Diamond Head Hike by Kaimana Tours, LLC

4.2/5 (21 Reviews)

Note: Diamond Head trails are open to all visitors who pay a park fee; the Go Select Pass covers this park fee and transportation to and from Diamond Head.*

Rising 760 feet with a 3,520-foot crater, this volcano is nothing short of breathtaking. Climb to the top for a panoramic view of Honolulu, Waikiki Beach, the Pacific Ocean and more. (By the way, don't worry: Diamond Head has been extinct for 150,000 years.)

  • Adult gate price $16.27
  • Child gate price $16.27
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Mt. Leahi is the most famous volcanic crater on earth. Situated at the southeastern coast of Oahu, at Waikiki’s edge, this extinct volcano, better known as Diamond Head, has been inactive for 150,000 years. Thanks to Kaimana Tours, you can hike to the top of Diamond Head, taking in views from its 760-foot summit and marveling at the crater, a gaping canyon that is 3,520 feet in diameter.

The Mt. Leahi volcano was seen in the early 1800s by British sailors, who mistakenly believed the calcite crystals in its lava rocks to be diamonds, thus branding it with its long-lived nickname. Diamond Head is just part of a large complex of cones and vents collectively known as the Honolulu Volcanic Series, the eruptions of which are reputed to have created many of Oahu’s landmarks, including Punchbowl Crater, Hanauma Bay, Koko Head, and Mānana Island. Diamond Head is one of those creations, and is estimated to be one of the younger formations in the mass—the Koolau Range is said to be 2.6 million years old, but Diamond Head is put at a spritely 150,000 years old.

Speculation states that the eruption leading to its formation was brief, lasting only a few days, which (according to geologist jargon too detailed to include here) explains the current structure’s symmetrical cone shape. Geologists do not believe that Diamond Head will erupt again, given its monogenetic (characterized by one eruption only) nature.

What does all this rock-talk mean? It means that the residents of Oahu and neighboring islands are reaping the benefits of an extremely explosive past, and are fortunate enough to live in a paradise of hiking trails, beaches, coral reefs, and multiple islands. Take advantage of your time in paradise and let Kaimana Tours, LLC show you the path to the top of Diamond Head.

The tour is ranked as “easy to moderate” in physical exertion, and offers unparalleled views of the coastline. Your guide will bring you to the top of Diamond Head via a series of switchbacks. Take note that while the climb itself requires little exertion, the staircases at the end can be challenging for those not in “peak” shape, and can leave you breathless…though the views at the top will prove worth the climb!

Consider the early departure time for Kaimana Tours’ Diamond Head Crater Hike, as the heat of the day can make your climb more strenuous, and the trails become narrower as visitors become more numerous. Do wear sneakers and comfortable clothing. Consider bringing a hat and sunscreen and naturally, drink lots of water! The hike should last approximately 30 minutes, leaving you with 45 minutes to explore the crater at the top before returning to the base to catch your shuttle back to Waikiki. Upon reaching the summit, visitors who are so inclined can buy a certificate boasting of their physical feat, and a snack cart waits to feed you fruits for your labor. Kaimana Tours is a popular tour group, so do be sure to book as early as possible for your Diamond Head Crater Hike!

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Great hike! Fantastic views!
By MarcolaMahalo Verified Reviewer from CT on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Diamond Head Hike by Kaimana Tours, LLC:

We recently did the Diamond Head tour. My wife and I decided to use Kaimana Tours services with our Go Oahu Cards and we had an awesome time!!! They were punctual with their pick-up and drop-off times. Our driver was knowledgeable and super friendly, he even gave us cold water bottles. The hike was pretty easy and overall a great tour. Wear comfortable shoes and clothes, also bring a camera to capture beautiful views. I would also recommend it with Kaimana Tours services. This is definitely a place you must see and experience in Oahu!

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Amazing
By Joey from Trumbull, CT on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Diamond Head Hike by Kaimana Tours, LLC:

I had a great time, very friendly drivers to transport us to the hike, we were provided with free water which really comes in handy under this crazy hot hawaiian sun! I will definetely plan on taking this tour again when I visit next year simply awesome

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[3 of 7 customers found this review helpful]

Kaimana Tours LLC review only
By Chris from Raleigh, NC on
Pros:
Diamond Head Is Great, Hanauma Bay Is Great
Cons:
Tour Timings Kaimana, No Response From Kaimana Ph Operator Of Kaimana
Bottom Line:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Diamond Head Hike by Kaimana Tours, LLC:

Diamond Head and Hanauma Bay were great to be at but not with this Kaimana Tours. I had horrible experience with their customer service and timings not matching with what was listed on Smart destinations when we bought the cards.

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[4 of 5 customers found this review helpful]

Great hike for the family!
By Suns Verified Reviewer from Troy, MI on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Diamond Head Hike by Kaimana Tours, LLC:

This was a very good hike to do for everyone in the family. Being that we are not morning people we went to the afternoon hike through Kaimana Tours. Our driver was brazilian and was very informative and friendly. The hike itself was crowded since it was the afternoon but it wasn't that bad. Everyone got a good sweat and once you got to the top, it was well worth the spectacular views for your pictures. Also, all the Japanese tourists were so much nicer than the American tourists when I asked if they could take a picture of my family and then I would take a picture of their family. This is also great for children. The previous review was accurate, make sure to book all your events 2-3 weeks in advance. It really payed off and my family of 7 saved tons of money with the Go Oahu card.

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[4 of 4 customers found this review helpful]

Best hike in my life, Great workout
By Jonh from San Jose, CA on
Pros:
Best Panaramic view
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Diamond Head Hike by Kaimana Tours, LLC:

The card was great, but takes a lot of planning to get the most out of the number of days you purchase. I recommend it!

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[4 of 6 customers found this review helpful]

Not Quite as Described
By Popstar from Ontario, CA on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Diamond Head Hike by Kaimana Tours, LLC:

Not exactly as described in the blurb. Driver was late to pick us up. When we arrived at the crater, we thought we would have a 'guide' as described in the presentation on line. Our driver pointed to the top of Diamond Head & said 'Go'. No one at the top with 'certificate'. We did enjoy ourselves as we did make it to the top. But Kaimana Tours leave a lot to be desired - unfortunately we had the same experience with this tour company at Hanauma Bay. Same rattle trap van to take us there, and driver who drove around in circles at Waikiki taking people back to hotels...wasting time. I would recommend the trip up Diamond Head to a friend, but not using this company.

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[3 of 3 customers found this review helpful]

Fabulous Views, Great Exercise!
By Kalakau Kate Verified Reviewer from Tucson on
Pros:
Best hike in Honolulu, Great workout
Best Uses:
Go in the morning, Bring your own water Bring a snack Don't forget your camera
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Diamond Head Hike by Kaimana Tours, LLC:

If I lived in Honolulu (it's on my bucket list!), I would do this hike several times a week, just like the locals I met along the way. They tell me they pay the ten dollars a year for the Diamond Head membership, and they go up and down two, maybe three times, every week. It's a great view from practically every part of the trail. There are a couple turnouts, too, for photo opps. By October, 2011, they'll have installed another trailway for folks to use going up or down for variety. It was being constructed when we were there in September, 2011. The breeze up at the top can be more like "the wind", so be sure to bring a wind jacket if you're sensitive that way. I walk with a cane because I have a bum knee, but I was able to make it to the top and back with very little exertion. Folks who say it is more of a back-breaker haven't worked out all that much, I presume, because it wasn't really hard at all.

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[6 of 6 customers found this review helpful]

Scenic hike!
By cookspop Verified Reviewer from Omaha, NE on
Pros:
Scenic, BEAUTIFUL
Cons:
Moderately strenuous,
Best Uses:
Adults and children,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Diamond Head Hike by Kaimana Tours, LLC:

This hike is well worth it but best done as early as possible. It gets hot and crowded later in the morning. Wear good walking shoes and take water.

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[2 of 3 customers found this review helpful]

Exhilerating!
By Sharag Verified Reviewer from Houston, Texas on
Pros:
Beautiful view from top, Suitable for most people
Cons:
Rough wlkign at times,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Diamond Head Hike by Kaimana Tours, LLC:

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!

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[3 of 3 customers found this review helpful]

Quite The Hike
By Jesstootall Verified Reviewer from Portland, Oregon on
Pros:
excercise, stunning views
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Diamond Head Hike by Kaimana Tours, LLC:

The views are spectacular! I do recommend going as early in the day as you can, as we went at 6:30 a.m. and it was already in the 70's. You will work up a sweat on your way up to the crater's rim. There are two major flights of stairs, plus a very tight climb to the final outlook at the top. The larger the crowd, the more waiting you'll have to do, as some areas are very narrow and only allow a single file line. Overall, a hike you should do at least once!

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Phone: (808) 392-2223 (Kaimana Tours) Reservations required.

Address

Various Waikiki Hotel pick ups. Call for information.
Honolulu, HI

Hours

Waikiki Pick Up Times:
6:20 am
8:20 am
9:20 am
10:30 am
Diamond Head Return Times:
8:40 am
10:40 am
11:40
12:30 pm
Call for a reservation.
Monday-Friday, 7:30 am-7:00 pm; Saturaday, 8:00 am-6:00 pm; and Sunday, 8:00 am-6:00 pm.

Note

Stay on the trail, and wear appropriate footgear and sunscreen. Don't forget your camera and bring your binoculars along if you have them! Transportation is on a strict schedule; please arrive 5 minutes before your scheduled pick up time. The Go Oahu Card covers the cost of park admission plus transportation to and from the Diamond Head trail. *Park fees included ONLY when traveling with Kaimana Tours.

Closings

New Year's Day
Christmas Day
All holiday hours are subject to change without notice.
  • Open year-round
  • Good for families
  • Parking available
  • No restaurant or snack bar
  • Restrooms
  • No disabled access
  • Reservations required

Address

Various Waikiki Hotel pick ups. Call for information.
Honolulu, HI

Driving Directions

Various Waikiki Hotel pick-ups. Call for information.
Reservation required

Reservations Required

All passengers MUST make reservations in advance by calling Kaimana Tours 808-392-2223 – please mention your Go City Select Pass. Confirmation will be received at the time of booking.

Your shuttle will pick you up at your hotel; see below for shuttle schedule. Please note that shuttles are on a tight schedule and you must be at your pick up location 5 minutes before your departure time. Present your Go Select Pass to the driver to board.

Daily Shuttle Service to the world famous Diamond Head Crater: Waikiki pickup times: 6:20 am, 8:15 am, 9:20am, and 10:15 am; Diamond Head return times: 8:30 am, 10:30 am, 11:40am, and 12:00 pm.

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