Overhead view of Diamond Head Crater - an Oahu attraction
August 16, 2017
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Cindy L. Smith

Oahu Things to do: Hike Diamond Head Crater!

When you would like to take a break from relaxing on the beach, and a easy hike is what you are looking for, see our Oahu Travel Blog article, 'Oahu Things to do: Hike Diamond Head Crater!' below and plan your adventure.

The view from the summit of Diamond Head Crater is spectacular, and making the roughly one mile hike to the top is a favorite activity for many who visit Oahu. This Oahu Travel Blog article, 'Oahu Things to do: Hike Diamond Head Crater!' gives you a few tips to help you plan your adventure.

Diamond Head Crater itself is instantly recognizable along the Oahu skyline. It is a massive crater that was formed between 200,000 and 300,000 years ago by a volcanic explosion. Today, exploring the crater is a top Honolulu Activity for guests of Waikiki Hotels.

Should you enjoy this Honolulu Activity from December to April, you’ll have a good chance of seeing Humpback Whales playing in the distance.

While the climb is not particularly long, some visitors to find it to be quite strenuous. The trek to the summit of Diamond Head Crater is steep with the final portion of the climb including somewhat arduous steps. That is not to say that one must be in tiptop shape to enjoy this Honolulu Activity, but keep in mind that it does involve more than a leisurely stroll.

Woman enjoying view from Diamond Head Crater.
Enjoy the view from Diamond Head Crater - a popular Oahu Attraction. 

You’ll start on a trail up the side of the crater. Then you will climb 74 steps, go through a tunnel and then another rather steep set of 99 stairs. The effort that it takes to reach the top will not go unrewarded. Those who do make the climb will be treated to absolutely breathtaking views of Oahu and the surrounding waters. Should you enjoy this Honolulu Activity from December to April, you’ll have a good chance of seeing Humpback Whales playing in the distance.

Along with the natural beauty, hikers will also find some a 1917 lighthouse and some bunkers at the summit of Diamond Head Crater. The average time to hike to summit is about 2 hours. During your next visit to Oahu, be sure to schedule a couple of hours to enjoy this great Oahu activity.

As you're planning your adventures, take a few minutes to browse these FAQs about exploring Oahu

Location: Diamond Head Road at 18th Street Honolulu, HI 96815
Telephone: 808.587.0300.

Hours: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. 365 days a year
Admission: $1 per person or $5 per car (note that they accept cash only)

This Oahu Travel Blog article, 'Oahu Things to do: Hike Diamond Head Crater!' gives you a few tips to help you plan your adventure.  Should you have any additional questions please ask our Concierge for more information.

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