Explore Hawaii's most recognizable landmark on this exciting, fun and educational tour of the world-famous Diamond Head Crater.
Your tour begins with a 30-minute transfer by van to the base of Diamond Head Crater. Upon arrival, you will receive a short introductory talk by a trained nature guide where you will learn about the fascinating volcanic creation of the Crater, Hawaiian history, European discovery, the origin of the famous name, early cattle ranching, and modern day military use of the "Gibraltar of the Pacific".
Before your trek begins, each participant will be given one pint of bottled spring water and one energy bar. Following your escort, you will then commence a 45-minute walk that ascends to the 763' summit. Along the way, stops will be made at several points to rest and photograph the crater. Walking up stairways, going into a dark 200-foot tunnel and climbing a spiral staircase truly imparts a sense of adventure and enhances your experience.
Upon reaching the summit, you will be thrilled by the incredible 360-degree panoramic views of Waikiki Beach, the emerald green mountains and the sparkling aquamarine water of the Pacific Ocean below. Enjoy approximately 15-minutes at the summit, taking in the spectacular scenery and capturing some unforgettable photos before beginning your ascent back to the crater floor.
Before transferring back to the pier, you will have the opportunity to learn important information about Hawaii's native bird and plant species and will be presented with a "Certificate of Achievement", that states you have successfully made it to the famous summit of Diamond Head Crater.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of moderate to strenuous walking over uneven but maintained trails. The ascent can be steep at times and there are 2 steep stairways to negotiate as well as a lighted tunnel. Total walking distance is approximately 1.5 miles. This tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those guests with mobility concerns. Participants should be in good physical condition and be able to walk uphill in very sunny and warm conditions. Light-weight, casual clothing; sun caps; sunglasses, sunscreen and flat, comfortable hiking or walking shoes with a non-slip sole are suggested. There is no shade on the trail and guests are encouraged to bring along an additional bottle of water from the ship. Minimum age to participate is 8-years old and children under 18-years of age must be accompanied by an adult parent or guardian. This tour operates rain or shine.