Nestled in between rugged cliffs to the north and beaches to the south on the island of Oahu, somewhere in the middle of the Pacific Ocean is Hawaii’s largest city Honolulu. Just upon arrival, I was already all ecstatic about my hike to the Diamond Head, Honolulu’s highest point from where you can get the whole view of the island.
The Diamond Head crater also called “Le’ahi,” got the name almost 200 years ago when British seafarers believed there were diamonds hidden inside of the crater. Although they weren’t lucky enough to find any, this crater found its name. The trail to hike up this crater was built in 1908 as part of the Oahu coastal defense system. You can take the local bus or the hotel shuttle in Hawaii, which would drop you to the foot of this trail.
The Diamond Head Summit trail hike is likely the most popular hike in Oahu, and for good reason. While moderately steep, this 1.5-mile round-trip hike starts from the middle of the Diamond Head volcano crater and climbs about 560 feet up the side to the top of the rim. Spanning from a duration of 1-3 hours.
This hike consists of long uphill walks, steep turns and stairways too. Climbing some these stairways felt like the stairway to heaven.
This iconic former volcano stands proud at the far eastern side of Waikiki and is often an emblem of visiting Honolulu. Yes, the site here was the perfect backdrop to complete the beach photos. However as we ascended further the view just kept getting better at each step.
It took us around about 20 – 30 minutes to reach the summit. At first, the trail was easy, and then suddenly there are series of switchbacks, passing through a military tunnel, going up a few flights of stairs, and emerging through a bunker.
The views of Honolulu from here are great! With the wind so strong we caught the most perfect view of the whole of the island from here. (We are glad we didn’t leave our camera back home). Truly among the most beautiful and best of Oahu sights. If you want to enjoy some stunning panoramic views of the island, leave the beach and hike your way up to Diamond Head, its one of the best things to do in Honolulu.
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