Diamond Head Crater

Long ago in Oahu’s history, the island was very volcanically active. One result of this activity is the volcanic crater known today as Diamond Head, or Le’ahi in Hawaiian. It didn’t take on its current name until the 1800s, when British sailors mistook the calcite crystals in the lava rock to be diamonds.


It’s really easy to get inside of the crater– you can just drive right in! There’s a small fee to park, about $5 per car, but it’s well worth it. There are vendors inside selling shave ice, smoothies, and fresh fruit like pineapple. 


There is a hike to the summit that is just short of 2 miles (3 km) round-trip, and takes about 1 ½ hours to complete. It’s classified as easy with good paths and two sets of stairs. At the top, you will find stunning views of Waikiki, Honolulu, and the coastline. It truly is breathtaking but it can also get crowded at times.


Shaka Guide’s South Shore Oahu Tour takes you to Diamond Head Crater, in addition to many other must see destinations!