Diamond Head, or Leahi is a small residential community located ocean-side at the base of the Diamond Head crater on Oahu’s south shore. Known for its beautiful homes and luxury vacation rental properties, Diamond Head has the benefit of being close to all of the fabulous shopping, dining and entertainment offered in nearby Waikiki, while being removed enough to escape the heavy traffic of the resort area.
Things to Do
Our Diamond Head vacation rental homes are conveniently located just five minutes west of Waikiki which means they’re a stone’s throw from some of Oahu’s best attractions. The island is home to 40 golf courses, and the championship level Hawaii Kai just a short drive away. The Ala Wai and Moanalua courses are also close-by. You can’t visit Hawaii without a trip to our beautiful beaches. The more adventurous members of your group can try their hands at water activities like parasailing and surfing. Several surf schools and local instructors are set up along Waikiki Beach offering lessons and board rentals. Formed more than 100,000 years ago, the summit of the area’s landmark Diamond Head crater offers an incredible view of the south shore. You can hike to the top in less than an hour and the scene that awaits you is well worth the trek. Families staying in our Diamond Head vacation rental properties will enjoy the Waikiki Aquarium, and if you’re looking for some water fun away from the sand, check out the Hawaiian Adventures Water Park. Take a tour through the history of Hawaii’s royals at Iolani Palace. The palace is filled with heirlooms dating back to the reign of the “Merrie Monarch” King Kalakaua. The Bishop Museum also houses an impressive collection of photos, documents and ancient artefacts from Hawaii’s royal history. If you’re in town at the beginning of the month, Honolulu’s First Friday is a must for art lovers as the galleries in downtown Chinatown extend their hours inviting visitors to participate in the popular art walk. Our Leahi vacation rental properties are just a few minutes from the Diamond Head Theater which puts on 6 Broadway style musicals per year. There is plenty to see and do on the island and staying this close to the city center provides you with limitless options.
Waikiki Beach is obviously the area’s most popular. With its consistently warm turquoise water, white sand, and every water activity imaginable, it’s no wonder this is the beach of choice for guests staying in a Diamond Head vacation rental. If you have small children, you’ll want to head to Prince Kuhio Beach. Considered one of the safer beaches, the swimming area is enclosed by a concrete wall which provides shelter from the ocean’s surf. Leahi Beach Park has beautiful views of the ocean from the sea wall at the water’s edge, but there is very little beach area here.
Restaurants and Nightlife
Our Diamond Head luxury vacation rental homes are only a short cab ride away from Oahu’s hottest nightlife. Chinatown is known as the place to be with several bars and nightclubs to choose from. The Honolulu Museum of Art hosts the ARTafterDark party one each month which invites guests to explore the exhibits with a cocktail in hand as one of the island’s best DJ’s spins in the background. To enjoy ocean-side seafood, try Duke’s Waikiki. Italian food lovers will not be disappointed at Taormina’s Sicilian Cuisine. For Hawaii’s best sushi, visit Honolulu’s Sushi Izakaya Gaku which earned 11th place on Yelp’s list of Top 100 places to eat in the country!
If you decide to leave the oasis of your luxury vacation rental property in Diamond Head, the surrounding communities have some great shopping to fill your time. The resort area around Waikiki is lined with shops and the Ala Moana Center has something for everyone. With more than 300 stores, this is the largest outdoor shopping center in the world. Complete with stores like Macy’s, Sears, and luxury retailers like Balenciaga and Tory Burch, this is Oahu’s most popular shopping destination. The Waikele Premium Outlets and Kamehameha Shopping Center are both located nearby as well.
Weather and Ocean Conditions
Choosing to rent a luxury vacation home in Diamond means you’ll benefit from the best weather on the island. Sunnier and drier than other areas, the temperature in Leahi ranges from a low of 66 F to 78 F during the winter, and an average high of 88 F in peak season. Our gentle trade winds keep the climate comfortable throughout the year. The ocean conditions are heavily influenced by wind and weather so they can change from day to day. It’s important to take precautions and read the safety signs posted on our beaches as these are there for your protection.
We recommend a rental car for your stay as our luxury vacation rental properties in Diamond Head are located in a residential community. A rental car will allow you to easily access the area’s many attractions and explore all that Oahu has to offer its visitors.
Booking a luxury vacation rental in Diamond Head puts you next to all of the amenities offered in Waikiki without staying directly in the high traffic area. We provide our guests with high-end luxury accommodations in Diamond Head and neighboring communities. Contact us today to inquire about our Hawaii vacation rental properties and find out how we can help plan your dream Hawaii vacation!