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 footgear and sunscreen, take along water and bring a flashlight to light the paths through the tunnels. Those who reach the summit are rewarded by a spectacular 360-degree view of O'ahu.
This walk and climb isn't for everyone. We went in the middle of the day; yes, it was hot but not many people were there at that time. It you really like the outdoors and are healthy enough to walk for a couple of hours, do it. At the summit, the view of the island and Waikiki beach is beautiful! The historical information is fun and draws you into the past.
Bring water (a must), wear sunblock (definitely), and shoes designed for walking on uneven paths (flipflops will give you blisters). Then, enjoy it! Your camera is a must; look down and see the lighthouse right below you. Beautiful.
I checked out a lot of reviews before I signed up for the hike, and all the reviews I read made it seem so easy. I even read one review that said a 70 year old man with recent triple bypass surgery had done it with no problems.
I was not in as good of shape as I am now, and I had a really hard time getting to the top. Right at the top there is a staircase with 74 steps, which the tour guide referred to as the "warm up staircase". I got to the top of those stairs, looked to the right to see another staircase reported to have 99 stairs, and decided i was high enough. I was able to sit for about 20 minutes while the rest of the group went up and came back down, and down was much more pleasant than up.
If I make it to Hawaii again I will probably try this another time, to see if I am in better shape.
The hike is steep and can be strenuous. The redeming factor is that it is short. Once you arrive at the top the view is wonderful, that is if you can see through the throng of people who are already there. Diamond Head is pretty popular, so if you are looking for a quiet scenic hike, this is not the hike for you.
Diamond head is a beautiful place to visit. I strongly encourage anyone to experience the whole thing, climb to the top. There are a LOT of stairs, but plenty of places to stop and enjoy the view as you go. The best is at the very top.
This is a great hike and worth it when you get to the top, but be warned! If you have heart problems or are a smoker...pace yourself! Once you are almost at the top, they hit you with this crazy staircase...just looking at it makes you want to turn back around!
But, at the top, it's beautiful and worth it. You can even buy a little certificate for yourself saying you climbed to the top.
DON'T GO WITH A TOUR!! Just drive there! It's only $5 for parking, $1 for a bottle of water. If you walk in, it's $1 per person, so if you have 5 people, just drive in and park.
My husband, son, and grandson and I decided to climb Diamonhead. It was one heck of an experience! My son got a sunburn(forgot sunscreen) because he didn't realize the time it would take to climb and then that we stayed at the top to take in the beautiful sight!
Anyone going here should remember to use shoes not sandals! And don't forget the suntan lotion and YOUR CAMERA!
Hike up Diamond Head. The view is priceless. Even if you are unable to complete the straight vertical you will not be sorry that you hiked it. You feel like you can see forever.
Remember the water. That way you can go up and down without any problems. Hiking up a volcano offers a view that you cannot get just from an hill. would do it again,
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