I’ve been to Hawaii four times now and I can’t believe I’ve never done the Diamond Head hike! Not only is it relatively easy, the views are abolutely stunning.
We took an uber there, paid our $1 entrance fee each and began the hike. On first look it does seem slightly threatening and I did wonder if I would struggle getting up there but then I saw the variety of people that had already done the walk and were meandering back down. I figured if they can all do it (kids, elderly etc) then I definitely could!
It only took us about thirty minutes to get to the top. I was surprised to find we had to go through a tunnel and also up a set of stairs to get to the summit. The walk can be busy and there’s not much of a chance of going too much faster than the person in front of you.
Once you’re up, the panorama, 360 degree views are absolutely spectacular. From coastline to city, you get it all. We took the classic ‘we made it’ pics and started to head back down. We made it down in fifteen minutes but we were running!
I highly recommend heading here on a trip to Waikiki and
Tips for hiking Diamond Head:
- Bring water – or buy it at the bottom before you go up – you’ll need it
- Wear comfy walking shoes & light clothing
- Bring cash
- If it’s Summer, go early – avoid the heat & the crowds
- Check the weather – it’s not always sunny in Waikiki
Diamond Head is a National Park and open daily 6 am to 6 pm, every day of the year including holidays.
Last entrance to hike the trail is at 4:30 pm. The gates are locked at 6:00 pm daily and all visitors must be out of the park by this time.
$5.00 per car or $1 per person for pedestrians. CASH ONLY.