• #1 HIKE ON THE ISLAND

Diamond Head Crater Shuttle & Self-Guided Hike

Starting at $18 | Breathtaking, Unparalleled View of the Coastline!

Quick Details

Daily shuttle service to the iconic Diamond Head Crater for a self-guided hiking tour of this famous Oahu trail.

Operation Days: Daily, except New Year’s Day and Christmas Day.

Diamond Head Hiking Tour Times:

  • Shuttle Departure Time (from Waikiki): 6:20 a.m.
    •  Shuttle Departure Time (from Diamond Head): 8:40 a.m.
  • Shuttle Departure Time (from Waikiki): 8:20 a.m.
    • Shuttle Departure Time (from Diamond Head): 10:40 a.m.
  • Shuttle Departure Time (from Waikiki): 10:20 a.m.
    • Shuttle Departure Time (from Diamond Head): 12:20 p.m.
  • If you would like to change your departure times, please request this when you book your reservation. Additional charges apply.

Hiking Distance: 1.6 miles round trip

Level of difficulty: Moderate

Trail Conditions: The beginning of the Diamond Head hiking trail is paved, but expect uneven walkways along the way. Toward the end, portions of the trail involve steep stairways.

Description / Overview: 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.

Tour Package: Includes transportation, complimentary bottle of water, map/brochure of Diamond Head and park fees.

Restrictions: 

  • Participants should not have a serious fear of heights
  • Not recommended for persons with heart, neck, back, or joint problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant women
  • Participants must be physically fit

What to Bring & What to Wear: Comfortable shoes, hat, and sunglasses.

As a courtesy reminder please do not bring any food or drinks onto your shuttle.

Additional Information: Drinks, shave ice, and snacks are available for purchase at the park. Toilets and drinking fountains can be found at the beginning of the trail but not along the hike nor at the summit.

Terms & Conditions:

  • This hiking tour of Diamond Head goes rain or shine.
  • This is a self-guided hike.

Cancellation Policy: Any changes or cancellations must be made at least 24 hours prior to your reservation. Failure to cancel in less than 24 hours before your scheduled tour will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount onto your CREDIT CARD. To cancel, please call Kaimana Tours at (808) 392-2223 or (808) 230-0023, or email us at [email protected] Every canceled tour will receive a cancellation confirmation email.

  • Chevron down What should I wear to this activity?
  • For hiking Diamond Head, wear comfortable clothing suitable for hiking stairs and tennis shoes.

  • Chevron down Can I bring my own snacks and drinks?
  • Yes. Water is provided for you on this hike, but we always recommend bringing extra supplies.

  • Chevron down Is this activity suitable for children?
  • Yes, definitely, it’s an easy hiking adventure on Oahu.