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Diamond Head Hike with 2 year toddler

While in Hawaii, we decided to go and do the famous Diamond Head hike.

Diamond Head Crater is the remains of an extinct volcano with the highest point of the hike being 760 feet. Diamond Head’s Hawaiian name is Le’ahi. After the Pearl Harbor attacks, the military used it as a lookout post installing pillboxes and foxholes to prevent Hawaii from future attacks.

The trail is around 2.5 kilometers (1.5 miles) with almost 200 steps and a steep uphill tunnel.

Initially, we were not sure if we would be able to do it as there were mixed reviews of the kid friendliness of the hike but after doing lots of research, we decided that we would do it with the worst case scenario being returning in the middle if it was not doable.

As suggested by many people, we wanted to start the hike early in the morning so got there by 8am. It was around 15 minutes’ drive from our apartment. We drove through Kapiolani Park (located at the end of Waikiki) headed towards Diamond Head on Kalakaua Boulevard. It was a beautiful drive that turns into Poni Moi Road and follows the Diamond Head Road going through a tunnel that leads to the center of the Diamond Head Crater where the hike begins.

We thought we beat the traffic and would be the first few people but we were so wrong.

Once we got to the car park, we found that the car park was already full and they asked us to come back later.

We were so disappointed and returned the carpark outside the tunnel which was full as well. We waited for a few minutes there and decided to go back and check again. Luckily the carpark was open and we were allowed to go in after paying $5.

We put our on sunscreens and started our hike. At the start of the hike, there is a sign that said most people take 1.5 – 2 hours to hike to the summit and back.

Chhori started to walk with us but after 5 minutes she wanted us to carry her.  I and AS looked at each other and wondered if we were going to be able to hike or not.

AS decided to carry her first and did the first part of the hike. First half is not very bad at all and we saw lots of kids, older people going or returning from the hike. There were so many people on the trail and we saw parents carrying babies in baby carriers as well.

After around 30 minutes of the hike, I took Chhori and continued our walk. I really enjoyed the hike despite feeling a little hot.

Then came the famous and very steep 99 steps. I told AS I am going to climb the steps in one go carrying Chhori.

AS was worried that I might have to stop and take it slow but me and Chhori counted each step and made it to the top in one go.

Once we climbed the steps, I was tired and waited for AS and my friend to catch up before making our way through another tunnel and up a staircase to the summit.

It was so good to see the wonderful view from top of the crater. We took heaps of photos and rested for a while before trekking down which was much easier than climbing up.

 

Overall we had a great day and an amazing experience.

Few things to remember if you are going for this hike

·         Make sure you carry enough water and sunscreen

·         Go as early as possible to escape the heat and parking drama

·         Make sure to wear comfortable shoes

·         It is possible to do this hike with kids but be prepared to carry them or turn back if needed

Take care everyone,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

 

 

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The beautiful Hanauma Bay

Hanauma Bay was recommended to us by many people for snorkelling but as we had Chhori with us we decided that we will go there and just swim but not snorkel.

The bay opens in winter from 6am to 6pm and in summer from 6am to 7pm except Tuesdays. But when the carpark is full you will not be allowed in. There is also an Entry Fee of $7.50 per person and Car parking fee of $1 per car.

The drive there was beautiful from Waikiki as you could see the beautiful blue sea along the coast.

As we planned to stay at the bay for the whole day, we thought it would be a good idea to have breakfast and go there but it turned out to be a mistake. When we reached there around 11 am, the car park was already full and we were not allowed in. Most recommend getting there the first thing in the morning when they open and we realised why.

So we went a little further along the road and parked at a scenic view point for a while. We didn’t know what to do as we have driven so far so we decided to go back and try again and to our surprise it was open. So if it is closed for you when you get there, you can drive around and go back again a little later as the car park does open as people leave.

Once we went inside, parked and bought the tickets, everyone had to join a queue to go watch a 9 minutes compulsory video. It just let us know what to expect, important rules and what not to do while swimming and snorkelling at the bay. Some of the important points are that it is against the law to touch the turtles and do not touch the fish, rocks or coral.

By the time we finished all that, we were very hungry so we decide to go the café there for a quick lunch. We had burger and chips and rested for a while. The food was OK.

When we were ready to go, we realised that it is a fairly steep walk down to the bay so we decided to buy tram tickets ($1.25 down; $1.25 up; $2.5 all day) which was worth it, especially when we were coming up after a long day of swimming. Some people prefer to walk down but catch the tram to come up after all the swimming.

Once we were at the bay, I could see why people recommend it so much. It looks beautiful with the blue water and the volcanic hill at the back. People were snorkelling and swimming everywhere.

We just grabbed a spot near the beach and went into the water. It was beautiful day as it was sunny and warm.

Chhori decided to sit and play with the sand so one of us stayed with her while the others went into the water to swim. As it is a small bay, it was not rough so we swam and enjoyed the amazing view.

Once we got too tired, we went and had a shower. There are showers, changing and restroom facilities. Then we caught the tram up to the top.

Overall we had a great time at Hanauma Bay. If you are planning to go there, do try to get there early. Don’t forget to bring your sun screen and towels. You can rent snorkelling gears there or bring your own.

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Have you been at Hanauma Bay? Do share your experiences?

Take care,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO