Triple Play Package: Diamond Head Crater Hike + Makapu'u Lighthouse + Hanauma Bay

 
Summary

In one jam-packed, fun-filled day, you can experience the wonders of Oahu with this amazing combo tour that takes you on an exploration around Diamond Head, under the crystalline waters of Hanauma Bay and to the stunning vistas of Makapu'u Lighthouse!

This is a self guided tour.

Diamond Head Crater

With an adrenaline-pumping hike to get your body moving, trek up Diamond Head Crater for unparalleled views of the coastline. Don't miss the incredible panoramas made famous by "Lost" and "Hawaii Five-O!"

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.

Makapu'u Lighthouse

Next, visit Makapu'u Lighthouse for a stroll along the picturesque southeastern coast! Take in panoramic views of the beautiful Pacific, and during winter keep your eyes peeled for Humpback Whales!

HALONA BLOWHOLE
On our way to Makapu`u Lighthouse we will stop at one of Hawai’i’s most popular attractions: the Halona Blowhole. Here we will make a 15 minute stop so that you will be able to take pictures of this spectacular natural phenomenon.
When wind and tide conditions are just perfect, the Halona Blowhole is known to spray water up to 20 feet in the air! Both the blowhole and summit are incredible vantage points to spot Hawaii's annual winter visitors, the Humpback whales.
While on this side of the island, you should also try to visit Hanauma Bay, Makapu'u Point Lighthouse, Koko Head Botanical Garden, and Sandy Beach.

HELPFUL HINTS
Wear sneakers and comfortable clothes, bring a hat and sunscreen, and drink lots of water. Don't forget your camera and bring your binoculars along if you have them!

  • Trail Length: 2.0 mi. (round trip)
  • Activity: Pedestrian
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Terrain: Hot, dry slopes
  • Elevation Gain: 500 ft
  • Park Name: Ka Iwi State Scenic Shoreline

Hanauma Bay

Then it's time to get acquainted with some friendly underwater creatures on an exhilarating snorkel adventure around Hanauma Bay! Test out the beautiful blue waters of Hanauma Bay, scanning the gorgeous coral reef with over 450 species of friendly, vibrant fish! This amazing outdoor adventure combo is perfect for your Waikiki getaway.

Includes round-trip transportation from Waikiki (about 30 minutes each way), professional-grade, sanitized equipment (silicon-tempered mask, J-type snorkel, and endurance vinyl acetate fins), and expert instruction. Mask defogger is also available upon request.
* Note: the $7.50 admission charge to Hanauma Bay is not included. The entrance fee is waived for children under 13, active duty members of the military (ID required), and for residents of Hawaii with proof of residency.
Optional snorkeling accessories are available for an additional cost - including underwater cameras, dry snorkels, corrective lens masks, and flotation vests - or you can bring your own gear if you prefer.

HELPFUL HINTS
Bring a swimsuit, a towel, and sunscreen! Lockers are available for a fee, and drinks/meals can be purchased at the snack bar or in the Hanauma Bay tour office.
Also, don't forget to bring $7.50 for the Hanauma Bay admission fee (children 12 and under are free) - this is NOT included in the tour price. Admission is collected on location by the State of Hawaii and all proceeds go toward the upkeep of Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve.
Hanauma Bay is closed on Tuesdays and all State Holidays. During the summer, there may be a wait time to get in - it tends to be especially busy on Mondays and Wednesdays. All participants are required to watch a short Nature Conservancy Video before entering Hanauma Bay; the video is less than 10 minutes long.


RATED

Diamond Head: Rated Easy to Moderate with a 1.6mi (2.6km) round-trip hike that gains 560 feet of elevation. The hiking trail can be uneven in some areas, and the last 1/10 of a mile is a steep staircase.

Makapu'u Lighthouse: Rated Easy to Moderate with a 2.0mi (3.2km) round-trip hike that gains 500 feet of elevation. This trail is exposed with little cover and is usually sunny and hot. It can be very windy at the summit.

LOCATIONS
  • Diamond Head, South Oahu:
  • One of the most famous volcanic craters in the world, Diamond Head sits along the southeast coast of Oahu and is one of the most iconic landmarks of Waikiki. (2 hours)
  • Makapuu Point Trail, East Oahu:
  • The Makapu‘u Point trail offers outstanding views of Oahu’s southeastern coastline and after a 1-mile hike up to the summit one is rewarded with magnificent views of the windward coast and offshore islands! (2.5 hours)
  • Hanauma Bay, Southeast Oahu:
  • Hanauma Bay is a protected marine life conservation area and one of the world's best places for novice snorkelers. (5 hours)

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Reservations are required. Pick-up locations are available from various Waikiki hotels. Call for more information.
Any lost snorkeling equipment is subject to charge. This activity is subject to cancellation due to weather.
Note: It is important to be at your pick-up location at 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

ACCESSORIES

Our snorkeling accessories are also available for "a la carte" rentals - no tour package required.

Dry Snorkel = $3.00

Life Vest = $5.00

Underwater Camera (27 exposures) = $13.00

Corrective Lens Mask = $7.00


 

Reviews

A Definite Must!

By Cousin Bob Verified Reviewer from McKean, PA on 10/8/2012

Pros: Scenic, Great Photo Op, Great fun, Safe

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

This is a must do on your trip! My wife and I had a great time snorkeling at the bay there are so many things to see under the water. It is truly beautiful and the photos we took above and below the water were just spectacular. Would recommend using company transportation as is faster and easier to get in and out of the park. If you are worried about you valuables they have lockers you can rent but we just left our stuff on the beach and didn't have any issues. And don't let the walk down deter you from going they have a tram for going up and down for a small fee. They do charge for admission to the park but you will see where that money goes once you are there.

Breathtaking!

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

Pros: Lots and lots of fish, Beautiful blue waters, Clean beach

Cons: Long walk from parking, Crowded, Too many coral reefs

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

Snorkling at the Hanauma Bay is a must during a visit to Oahu. The water is crystal clear, and the fish are plentiful. One of the better snorkle locations in the Pacific.

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