This is a self-guided tour!
Prepare to be escorted on an unforgettable day filled with hiking and snorkeling at two of Hawaii's most famous landmarks, Diamond Head and Hanauma Bay! Located along the southeast coast of Oahu, Diamond Head has long been a defining feature among local residents and visitors alike. Measuring over 3,500 feet in diameter, and with a height of 760 feet at its summit, Diamond Head is easily recognizable, and has become featured in many TV shows and movies, such as "LOST" and the more recent "Hawaii Five-O."
Next, it's off to Hanauma Bay, where visitors can experience one of Hawaii's top snorkeling destinations. With its diverse population of marine life, as well as a large and rich coral reef, Hanauma Bay was declared an official protected Marine Life Conservation Area and underwater park in 1967, making this stunning natural wonder a "must see!" For anyone wanting to experience the best of Oahu, this is a tour that should not be missed!
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!"
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.
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.
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.
Hike is rated Easy to Moderate with a 1.6mi (2.6km) round-trip hike that gains 560 feet of elevation. The hiking trail can be steep and uneven in some areas, and the last 1/10 of a mile is a steep staircase.