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. Add Diamond Head State Monument and other attractions to your Honolulu trip itinerary using our Honolulu trip planner .
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  • From the Waikiki area one way 20-30 $ on. Trolley is high should never walk in the am, the bus lot. Round trip from the parking lot slowly enjoying the views I expect about 2 hours if all while, you are good. I enjoyed slow views at the Summit was about 2 hours 20 minutes round trip. If you hurry, of course, the 1.5 hours is OK. "With water early in the morning" hot season, I think. Also, sometimes seems to pretty jammed after 10 pm.
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  • Worth the hike to the top, took about 50 mins, great views....don't forget to bring water with you, if getting the 'bus' from Waikiki the bus stop is a good 15 min walk to the bottom of the crater so ...  more »
  • Hiking to the top of Diamond head is strenuous but not overly so, and the view from the top is spectacular!  more »
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  • Very nice 1-2 hour hike with spectacular view towards Honolulu. Suggest to go early morning when they open at 6 for lower temperature and sun is in the east, so photos towards Honolulu are easy. If you want to make pictures into opposite direction, you should come in the afternoon. Path is at some areas a bit rough, so shoes needed. And take water with you. It's a short but sweaty hike. If you are not using car or transportation, you must walk through the entrance tunnel which have a very slim walkway beside the car street. So be very careful.
  • Worth the hike and climb. Make sure you get plenty of water or buy the fresh guava or mango or pineapple juice before your climb. Also loved the fresh cut pineapple right at the entrance. Clean bathrooms at the entrance. If you do not find parking in the morning, just drive around the crater and you can get amazing views of the surfers below.
  • Based on quite a lot of the reviews here, I was at the gate ready to go @ 6am which I 100% recommend you doing. Although it was busy, you had room to go around slower hikers without running into people coming the other way. It also gives you a chance to get some sunrise shots from the outside carpark. The hike itself is on a cement trail for a few hundred metres, then changes to uneven terrain which is simple enough to walk on, providing you have decent footwear. That being said, a few people were wearing thongs (Flip flops) I'm not the smallest/fittest bloke in the world but the hike can be completed by all ages/fitness levels. Just take your time -the view isn't going anywhere. The round trip took me 53 minutes, that including stopping a few times on the way up for photos and photos up the top. The views are incredible..Simply breathtaking..and it makes the entire walk worthwhile. I would recommend buying a bottle of water the night before, freezing it, and taking it with you. It warms up very quickly during the hike and having the ice water was a god sent. This Ozzie 100% recommends this hike
  • Take some water and if you go early to avoid the crowd keep in mind the shops may not be open early so you might miss out on the audio tour or shaved ice. On that note take some cash for the treats if you decide to reward yourself afterwards as it's cash only for smoothies and shaved ice. Gift shop does take card.
  • Great easy hike for all ages! Amazing view from the top! Make sure you wear solid tennis shoes because there is a rocky part of the trail and a lot of stairs at the end of the trail.

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