There is no more iconic image of Hawaii than Diamond Head. The volcanic cinder cone been showcased on many movies, television series, postcards and advertising. Many tourists can readily see this famous geologic feature from Waikiki beach and hotels but, most probably, don’t think too much about it.
But Diamond Head has a lot to offer both tourists and locals alike. For one, Diamond Head offers an outstanding recreational outlet for anyone who wants a brisk and stimulating 30 minute hike from inside the crater to the summit. To get there, you can take 5 to10 minute car or taxi ride from Waikiki into the crater through a tunnel along Diamond Head Road. You can even take the bus which stops a short walk away from the tunnel. From the parking lot, there is a moderately winding trail that heads up along the inside rim of the crater. The trail takes you through a series of steps, tunnels and old World War I gun and observation fortifications that ends at the summit of the crater. Once you reach the top of the crater, you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the Waikiki area and beach in the foreground and Honolulu in the background. It is really something that tourists should definitely see on their Hawaii vacations.
So let Panda Travel ® take you to beautiful Waikiki; so that you can take this exhilarating, but short, hike up the summit of Diamond Head crater.