- Possibly the most famous volcanic crater in the world
- Truly overwhelming panoramas from the summit
Want to enjoy some of the best views in Hawaii? This is the activity for you. The ascent to the rim of Diamond Head on O’ahu is one of the most popular nature hikes in Hawaii. The name originates from British sailors who mistook crystals on the nearby beach for diamonds, though the Hawaiian name, Lēʻahi, is thought to come from the volcanic cone’s tuna fin-shaped ridge. Not a volcano itself, Diamond Head was created by an eruption from Ko’olau around 500,000 years ago. Book this Hawaii gift experience for a guided trek to the edge of the rim, from where the views of Waikiki, emerald-green mountains and the sparkling Pacific Ocean are simply magnificent.
You’ll be accompanied by a professional naturalist guide who will explain the fascinating history and unique geology of the area, and lead you up a series of rocky steps, through a dark tunnel and finally to the rim itself at over 700 feet above sea-level. Pausing for photographs now and again, the short but steep hike should take no more than an hour, so providing a burst of great exercise with a fantastically scenic reward at the end. On your return you’ll be presented with a certificate to remember your achievement of reaching the Diamond Head crater!