Diamond Head Beach Park
Diamond Head Beach Park
Located at the base of Diamond Head and encompassing two acres along the cliffs, this beach primarily attracts surfers and features beautiful views, tide pools, good waves, a running path, and extensive coral reef. If you're lucky, you might even see a monk seal!
AT A GLANCE:
HIGHLIGHTS: Cliff views, dog-friendly, ample parking, large grassy area for sunning, picnics, and dog walking, great waves, uncrowded beach and surf break, tide pools, good snorkeling if the surf is calm (not very common), walking/running path, Diamond Head Lighthouse views
ACTIVITIES: Surfing, snorkeling (depending on conditions), running, and photography (epic views of the mountain, cliffs, and lighthouse)
WARNINGS!: Because of the reef, this beach isn't the best for swimming. If you're a surfer, use caution when choosing a spot to paddle out as in some places the reef extends all the way up to the shoreline and the current can be strong. If you're just going to enjoy the beach -- there are very few spots along the beach with shade, so take lots of sunscreen!
AMENITIES: Free parking, shower
There is a sandy path leading down to the beach and while it is a bit of a walk to get down, it is not strenuous. Although there are almost always surfers in the water, it is not nearly as crowded as the breaks in Waikiki and is very popular with locals because of that.
If the surf is small, the beach can be a good spot for snorkeling just be aware of the reef! The beach is fairly narrow and at high tide there can sometimes be very little beach at all. It is also typically fairly windy, which can be a deterrent to sunbathers. However, above the beach is a grassy area perfect for sunning, picnics, and enjoying views of Diamond Head Lighthouse, the mountain itself, and the cliff-lined coast.
Closest town: Waikiki
Directions: This beach park is just a couple miles from the heart of Waikiki, and the distance is easily walkable if you choose to do so.
- From Waikiki, follow Kalakaua Ave until it ends at the outer edge of Kapiolani Park. Turn right onto Diamond Head Road. Diamond Head Beach Park is just a short distance ahead on the right.
- From the east: Take the Pali Highway (HI-61) into Honolulu. Merge onto the H1-E, and take the King St exit (25A). Turn left on S King, which will become Harding Ave. Turn right onto Kapahulu, then left on Paki Ave. Paki Ave becomes Diamond Head Road (at Kapiolani park), and the beach park will be on the right.