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“Worth it.” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Diamond Head State Monument

Diamond Head State Monument
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Ranked #3 of 315 things to do in Honolulu
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: A dormant volcano crater.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Worth it.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2014

We got the shuttle from Sheraton bus terminal which was approximately $20. On the way the driver stopped at some great spots for photos of the coast and back towards Waikiki. When we arrived at Diamond Head they were bringing in an elderly gentleman by Chopper who had been rescued at the top. Being a bit worried as I'm not the fittest person around. We started the walk and realised that you just need to go at your own pace. My daughter and her partner powered ahead and we met them at the top. The track can be a bit rocky and slippery in places , but if you take it easy it isn't a problem. About half way up there's a lookout you can get some great photo's. Not sure how long it took approximately an hour ,but it's definitely worth the views and photos.

Visited February 2014
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“Outstanding views!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2014

Well worth the hike up!really beautiful views!make sure you take sunscreen and water as it gets super hot!

Visited August 2014
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“Top of the world!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2014

Hiking up to the Diamond Head in the early morning were not easy efforts but with the breath taking views, it is a reward after all.

The cost us $ 2.50 for the bus and $ 1.00 for entrance, bring Ice H2O and foods, we stay up for lunch with the 360 panoramic view was an excellence choice of a lunch picnic. Early hike would not be crowded, the local bus star @ 7:00 AM and all tour buses would not more up after 9:00am, noontime can be very hot, but coming down will give you no trouble at all. It was worth a wait for photos taking from the top... just being there!

Visited August 2014
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Bridgewater, New Jersey
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“Be Prepared! You Will Enjoy The Hike!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2014

First go as early as possible. We started our climb at 8:30am and it was very warm and humid. We only got some breeze relief toward the top. Wear some type of closed-toe shoes. We did it in sandals and flip-flops. It's doable but the walk will be safer and faster in some type of sneaker. Bring water. At least 1 bottle per person. If you forget, there is a vending truck toward the right side of the parking area selling drinks. Water was $1.50. A must! We saw any number of people with out water and they were struggling.

The walk itself is long and winding with uneven surfaces. Don't be fooled by the first section of nice smooth cement surface. That changes quickly! Take it slow. We made various short stops along the way and did the entire loop in about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Read over the little map provided at the Ranger Station. The "tunnel" marked at "section #6" could be challenging if you are Claustrophobic. It is dimly lit and tight in spots for two people to pass. When you emerge from the tunnel, most folks follow the flow to the right which when you look up you are faced with a rather large number of stairs to climb. There is also another tunnel waiting for you after these stairs. We opted to take the route to the left instead. There is a nice rest stop just to the left outside the first tunnel before continuing on. The climb to the left appears more gradual plus the stairs to the top are newer and more comfortable to climb.

It's all worth it when you reach the top!

Visited August 2014
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“Hike to the top!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2014

Fun hike! It looked a bit intimidating, but really not that bad! the trail is pretty clear and you go through a dark tunnel and up a ton of stairs, but the view from the top is amazing! Plus you see another lighthouse! View of Waikiki is good too!

Visited August 2014
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