Diamond Head Hike in Honolulu + First Time Visitor Guide

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A good friend of mine from college moved to Hawaii a few years ago. After missing her fairytale wedding in Hawaii, she has been asking me many times to go visit. I knew a vacation to a warm and sunny place is very much needed for me right now (especially after a really cold winter in Seattle). Without much planning, I booked my tickets in bed one night and here I am. Aloha!

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Not sure if it was a good idea, I started the trip with a morning hike to the Diamond Head. For those of you driving to the area, keep in mind that there is usually a 30 minutes of wait line for the parking lot. We were lucky enough to find a roadside parking spot BEFORE entering the tunnel. It was actually a fun walk cutting through the crater...

Diamond Head Hiking Oahu Honolulu Hawaii Travel Guide

Diamond Head Hiking Oahu Honolulu Hawaii Travel Guide

The entire hike is about 1 to 2 hours round trip depending on your pace. The first quarter of the hike going up was pretty flat. However, as soon as you get to the crater's rim, you will be walking on an unpaved trail along with rocks of different sizes. Since you won't get the panoramic view of the ocean until you get to the top, it is one of the most rewarding hikes you will get, especially under the 90 degrees weather.

Diamond Head Hiking Honolulu Hawaii Travel Guide

Diamond Head Hiking Honolulu Hawaii Travel Guide
Off Shoulder Top: Francesca's (similar here, here and here), Shorts: Francesca's (similar here, here and here)

Diamond Head Hiking Honolulu Hawaii Travel Guide


// Tips for First Time Visitors //


#1. Wear comfortable shoes. When my friend told me it was an easy 1-2 hour hike, I decided to just take my Converse instead of a normal pair of sneakers. Bad mistake. With majority of the hike on an unpaved road uphill, you really need proper shoes. Since it is a short hike, I did not need to wear a formal athletic outfit. You don't get to see this kind of view too often, why not dress up a little bit to prepare for the scenic pictures at the top? :)

Diamond Head Hiking Honolulu Hawaii Travel Guide
Shoes: Converse, Tote Bag: Kate Spade (similar here, and this super cute nautical one here!!)

Diamond Head Hiking Honolulu Hawaii Travel Guide

#2. There are two concrete STEEP stairways with a total of 173 steps (!!!). My friend told me a trick before I went (which for some reason I did not listen...) that after you climb up the first stairway (74 steps) and walk through a tunnel, TURN LEFT. It will take you to the most scenic lookout point of the hike. Otherwise you would be like me, continue with the second stairway (99 steps), and then another narrow spiral stairway, to get to the summit, which is a very small observation station that you won't be able to stay too long and enjoy the views anyways due to the crowds.

Diamond Head Hiking Honolulu Hawaii

Diamond Head Hiking Honolulu Hawaii

Diamond Head Hiking Honolulu Hawaii

Diamond Head Hiking Honolulu Hawaii

#3. After you finish the hike, you might want to cool down a little bit and recharge. I recommend the juice stand right next to the parking lot, or if you want to wait 5 more minutes (driving), there is a very very good acai bowl place just right outside the Diamond Head park. Just search Da Cove Health Bar & Cafe on Yelp!

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Diamond Head Honolulu Acai Bowl

Da Cove Health Bar & Cafe Honolulu Diamond Head

#4. I mentioned in the beginning that I wasn't sure if it was a good idea to start my Hawaii trip on a hike. If I could plan again, I would definitely do this somewhere in the middle of the trip. It was hot and dry hiking up. You only see the beautiful ocean far far away but cannot jump in immediately. You waited and planned for so long to come to Hawaii but now stuck on a mountain. How does it feel? :) I would definitely suggestion you to plan your first activity to be somewhere on the ocean and just...relax.

Diamond Head Hiking Honolulu Hawaii

Diamond Head Hiking Honolulu Hawaii

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Shoes: Converse
Off Shoulder Top: Francesca's (similar here, here and here)
Shorts: Francesca's (similar here, here and here)
Tote Bag: Kate Spade (similar here, and this super cute nautical one here!!)

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28 comments

  1. Wow, the water is an insane color and I this looks like an awesome day!!

    xx Kelly
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    1. Yup! Every day in Hawaii is like this...such a paradise!

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  2. These look so much fun! Thanks for sharing!

    Daniel x

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  3. beautiful picturesque photos. I would love to visit Hawaii one of those days.

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    1. You should! It's the perfect vacation spot!

      And you have an elegant blog just like your style :)

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  4. These photos are beautiful!
    I'd love to visit Hawaii someday!

    ~Adriana
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    1. Go visit! Now is the perfect time with the perfect water temperature too.

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  5. Your vacay pics look so fab!!
    Have a lovely day,
    xx Kris

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  6. That hike looks amazing!! I hope to one day visit Honolulu!

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    1. It's such an amazing place for vacation! Hope you get to visit soon!

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  7. This pictures are just incredible! I will be in Hawaii in Nov and I literally cannot wait! This is making me so excited!!
    Have a wonderful weekend, love!
    xoxo, Vanessa
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    Happy Monday, babe!

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    1. Wow that's exciting! I will be posting more tips from my Hawaii trip soon. Come visit again!

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  8. Beautiful pictures! so cool post
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  9. I'm desperate to visit Hawaii! Lovely photos x

    LEXI LIKES

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    1. Hope you can visit Hawaii some day soon!

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  10. It looks like you really had fun there. Perfect place and nice tips!

    xo Corina
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  11. that view is incredible! I didn't do the hike during my visit to Honolulu last time.. like you said.. a trip to Hawaii mostly included lounging by the pool and on the beach! haha

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    1. Hahaha glad I am not the only one who thinks that way...I would probably do more hiking in islands like Maui or Big Island next time, but Honolulu should just be mostly beach trips. ;)

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  12. Great shots! Beautiful place!

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