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“Spectacular Panoramic Views”

Diamond Head State Monument
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Diamond Head Crater Adventure
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Ranked #3 of 324 things to do in Honolulu
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: A dormant volcano crater.
San Jose, California
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Spectacular Panoramic Views”
Reviewed December 4, 2013

Absolutely spectacular panoramic views once you reach the top. Just watch your head as you climb to the top. After a nice workout climbing Diamond Head, this is your reward. A view, nice breeze, and sometimes a rainbow. Well worth the effort to get up.

One of the most disappointing aspects of this experience is the large quantities of trash littered along the side of the mountain. :( Please people. Take your trash and empty water bottles back down with you. Your water bottles were full when you started the hike. You most certainly can easily walk back down the mountain carrying an empty water bottle.

Visited September 2013
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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“View from the TOP!”
Reviewed December 2, 2013

The climb was a little more than I was prepared for, but the view from the top was awesome. Bring water because it can be hot. Be prepared for crowds. The parking lot was full but we waited about 15 minutes and a spot opened up.

Visited September 2013
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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“WELL worth it!!!”
Reviewed December 2, 2013

This attraction is advertised as being good for all ages - I completely disagree with that assessment. The hike from the crater dome up to the rim is very grueling, even what I would consider treacherous at times. I would recommend good hiking shoes, but tennis shoes would work, just no sandals, flip flops, etc. In many areas, the trail is very narrow. Most of the time, there is two-way foot traffic, which means that you'll be walking slippery gravel on a steep hill, large, jagged chunks of concrete, and other hazards. You'll want to be in good shape - I really don't think the hike is a good choice for the elderly or very young children. There is a long tunnel, narrow and very dark, extremely steep, that you'll have to hike through, and a small opening to crawl through. That said, the reason I believe it's so worth it is because the view at the top is absolutely spectacular! Bring your camera because you will kick yourself if you don't. There are some wide spots in the trail here and there that you can take advantage of for shooting some nice pictures, but make sure you've got plenty of film or memory for the top. I think Diamond Head had the most beautiful views on the island. Besides good shoes, definitely bring a large water bottle, because there is nothing at the top but a stunning view. Use the restroom before you start your hike! Oh, and keep a hold of your hats! When you get near the top you'll see why. At the bottom again, you'll probably want to take advantage of one of the little mobile carts to get an ice cold drink.

Visited August 2013
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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Get there early!”
Reviewed December 1, 2013

This is a decent hike. Once you get to the top, you have a beautiful view of southern Oahu. Hike is trail/ concrete with plenty of stairs.

Get there early, this place is popular.

Visited November 2013
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Orebro, Sweden
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“Awesome hike”
Reviewed December 1, 2013

Bring water and camera. Wonderful views of Waikiki. Entrance Fee: $5.00 per car or $1 per person for pedestrians. CASH ONLY.

Visited November 2013
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