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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  • This extinct volcano features prominently when you are in Waikiki CBD. Its majestic splendour and rugged beauty is awe-inspiring. My family of 4 (with six year old twins) were determined to pay her a ...  more »
  • Only 1.6 miles round-trip. Some strenuous sections and a total of 327 stairs. The views are spectacular!  more »
  • We did an early morning hike, and it was still very busy. It is a good workout! I saw people wearing flip flops.....definitely wear running shoes...and take water.  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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