Hawaii: Hiking Diamond Head

I put “hiking” on my list for Hawaii because it’s a gorgeous place with plenty of weird plants and wildlife and I wanted to see it up close.

Diamond Head is a well known landmark here in Honolulu, quite close to Waikiki, so hiking this trail was a given. It’s a very easy hike to make, especially if you bus it to the start of the trail. You pay your 1$ entry fee to the park/monument and you’re on your way. I walked from Waikiki, that takes about an hour (easy walk, pavement most of the way), and the trail itself is about 45 minutes. Add-ons to that if you like to stop along the various lookout points and take pictures and you’re probably going to stay a while at the top. I was out the door and back again in 4 hours, but like I said I walked from Waikiki and I took loads of pictures. This is not a difficult hike unless you suffer from illnesses or injury, bring a bottle of water and you’re golden.

Important things to remember:
It costs a dollar to get in, cash only! I didn’t actually know this, despite researching a little (not enough obvisouly) about the hike. They don’t have ATMs up there so bring cash. I asked a guy coming down off the hike and he thought it would be too bad for me to miss it just for a dollar so he gave me a dollar bill out of his own pocket. My plan was to find an ATM in the city and come back, but of course I accepted. Faith in humanity restored, I absolutely love kind people ❤

Remember sunscreen, the sun can be ferocious and there’s no shade to be found anywhere on the trail. I would recommend leaving early before the sun starts to catch properly, like 8 or 9 am. I left at 10am today, but I lucked out as the weather was overcast the entire time. Warm enough, but not scolding.

Also, remember the normal hiking stuff. Sensible shoes, a hat can be nice if the sun’s out (but not absolutely necessary), sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen.

The hike was great, fantastic views of Waikiki and Honolulu and as far out to sea as you’d ever want to see. After this fantastic accomplishment (harr harr) I spent the rest of the day at the beach. A fairly arduous 2 minute walk from my hostel. #ItsAHardKnockLife

On the right track!

On the right track!

Infostuffs

Infostuffs

Views are great

Views are great

And friendly people help me with my photo sessions :-p

And friendly people help me with my photo sessions :-p

Looking back...

Looking back…

Views...

Views…

Water, water everywhere... And not a drop to drink.

Water, water everywhere… And not a drop to drink.

Ok...

Ok…

Pictures don't really do it justice

Pictures don’t really do it justice

Such great views from up there

Such great views from up there

View from Diamond Head

View from Diamond Head

Hanging out :-p

Hanging out :-p

Waikiki below

Waikiki below

Selfietime

Selfietime

Waikiki

Waikiki

Danger!!11

Danger!!11

Great view of Waikiki beach and the Royal Hawaiian Hotel (pink) in the distance. Oldest hotel here.

Great view of Waikiki beach and the Royal Hawaiian Hotel (pink) in the distance. Oldest hotel here.

And more views

And more views

...views

…views

Views...

Views…

Yup.

Yup.

Tourists

Tourists

And more sea

And more sea

"It's more of a... Guideline... No?"

“It’s more of a… Guideline… No?”

Viewpoint

Viewpoint

So good that they put this poster up so it's in clear view when you come DOWN off the track :-p

So good that they put this poster up so it’s in clear view when you come DOWN off the track :-p

I was just up there :-D

I was just up there 😀

And when I got back to Waikiki, changed in to my summer dress, walked out... And this happened...

And when I got back to Waikiki, changed in to my summer dress, walked out… And this happened…

Bird lady <3

Bird lady ❤

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