Diamond Head Beach Park is the spot you venture to, when you want to get away from busy Oahu beaches and the Waikiki scene. Check out the expansive south side views, and endless surf swells that always tend to break at this Oahu beach. The views are stunning both up top near the Diamond Head turnouts, and down below along the rich and famous beach homes. You want to feel some Hawaii realness that’s close by…be sure to stop by Diamond Head Beach!
It’s really that close! From the end of Waikiki, the pronounced Diamond Head Crater and beach is located walking distance or a very short drive from Kapiolani Park.
At the very least, you must come for a stroll along this semi private beach. There’s something memorable about this Oahu beach, like the Diamond Head Trail hike to the summit, that demes it worth as a best of Oahu pick!
Yes the views are incredible, but it’s also about the adventure. Discovering the Diamond Head Lighthouse, the tide pools, the surfing and wind surfing community, the amazing beach front homes, the tree swing sometimes in place, and the simple peaceful beach combing, is what its all about!
From up top, it might seem like a journey to get back down to the ocean. But there are a couple paved pathways that wind down to the beach. Pack light as you will be lugging your beach gear a good hundred yards back up top!
Diamond Head Beach Park is another childhood favorite. My friends and I would come here in the summer and surf all day long!
The waves and surfing crowd are pretty friendly. The surf breaks outside the reef in multiple spots, which is located a good quarter mile out to sea. If the waves were flat around the island, you could still count on some surf breaks in this area!
The one activity that Diamond Head Beach is not known for is good swimming. The reef is shallow and extends right up to the beach for the most part.
There are a couple deeper sections of water where you can take a dip, including Cromwell’s Cove, located on the far south end of the beach.
Cromwell’s Cove is a local favorite weekend spot that is less traveled, has a larger stretch of sand, shady palms to lay your beach towels next to, and fun to explore.
It’s also an area of Diamond Head Beach that is easy to access, as it’s located off the residential flats verses hiking down from the cliff side. You’ll find families driving right up to the beach access, where they can conveniently unload their coolers and beach gear.
From Waikiki you will literally head towards the iconic extinct Diamond Head volcano.
Follow the ocean front road, Kalakaua Ave, south
Make a right turn at Diamond Head Rd, and follow it up hill.
Parking is located up top near and around the 3 scenic lookouts.
Note: It’s a light hike as you exit Waikiki across Kapiolani Park and up the hillside.
Note: You can unload beach gear on Kulamanu Pl, and can park on neighboring roads. Make sure to pay attention to parking signs and be respectful of neighbors.
Diamond Head Beach Park is very basic. While there are no bathrooms, no restaurants, and no picnic tables available, remember that you are close by to everything in Waikiki.
As much as I love Diamond Head Beach, car break-ins have been a problem in this area. Do not leave anything visible or valuable in your car when parking.
Pack light if you park up top near the turnouts. Walking back up the trail from the beach can be challenging when carrying heavy bulky items.
Make sure to pack sunscreen, water, snacks, and a beach towel to sit on.
The Hau Tree can be a nice way to start or finish your Diamond Head Beach visit. This Waikiki Restaurant is part of the New Otani Hotel, and located on San Souci Beach, close to the base of Diamond Head.
Enjoy a mimosa and some ono island-style eats, while relaxing in the open air beach setting, under the Hau tree.
Wrap around the other side of the hillside on Diamond Head Rd which
Monsarrat Ave, and you'll see the Diamond Head Market &
Grill. This is a nice spot to
grab some food items to take to the beach.
They are known for their wholesome breakfast and plate-lunch meals. Order the homemade cornbread!!
Equally exciting and as adventurous as the beach, consider making the journy to the top of the Diamond Head Trail.
760 feet to the top, and you will have a spectacular view of Waikiki
and far beyond!
This Oahu hiking trail is rated #1 of all hikes on the island.