Diamond Head State Monument Tours in Honolulu, HI

Pacific Historic ParksDiamond Head road at 18th AveueHonolulu, HI 96815
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Overview

As of one Hawaii’s most recognized and renowned landmarks, Diamond Head State Monument is not to be missed. Enjoy a self-guided audio tour of the trail and summit at the most visited destination in Oahu. All audio tours come with optional disposable ear buds for visitors to use during their trek. Experience a Hawaiian adventure for the entire family at Diamond Head State Monument.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Honolulu Travel Experts
  • Tour is self-guided.
  • Wear sturdy, comfortable shoes for uneven terrain and steep inclines.
  • Entire tour is 1.6 miles roundtrip.
  • Entrance fees for cars ($5) and pedestrians ($1/person) required.
  • Crater admission/parking fee is not included in packages.

Description

from Diamond Head State Monument Tours
Diamond Head (Le‘ahi) crater, one of Hawaii’s most recognizable landmarks, was formed about 300,000 years ago after a single eruption sent ash and fine particles into the air. These materials cemented together to form the rock that makes up the crater. The trail to the summit of Diamond Head was built in 1908 as part of Oahu’s coastal defense system.

Today, Diamond Head State Monument is Oahu's third largest visitor attraction, with over 900,000 annual hikers. For decades, visitors have hiked to the summit of Diamond Head to enjoy the incredible views of Oahu's southeastern shoreline from Koko Head to Waianae. This popular historical trail offers a memorable Hawaiian adventure for the entire family.

Diamond Head State Monument, managed by the State of Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of State Parks, is comprised of more than 475 acres of land, including the interior and outer slopes of the crater as well as the hiking trail.

The 0.8-mile hike (1.6 miles roundtrip) to the summit of Diamond Head State Monument is steep, strenuous and uneven in some areas. There is a total of 327 concrete and metal stairs along the trail. Please plan 1.5 to 2 hours for your hike. The weather inside the crater is usually hot. Sturdy walking shoes, water, hats, and sunscreen are recommended.

Hours of Operation
Diamond Head State Monument:
Open daily, 365 days a year, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., including holidays.

Diamond Head Summit Trail:
Last entrance to hike the trail: 4:00 p.m.

Diamond Head Visitor Center:
Open daily from 7:30 am - 3:30 pm, 365 days a year. This Visitor Center is the only location in Hawaii where you can purchase the official State of Hawaii Diamond Head logo merchandise. All purchases are tax-free and proceeds help support the preservation and educational programs at this Park.

Entrance Fees
Cars: $5/car
Pedestrians: $1/person

State of Hawaii's Diamond Head Hiking Narrated Tour:
-Self-guided audio tour (Available in English and Japanese)
-Optional disposal ear buds
- The State of Hawaii official "I Hiked Diamond Head" certificate
- Four color map of the hike to Diamond Head Summit

Diamond Group Package:
-Diamond Head Hiking Narrated Tour (includes ear buds)
-Official State of Hawaii "I Hiked Diamond Head" certificate
-Official Diamond Head State Monument Tote Bag
-Official "I Hiked Diamond Head" Souvenir Tag
- Four color guide and map of the hike to Diamond Head Summit

Diamond Head State Monument Deluxe Tour:
-Diamond Head Hiking Narrated Tour
-Official State of Hawaii "I Hiked Diamond Head" certificate, tote bag, and T-shirt (available in Medium, Large and X-Large sizes)
-Official "I Hiked Diamond Head" Souvenir Tag
-Four color guide and map of the hike to Diamond Head Summit

Note - The Diamond Head crater admission/parking fee is not included in these packages. Last audio tour hike is available at 1:30 pm.




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Frequently Asked Questions about Diamond Head State Monument Tours

How long is the Diamond Head State Monument trail?
The trail is approximately .8 miles long one way, 1.6 miles round trip from the Visitor’s Center. However, please be advised that the majority of the trail is steep, strenuous, and includes uneven terrain. Visitors typically take 1.5 to 2 hours to complete the trail in its entirety.

Is the trail ideal for all ages?
The Diamond Head State Monument trail includes a steep, strenuous climb along uneven terrain and metal stairs to reach the top. Families should keep this in mind when preparing to embark on the trail.

While the trail is family-friendly, the age of participants should be considered with regards to the state of the trail. Those who have mobility issues will find the trail extremely difficult to complete.

What should I bring to Diamond Head State Monument trail?

For the best experience, it is recommended that visitors bring the following items with them to the Diamond Head State Monument:

  • Water - and plenty of it!
  • Sunscreen
  • Sturdy, comfortable shoes for walking
  • Weather appropriate attire
  • A hat
  • Sunglasses
What time does the park open?
Diamond Head State Monument park is open year round from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm. The last entrance to the trail is at 4:30 PM.

Is there a Visitor’s Center?
Yes. The Visitor’s Center at Diamond Head State Monument is open from 7:00 am to 3:30 pm daily, including holidays. The Visitor’s Center is the only place to purchase official Diamond Head logo merchandise in the world.

Where is the Diamond Head lighthouse?
The Diamond Head lighthouse is located just outside the crater on Diamond Head Rd. At the park entrance road, turn right and follow Diamond Head Rd directly to the lighthouse.

Are pets allowed on the trail or in the park?
No. Pets are not allowed in Diamond Head State Monument. Service animals are the only exception to this rule.

When is the best time to make the hike?
To beat the crowds, plan to visit between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm. While you’ll beat the crowds, you won’t beat the heat so bring plenty of water!