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Diamond Head Hike (with shuttle service to the starting point) tickets

Gate Prices Adult $18.27
Child (3-12) $18.27

Please Note: Diamond Head trails are open to all visitors who pay a park fee; the Go Oahu Card 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.)

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!

The Go Oahu Card is the best choice for maximum savings and flexibility. Your pass includes Diamond Head Hike (with shuttle service to the starting point) tickets, plus admission to dozens more top attractions.

Getting In

You will be asked to present your pass in the van transporting you to the starting point of the hike.

Reservations

Reservations required. Please call Kaimana Tours at (808) 392-2223 to reserve your hike and schedule pick-up time.

Please note, this tour operator has a 24 hour cancellation policy. When you make your reservation you will be asked for a credit card to hold your reservation. Your credit card will only be charged if you do not cancel at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled tour.

Hours

Monday–Friday, 7:30 am–7:00 pm;
Saturday, 8:00 am–6:00 pm;
Sunday, 8:00 am–6:00 pm.
Daily Shuttle Service to Diamond Head Crater Pick-up Times: 6:20 am, 8:20 am, 10:30 amDiamond Head Return Times: 8:40 am, 10:40 am, 12:30 pm

Closings

Christmas Day and New Year's Day. All holiday hours are subject to change without notice.

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.*

*Park fees included ONLY when traveling with Kaimana Tours.

Diamond Head State Monument

  1. Show your pass and receive a FREE State of Hawaii Magnet with a $10 purchase or a FREE Diamond Head Tote Bag with any $25 purchase or more at the Diamond Head Visitor Center store. The Diamond Head Visitor Center is located in Diamond Head crater, at the beginning of the hiking trail and offers exclusive State of Hawaii logo merchandise not found in any other store in Hawaii. Open daily, 7:00 am-3:30 pm. (One free gift per person, per day. Free gift offers cannot be combined with each other or with any other promotion or coupon. Valid only at time of purchase. While supplies last. Offer expires 12/31/17.)
  2. Show your pass at the Diamond Head Visitor Center and receive a FREE State of Hawaii official “I Hiked Diamond Head” certificate a $2.50 value for each Diamond Head Hiking Audio Tours purchased at just $3.00. Open daily at 7:00 am, last hiking audio tour available at 2:00 pm. This incredible new Diamond Head Hiking Audio should be taken on your hike to the summit and offers visitors great narration on the geography, legions, history, music, animal and plant life and breathtaking scenery of Diamond Head State Monument. Don’t just hike; get an insider Diamond Head Tour you will never forget. (While supplies last. Offer expires 12/31/17.)

State of Hawaii's new Diamond Head Audio Tour

This incredible self–guided audio tour is just $3.00 and focuses on the history, legends, geography, plant and animal life, and scenery of the Diamond Head State Monument and is recommended to all hikers!
Please check in at the Diamond Head Visitor Center for your audio tour, conveniently located in the Diamond Head crater. Open daily from 7:00 am-3:30 pm

Address

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

Driving Directions

Various Waikiki Hotel pick-ups. Call for information.
 

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