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Diamond Head Beach

Diamond Head Beach
Diamond Head Beach

© Daniel Ramirez

Remember as a child when your parents told you not to leave the yard, yet all you could think about was venturing out, even if only a few steps away? You may have those same thoughts as you near the edge of Waikiki, wondering what might be just around the corner.

The beaches along the base of Diamond Head may be that much-needed escape from the Waikiki crowds. As you drive or walk to the end of Kalakaua Avenue toward Diamond Head, make a right and continue onto Diamond Head Road. The beaches that line the Crater are quiet and comfortable, though known more for surfing. Without a board, access to the water is pretty tricky, as coral reef lines the beach, just a few feet from the shore.

As you head up Diamond Head Road, small and quiet Makalei Beach Park greets you on your right. Sandy beach access exists on the west end of the park, but otherwise the water splashes up to the sea wall in front of you. Makalei Beach Park's area of maintained grass provides picnic tables and showers makes it a perfect place to bring a lunch and just unwind.

As you head further up Diamond Head Road, you next approach Leahi Beach Park. Leahi Beach Park is a small, grassy area similar to Makalei. Leahi Beach Park, well-known as an outdoor wedding location, is a serene place to admire the glow of the sun setting upon another epic Hawaiian day.

As Diamond Head Road steepens and approaches its crest, park your car and look out at one of the most popular surf spots on O'ahu's south shore. A few of the visible surf breaks are Diamond Head Cliffs, and Lighthouse surf spot, which, as it sounds, is directly in front of the historic Diamond Head Lighthouse.

Meander down the paved pathway (just follow the people with the surf boards) that opens up to that stretch of secluded yet convenient sandy beach you've been seeking. There are no signs indicating it, but this sandy lounge chair is known as Diamond Head Beach. Waikiki, hidden by a coconut palm tree line and private beach front homes, feels miles away as you dig your feet into the golden sand. Walking the beach a few pockets of ocean access provide a cooling relief from the sun.

Attraction Information

  • Hours:
  • Parks are open from 7am to 10pm
  • Facilities:
  • Showers are provided all of these beach parks
  • Parking:
  • Street parking available
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