Diamond Head Trail Hiking Trail

Visit an old World War II fort

Essential info

  • Destination: Hawaii
  • Season: January-December
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: 2.8 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
  • Elevation Gain: 200 meters
  • Duration: 1-3 hours

About Diamond Head Trail

This trail starts in the middle of the crater, so the view is amazing from the start. You will end in an old World War II fort on the peak, were you will have a stunning view from the whole Honolulu area and the blue sea!

Getting there

By car
From Honolulu drive south to Diamond Head road. You will find the entrance on the east side of Diamond Head. It is possible to drive all the way up and park your car in the crater at the parking lot ($5 and can be very crowded). You can also park your car near Diamond Head road or at the Farmers market in front of the entrance and walk up.

By bus
From Honolulu to the bus stop Diamond Head road ($3 one way).

By trolley bus
From Waikiki, there are Trolley buses that bring you all the way into the crater and back to Waikiki ($10 one way). Take the green line to Diamond Head Crater. 

By walking
It takes about 30 minutes to walk from Waikiki to the trailhead.

Trail description

The trail starts in the middle of the crater. The first 100 meters will be flat, after this the trail descends slowly. On the trail it’s an easy walk, the trail has a handrail to grab. 

When you see the first man made tunnel, you’re almost at the peak. Soon you will find a fort from World War II. You have the choice to climb the stairs in the man made tunnels or you just go around them to reach the peak. The peak offers a lot of places to enjoy the beautiful view.


  • No drinking water on the trail, so make sure to fill up before leaving the parking lot.
  • Entrance fee for one person is $1.


  • Public toilets in the parking lot.
  • You will find lots of shops in Honolulu if you need to stack up on supplies. 
  • Tuesday (16:00-19:00) and Saturday (7:30-11:00) there is a farmers market just on the other side of the road from the parking lot. 
  • You can buy delicious fresh pineapple shake and ice-cream in the crater.

Where to stay

You can choose from one of the many hotels in Honolulu. The island is not big, the maximum distance you can travel in any direction is two hours by car.

The island also has several camping sites if you want to bring your tent.


Questions or comments? Let us know.

By Nadja Kroon

World traveler originally from the Netherlands. 

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