Diamond head hike on oahu, hawaii
We’ve lived in Hawaii our whole lives, yet we realized that we hadn’t done one of Oahu’s most famous hikes – Diamond Head! It just goes to show that you can always explore your own back yard. The hike is partially paved, with slight switchbacks and a few stairs to climb. It’s 1.5 miles roundtrip and quite easy, and it offers outstanding views of the area.
What we liked about this hike is that because it is so popular (and run by the state), it’s very clean and maintained quite well! There are a couple of food trucks around and souvenirs for purchase. (Don’t forget sunscreen, it’s was quite hot!)
Half way up you get to cross through a dark tunnel, dimly illuminated by the railing lights. Afterwards is a couple flights of stairs, which is probably the hardest part of the hike for most. (But again, it’s quite mild)
Once you climb all those stairs you reach a bunker of sorts. Climb thorough and you’ve reached the top.
The hike at Diamond Head is a fun, easy hike that’s great for all ages. The views were gorgeous; it was such a beautiful day out! We found the path easy, taking about 1.5 hours, including a bunch of stops for pictures. We would definitely recommend it for a nice leisure hike!
You can either drive in for $5 per car, or park outside on the street and walk for $1 a person. It’s quite a far walk if you don’t drive in, so keep that in mind!
Hours: 6am – 6pm
Last entrance at 4:30pm, gates close at 6pm.
Admission: $1 walk in, $5 drive in/parking.
Diamond Head State Monument
Diamond Head Rd.
Honolulu, HI 96815