Tours and Experiences
If you come in from the southern shoreline of the island of Oahu, one of the first things you’ll take notice of is a towering natural formation right at the edge of the coastline. Serving as an eastern backdrop to the city of Honolulu and the beaches at Waikiki, this formation came about over 150,000 years ago during the Honolulu Volcanic Series. Known to locals as Diamond Head, it is far more than just a visually stunning piece of scenery.
Travelers to Oahu are encouraged to make use of the natural crater and integrate it into their planned activities as much as possible. Though it may look like an imposing crater, there are a variety of different activities you can partake in that allow you to appreciate the hidden beauty of this 761’ tall crater.
Sunset Dinner Cruise
Imagine cruising along the quiet waters of the Pacific as the sun starts to dip below the horizon. As the sky lights up that fiery red, the shadow of Diamond Head continues to loom over the city of Honolulu. From your vantage point on the Pacific, the outlined profile is a stunning sight to behold in the dimming day.
Now accompany that breathtaking view with a meal fit for a king and you have the perfect sunset dinner cruise Oahu has to offer! You’ll dine on exquisite local cuisine as you peacefully move about the Pacific Ocean, the shadow of Diamond Head in the distance.
The Diamond Head Luau
What better way to enjoy a staple of Oahu’s landscape than by engaging in a staple of Hawaiian values. The Diamond Head luau puts the natural formation at the forefront of a beach-side festival complete with a lot of food and plenty of entertainment. From the imu ceremony to the hula dancing, this interactive luau in the foothills of Diamond Head is an incredible look at the rich culture of the Hawaiian Islands.
The fact that you get to enjoy a full authentic meal at the base of a volcanic crater is just a benefit of a culturally important occasion.
Diamond Head Summit Trail
If you’re looking to get in touch with the natural side of Hawaii during your exploration of Diamond Head, nothing brings you closer than a hike up the side of the mountainous crater. The summit trail is a modest 1.6-mile round trip hike that’s perfect for even inexperienced hikers. It’s a moderate 2-hour climb and decent that also doubles as a glimpse into the history of Diamond Head.
Making your way up towards Le’ahi, or Diamond Head’s summit, you’ll see traces of the military installation as well as insight into the lengthy geological history. Beyond a series of steep stairs, the trail is not incredibly strenuous, making the views from the summit incredibly worth it. You’ll look out over Oahu’s southeastern shoreline and the busy city of Honolulu while also finding hidden relics like the 1917 navigational lighthouse built on the rim of the crater.