjoy some great views and some outdoor time. The hike is pretty simple and probably took us about an hour and a half to complete, including photos at the top. Wear sunscreen, cool clothes, and bring some water. Terrain is a bit uneven, be careful not to twist your ankle in spots. The views are really, really worth it and it's a simple hike. I wouldn't miss this. A quick note on transportation, we Uber'd there and back from our hotel and it worked perfectly. There was a 1 dollar per person admission fee to walk into the property. If you don't have a car don't be worried about taking an Uber, they have no problem getting in and out there.
  • To be honest, this was too touristy for me. I like the quieter, more nature-y hikes. This can be a moderate climb with some unpaved, uneven roads and quiteee a bit of stairs. If you like seeing city buildings, you'll love the view up top. But, good luck trying to get a photo without a million other people in it (ok, it's not really a million people but you get it). But, it was cool because we also saw a rainbow right above the city buildings. That's because we were hiking in slightly wet conditions. It was amazing seeing a rainstorm heading towards you from the ocean. If you pay attention or look for it, you can see the crater on the other side of the city view. I noticed this right away because I was craving a view of nature. You can see the lighthouse down below too. Overall, I don't feel a need to come back. But the experience with the slight showers made it cooler. 3.5 if I could! TIP: There's a parking fee but there's also FREE parking on the side of the road right before the crater tunnel.
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