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Bus/Shuttle to Diamond Head???

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Bus/Shuttle to Diamond Head???

Staying at the Waikiki Marriott for 3 nights. I plan on renting a car for one day to go to Pearl Harbor & North Shore. One other day I was planning on going to Diamond Head. Is it easy to get there from Marriott?

What is the best way - taxi, bus, shuttle? There will be 3 or 4 of us. It looks like it is to far to walk?

Thanks.

PA
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1. Re: Bus/Shuttle to Diamond Head???

You can take The Bus.

Our first time there we decided to walk to Diamond Head. We were staying mid-Waikiki. Well, it was a loooooooong walk! Then when you get to it, the entrance is ALL the way around the other side.

The walk was so much further than it looked. But it was a great adventure. We stopped and ate along the way, walked through beach areas that backed up to fabulous homes, walked through a housing development (pretty nice), saw things we wouldn't otherwise have seen, and still climbed to the top when we got there.

Needless to say, we took the bus back!

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2. Re: Bus/Shuttle to Diamond Head???

Yes you can catch a bus and they drop you at the entrance to the park, then a walk up the hill - not steep - takes you to the trail. When you are done you will have to walk same route down, then catch a bus.

We took the bus to the park, hiked Diamond Head - then managed to miss our bus and rather than wait on another we went ahead and walked back to our hotel. Yes, we were exhausted. Yes it was an adventure.

It was fun though.

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3. Re: Bus/Shuttle to Diamond Head???

With 3 or 4 you can share a cab. They can take you inside the crater saving you time & 1/2 mile each way on the hike.

But with only 3 days, you ought to rent a car for the entire time.

By the time you pay for cabs, shuttles & buses, you could have rented a car.

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4. Re: Bus/Shuttle to Diamond Head???

Take a taxi from your hotel. The bus will cost you $8.00 and will drop you off at the entrabnce to the park. The taxi ride will be about $12.00 and will

take you into the park. Their are taxis parked at your hotel, just ask the bellman to get you one.

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5. Re: Bus/Shuttle to Diamond Head???

dusty54638. So are you saying you can drive through the crater, how does that work?

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6. Re: Bus/Shuttle to Diamond Head???

I agree with Dusty again, rent a car the entire time. By the time you pay for all your shuttles and taxis to and from the airport plus around HNL, plus the day you are going to rent anyway, you could rent a car for your whole stay and have the freedom it gives. Driving in the Pittsburgh area is probably similar to driving in HNL so don't let that put you off.

Oahu is so much more than Waikiki and once you see the North Shore and the Windward Coast, you may be inspired to go back after your Diamond Head hike. With a car you can easily do that.

A 3 day midsize car rental will run about $60 plus another $60 ($15 a day) to park it in the hotel garage that entire time. $120 to have a car at your disposal and to be able to go where you want, when you want while on Oahu sounds like money well spent to me.

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7. Re: Bus/Shuttle to Diamond Head???

The car parking lot is inside the crater, there is a tunnel through the wall of the crater. Park your car or take a taxi and the trail head is just a few yards away. Take the bus and you have to walk about a 1/2 mile to the trail head then that 1/2 mile again back to the bus stop. Take a cab.

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8. Re: Bus/Shuttle to Diamond Head???

rachellemb described it well.

With a car or cab, you can drive through the tunnel to get to the trailhead which is inside the crater.

With a bus, they drop you off at the street outside the crater, adding 1/2 mile each way to the hike.

The entire hike to the top of Diamond head is inside the crater except for near the top where you walk through another (lit) tunnel.

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9. Re: Bus/Shuttle to Diamond Head???

taxibob, is it really $8 for the bus now? When I was there I think it was $2!

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10. Re: Bus/Shuttle to Diamond Head???

"$8 for the bus now"

It is $2 each for 4 people. That is $8 compared with $12 for a cab.