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!


Diamond Head Hawaii Hike

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

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!

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).
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 the bus.

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.

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