Tours and Tickets by City Running Tours Honolulu
Diamond Head Running Tour
Jog through Waikiki and Diamond Head's tropical environs during this 2- to 2.5-hour running tour on Oahu. With a running guide, depart from the famous Waikiki Beach and trek up to Diamond Head Lighthouse on foot. Run through the Diamond Head Crater and hike up to Diamond Head for panoramic views of the entire Honolulu downtown. Be sure to bring your camera for fantastic photo ops; listen to your guide's commentary about the area while you jog. The run covers 6-6.5 miles (9.5-11km) of hilly terrain both over pavement, trail and stairs .
2 hours 30 minutes
Manoa Waterfalls Run and Hike with Local Guide
Get off the beaten path and explore Hawaii’s back roads like a local on a running-or-hiking trip to Manoa Waterfall. Suitable for travelers of a moderate fitness level, this high-energy excursion takes you through tropical rainforest and includes refreshments to maintain your energy levels. Plus, a photographer documents your journey so that you don’t have to worry about taking photos.
Koko Head Trail Challenge
Test your endurance on an intense, 2-hour hike to one of the most beautiful spots in Oahu. Climb over 1,000 stairs to Koko Head Crater, a distance of almost a mile that rises some 1,028 feet in elevation along the way. This popular endurance trail is a favorite training ground for local runners and hikers, but it’s been known to leave many a tourist gasping for air in the quest. At the top is the prize — a view as breathtaking as the breath it required to get there.
Oahu Sunset Run and Yoga Tour
Finish a fantastic day on Oahu with a 90-minute run or walk plus a yoga session during the sunset. Meet your guide in Waikiki and follow on a mostly flat terrain along the shoreline. Pass by a classic seascape of beaches, yachts and lagoons, then follow up with vinyasa flow to stretch your runner’s muscles while the sun goes down over the Pacific Ocean.
1 hour 30 minutes
Historical Downtown Honolulu Running Tour
Get your heart pumping with a 1.5-hour running tour through downtown Honolulu. Follow your local fitness enthusiast guide past the Aloha Tower, the King Kamehameha Statue, Iolani Palace and the State Capitol. Stride through the downtown Financial District as well as the quickly changing Kakaako neighborhood. Learn about the diverse city's culture and history while you run a loop of approximately 4.5-5 miles (7-8km) over mostly flat terrain.
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AllanA wrote a review Mar 2020
San Francisco, California24 contributions10 helpful votes
Challenging 2-hour hike straight up the mountain, 1,050 steps up an old railroad track with Breath-taking views…
5 Things You Must Know 1. The hike is up old railroad tracks and though it is like climbing stairs, they are not stair steps 2. The steps can be as much as 2½ to 3 feet apart so you have to stretch to go up or down 3. You must wear athletic shoes that grip dirt/sand; NO slippers, loafers, or sandals. 4. Hydrate in advance of your climb and bring water, even if a small bottle from 7-Eleven 5. Wear sunscreen – you will be in direct sunlight the entire time you are on your hike I’ve gone on hundreds of hikes worldwide and though each is challenging physically (i.e. it gets your heart rate up to 170+ for a sustained period, up to an hour or more), what makes the Koko Crater trail hike unique is that you are going up old railroad tracks; NOT stairs, though they have added steps where there are large gaps in the tracks. (2) The average vertical rise in stair steps is 7 inches, the rise in these “steps” can be 20” to 30.” Or put another way, it is not going up 1,050 steps which are of equally distanced rise, but it can be a step-up of 2-3’ in certain sections. (3) Going down is more difficult than going up, and certainly more dangerous (i.e. slipping and falling, not down the mountain but on your bottom). You have to be mentally prepared that even though gravity is your friend when going down, you have to be mentally alert and take each step down very carefully. (3) NO place for water or food, NO water fountain even in the parking lot before the hike; bring fruit, protein bar, etc.…
Date of experience: February 2020
Cami D wrote a review Feb 2020
Ridgecrest, California133 contributions11 helpful votes
You do not need to pay anyone to do this hike. Take the city bus number 22, it’s cheap and will take you pretty much right to the trail head. This was an AMAZING hike. So worth it for the beautiful view at the top. Bring water and take your time. It’s more daunting coming back down so just be careful. If you’re in decent shape you’ll be fine. Don’t miss out, you’ll feel a huge sense of accomplishment! Loved loved this hike!…
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midorigal wrote a review Dec 2019
Los Angeles, California385 contributions2 helpful votes
Review of: Diamond Head Running Tour
Apologies for the late review but I reached out to City Running Tours Honolulu before our trip in June 2019. The response was quick and the booking was easy. Great communication before the run. Kawika sent a bunch of useful information for us for the city of Waikiki from a local's perspective. We went on the Diamond Head Sunrise tour. I lived in Hawaii when I was little but never went to Diamond Head. Kawika was prompt, personable, and brought water and snacks for the tour. We got lucky as my husband I were the only people that signed up for the tour so it was a private tour. Kawika gave us great tips on running (we are not "real" runners or fast) and let us take it easy. He knew all the great spots for good photos and was very patient. Afterwards, I forgot the Diamond Head brochure (because he carried it in his backpack for me) and he came all the way back to the hotel to drop it off for us. Such a great guy and wonderful service. We highly recommend a run with City Running Tours and ask for Kawika! THANK YOU!!!…
Date of experience: June 2019
Amanda M wrote a review Dec 2019
New Jersey2 contributions
Sharpies2014 wrote a review Sep 2019
Sydney, Australia6 contributions5 helpful votes
Got a taxi from Waikiki, $35 and 30 min trip, arrived about 8.30am, would recommend arriving earlier as it is hot even at 8.30 in the morning. Trail opens at 6am I think, a better time to start anyway. We are in our 50's, almost 60, and not fit but doing pretty good for our age. That said, this is not an easy trail and if we went again I would do some training beforehand. The railway sleepers are not like stairs, they are all over the shop, high, low, far apart, missing, rotting and very steep, especially at the top. We made it to the top in just under an hour, taking it easy with many short breaks. There were many people on the trail at this hour, all ages and fitness levels and all seemed to be doing it bit by bit with lots of rests, totally the way to go. The view from the top is amazing and so worth the effort. In some ways the decent is almost worse than the climb, fighting to keep balance with the steep decent, but much quicker going down. My advice.... Do some fitness training beforehand Go early to avoid the heat Drink plenty of water Take it at an easy pace with lots of rests - enjoy the view on the way up Be mindful of others on the trail that are fitter or less fit than yourself Just do it, you wont regret the view from the top, so worth it…
Date of experience: August 2019
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