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Diamond Head Crater Hiking Adventure

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Honolulu, United States

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Diamond Head is one of the best-known hiking sites in Hawaii. On this guided tour you will not only summit the famed crater, you'll also learn about its volcanic creation and Hawaiian history as you walk. At the top you will be rewarded with a panorama of Waikiki and the turquoise waters stretched out below, and receive an ‘I Climbed Diamond Head’ certificate.
  • Hike to the top of Diamond Head while learning about its geology
  • Receive a personalized "I Climbed Diamond Head" certificate
  • Get insights into Hawaiian history from your hiking guide
  • Hassle-free pickup and drop-off from Waikiki hotels
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Small group tour
Professional guide escorting you and narrating the entire trail
Personalized "I Climbed Diamond Head" certificate with a photo of the crater (suitable for framing)
Local taxes
Hotel pickup and drop off at 9 centrally located meeting points in Waikiki
Entry fee to the crater is included in your tour price
Air-conditioned vehicle
Transportation from and to Waikiki
Gratuities

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
For all our adventures you can select from nine centrally located and convenient meeting points in Waikiki. In addition to the listed hotels, we also pick up at the Army Museum bus stop on Kalia Road and the ROSS Store on Seaside Avenue.
Once we receive your online booking, our reservationists will automatically assign your pickup location to the one that is the closest to your hotel and will send you a confirmation email specifying that location with photos and maps. If you prefer to be picked up at a different location, please call our office.
If your hotel is outside of Waikiki we recommend that you meet us at the Ala Moana hotel.

Departure Time

8:00 AM
Your tour will begin with hotel pickup from your guide in the Waikiki area. Upon arriving at Diamond Head State Park, begin the exciting ascent to the top of the 760-foot (228-meter) summit of Diamond Head Crater. As you go, your guide will discuss the crater’s history, flora, fauna and geology, and will point out the diverse plant and bird species found in the area.

Then, experience stunning 360-degree views at the top! Take photos and soak up the scenery of Waikiki and the turquoise Pacific Ocean.

All equipment will be provided and, to celebrate your success at the end, you’ll be given a personalized ‘I Climbed Diamond Head’ certificate.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Diamond Head State Monument
Climb Hawaii’s most famous volcano on this 3-hour Diamond Head tour. A local guide will lead you through Diamond Head State Park and up to the summit, providing commentary about the crater’s history and geology. Prepare for spectacular views at the top, with a panorama of Waikiki and the turquoise waters stretched out below. At the end of your tour, you’ll be given an ‘I Climbed Diamond Head’ certificate from your guide.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Oahu Nature Tours
Who was Diamond Head Charlie? Why did Kamehameha’s warriors attack Oahu? Where were the ancient heiaus, human sacrificial altars and burial caves? How did the crater receive its famous name? Enjoy an educational and fun guided hike to the 763-foot summit of the most famous crater on Earth. Incredible 360-degree views of Waikiki and the turquoise blue Pacific Ocean await you. This exciting tour of the world famous Diamond Head Crater begins with a short introductory talk by a trained nature guide. You will learn about the fascinating volcanic creation, Hawaiian history, European discovery, early cattle ranching, and modern day military use of the “Gibraltar of the Pacific” while being escorted on a 45-minute walk that ascends to the 763′ summit. Along the way our groups stop at several points to rest and photograph the crater. Walking up stairways, going into a dark 200 foot tunnel and climbing a spiral staircase imparts a sense of adventure. From the summit, you’ll be thrilled with the 360-degree panoramic views of Waikiki Beach, the emerald green mountains and the sparkling aquamarine water of the Pacific Ocean below. The excursion is approximately 3 hours and is a truly memorable experience. You will also learn important facts about Hawaii’s native bird and plant species and will be presented with a Certificate of Achievement that states that you successfully made it to the famous summit of Diamond Head Crater.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Age limit: *CHILDREN MUST BE AT LEAST 5 YEARS OLD TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS ADVENTURE! All persons between 5 and 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over age 21.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not recommended for travelers with knee problems
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Oahu Nature Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Diamond Head Crater Hiking Adventure?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Diamond Head Crater Hiking Adventure.
Q:
Can I bring my own food / drink?
A:
Please remember to bring bottled water for your hike.
Jul 2019
Q:
How can I let you know where to pick me up?
A:
We offer pick ups from some hotels. Let us know where you are staying in the 'Special Requirements' box in the Traveler Details section during checkout. Or you can let us know after booking by visiting 'Manage my Booking' and emailing us there.
Jul 2019
Q:
What do we need to wear?
A:
Please wear comfortable, flat, close-toed shoes (tennis shoes, hiking boots or similar footwear). For your safety and comfort sandals or flip flops are not allowed on any of the hiking tours. Please bring a rain poncho or rain gear, in case of precipitation.
Jul 2019

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Traveler Tips


  • "Go early in the morning when there is still shadow." See review
  • "Make sure you wear sneakers and bring water, it does get hot." See review
  • "Recommend go early or later in day , bring plenty of water." See review

Reviews

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Great tour and guide!
Elisabeth_A
, Mar 2020
Ken, our tour guide, was a riot, knowledgeable and funny to boot. We came off a cruise ship and had to meet at a downtown hotel. Pick up went as arranged. The tour was as described, if you are at all mobility challenged or unfit, this is not the tour for you. Even the "easy way" up was not that easy. Ken went the extra mile for us by lending us a phone so we could cancel the a tour in our next port, which was cancelled. Thanks again Ken!!
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star-5
A great experience, made even better by our guide, Ken!
Rick_W
, Mar 2020
Our shuttle to and from Diamondhead were on time and comfortable. Our driver/guide for the excursion, Ken, was very personable as well as informative. He volunteered to take as many photos for everyone as requested and did so gladly. He accompanied our group throughout the trek to the top and was mindful of everyone's wellbeing as we went. The climb was not as much of a workout as I anticipated, and the views were well worth the trip. A good morning was had by all, and was a good value for the experience.
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Diamond Head Guided Tour well Worth it
David_S
, Feb 2020
Can certainly do this on your own but our guide Ken made it fun and was very helpful in taking great photos. Good to go with a fun guide like him.
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Loved our guide!
Moira_B
, Feb 2020
Our guide, Ken, was so fun and easy going and thorough. He made it a great experience. Going early in the day was the way to go. We were able to go at own pace but still be part of the group.
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Diamond Head hike
jandc
, Feb 2020
Really enjoyed the hike and everything went as planned. Trey was a proffesional and we really liked his ability to add previous experience into his talk about diamond head . Tour company worked with us exceptionally well with last minute issues with our flight delays
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No assessment
alfredbarnes007
, Feb 2020
Cancelled several days before the trip as the cruise Ship Arcadia sailed the night before. Had no acknowledgment of my several emails
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star-5
Great but please wear appropriate shoes
gisellguzman02
, Feb 2020
It was awesome!! Our tour guide Ken was great and made everyone feel welcome right away. The hike can be challenging for some people if not used to physical activity at all. Also, PLEASE PLEASE wear hiking shoe or sneakers. Saw people in flip flops and even wedges 😱 struggling. I had a blast tho! Highly recommend it.
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Hike and treats on Diamond Head crater
okelk2
, Feb 2020
Ken was a energetic guide. He narrated well as we traveled to Diamond Head and answered many of our questions since this tour was our first on our first day in Oahu. He was helpful on taking pics and helping along the hike.
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Amazing trip
jannisklinkenberg
, Jan 2020
One of the best tour guides I ever had. So many beautiful and interesting stories. Highly recommend if you like to visit Diamond Head and want to have a good time.
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Great views from the top
jodiecarpenter
, Jan 2020
We could’ve done this on our own, but so glad we booked the tour. It seemed overwhelming when we first arrived, but our guide took our small group up at a reasonable pace, and stopped frequently to allow us to rest & take photos, also giving us some local information & history along the way. The last part was tough, but the views from the top were totally worth it!
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