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The Secrets of Diamond Head

View of Diamond Head

View of Diamond Head.

Iconic Diamond Head

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, probably most aren’t aware of how to explore Diamond Head’s most fascinating and interersting aspects.

Getting To Diamond Head

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 to 45 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. There is a modest fee charged for parking in the lot. From the parking lot, there is a moderately winding trail that heads up along the inside rim of the crater.

View from the summit of Diamond Head

View from the summit of Diamond Head.

Trail to the Summit

The trail takes you through a series of steps, tunnels, spiral staircase and historic World War I gun and observation fortifications that ends at the summit of the crater.  Be aware that one set of stairways is particularly steep and long; so hang onto the guardrails particularly when going down. 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 the rest of Honolulu in the background.  It is really something that tourists should definitely see on their Hawaii vacations.  It’s even become customary for tourists and locals alike to trek out to the summit before dawn so that they can see the spectacular Hawaiian sunrise.

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.


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