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 your way through the tunnels. Those who reach the summit are rewarded by a spectacular 360-degree view of O'ahu.
DON'T FORGET to bring a camera, FLASHLIGHT, water, sunscreen, and wear comfortable shoes! The view is awesome, but the hike can be scarey in the spiral stairs if you don't have light! For those who had gone a few years back and haven't been back since, don't worry, it has been cleaned up!
Get there early - recommended 6-7:30AM. We got to the peak at 7:30 and bus loads of people were coming up when we were leaving and it was getting hot. Awesome panoramic views of the the Sea, Beach, city - WOW! Make your own postcards from your pics! The hike is easy until you get to the stairs - yuck! Bring water. A must do! It's free and parking is a few $.
This was a very nice place to visit. With Hawaii's perfect climate, the walk up the 200 stairs and the rest of the route was made in comfort. Atop diamond head you will see all of Waikiki and probably a rainbow. You can even see the neihboring island on a clear day. At the top of the mountain you can purchase a certificate that says that you have completed the trip up Diamond head. This trip is not for the elderly or very young children.
Go in the morning, before 9am, bring water and sunscreen. The hike is pretty easy until you get to the stairs. Those 99 stairs are a killer! Its fun though. Lots of people to chat with along the way. Once you get to the top, all stress and worries are gone once you take a look out into the ocean!
This is the best attraction of Hawaii! bring comfortable shoes(you will be doing lots of walking) Also wear clothing that is cool because it gets HOT walking up the crater. Lastly bring some bottled water. The view at the top of the crater is beautiful and breathtaking! So don't forget your camera! Have fun and stay hydrated!
Although the trail is tiring and makes you sweat, it's a fun hike. The view is worth it. Bring water, sunblock, a camera, and possibly hat or sunglasses. I disliked the lack of breeze towards the bottom of the crater. I highly suggest it if you're in somewhat good of shape.
We did this at the very beggining of our stay. Great views. We recommend you wear comfy shoes( lots of climbing), bring a hat and put on some sunscreen. Bring your camera to take pictures ( great views of Waikiki each)