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Diamond Head Crater

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Diamond Head Crater is one of the most iconic landmarks in Hawaii, and can be seen as part of the skyline from Waikiki Beach. 19th century sailors dubbed the 760-foot volcanic crater "Diamond Head" after mistaking its sparkling calcite crystals for diamonds. Diamond Head is now a popular hiking destination for both locals and visitors who are looking for an easy hike and breathtaking views from the summit, stretching from Waikiki to Oahu's south shore.

Know Before You Go: Official Diamond Head Crater Operation Information:


As one of the most popular hikes on Oahu, there are a rules and regulations to ensure a fun and memorable hiking experience at Diamond Head Crater.

Days of Operation: Open seven days a week (Monday through Sunday). Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.
Hours of Operation: Diamond Head Crater is open from 6:00AM to 4:00PM, and gates close at 6:00PM.
Entrance Fee
  • $5.00 per non-Hawaii resident 4 years old or older
  • Free admission for children 3 years & younger
  • Free admission for Hawaii state residents with valid state ID
Parking Information
  • $3.00 per vehicle for non-Hawaii residents
  • Free for Hawaii state residents
Hike Length: Diamond Head is a 0.8 mile hike from trailhead to the summit. There are some steep areas since the trail gains 560 feet from the crater floor.
Hike Duration: Depending on your speed and physical ability, it will take approximately 1.5 to 2 hours to complete the hike.
Stairs & Tunnels: There are two sets of stairs along the hike, one has 99 steps and a second one has 76 steps. Both of the stairs are followed by a long and lighted 225-foot tunnel.
Animal Restrictions: Only certified service animals are allowed on the trail.

How to Purchase Diamond Head Crater Tickets


Tickets for Diamond Head Crater are available through the City & County of Honolulu's online booking site which can be found here.

The online reservation system will allow you to select an entry time approximately two weeks prior to your visit.

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Fun day with all the Hawaii must sees!

2022/07/03 Couples Jill Castro

The day was perfect. It was an early start but I honestly couldn’t imagine doing Diamond Head any later. Bring water bottles or you’ll be thirsty! Then we got to stop at the Leonard’s bakery truck which is one of the mus... more

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Diamond Head Hike & Oahu Island Experience Tour featuring North Shore

Great full day adventure!

2022/07/02 Couples The Sager’s

Our guide, John was awesome! We were picked up early in the morning for the Diamondhead hike. This hike I would consider moderate, and is a spectacular view of the city and naturescape of Waikiki/ Honolulu. We continu... more

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Beautiful hike!

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We were picked up on time for our shuttle service to the Manoa falls trail. Our driver was funny and entertaining and offered some details about the area. We were escorted to the entrance of the falls and our driver to... more

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Diamond Head Hike & Oahu Island Experience Tour featuring North Shore

Hike and tour

2022/07/02 Families VVill

It was so worth it!!! We were glad that we took this tour, we had the chance to see how beautiful the view was from the top of Diamond Head. We sweat a lot but it was a good exercise early in the morning. We had multiple... more

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Diamond Head Hike & Oahu Island Experience Tour featuring North Shore

Diamond Head hike/North Shore

2022/07/02 Families MayV

It was just perfect to start our stay in Oahu with a familiarity of the area around our hotel from our guide Stephanie and proceeded to hike in Diamond Head. It was challenging to go up to the top but worth it to see the... more

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Diamond Head Hike & Oahu Island Experience Tour featuring North Shore

Amazing tour

2022/06/24 Couples Victoria Castaneda

At first I was skeptical to book this tour because of the early morning start of the tour (my husband and I are not morning people) but we are so glad we did because it was our favorite activity we did during our trip to... more

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Diamond Head Crater (Top Oahu Attractions & Sights), Oahu tours & activities, fun things to do in Oahu | HawaiiActivities.com
Diamond Head Crater is one of the most iconic landmarks in Hawaii, and can be seen as part of the skyline from Waikiki Beach. 19th century sailors dubbed the 760-foot volcanic crater "Diamond Head" after mistaking its sparkling calcite crystals for diamonds. Diamond Head is now a popular hiking destination for both locals and visitors who are looking for an easy hike and breathtaking views from the summit, stretching from Waikiki to Oahu's south shore.