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Diamond Head Tours

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Diamond Head
Arguably Hawaii's most well-known sight, Diamond Head Crater is more than just a famous Waikiki backdrop but also an entire attraction unto itself, featuring one of Oahu's best hikes for a panoramic view. From atop the 760-foot (231-meter) summit, visitors can gaze out from Koko Head Crater to the Honolulu skyline and down on Waikiki Beach, where surfers, paddlers, sailboats, and canoes all splash through the tropical waters.

The Basics
The Diamond Head trail is 1.6 miles (2.6 kilometers) round-trip, gaining over 550 feet (168 meters) from the trailhead to the summit and affording amazing views of the island and the Pacific Ocean. Unless you're trying to be the first one up to the Diamond Head summit in the morning, enjoy the hike at a steady pace and take in the views on the way—travelers usually allot one to two hours for the Diamond Head crater hike. This crater adventure is often included on Oahu city tours or circle island tours that take in a number of Hawaiian landmarks and historic sites such as Manoa Falls, Pearl Harbor, and the North Shore. Consider taking a guided Diamond Head tour to learn the history and local stories surrounding the popular crater. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • An admission fee of $5 per car or $1 per pedestrian is required.
  • Hiking up Diamond Head involves numerous steep stairs and isn’t accessible for travelers in wheelchairs. The trail also includes a 225-foot (68-meter) tunnel that is well lit but can feel a bit tight.
  • Restrooms and water are located at the trailhead, but there are no facilities on the trail.
  • Be sure to wear proper walking shoes.
  • On tours of the crater with a tour guide, hotel transport is often included and reduces the need to find parking.

How to Get There
The best way to reach Diamond Head Crater hiking trail is by foot, bike, guided tour, car, or the local bus. There is limited parking if you choose to drive; many travelers opt to take The Bus to the Diamond Head State Monument bus stop.

When to Get There
Diamond Head State Monument opens at 6am and closes at 6pm daily, with last entry at 4:30pm. Considering over 2,000 people hike up the famous volcanic crater each day, you'll never have the trail completely to yourself, unless you start your day with a race to the top. Though crowds are heavy almost every day, Tuesdays tend to be especially heavy since one of Oahu's most popular sights—Hanauma Bay—is closed. The best time to beat the heat is early in the morning, and there's usually a line in front of the gate for the 6am opening. Diamond Head tours also arrive pretty early, so hiking late in the day may sometimes help you beat the crowds. If you plan to hike up Diamond Head in winter, keep an eye out for humpback whales that leap from the waters offshore.

Diamond Head History
In Hawaiian, the mountain is known as ‘Leahi’—the name Diamond Head comes from British sailors who found calcite crystals embedded in the mountain and falsely claimed they were diamonds.
Address: Diamond Head Road, Waikiki 96816, USA
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Diamond Head Crater Hiking AdventureHiking

Diamond Head Crater Hiking Adventure

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Diamond Head is one of the best-known hiking sites in Hawaii. On this guided tour you will not only summit the famed crater, you'll also learn about its volcanic creation and Hawaiian history as you walk. At the top you will be rewarded with a panorama of Waikiki and the turquoise waters stretched out below, and receive an ‘I Climbed Diamond Head’ certificate.
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Diamond Head State Monument Deluxe Tour4WD Tours

Diamond Head State Monument Deluxe Tour

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Diamond Head State Monument, Oahu’s third largest visitor attraction, can be hard to navigate on your own. Using our self-guided audio tour, learn about the history, legends, culture, geography, plant and animal life, music and scenery of Diamond Head. The scenic, moderate 1.6 mile hike to the summit awards you with ocean views and refreshing tradewinds. You'll also receive souvenirs like a Diamond Head tote bag and "I Hiked Diamond Head" t-shirt.
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Diamond Head State Monument Package4WD Tours

Diamond Head State Monument Package

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Experience Diamond Head State Monument with a package that includes an audio hiking tour to see and learn about this crater on the island of Oahu. The package comes with an official "I Hiked Diamond Head" certificate and souvenir tag, as well as a Diamond Head tote bag and a map of the hike to the summit of the crater.
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Diamond Head Bike to Hike and Local Lunch.Hiking

Diamond Head Bike to Hike and Local Lunch.

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Learn about Hawaiian history and experience the beauty of Oahu on a half-day bike tour from Waikiki. Ride to Diamond Head Crater, hike to the top of the dormant volcano, get great photo ops, and have lunch at the base of Diamond Head. You'll see local landmarks like Doris Duke's mansion, hidden beaches, panoramic ocean vistas, and more. Includes bike rental, helmet, lunch, water/sports drink, and Hawaiian snacks.
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Ultimate Circle Island Adventure with Waimea WaterfallDay Trips

Ultimate Circle Island Adventure with Waimea Waterfall

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Take the ultimate Circle Island adventure on this guided, full-day, small-group tour from Honolulu. Stop at Diamond Head, the world-famous icon of Hawaii; beautiful Hanauma Bay, a pristine marine ecosystem; Halona Cove Beach, famous for its appearance in the 1953 movie ‘From Here to Eternity’ and much more. Also, check out one of the most beautiful panoramic views in the world, the breathtaking Pali Lookout and the historic Waimea Valley, featuring a botanical garden and waterfall. Lunch and a Honolulu hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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Oahu Grand Circle Island Day TourDay Trips

Oahu Grand Circle Island Day Tour

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Circle the entire island of Oahu by coach, enjoying ocean views, rugged mountains, and fascinating history during this full-day tour. Check out Diamond Head, Hanauma Bay, Nu’uanu Pali, the Halona Blowhole and Oahu’s beautiful North Shore. Then soak up Hawaiian history and culture with a stop at the Dole Plantation (where you sample some fresh pineapple) and the serene, Japanese-style Byodo-In Temple. This Oahu circle island tour also includes entrance fees at the temple and round-trip hotel transport.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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Waikiki Trolley Hop-On Hop-Off Tour of HonoluluHop on Hop Off

Waikiki Trolley Hop-On Hop-Off Tour of Honolulu

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Discover Honolulu, Pearl Harbor, and/or Waikiki on a 1-, 4-, or 7-day hop-on hop-off tour and see all the top attractions at your own pace. Step aboard a double-decker bus or open-air trolley to pass the capital city’s best restaurants and shops, historic sites and renowned scenery. Choose from multiple routes, marveling at Diamond Head on the Green Line or the beautiful Hanauma Bay on the Blue Line. Upgrade to include all of the lines on your ticket.
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Turtle Canyon Catamaran Snorkel Cruise

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Snorkel with green sea turtles in Oahu's Turtle Canyon on this 2- to 3-hour tour departing from Waikiki. Board a power catamaran and sail along the shore of Oahu towards the island's best place to spot the resident turtles. Turtle sightings are guaranteed; if a turtle is not sighted, you will be given a free second cruise. After snorkeling, enjoy lunch (if option selected ) and two provided drinks while you keep your eyes peeled for passing marine life like dolphins and migrating whales. Snorkel equipment and round-trip transportation from Waikiki hotels is included.
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Lunch at McGarrett's w/ Cousin Flippa Five-0 TV Tour GUARANTEED ACCESS

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Fans of ‘Hawaii Five-0’ will love this tour of Oahu’s most memorable landmarks. Visit exclusive filming locations that conjure up images and episodes of the hit television show. Enjoy a personalized adventure around the island where the show is currently being filmed. See the Diamond Head lookout and the Hawaii Film and Sound stage, plus tour the McGarrett's House estate and enjoy a sit-down lunch. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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Majestic Sunset Dinner and Cocktail Cruise with Live Entertainment

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Hop aboard Hawaii’s newest yacht cruise, 'The Majestic', admire the setting sun and enjoy a relaxing evening dinner cruise on the waters off Waikiki Beach. Take in unobstructed views of Diamond Head and the Waikiki skyline while enjoying an Island Style Buffet or Appetizer Menu options. Hit the dance floor with live entertainment in the open seating lounge. Pick-up and drop-off from selected Waikiki hotels available. Book on a Friday to enjoy an amazing fireworks display off Waikiki beach.
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Oahu Circle Island Small Group TourDay Trips

Oahu Circle Island Small Group Tour

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Experience Oahu’s top sights on a small-group tour. Relax while your guide takes care of driving, and makes sure you don’t miss any key spots. Visit Hanauma Bay, Halona Blowhole, and Diamond Head Crater, then explore Haleiwa town and try some local flavors for lunch. Get some cultural insights from your guide and finish the day with a great overview of the island.
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Isle Sights Unseen 45 Minute Oahu Helicopter Tour with Doors Off or On

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Make your Oahu visit even more magical with this 45-minute scenic helicopter ride. Experience the island like you’ve never seen it before, flying above island landmarks including Sacred Falls, Diamond Head, Maunalua Bay, the Ko'olau Mountains, Ka'a'awa Valley, Pearl Harbor, and more. Trips include round-trip hotel and a choice of ‘doors on’ or ‘doors off’ flights.
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Oahu Grand Circle Tour with Snorkeling with the Turtles

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Ultimate Grand Circle Island TourDay Trips

Ultimate Grand Circle Island Tour

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See the highlights of Oahu in one full day on this comprehensive island tour. Visit natural wonders such as Diamond Head crater, Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, the Halona Blowhole, and Sandy Beach. You’ll also explore man-made sites like the Dole pineapple plantation, Haleiwa Historic Town, and North Shore Soap Factory. This is a perfect choice for first-time visitors to Oahu.
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Highlights of Oahu Tour - Circle Island, North Shore, Turtles & Local Food

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Oahu Circle Island and Snorkeling TourDay Trips

Oahu Circle Island and Snorkeling Tour

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We invite you to join us for a full-day, action-packed tour that will guide you to the finest sights on Oahu, and leave you in total amazement. Featuring 16 Points of Interest, it is our talented tour guides that will show you the best that Oahu has to offer. Diamond Head, Dole Plantation, Secret Beaches, Coffee & Macadamia Farms, Incredible Views & Photo Opportunities, and Swimming and Snorkeling with Turtles are just a few highlights that you will experience with us! It’s our Tour Guides that will make all the difference in this action-packed day! They will spoil you rotten by telling funny stories, giving their knowledge of Hawaii, singing songs (Kanikapila), and sharing with you the precious culture of Hawaii.This tour will bring you relaxation, excitement, and all the emotions in between.We are ready to show you some major fun and give you the lay of the land. Aloha & E Komo Mai!
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Royal Crown of Oahu - 60 Min Helicopter Tour - Doors Off or OnPrivate and Luxury

Royal Crown of Oahu - 60 Min Helicopter Tour - Doors Off or On

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Explore Hawaii’s island of Oahu by air on this helicopter tour. Fly above the island and many of its most well-known landmarks, such as Diamond Head, Sacred Falls, the Dole Plantation, and Pearl Harbor. On this ride, choose your departure time and whether or not you’d like the helicopter doors on or off.
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Majestic Circle Island Eco Tour from WaikikiDay Trips

Majestic Circle Island Eco Tour from Waikiki

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Waikiki Sunset Cocktail Cruise

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Oahu Fireworks Dinner CruisePrivate and Luxury

Oahu Fireworks Dinner Cruise

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Watch a spectacular fireworks display from the deck of a luxury catamaran during this 2-hour dinner cruise from Oahu. Scheduled every Friday night, this dinner cruise features a sumptuous tapas-style dinner and two drinks. Sail down the coast of Oahu with fantastic views of Diamond Head, the colorful Waikiki sunset and the weekly fireworks display. Round-trip transportation from Oahu hotels is included.
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Half Day Oahu Combo Adventure: Bike, Sail and Snorkel

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On this exciting Oahu combo tour, start the day with a downhill bike ride with epic views of the coastline, before boarding a comfortable catamaran for a two-hour snorkeling adventure.  On this Oahu biking and sailing tour, all the necessary equipment is provided along with professional guides, as is round trip transportation and a deli-style lunch.
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Safari Jeep Circle Island Tour On OahuDay Trips

Safari Jeep Circle Island Tour On Oahu

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Aloha Circle Island Tour - Full Day AdventureDay Trips

Aloha Circle Island Tour - Full Day Adventure

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Combine a circle island tour of Oahu with the chance to swim and snorkel on this all-day adventure. With pickup and drop-off in Honolulu, you can make it around the island in a single day and without even renting a car. All transportation and the use of snorkeling gear is provided for you so you can get the most out of your tour. You'll stop at all the must-see Oahu spots and listen to in-depth guided commentary as you travel.
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  • 9 hours
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