This crater of an extinct volcano got its name when Western explorers mistook calcite crystals they found there for diamonds. ... More
Diamond Head State Monument
This crater of an extinct volcano got its name when Western explorers mistook calcite crystals they found there for diamonds. The historic trail to the 761-foot summit starts inside the crater and is an easy, but steep, 45-minute hike to the top. Stay on the trail, wear appropriate footwear and sunscreen, take along water and bring a flashlight to light your way through the tunnels. Those who reach the summit are rewarded by a spectacular 360-degree view of O'ahu.
my husband and I loved the hike it was misty on the day we hiked so we had our umbrella. It was so much fun hiking and going thru stairways and sometimes doing a little crawling but that was the hole excitement.
We will always remember the fun we had and WOW what a view once you get to the top it is so beautiful.
ITS A GREAT PLACE TO TAKE TIME OUT OF THE DAY. GREAT SIGHT SEEING, AND THE TRIP THERE ALLOWES YOU TO SEE THE OCEAN. IF YOU COME AT THE RIGHT TIME, YOU CAN SEE THE HUMPBACKS PASS BY... BE SURE TO STOP AT TEDDY'S FOR THE BEST CHEESE FRIES ON OAHU!!
the only thing i found hard was the wind. the scenery was utterly fantastic. went to hawaii to bring my son for the 65th anniv. of pearl harbor - my father was a survivor but never got to meet my boy. it was also my sons 21st bday while we were there. he is now a marine and may get stationed there!!
The view from the top of Diamond Head is very nice (although the viewing tower is small and congested), but you have to work to see it! Sturdy walking shoes are a must, and a small flashlight is really handy for all the tunnels you'll pass through. Be sure to bring water and a camera! There are restroom facilities at the bottom and snack vendors near the parking lot.
I completely recommend this hike. I agree with most of the sites that say that this is an easy to moderate hike. Remember to wear good walking shoes, bring plenty of water, a hat/sunglasses and a camera.
You are able to park at the bottom of the hike, which will save you some extra walking. It is $5 to park or $1 per person to walk into the park, if you decide to park some place else. There are bathrooms only at the beginning of the hike.
I recommend that you give yourself plenty of time, don't rush. The brochure says that it will take 1 1/2 hours to hike - .8mi up and .8mi down. The view at the summit is well worth the hike up!!!!!!
I did this hike on a trip with my company. I am a larger woman and was quite concerned about the hike at my weight. I perservered, set my own pace, lots of water and made it to the top. Got to the bottom and bought the Tshirt! I had people ask me if I did the hike or just bought the shirt! They are more fit than I and they didn't make it to the top. I'm glad I stretched myself. The view from the top is fabulous!
This was the first thing that I did when I got to the island on 7-2-07. It was in the afternoon, so it was hot. I only had about 1/2 bottle of water, which was a huge mistake. The breeze blowing at the top was refreshing, though. If you're not in halfway decent shape, this will be difficult for you. The rocks are uneven and the staircases can be hard to climb after you've already climbed so far up. Just before the top, you have to duck under about a 3 foot opening to get out to the observation area. Again, this may be difficult for some people. I didn't bring a flashlight, but didn't feel that I needed it, especially in the middle of the day. You can't beat the value (only $5 to park or $1 if you walk up) or the views of Waikiki and the crystal blue water. It is a MUST SEE!
Easy to find, easy to park.
Looking at the pathway, and starting to bauk. Walk and talk, photo, photo, walk and talk. Take a rest,pick up garbage. Walk and talk.
Finally, get to the top and
need oxigen. Photos, photos
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