Diamond Head State Monument, Honolulu

4.7
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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. Add Diamond Head State Monument and other attractions to your Honolulu trip itinerary using our Honolulu trip planner .
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  • Solid and a must do when in Oahu. I was able to walk up the very steep steps and uneven surface. Was I out of breath? Absolutely but I took my time. You see people of all ages on this hike--literally ...  more »
  • It was pretty easy 2.9 ml round trip , jus be ready for some steps at the end of this hike , by vuwe is breathtaking , so it is definitely time and effort we’ll spent  more »
  • Everyone knows the Diamond Head, but there was a distance to climb than I thought. I tried to go with a light feeling because I had heard roughly about 30 minutes, there is a slope, there is also a long steep stairs on the way, the elderly is a little hard. Still, the view from the top was moving around Waikiki, which I had never seen before. Except that the people were full (laughs) for the Hawaiian repeater "once climb Diamond Head!" I think.
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  • A very scenic hike, with nice view points that have a nice cool breeze. The only down side to this hike is that the roads are not paved and they are very uneven and bumpy, you could probably twist an ankle here pretty easily so be careful if you decide to hike here. But one thing I like is that the hike has not changed very much since the last time I came here 10 years ago, brings back good memories.
  • This hike is worth it! Take the time out of your trip! Enjoy the walk and the views! It’s amazing! You will not be disappointed! These views are worth much more than the $1.00 admission
  • Let me clarify my rating - this is a 5 star hike if you are looking for something quick and easy. However, I think the crowd takes away from the scenery. There are hikes everywhere in Hawaii and I would encourage people who to try out other ones.
  • Amazing views from the top of Diamond Head, Very easy hike, takes about an hour round trip. Longer if you relax and enjoy the beautiful views. Easy hike, however the path has a lot of rocks, so be careful when going up or coming down. Best time is to go early, otherwise the parking lot gets full quickly. Refreshments and restrooms are located at the start of the hike. Fresh pineapple and mango drinks are available with snacks!
  • Diamond Head crater was amazing! You first start off in the Crater itself and start your way up. The entire hike only takes about 2 hours in total to get up and down but the views are incredible. The hike to get up to the top isn't that bad since its only a short incline and no real steep parts. Looking out into the crater and the island itself is amazing especially in the morning when the sun has started to rise. Being able to look over the island and the beaches are great since you can see everything. Make sure you go up there on a clear day so you will be able to see the island.
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