‪Diamond Head State Monument

‪Diamond Head State Monument

‪Diamond Head State Monument
4.5
Hiking TrailsScenic Walking Areas
6:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
6:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 4:30 PM
About
This dormant volcano crater is one of Honolulu’s major natural landmarks, known for its history, amazing hikes, and stunning coastal views. The way to the summit is an easy-to-moderate hike up—though there's a steep flight of steps—and you'll be treated to some of the best views on the island. There are also many lookouts surrounding the crater. If you have limited mobility, don't worry, multiple other hikes within the park are accessibility friendly. It can get busy (and hot!) so try to reach early in the morning and bring sunscreen and plenty of water. Online reservations are required for non-residents but are often included in guided tours of Diamond Head. – Tripadvisor
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  • SandyNick
    Alachua, Florida396 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Invigorating 2 mile hike.
    Great hike in the evenings. Saw some people resting because of the incline but doable. Lots of switchbacks to lessen the feel. Just go slow and enjoy the view. My round trip from parking lot was 2.2 miles. We are seniors in relatively good health and exercise regularly.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 17, 2023
  • Tim E
    Lancaster, California28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Diamond Head - Spectacular
    First of all, parking at this location is strictly a premium. If you plan on driving definitely make reservations well in advance. As for me....I Uber it to/from the site. The adventure is hiking to the craters submit. The hike is about 1.6 miles round trip with some "very" strange twists, turns and stair climbing. Some would tell you that this is a "modest nature walk." Modest...not way. it is not an easy hike by any means. You will be sucking air (smile) But once you get to the top (and catch your breath) you won't be disappointed. The view at the top is just SPECTACULAR, REALLY. It's breath-taking just o look out at the ocean. You won't spend a lot of time at the top but when you do come down you can boast that "I did it. I climbed Diamond Head crater. "
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 21, 2023
  • Gabor980
    Szatmarcseke, Hungary12 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Climbing the stairs to Diamond Head
    There were many stairs up to the top of the hill but the view was really worth it. Too many visitors sometimes were a bit disturbing, it is better to visit early. We combined it with renting e-bikes, so we could circle around Diamond Head and visit some beaches.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 28, 2023
  • DrMom
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning views!
    All the reviews I read made this seem like an easy hike. I mean, it's not really a hike, but it's a hike if you know what I mean. It's paved and safe. I walk a few miles every day, but the stairs were a bit challenging for me. I definitely should have stretched. My teen took several breaks. We had 6am reservations on the day of our departure, so it got us up, and we appreciated the beautiful views. I would not recommend going later in the day in the summer for obvious reasons. It was a good workout, and I would have loved to have walked a bit to some of the eateries on the way back down, but my teen was ready to Uber back. :-)
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 30, 2023
  • Compadretravel
    168 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great hiking experience with beautiful views
    Hiked the Diamond Head crater with my daughters (16,13). Challenging hike with beautiful views at the top. Older folks reccomended to take a walking stick, and everyone should definitely bring water. It took approximately 30 minutes to get to the top and the path is not the smoothest so make sure to bring some comfortable walking shoes/sneakers. Anyone visiting Oahu should enjoy this experience !
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 30, 2023
  • MissL219
    Essex, United Kingdom1,568 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous views
    We booked the tickets for this online as you have to have a reserved booking to be able to access the monument. The hike was relatively straightforward, if you have a standard level of fitness, you won't find this to be a problem. The views at the top were stunning, we could have stayed looking at them all day.
    Visited July 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 30, 2023
  • Zoe
    Newcastle, Australia43 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful view
    A lovely walk, make sure you book a timeslot. Take water, it was very warm. Recommend doing the path up and the stairs down unless you are doing leg day! Be prepared for the crowd, especially at the top, and don’t cut the queue for photos as people get very nasty about it!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 30, 2023
  • CanadaFamof4
    119 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great hike
    Early morning definitely a plus for heat and foot traffic; we arrived at ~7:20 taking the 2 bus from central Waikiki hotel/condo area and once done hike in about an hour there were multiple tour groups and people embarking on their hike up. Only drawback of early mornings is that marine layer not fully burned off and pictures are not as crisp. There were multiple parking spaces available at 7:20; only about 5 at 8:30. Hiking path bumpy concrete with lots of switchbacks as you gain elevation. When you get to the choice of path or stairs would advise not taking 99 stairs, it’s a killer and the way left is just as good. Views of ocean, city, and hillsides are lovely at the top. Don’t forget to take in the actual crater as quite a geological phenomenon. Climb down has a little more risk of turning an ankle so take care.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 3, 2023
  • Travelwife
    Tennessee69 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Know your limits before you go
    When we were driving by the day before we went, we saw a helicopter airlifting 2 people down from the top. Yikes! I am a moderate hiker & have hiked several places around the world, but I have asthma & a slight heart condition, so I have limits. I can do most hikes, but it takes me longer to do them than most people, I have to do them slowly & stop a lot. After seeing the helicopter air lift people down & seeing how many stairs there were, I realized my limits & opted out of doing this hike. However, my husband & 2 teenage sons did it with no problem & they loved it. They were able to go up the stairs pretty quickly & they said the views were great! They did say there were several people laid flat out on their backs on the ground at the top, which would probably have been me, so I am glad I didn't go. If you have health conditions that would cause you to struggle, I would probably opt out of this hike. I wouldn't want to see the views from a helicopter stretcher 760 ft in the air. Our time slot was for 4:00-6:00 pm. Our sons wanted to see the sunset from the top, but I guess the park closes at 6:00 & sunset is a little after 7:00, so I guess you cannot stay for the sunset?? It was hot, so make sure to take plenty of water & make sure you make a reservation
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 7, 2023
  • venicelove2
    62 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Diamond Head
    Checked off another adventure from my bucket list. At 62 I hiked to the top of Diamond Head on Oahu. I took at all the stairs to the top to see the amazing views! I went at 6:45 AM, so it was less crowded and not too hot.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 7, 2023
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Harold B
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
A great hike for beginners. Many stunning views of the Waikiki area. I would not bring small children unless you want to carry them part of the way. Go early if you can. It gets hot in the afternoon and you will have to work a little harder. I highly recommend.
Written June 10, 2024
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Maddie Fish
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
It was a great experience. Do the hike in the morning as it gets pretty warm! We saw people from all ages hiking. Older folks had to stop some more and rest, and there were some places to sit in the shade along the hike up. Be aware that parking is first come first served. There were no spots available for us, so we had to go down the street and walk and extra mile because of it. The views were breathtaking!
Written June 10, 2024
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia18,626 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
First of all, pre book your visit on the Diamond head official website. It will give you access with parking included within the time slot you choose (or which is available). For 3 of us it costed 25$ with parking. Bring sun screen, water and hat. I climbed in flip flops, though sneakers would be better, but it was damn hot for them.
From Waikiki it's around 15 min drive.
After the parking lot there's a paved path for the first quarter of the climb. The rest is tougher, with uneven terrain, rocks, stairs,.... You should reach the summit within 40 min.
Once up you have amazing views of southern Oahu coast, with entire Honolulu skyline in front of you.
However, we found the Tantalus lookout better, because from there along with entire southern coast, you also see the whole Diamond head which is a majestic site.
Written June 9, 2024
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qwestcruiser
Saint Cloud, MN236 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Went around 1230 have to book in advance on park web site which I did the day before with no parking. We took Uber there. I’m 56 in decent shape and was harder than I thought. Bring water better yet go earlier. Top was amazing and at least I can say I did it . One and done for me!
Written June 6, 2024
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Jan T
29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We walked from our accommodation 5kms in Waikiki to the park entrance and then walked up the mountain. Fun walking through the tunnel to the walk start. Please book at least 2 weeks out your time slot. Very enjoyable walk. Path can be narrow and rocky in places but well worth the views from the top. Interest that you start in a volcanic plug and walk up the inside of an extinct volcano. You can take it slow and not rush, suggest you take a walking pole/stick. Took us 45mins with 2 rest/water stops - I am 66 and my partner 74. Lovely island and water views. Stunning views of Waikiki. We then walk back around the outside of the base - turned right onto Diamond Head Road, walking path all the way - another 4kms. Some stunning beaches - Kamasutra Beach Park, Le'ahi Beach Park, Makalei Beach Park- some historic homes and interesting architecture on the way plus we saw a mother seal and cub on Kaimana Beach. We started out 8am and retured at 1pm - nice half day and having a seim at the beach is nice if hot.
Written June 5, 2024
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bluesmama11
Castleton On Hudson, NY3,934 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Loved the hike here. Such wonderful views from the summit and along the way. Don’t forget to make your reservations, and make them for as early in the day as possible, as you will get hot and sweaty. there are various
Benches/places to stop and sit along with way. I was happy to see there is a small concession stand to buy beverages and snacks. Fun for all ages!
Written June 4, 2024
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MartyParty4
Houston, TX1,770 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
We reserved our parking and tickets to Diamond head a few weeks before we arrived to Oahu. We had the first morning spots which I’m so glad we did as we didn’t feel heat exhausted at all. It wasn’t too busy on the hike up. Our 21 year old daughter got to the top in 25 minutes flat and that was waiting on me in a few places. The rest of us made it at 28 minutes and it wasn’t a race for us just a nice pace as we stopped to take photos along the way. We are early 50’s now and felt it was easier today than our last trip 10 years ago. There are 75 steps at one point and then you reach an area where you can go up 99 steps to the right or take the easier route to left which still has some steps but is more walking and not steep incline. We went to the right with the steps and then came back down the easier route at the top. The views are great of Waikiki and the lighthouse. We passed a lady in her mid 70’s who was going up at a nice pace and she was determined to get to the top. Reserve your ticket and parking in advance. Restrooms at bottom of hill where you begin the hike. Take water to drink at top before you head back down the hill. Lots of people (tourists) to take your group photos at the top. Everyone helps each other get a memorable picture.
Written June 4, 2024
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Beth H
Kansas City, MO27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Diamond Head State Monument offers a fantastic hike with breathtaking views of Honolulu. The trail is well-maintained and suitable for most fitness levels. The panoramic view from the top is worth every step. A must-do when in Oahu!
Written June 3, 2024
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Culture619798
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Loved the hike up Diamond Head trail for the most beautiful views of the ocean and Bay of Waikiki and Honolulu! It’s the best way to get exercise with pretty steep elevation throughout the .8 mile hike up with lots of stairs at the top to burn off all the calories while vacationing! Great views!
Written June 1, 2024
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Ani C
418 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Caught bus 23 that only runs every hour. 15 minutes. Walked thru tunnel to entry. I didn't buy online ticket as I didn't know when I would get there and the rules were if you came late they could turn you aware. 95% had scan code from online ticket. They won't sell you ticket there but you can go onto their wifi and buy and will let you in. $5 entry. It was a hassel there as slow wifi. Go on line and buy just leave enough time. It took a long time to get there because of bus, I must have just missed one. The walk was easy up. Some steps at top. Go at your own pace no hurry. Enjoy. Walked up did the alternative down for a couple hundred yards then it rejoins original trail. Great circular views of the island. Take lots of water especially on a hot day. Enjoy. Sorry my photos not showing so limited.
Written May 31, 2024
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