The Honolulu island of Oahu is full of amusements, small wonder holidaymakers seem unable to keep this locale out of their list of destinations. Among Oahu?s plenteous destinations is Diamond Head, a volcanic crater which is a beauty to behold and also a wonderful vantage point from which to survey the island and its surroundings. This incredible geological feature was known to the locals all along as Leahi which translates to ?brow of the tuna?. However, British expeditioners who travelled there in the 19th century christened it Diamond Head after discovering glittering rocks they initially thought to be diamonds. But clearly all that glitters is not diamond; the crystals turned out to be worthless. But a trip to this part of Oahu will definitely prove worthwhile for visitors as they will be treated to stunning views, exhilarating hiking and a host of other exciting things to do. The accommodation is also worth looking forward to, what with luxury condos boasting tremendous views, beachfront villas and tastefully furnished apartments awaiting visitors.
Hiking up to the Diamond Head crater along demarcated hiking trails is one of the thrills holidaymakers can expect. While the trail is only a kilometre or so long and not very steep, there are several steps to be climbed and visitors are advised to keep a water bottle close to stave off dehydration. Nevertheless the experience is highly enjoyable and tourists will have knowledgeable local guides at their disposal to ensure they get the most out of the excursion.
A detour to Monsarrat Avenue is highly recommended to those who will be hiking on a Saturday as along this avenue is the Kapiolani Community College Farmer?s Market. On this day of the week farmers bring fresh produce here for sale from their farms. And while on this avenue hikers can fill up their tanks with the sumptuous offerings of the restaurants there before beginning their ascent to the tuna?s brow. The inside of the Diamond Head crater hosts Fort Ruger, a military establishment built by the USA in 1909. Though not the full structure, visitors can see traces of the fort in the stone structures that mark the gates to the fort and a stone bunker that sits on Diamond Head?s ridge.
Like the rest of Honolulu, Diamond Head experiences pleasant warm weather for most of the year with summer highs of up to 34°C and winter lows of 24°C. This locale experiences little rainfall and in the months of summer chances of showers are even lower.
Visitors to the tropical paradise of Oahu will fly into the locale through the Honolulu International Airport. This is after they have first landed on the US mainland at either JFK in New York, Dulles in Washington or any other common international airport. Airlines such as Mokulele and Hawaiian will ferry them from these airports to Honolulu. At the airport visitors will find taxis and rental cars from Hertz, Budget, Avis and other established firms.