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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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Latest reviews of Diamond Head Crater

Diamond Head Crater Hiking Tour with Admission & Shuttle from Waikiki

Diamond Head Hike

2023/02/02 Couples Debra Moser

Excellent hotel to crater service. Adam was courteous and knowledgeable.

Diamond Head Hike & Oahu Island Tour - Haleiwa, Kualoa Beach & Dole Plantation

Girls trip 2023

2023/01/28 Friends Arlene

It was a fun experience, our tour guide Stephanie was informative, kind, funny and patient. The sights she took us to see were breathtaking. The sunrise at Diamond head was amazing!

Diamond Head Hike & Oahu Island Tour - Haleiwa, Kualoa Beach & Dole Plantation

Safe but boring

2023/01/11 Families Paula Cradduck

John was a nice man and a good driver. We tried to encourage conversation with information about our tour but it didn’t help. A gentleman on the bus gave more information because he had taken a similar tour in June. John... more

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Diamond Head Crater Hiking Tour with Admission & Shuttle from Waikiki

Beautiful!

2022/12/21 Couples Kara

Both of these hikes were gorgeous, and very different terrains. However I am sure tired after two hikes in 1 day!

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Excellent !

2022/12/18 Solo Travelers PS

Timely pick up and drop off with friendly and knowledgable guide/driver.

Diamond Head Hike & Oahu Island Tour - Haleiwa, Kualoa Beach & Dole Plantation

good overview of the island

2022/12/12 Solo Travelers J.L.

Our tour guide was very accomodating and had lots of helpful hints.

Have breakfast before starting, because the Diamond Head hike isn't a leisurely stroll in the park... you're going uphill a long way and it'll make y... more

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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.