Diamond Head State Monument, Honolulu

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One of the first natural landmarks you see as you arrive in Honolulu, Diamond Head State Monument offers several vantage points with views of the entire island. Formed by volcanic eruptions more than 150,000 years ago, this tuff cone covers 141 hectares (350 acres). A well-beaten path leads partway to the top. Lengthy metal and concrete staircases make it easier to traverse the steepest sections, and the very narrow tunnels are illuminated. Climb to the summit if you feel fit, or enjoy the views from the lookouts along the way. Wear comfortable hiking shoes, and bring plenty of water and a snack. Add Diamond Head State Monument and other attractions to your Honolulu trip itinerary using our Honolulu trip planner .
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  • Were in Oahu 2 weeks ago and rented a house just over a mile from the entrance to the Park. We went about 10:30 in the morning and the parking lot was already full so we drove back to the house and wa...  more »
  • Plan to spend at least 2 hours there....but 3 is ideal. The hike is not for the easily discouraged. Take breaks and drink plenty of water!  more »
  • I’m not a hiker so this was a challenging trek at high noon on a hot day. However, it was very beautiful on the top, the way down was very easy, and encouraging birds sang every step of the hike. I’m ...  more »
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  • A great hike with a great view. It is a fairly popular trail, but the end is worth it. You can see all of the city and the beautiful ocean water. Many different angles to take pictures from. Would highly recommend!
  • Excellent hike, with one-of-a-kind views from the summit. $1 per person entrance or $5 parking per vehicle (including entrance for all passengers). Last hike starts at 4:30 pm to make sure you have enough time to return before the tunnel into the area is closed for the night. There is a food truck inside that sells water, hot dogs, and some cold treats.
  • Very beautiful place, looks like you’re in the desert. If you go there during the summer it’s very hot. Takes around an hour and half to complete the hike. At the top you can see the half of the island til the mountains. Absolutely worth it. This is a must in Oahu.
  • Absolutely gorgeous!! Caught an uber to the entrance, got out, walked up, paid $1 and started the hike from there. It had rained the day before so it was still wet but definitely manageable. It was so beautiful at the top. We took the steep stairs up and then took the outside stairs back down. I would absolutely recommend this, just be careful on some of the stones I did see a couple people stumble but nobody fell.
  • Amazing hike! Not too long and just steep enough to get your day started :) we went there at around 11am and finished at 12pm. We should have went there a bit early as it was hard to find parking. But after the hike, a good swim will defiantly make your day more happier!

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