Have you ever wanted to experience a breathtaking view that not only encompasses spectacular mountains and valleys but also offers something new and exciting to your resume? Take a hike at Diamond Head Volcano in Hawaii to experience just that. Avid hikers will enjoy the two-hour hike with beautiful views and a challenging climb.
While hiking about this historical landmark, you’ll enjoy a scenic view of a 300,000-year-old crater spanning the Pacific Ocean. The popular hiking spot served as a military base during World War II because it allows people to see potential military threats easily.
Diamond Head Volcano is estimated to be about 500,000 years old and is currently considered to be dormant, meaning inactive and unlikely to erupt. It was named by British sailors who mistook the crystal-like beaches for diamonds and thus came about the name Diamond Head. It’s now considered a landmark and is a very popular Hawaiian tourist spot that attracts many sightseers annually.
Some things to remember if you’re planning on making a visit to this historical landmark includes: your time of arrival, things to bring and what to watch out for.
You will want to arrive before 4:30 p.m as the hiking trail closes and will not allow for any new hikers beyond that time because it’s such a long hike and hiking here after dark is not permitted. In addition, due to the crowds Diamond Head attracts, it’s best to arrive early in the morning – especially if you want to park there.
You’ll also want to note that the only water fountains are located at the very beginning of the trail so you should bring water.
While the hike isn’t long, it can be steep in some locations. You’ll want to be cautious of where you step on this very rocky and uneven terrain.