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Diamond Head

Holiday Travel Guide
Diamond Head

Follow the trail to the top of Honolulu’s extinct volcano and discover one of the most breathtaking panoramas in the whole of Hawaii.

Offering sweeping views of the spectacular Honolulu skyline, the rugged peaks of Oahu island and the vast Pacific Ocean, the Diamond Head crater is one of the must-see natural wonders of Hawaii. The 1.1-kilometre hike to the crater’s edge 232 meters above sea level is the highlight of any visit.

The volcanic crater, or “tuff cone”, was formed around 150,000 years ago and is known locally as Le’ahi, or “brow of the tuna”, for its distinctive shape. The trail winds upwards across grassy slopes, along an unpaved path and over lava fields to the observation platform at the summit, with handrails and information signs to guide you along the way. Waiting for you at the end of your climb are some of the finest views in Hawaii, with Waikiki Beach and Kapiolani Park at your feet and the blue ocean stretching to the far horizon, so be sure to remember your camera to capture the moment! If you’re visiting in winter you might be lucky enough to spot breaching humpback whales on their migration route.

Enjoy the refreshing sea breezes before heading back down to the Diamond Head State Monument area for another kind of refreshment; here you’ll find plenty of picnic tables and benches to spread out your packed lunch, or head to nearby Monsarrat Avenue, just opposite the entrance to the park, and take your pick from a wide variety of eateries. On Saturday mornings you can also stock up on fresh seasonal produce and delicious snacks from the weekly farmers market, which brings a dash of local colour to the site.

The Diamond Head trail begins just beyond the entrance to the State Monument and is open from early morning to late afternoon. A small charge applies. Sensible walking shoes are advised for the climb to the top, which takes between 1 and 2 hours to complete. Hikers are also recommended to bring water, a torch (as the trail includes some tunnels) and sun protection.

3756 Cheap Hotels Near Diamond Head

'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
5 out of 5
2490 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$563 per night from 16 Aug. to 16 Aug.
Offering direct access to the beach, this Waikiki resort is in the entertainment district, steps away from Kuhio Beach Park and Duke Kahanamoku Statue. International ...
4.2/5Very Good! (2,388 reviews)
"This hotel had some amazing amentities - tennis courts, gym and spa. The lounge on the bottom floor was awesome- music was playing in the evening. They have an acquarium as well. Very relaxing atmosphere. They were also very flexibile with policies."

Reviewed on 24 Jul. 2021

'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
Sheraton Waikiki
Sheraton Waikiki
4 out of 5
2255 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is NZ$573 per night from 22 Aug. to 22 Aug.
This family-friendly Honolulu hotel is located by the ocean, steps away from Royal-Moana Beach, Waikiki Beach and Royal Hawaiian Center. International Market ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,208 reviews)
"The adult pool was a huge plus for me. It was nice to have an area without being splashed."

Reviewed on 27 Jul. 2021

Sheraton Waikiki
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
4 out of 5
2005 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI
The price is NZ$563 per night from 27 Aug. to 27 Aug.
Nestled on the beach, this Waikiki resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Waikiki Beach, Honolulu Zoo and Ala Moana Center. Diamond Head and Na Ala Hele Manoa Falls ...
4/5Very Good! (5,520 reviews)
"I like how everything is there, from ABC Store to LV. Beaches and food truck within reach. Pools and lagoons with rental water rides just right there. What was not pleasing was the room. My impression of Hilton is that it is high end. However the first room we were looks dated. I don't mind none ..."

Reviewed on 27 Jul. 2021

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Top Diamond Head Hotel & Accommodation Deals

Hilton Garden Inn Waikiki Beach
Hilton Garden Inn Waikiki Beach
3.5 out of 5
2330 Kuhio Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is NZ$237 per night from 31 Jul. to 31 Jul.
Hilton Garden Inn Waikiki Beach
Sheraton Waikiki
Sheraton Waikiki
4 out of 5
2255 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is NZ$573 per night from 22 Aug. to 22 Aug.
Sheraton Waikiki
'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
5 out of 5
2490 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI
The price is NZ$563 per night from 16 Aug. to 16 Aug.
'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
4 out of 5
2005 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI
The price is NZ$563 per night from 27 Aug. to 27 Aug.
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa
Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
2424 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is NZ$444 per night from 25 Aug. to 25 Aug.
Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa
Ala Moana Hotel
Ala Moana Hotel
3.5 out of 5
410 Atkinson Drive, Honolulu, HI
The price is NZ$302 per night from 26 Aug. to 26 Aug.
Ala Moana Hotel
Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel
Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel
3.5 out of 5
2570 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is NZ$378 per night from 1 Aug. to 1 Aug.
Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel
Kaimana Beach Hotel
Kaimana Beach Hotel
4 out of 5
2863 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is NZ$411 per night from 24 Aug. to 24 Aug.
Kaimana Beach Hotel
Sheraton Princess Kaiulani
Sheraton Princess Kaiulani
3.5 out of 5
120 Kaiulani Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is NZ$278 per night from 26 Aug. to 26 Aug.
Sheraton Princess Kaiulani
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.