Diamond Head (see more photos, view panorama) is one of the most famous landmarks on Oahu and the entire state of Hawaii . It has once been an active volcano , but hasn’t spewed any ashes for more than 150,000 years. The extinct crater and lookout point at the peak of it is a popular hiking destination for many.
It generally takes the average visitor around 45 minutes to reach the top of the trail. The trip can take longer if the trail is crowded when you visit. You’ll want to allow at least 1.5-2 hours to really relax and enjoy the hike and the scenery while you’re there.
The craggy crater won its name Diamond Head when 19th century British sailors discovered calcite crystals on its slopes and, for some jubilant moments, mistook them for diamonds . Fort Ruger, built inside the crater, housed cannon mortars with a range of eleven miles and a telescope station for target sightings.
The hike isn’t necessarily difficult , but most of the trail is windy, rocky, uneven and narrow – which you’d expect climbing to the top of a crater. And then you get to the stairs. If you’re able-bodied and have about 2 hours for the round-trip hike , I strongly recommend visiting the top of Diamond Head .
Sharks seen at Kaimana Beach in Waikiki again The shark is pretty close to the people in the water there who don’t seem to be aware of the shark nearby. Officials say three white tip sharks were seen feeding on a large school of fish about 20 to 30 yards from shore .
No, it doesn’t mean that you will slip on the trail if you wear flip flops . The trail isn’t that slippery. So you could very well survive the hike to the Diamond Head crater summit by wearing flip flops . In fact, even if you do slip a little bit, chances are probably quite good that you will catch yourself.
Diamond Head from Waikiki : Conclusion Walking from Waikiki to Diamond head is actually very doable as it’s just about a 5 km walk (3 miles). Taking it at a slow pace you should be able to cover it in under four hours.
You can walk to the trailhead from Waikiki and it will take you about 20-50 minutes depending on which end of Waikiki you are staying at. Keep in mind the hike is pretty steep so you may want to save your energy for the hike rather than doing a 30-minute walk just to get into the Diamond Head Crater.
To get to the Crater you can walk, ride a bike, drive or take The Bus. The road into the Park starts at Diamond Head Road just west of 18th Ave. and there is a bus stop right next to it.
Yes there are plenty of beautiful nature views on Oahu it is so much more than Waikiki please get out and explore it. 2. Re: Only want Lava Flows. One time we got lucky and had a relatively short (4 km one way) hike in VNP (over old lava field) to see the active lava field with lava flowing into the ocean.
Overall, Honolulu is an extremely safe city to visit. While the city does have some problems with petty theft and DUIs, the police department has successfully worked to reduce the violent crime rate.
Hawaii’s parks, beaches , and trails are open for groups of no more than five (5) people. Please practice physical distancing and always wear a mask or face covering. All Hawaii county parks and beaches are open on all islands with some restrictions.
The name of Diamond Head became famous in the 1820’s when crews from British ships discovered calcite crystals on the crater. Because they believed they were diamonds , they named the famous volcano what it’s currently known as. Later, the British found that the crystals were, in fact, not diamonds .