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Diamond Head Crater Hike

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  • Roundtrip transportation to site- self guided hike
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The most famous volcanic crater in the world is Mt. Le'ahi, better known as Diamond Head, and is located along the southeast coast of Oahu, at the end of Waikiki.

In the early 1800s, British sailors mistakenly thought the calcite crystals in the lava rocks they saw glimmering from a distance were diamonds, hence the name. Diamond Head is a volcano that has been extinct for 150,000 years. The crater is 3,520 feet in diameter with a 760 foot summit.

The hike led by Kaimana Tours is considered easy to moderate in exertion. It is certainly worth it for the breathtaking, unparalleled view of the coastline. A must-see for any visitor!

This moderate hike ascends to the top of Diamond Head via a series of switchbacks. Although Kaimana Tours rates it as an easy to moderate hike, the staircases at the end are challenging for visitors not in peak shape and might leave you breathless even before you get a look at the gorgeous views from the top. But the rave reviews are nearly universal—this hike is well worth the effort!

Even if rising at dawn is the last thing you want to do on vacation, definitely consider the earliest departure times for the Diamond Head Crater Hike. It doesn't take long before the day heats up and makes the hike even more strenuous. And because it's such a popular destination, it can get crowded at the narrower stretches of the path as more visitors arrive throughout the day.


Wear sneakers and comfortable clothes, bring a hat and sunscreen, and drink lots of water. The ascent should take about 30 minutes, depending on how often you stop, leaving you with about 45 minutes explore at the top of the crater before heading back down to meet the shuttle back to Waikiki.

Bring your camera if you have one - the summit offers amazing views of Honolulu! And don't forget a little spending money... the snack cart at the base has tasty rewards for your workout.


It is important to be at your pickup location at the time specified, as they are on a schedule to accommodate all customers and are not able to return to pick up missed customers.

Stay on the trail, and wear appropriate footgear and sunscreen. Don't forget your camera and bring your binoculars along if you have them!

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Prices Starting atAdult13+
Various daily pickup times- Click "Book It" button to see live availability calendar & pickup locations.
Frequently Asked Questions
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 a 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!
For hiking Diamond Head, wear comfortable clothing suitable for hiking stairs and tennis shoes.
Yes. Water is provided for you on this hike, but we always recommend bringing extra supplies.
Yes, definitely, its an easy hiking adventure.
Gratuity is never required but if you enjoyed your experience, a tip is always greatly appreciated!
Yes. Water is provided for this tour, and it's always a good idea to have extra food on hand.
This is only a shuttle service to Diamond Head, so it is not guided and there's no certificate. There are oter options which are a little more expensive and will include a guide.
Availability here changes constantly. We can tell you something is available and then 5 minutes later someone else books and its not available anymore. If you make a booking and your activity is not available, then you will not be charged. No hassles, no worries!
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
  • Participants should not have a serious fear of heights.
  • Not recommended for persons with heart, neck, back, or joint problems.
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We really enjoyed this hike. It was not too stressful, and we were able to complete in well before our shuttle came to pick us up. Gorgeous view from the top of the crater!
This was a great activity for us on Oahu. Definitely go in the morning before it gets hot. Do NOT wear high heels or flip flops, you need your tennis shoes or hiking boots.