DIAMOND HEAD CRATER HIKE

"The most famous volcanic crater in the world is Mt. Le'ahi, better known as Diamond Head, and is located along the southeast coast of Oahu, at the end of Waikiki."

 
DESCRIPTION

This is a self-guided tour!

In the early 1800s, British sailors mistakenly thought the calcite crystals in the lava rocks they saw glimmering from a distance were diamonds, hence the name. Diamond Head is a volcano that has been extinct for 150,000 years. The crater is 3,520 feet in diameter with a 760 foot summit.

The hike led by Kaimana Tours is considered easy to moderate in exertion. It is certainly worth it for the breathtaking, unparalleled view of the coastline. A must-see for any visitor!

This moderate hike ascends to the top of Diamond Head via a series of switchbacks. Although Kaimana Tours rates it as an easy to moderate hike, the staircases at the end are challenging for visitors not in peak shape and might leave you breathless even before you get a look at the gorgeous views from the top. But the rave reviews are nearly universal—this hike is well worth the effort!

Even if rising at dawn is the last thing you want to do on vacation, definitely consider the earliest departure times for the Diamond Head Crater Hike. It doesn't take long before the day heats up and makes the hike even more strenuous. And because it's such a popular destination, it can get crowded at the narrower stretches of the path as more visitors arrive throughout the day.

HELPFUL HINTS

Wear sneakers and comfortable clothes, bring a hat and sunscreen, and drink lots of water. The ascent should take about 30 minutes, depending on how often you stop, leaving you with about 45 minutes explore at the top of the crater before heading back down to meet the shuttle back to Waikiki.

TripAdvisor.com user Consuela in Hawaii writes, "The hike up Diamond Head can certainly be hard if you are out of shape...I am...but I managed to keep up with my kids and the traffic and make it to the top in 35 minutes."

Bring your camera if you have one - the summit offers amazing views of Honolulu! And don't forget a little spending money... the snack cart at the base has tasty rewards for your workout.

Kaimana Tours reservations often fill up fast, so try to book ahead if possible.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

It is important to be at your pick-up location at the time specified by Kaimana Tours, as they are on a schedule to accommodate all customers and are not able to return to pick up missed customers.

Stay on the trail, and wear appropriate footgear and sunscreen. Don't forget your camera and bring your binoculars along if you have them!

RESTRICTIONS

Participants should not have a serious fear of heights.

Not recommended for persons with heart, neck, back, or joint problems.

 

Reviews

Well worth the hike!

By 3Boyz3 Verified Reviewer from Waunakee, WI on 4/2/2011

Pros: Great workout, Beautiful View

Cons: Lots of Stairs

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This was a great activity for us on Oahu. Definitely go in the morning before it gets hot. Do NOT wear high heels or flip flops, you need your tennis shoes or hiking boots.

Exhilerating!

By Sharag Verified Reviewer from Houston, Texas on 4/5/2011

Pros: Beautiful view from top, Suitable for most people

Cons: Rough walking at times

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

We really enjoyed this hike. It was not too stressful, and we were able to complete in well before our shuttle came to pick us up. Gorgeous view from the top of the crater!

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