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Diamond Head Leahi Adventure

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Highlights:
  • Scenic view of South Shore!
Description:
This exciting, fun and educational tour of the world famous Diamond Head Crater begins with a short introductory talk by a trained nature guide. Guests learn about the fascinating volcanic creation, Hawaiian history, European discovery, origin of the famous name, early cattle ranching, and modern day military use of the “Gibraltar of the Pacific”.

Before our walk begins, each guest is given one pint of bottled spring water and one energy bar. They are then escorted on a 45 minute walk that ascends to the 763' summit. Along the way visitors stop at several points to rest and photograph the crater. Walking up stairways, going into a dark 200 foot tunneland climbing a spiral staircase imparts a sense of adventure. When reaching the summit visitors are thrilled by the incredible 360 degrees panoramic views of Waikiki Beach, the emerald green mountains and the sparkling aquamarine water of the Pacific ocean below. Guests enjoy the scenery at the summit for 15 minutes then are slowly escorted back to the crater floor.

The excursion lasts 3 hours and is a truly memorable experience. Before leaving, guests learn important information about Hawaii’s native bird and plant species and are presented with a Certificate of Achievement, including their name and date of hike, that states they successfully made it to the famous summit of Diamond Head Crater.

About Diamond Head:

One of the most famous landmarks of Hawaii, Diamond Head is also known as Leahi meaning "brow of the Tuna", is a 700 foot crater that had been formed more than 100,000 years ago. It is located near the eastern edge of Waikiki's coastline. The name Diamond Head came about when in the 19th century British sailors thought they had discovered diamonds on the crater's slope which were actually shiny calcite crystals.

Diamond Head is part of what geologist call the Honolulu Volcanic Series, which is a series of eruptions responsible for creating the many craters in Oahu such as the Punch Bowl crater or Hanauma Bay.  Diamond Head was thought to have been created by a brief eruption some 200,000 years ago, but it has been inactive for more than 150,000 years.  A nearby eruption took place at about the same period as Diamond Head and must be responsible for the Black Point lava shield that had been built. Scientists also think that the eruption of Diamond Head is manganese, which makes it unlikely for it to erupt again.

Diamond Head has since become a defining feature of Oahu. The stuff cone is a United State Monument and some parts also serve as a platform for antennas used by the United State government. The proximity of the crater to hotels and resorts in Honolulu gives it much more popularity.

Diamond Head has also become a destination for hiking. A 0.75 mile trail leads to the crater's edge. The trip can take about an hour and a half to two hours. Climbing is not difficult, but can be quite tiresome.  The path can have you walking on uneven rocks, ascend some 74 steps, go through tunnels, and again ascend some 94 steps. Arriving at the summit, a panoramic view of both Waikiki and the Pacific Ocean can be seen.

At the summit, there are no facilities therefore you should always bring the bare essential such as water, particularly for the hike, and food. Sunscreen can also come very handy and off course a camera to capture the moment.

 
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Itinerary:
Detailed hourly tour description after it starts

Activity
Duration
Depart from Waikiki and drive to the crater20 minutes
Restroom break at the crater floor before starting the hike10 minutes
Hike to the summit of the crater45 minutes
Spending time at the summit and taking photos and enjoy panoramic views (20 minutes stop)20 minutes
Start to descend to crater floor30 minutes
Depart from the crater and drive back to the drop-off location20 minutes
Some Places Visited
Rates
Per
Age
Price
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Adult, Child5+
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31
50
Due to safety reasons, children must be at least 5 years old to do this hike
Schedule
Days
Pick up
Duration
Pick up Location
Daily8:00 AM3 hoursWaikiki Area Hotels
Frequently Asked Questions
Availability here changes constantly. We can tell you something is available and then 5 minutes later someone else books and it is not available anymore. If you make a booking and your activity is not available, then you will not be charged. No hassles, no worries!
H Tours Hawaii is a "one stop shop" for all the best activities in the Hawaiian Islands. Since we work with many providers, reservations are necessary. WE HIGHLY recommend making reservations, as many activities are at a discount when you reserve in advance. Some providers even charge higher for those "walking in" because they know chances are you're not going to walk away. Finally, a reservation ensures you have a space on the tour. Trust us you don't want to spend so much time and money to come to Hawaii and then miss out on an activity because they were booked out!
Choose the tour you are interested in, click the red “Book It” button adjacent to the tour information, and complete the booking form.
While we can usually accommodate most last-minute bookings, we highly encourage those that are checking out our website far in advance to book 2-3 weeks prior to desired date. You never know if there's a convention, special event, or an increase in overall visitors in town, and it would be a shame if the activities that you want to do are sold out because you waited until the last minute. Basically, if you know you want to do it, just book it!
Most companies have a set of centrally located hotels that they do pick ups from. This makes the pickup process short so you can start the tour as soon as possible!
Gratuity is never required but if you enjoyed your experience, a tip is always greatly appreciated!
Check In Location
Waikīkī, Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, United States
Payment & Cancellation
Cancellation Policy: Standard Policy
  • Cancellations made 2 days before Date & Time will be fully refunded.
  • Cancellations made at a later date will not be refunded.
Terms & Conditions
  • This tour is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties.
Reviews
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Awesome tour
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Ross did great job taking us up Diamond Head this morning - very informative! Thanks again
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“Diamond Head is a must with this tour company”
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First of all go early. I did the 6:00 am tour and it was warm. It is physical but fun. Amanda was our guide and she was wonderful. Not only did she tell us all about Diamond Head but she also pointed out interesting spots on the way there. She made sure everyone was comfortable with the climb and offered assistance to those who needed it. She told us about herself and found out who we were. There ... morewere 13 people on our tour which was a nice size.
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“Amanda was an excellent tour guide”
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I was in Honolulu on an extended layover for work, so I booked the Diamond Head sunrise hike. Amanda was my tour guide. She picked me up right on time and shared a wealth of information about the area's history. She had extensive knowledge of the local plants and flowers. Her cheerful, upbeat personality made the tour that much more pleasant. It was a great way to spend the morning!
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Brian was our guide for Diamond Head crater on May 18. The hike up was beautiful, and the view at the top amazing. Brian was extremely knowledgeable about the geological formation of the islands, as well as details the various plants and animals and when and how they arrived on the islands. He also provided a lot of historical information as well. I really can't think of how he could have been any ... morebetter. Highly recommend.
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I climbed this magnificent crater on May 23, 2014 with my adult children. Our guide was Rana. She never rushed us and explained how Diamond Head was created. Rana took pictures of us at a lookout point and at the summit. I would definitely say this is a medium to difficult climb depending on one's physical fitness. Wear good shoes, comfortable clothing ,and sunscreen. Water was provided but was not ... morecold. It really didn't matter to me so long as it was wet. I was amazed my muscles didn't hurt the next day. It was an amazing climb and if I am fortunate to visit Oahu in the future I would definitely climb Diamond Head again. Mahalo, Rana for a wonderful tour.
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“Exhilarating hike to Diamond Head Crater”
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The Oahu Nature Tours bus picked us up at a bus stop just steps from our hotel. Tiffany, our guide and bus driver, was very knowledgable about the crater and the flora and fauna surrounding it. It was a bit intimidating to look from the floor of the crater up to the rim but Tiffany was with us all the way and made us feel comfortable. Some of the path was uneven and the 74 stairs to the rim daunting ... morebut with her encouragement and patience we all made it.

Upon reaching the rim it was absolutely worth the physical expenditure. The 360 degree vista
from the old bunkers and the overlook areas provided spectacular views of the beautiful turquoise waters and Waikiki.

Definitely think this is something that should not be missed when visiting Oahu.

Again, kudos go out to Tiffany!
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We booked the Diamond Head Crater Tour with Oahu Nature Tours and was fortunate to have Dante as our tour guide. This is a 2 1/2 hour tour in the morning as it was great timing as we were taking a 7 day cruise that day. Not only was he professional, informative, friendly but he made the climb with us. When we arrived we saw many tour guides by there buses waiting for there group to come down from ... moretheir climb, but Dante made the climb with us. I was highly impressed! Dante was with us making sure we were drinking water and that we were all ok. No ands or buts. He answered questions and couldn't have been more helpful. Had a great time and would definitely recommend. 

A definite plus was the small bus and the small group atmosphere. We also received a certificate that we successfully made the climb.
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Our family took the Diamond Head tour yesterday with Ross as our guide. Excellent day for some medium-exertion hiking. Ross was very good from the start of the tour to the end, very knowledgeable about geology, plant and animal details. Thanks for a little humor mixed in at the right time sir.... more

One thing I'd caution folks about is the effort required to make it to the top. Two in our party were unable to complete the hike, as it can be a lot steeper and tougher path than one night think. Better have great footwear and stamina for this adventure!
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This is my second tour with Oahu Nature Tours, and loved it just as much as the first.  The biggest single reason is these tours are small tours, less than 10 people generally, which allows you to get a more personalised experience and less chance of things going wrong! Our tour leader, Ross, was informative, friendly and highly knowledgeable around Hawaiian history/geology - this only added to the ... moreexperience. When I took this same tour in 2009, I do not recall, having such a well rounded tour guide.

The tour departed and arrived on time, enabling us to the see the sun start to rise over the Crater, as we ascended to the summit. Whilst its not a difficult walk (some steep stairs involved and tunnels), the terrain is difficult for those not wearing proper shoes! It appears large tourist buses do frequent the Crater, but this proved to be no issues for our small group, as Ross kept us at a good pace. 

Highly recommend this tour, take the early slot at 6am - its the only way to see Diamond Head!
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We took the 6:00 a.m. Diamond Head Crater tour and completely enjoyed it. Our guide was great: knowledgeable, encouraging, patient and so pleasant. We learned about the geological and human history and about the flora and fauna. The hike was easy enough and a great way to start our vacation. They give you water and a certificate, too. Great price, convenient, educational and fun. If we'd had more ... moredays on the island, we would have booked more tours with them.
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We took two tours with them. The first one was a Diamondhead tour with my in-laws. The driver/tour guide was Mike (from CA.)- nice guy, very knowledgeable. It was a group of us in a tour van. We went past the entrance and into the parking lot (it's a long walk from the bus stop to the path leading to the entrance but we didn't find that out until we did the tour ourselves). All along the way up, he ... moreis describing the terrain (at the time- February)- very dry and brown- glad I was wearing shorts and a t-shirt. We did see some hikers wearing high heels and flip flops- what a dumb idea. You should wear sunblock and/or a hat for extra protection. As we go up further, he is telling us about Hawaiian royalty's bones being buried over at the opposing mountainside. We stopped a few times to take a breather and took some vista pictures. My husband counted all the steps. There are a couple spots on top of Diamondhead that you can see a 360 degree view of Waikiki, downtown Honolulu, and the rest of the island. The descent was definitely easier than the hike up. You get this feeling of accomplishment when you do this, though. They give you a "Certificate of Completion." Mike was great- we really enjoyed having him as our tour guide.

The second tour was the Rainforest Waterfall hiking tour in the summer time, the morning after it rained- so humid and very slippery. We had walking sticks for more support- you might think that you don't need it, but you will. This time, we got local boy, Mike (not the same one), who was very intelligent and knowledgeable. This one was rough for me- I am not good with humidity. There was a girl in our group who was hung over that kept stumbling- surprised she didn't fall on her face. Most of us on the tour was young- 20s or 30s, so it was kind of a fun group. This was amazing in the end, seeing the waterfalls (ok, the humidity was worth it), and taking those pictures, but our shoes ended up really muddy- so if you're going, bring a pair of shoes that are for knock-around. Oh, and note to self- don't wear a white shirt. A backpack is highly recommended but the tour guide can loan you one. We saw tour guide Mike, on the beach, a trip or two ago- but I doubt he remembered us- so many tourists pass through. 

Excellent, very informative, and transportation is included (pick up is at your hotel), great for the tourist who wants to see and explore more than Waikiki.
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I did two tours with this company while in Honolulu recently. Definitely worth it! The Tours: We did the Manoa Falls Tour and Diamond Head Crater Tour. Each tour had about 8-12 participants which was the perfect size. All of the tour particpants were friendly too. Dante (our guide for Diamond Head) even made us introduce ourselves on the ride out to the site, which made it fun to know where everyone ... morewas from.

Both guides provided each participant with a bottle of water for the hike. In addition, they provide walking sticks and a backpack for anyone that would like to use one. I recommend going with the walking stick for the Manoa Falls Hike. Very slippery, especially on the way back down the trail. I also recommned using the bug spray when they offer it. It didn't seem like there were a lot of mosquitos out there until I realized I have over 20 bites the next morning!! Can't say they didn't warn ya!

Both tours picked us up at the Sheraton which was around the corner from our hotel. One thing to keep in mind is that the pick-up/drop-off times are approximations. They note this when you call to make the reservation.

The Tour Guides: Our tour guides (Mike and Dante) were extremely knowledgeable and friendly. Both guides would stop periodically throughout the tour to talk about the historical and/or cultural significance of a particular plant, site, etc. During the hike back from the Manoa Falls site, our tour guide (Mike) even gave us a mini-history lesson on Hawaii. Both guides get an A++ in my book!!

If I ever make it back to Hawaii, I definitely plan on doing another tour with this group!
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