Diamond Head Beach Park & Kuilei Cliffs

4.5 stars from 4 reviews
Address 3249 Diamond Head Rd, Honolulu, HI 96815
Good surf spot. Long beach, rocky, not the best for swimming.

Features
• Facilities: Showers • Type: Shady
• Sand Type: Regular • Parking: Good / Plenty
• Good For: Boogie Boarding • Surfing Level: Advanced
• Surfing Level: Intermediate

Matt Anderson's Take
Diamond Head Beach Park, which is also called Kuilei Cliffs Beach Park, is located right to the south of Diamond Head State Monument. You'll likely find a decent amount of parking options along the south (ocean) side of Diamond Head Road.


Then get ready for a short hike down to the ocean on a paved path that will switchback down the mountainside. It's fairly steep so if you aren't in good condition and aren't able to handle a relatively short hike then this may not be the beach for you.


Once at the bottom you'll find over a half mile long stretch of sandy beach. A lot of the water areas are a bit rocky on the bottom so it's not the best beach for playing in the water but there are some less rocky areas that are fairly easy to spot so you can get wet.


There is a good surf spot out here so it is a good place to watch some surfing, or to join in if you are more advanced than a beginner. There aren't any facilities here beyond a shower and drinking fountain. That also means there is no lifeguard so swim at your own risk.


There are some amazing views up at the road level and sea level as well as spots in between. On that note, Diamond Head Lighthouse is located here, near the road level, at the far west end of the beach area as well.
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Matt A
Joined: Feb 2013
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Very cool beach and although there is a little hike to get down to it, that makes it even better as most people don't bother hiking down. Although it can get somewhat busy on weekends, it's often not bad at all with plenty of emptiness during the week.
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Dave
Joined: Apr 2016
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We visited the cliffs last year when we visited Oahu. We were on a tour of the island on our way to the Polynesian Cultural Center. OMG! We took so many pictures here. There were nice trails to walk on and there were vendors there selling merchandise. I got a North Shore t-shirt for cheap.
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Tom T
Joined: Sep 2013
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I love Diamond Head Beach. It's a short walk down a path to get there, but it's well worth the trip. Surfers enjoy it here, but it's really a pretty place to take a hike. This is a very relaxing beach, just outside of Waikiki. There are showers at the base of the hill, shaded areas as well. The beach is somewhat narrow, but you'll find people sunbathing and kicking back here.
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C.c. W
Joined: Feb 2015
Reviews: 2
Likes Received: 2
Beautiful views.
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