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Hike to Diamond Head

Had breakfast with Leigh and Becky and then I headed out for a hike

The round trip took 3 and a half hours - it was a nice moderate temperature for walking and even though I had walked this last year I loved walking it again. It is so pretty walking along the beachfront before following the road that hugged the coastline, past huge residential places with great water views of stunning aqua water around the reefs. Lots of people were surfing in a break off a high cliff that needed a 300 metre paddle to get out there.

It took me 1 1/2 hours to walk to to the start of the Diamond Head trail. After walking into the inside of the crater through a road tunnel I paid my $1 fee and started the 1.3km hike up to the top. It starts off as switchbacks & then you go up 74 steep stairs that literally took my breath away. Then you walk inside a lighted 225 foot tunnel, up another 99 steps and then 52 circular steps to come out at the top through a world war 2 bunker to absolutely spectacular views. You overlook Waikiki Beach and the high rise buildings to aqua blue water and views to Koko Crater to the north. Bunkers along the crater rim were built in 1915.

After walking back to Waikiki I went to PF Changs for lunch and had my favourite chicken lettuce wraps and watched the surf comp on the North Shore on the TV.

I did some shopping at one of my favourite US stores - Ross- before going out to dinner at Roys and having some yummy local fish.

Aqua water around the reefs in front of homes

Aqua water around the reefs in front of homes


Sheraton Hotel in the centre

Sheraton Hotel in the centre


Looking over Waikiki

Looking over Waikiki


Nice place to live!

Nice place to live!


Bunker at the summit

Bunker at the summit


North to Koko Crater

North to Koko Crater


Lighthouse

Lighthouse


Bunkers on the crater rim

Bunkers on the crater rim


Steps down

Steps down


Trail

Trail


Crater rim

Crater rim


Steep steps up

Steep steps up


The tunnel

The tunnel


More steps

More steps


Tunnel entrance

Tunnel entrance

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in USA

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