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Diamond Head State Monument, Honolulu

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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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  • February 2017 when visiting Hawaii, knocking to see the sunrise. Located on the East side of Waikiki Beach, Honolulu: Waikiki when you get to the top and views and fantastic views. Until the top of the spiral staircase is getting through, not hard and mediocre this trekking can be done. So a 10-minute drive from Waikiki Beach and plenty of parking is $5, the entrance fee is $1. Our first lunchtime visit to the rental car, but the parking lot is full, the next morning at 6:00 pm, visited to see the sunrise. At 6:00 this morning confined parking Nancy is exceeded, the parking can be tough to even visit early. In the parking lot for 30 to 40 minutes until the top Diamond Head, Oh. Easy to climb and the scenery slowly Oh (no risk of losing your way into devotion). Top in the morning sunrise is spectacular to look at right away. Sunrise with Honolulu City and beach views, the key is really good Aki If you are visiting Hawaii just to be heard. Cons: parking lot early in the morning or late in the afternoon to visit confined relationship seemed to be. Pros: Waikiki Beach and Honolulu City, you can see at a glance when the weather is clear you can see the broad Pacific.
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  • I really enjoyed this hike, it was good fun. Parking fills up very fast, we got there no later than 8am and the lot was full. We ended up parking at the free parking lot just across from the entrance ...  more »
  • We had a 7 am pickup, to beat the crowds and still had hundreds of tourists coming down the trail as we were ascending. This is a very strenuous hoke with about 1/4 steep sidewalk, the rest mostly une...  more »
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  • Nice view but not much else unless you go into Diamond Head crater for the hike to the rim of the crater. If you do that go early so it's not so hot when you walk up. Dress comfortably and wear shoes, it might be more safer. You have to pay for parking inside the crater or you can park outside for free and walk in the tunnel to the crater. WHATEVER YOU DO, DO NOT KEEP VALUABLES IN YOUR CAR. IT WILL GET STOLEN.
  • This was a really cool hike and the views are amazing! We took the bus from Waikiki to the base of the crater and walked up the paved road to the visitor center. You could take a trolly or taxi up to this spot too. It's then a hike up the trail and many stairs to get to the crater edge. We brought lunch and ate it at the top instead of rushing down. Spectacular views. Don't wear sandals, wear running shoes. I saw people in sandals and they were struggling.
  • Great Hiking opportunity with a beautiful view. Bring plenty of water, good walking-hiking shoes, a few protein bars and you'll be ready. It is an intense hike so be prepared. There us a tunnel and many many steps. The path is Rocky and uneven. Enjoyed it.
  • Very nice short hiking place. It took me about 1hr fot a single round trip. We got here around 7:30am and there was train of tourist on the trail. We heard it's better to come here way early in the morning around 5am if you like quiet environment.
  • What a beauty! Not that difficult of a hike since it's mostly paved for you, there's an alternative route to getting to the top if you want a challenge: high steep staircase that goes on forever! Amazing view at the top!