Diamond Head Hike: Oahu Hawaii’s Diamond Head Crater Trail

The Diamond Head Hike in Oahu is a nice, easy trek near Honolulu that belongs somewhere on your Hawaii to do list.

Aside from the novelty of hiking on the edge of a volcano, you also get top notch views of the Diamond Head crater itself, and Honolulu city in the background.

This guide will explain how to do the Diamond Head Hawaii hike, how to get there, and everything else you need to know before you go!

Quick Facts

  • Distance: 1.8 miles (2.9 km) return
  • Elevation Gain: 560 feet (170 m)
  • Difficulty: Easy / Moderate
  • Duration: 1.5 – 2 hrs

Diamond Head Hike: What To Expect

The Diamond Head trail is family friendly and should be pretty easy for anyone with decent fitness, but you’ll want to bring water and sunscreen.

The only thing that makes it a bit more difficult is the mid-day heat and some uphill sections that can be strenuous. Go early in the morning or late in the afternoon for cool weather and less crowds.

A large part of the trail is paved with railings, but it does get a bit crowded because it’s one of Oahu’s most popular attractions and it’s so close to Honolulu.

Hiker walking down the steps at Diamond Head trail, with ocean views in the distance
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On the way back down from the Diamond Head crater overlook (you can see the Diamond Head Lighthouse on the right).

After a small tunnel and about 100 steps, you’ll reach a lookout point with a World War II bunker. Climb another 50 steps from there, and you’ll reach the summit.

The great thing about the Diamond Head overlook is that you get fantastic summit views of the Diamond Head crater (leftovers of an old volcanic eruption), along with some lookout pillboxes from World War II, and Honolulu city in the background.

All in all, the Diamond Head trail is a worthy addition to your Honolulu hike list. As always, please remember to keep the trail clean, be considerate of other hikers, and leave no trace. Thanks and happy travels!

Hours & Entrance Fees

  • Hours: 6 AM – 6 PM (last entry 4:30 PM)
  • Parking: $5 per car
  • Pedestrians: $1 per person


How To Get There

Diamond Head crater is located just south of Waikiki and Honolulu, on the island of Oahu, Hawaii.

It’s a 10 minute drive from Waikiki by car, or 20-30 minutes if you take TheBus.

Keep in mind there’s no bus stop inside of Diamond Head crater (the nearest stops are by the outside rim), so there’s an extra 10 minutes of walking involved if you go by bus.

However, the Waikiki trolley has a stop just inside the crater, and you can buy a trolley pass here.


Best Time To Visit

Generally the best time to climb Diamond Head is in the morning, that way you avoid most of the heat and crowds.

Photography is great at the Diamond Head lookout all day long, so you should get spectacular views and pictures at any time of the day.

More Hawaii Travel Tips

I hope you enjoyed this travel guide for the Diamond Head Hawaii hike.

Don’t forget to check out my other Hawaii hiking guides before you go!

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