• Activities:

    Stand Up Paddle, Surfing, Swimming

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

Beach
Family Friendly
Scenic

One of the most iconic and beautiful spots on all of Oahu that is great for families and people looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of Waikiki. With a little ingenuity you can manage to find your own slice of beach to relax, surf, and swim.

Diamond head has a couple of good breaks close to town if you're looking to get away from the crowds at Waikiki Beach. There are easy trails down to the beach and channels to paddle out in - the paddle is a little long, so mentally prepare yourself. The two main breaks are Cliffs and Lighthouse. Cliffs is a more user-friendly wave with rights and lefts and Lighthouse is a higher-performance wave. These breaks pick up south swells and trade wind swells from the east, which means it can get really blown out by the afternoon. The breaks are fairly spread out so crowds usually aren't a factor unless there is a swell running or it's the weekend. 

Check it out, have fun, and be respectful! If you need to rent a board, check out Koa Boardsports, they have a pretty good selection and are really helpful.

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  • SUP
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Not a strenuous trail by any means, but worth a quick trip for the beautiful beach lined coast over looking downtown Honolulu on a sunny day. Go early to avoid the crowds (very touristy), and don't wear slippers people! There's gravel and a few stairs.

8 months ago
8 months ago

A must-see on the Hawaiian islands.

10 months ago
10 months ago

Great break near town... Consistent (even in the winter) and the views are also well worth the paddle. For those unfamiliar with the break you should be cautious of the shallow reef... there have been many a coral kicks at this break!

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

This place brings in a ton of swell, if everywhere is flat, this place will have something to ride...and you can sometimes find a peak all to yourself

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

There are a few paths down to the beach from up on the ridge where you park. The path on the north end is paved and is pretty easy to navigate. I recommend wearing your sandals down and leaving them on the beach. You'll thank me on the way back up!

over 4 years ago
over 4 years ago

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Hawai'i based: Mathematical graduate student, enthusiastic photographer, passionate adventurer (roughly in that order)...

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