Sea Turtle
January 8, 2019
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Maria Mancuso

Oahu Things to Do: 13 Top Photo Spots on Oahu

Oahu has many places for you to capture the perfect ‘Instagrammable’ photo during your visit to Oahu. See this list of 13 Top Photo Spots on Oahu.

Whether you are a serious professional photographer, or a self-proclaimed, ‘Selfie-Queen’ (or ‘King’) or something in between, Oahu offers unlimited opportunities for the perfect photo opportunity.  Below is a list of our 13 Top Photo Spots on Oahu.

1.    Koko Head Crater Trail
Location: Koko Head Park Rd Honolulu, HI 96825

Also known as "Koko Head Stairs of Doom.”  The 1,000 plus step-like, weathered railroad ties and boards run along the crater's west side of the mountain up to the top of Koko Crater. It is a steep hike and best left to those in at least above average shape.  The effort is worth it if you are looking for incredible, ‘Instagram-worthy’ photos.

Koko Head Crater
Koko Head Crater Trail

2.    Ko Olina Lagoon
Location: Ko Olina Resort, 92-1480 Alina Drive, Ko Olina, HI 96707

Ko Olina is simply beautiful.  The resort is home to the Four Seasons Hotel as well as Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa.  Ko Olina Resort is also home to a world-class marina and Ko Olina Golf Course.  But the main photo opportunity attraction is the 4 shallow, man-made Ko Olina Lagoons. These pristine lagoons have crystal clear water ideal for swimming and admiring some Sea Turtles who swim into the Lagoons from time to time.

3.    Makapuu Lighthouse
Location: Ka Iwi State Scenic Shoreline, Kalanianaole Hwy., Honolulu, HI 96825

The Makapuu Lighthouse is a picturesque location on the eastern side of Oahu.  It requires a short hike to get to the historic red-capped lighthouse, but the views are spectacular. During the months of December to March, you may get lucky and see Humpback Whales as they migrate, feed and give birth off the coast of Oahu.

4.    Manoa Falls
This is a very popular photo destination featuring a 150-foot waterfall at the end of easy, short hike.

Manoa Falls on Oahu
Manoa Falls

5.    Lanikai Beach
Location: Kailua, HI 96734

Lanikai Beach is often named among the best beaches in the world easily making it a ‘must visit’ for the aspiring photographer.   Lanikai Beach is located the small town of Kailua and on the windward coast of Oahu. 

6.    Duke’s Waikiki
Location: 2335 Kalakaua Ave #116, Honolulu, HI 96815

What?  A restaurant and bar make the list? Yes, mostly because Duke’s is in the heart of Honolulu, right on Waikiki Beach. The sunsets are amazing and only made better with a nice, refreshing Mai Tai, or cold beer and a photo of course.

7.    Hanauma Bay
Location: Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

Hanauma Bay is perhaps one of the most photographed areas of Oahu.  This beautiful nature preserve is home to some of the very best snorkeling in all of Hawaii.  An estimated 3,000 people visit Hanauma Bay each day to enjoy this snorkeling and beach lover’s paradise.

Hanauma Bay on Oahu
Hanauma Bay

8.    Kailua Beach

Kailua Beach is a 2.5-mile crescent shaped beach that is known for the beautiful turquoise waters and fine white sandy beach. After your photo session, or during, you can enjoy a nice snorkeling session, or just a relaxing afternoon on the sand of one of Oahu’s most beautiful beach’s.

9.    Dole Plantation
Location: 64-1550 Kamehameha Hwy., Wahiawa, HI 96786

Dole Plantation is known for several things; the Pineapple Express train, one of the world’s largest outdoor mazes, a plantation garden tour and a fish-feeding pond.  All these are photo worthy features and when you are finished snapping your photos, you must try the world-famous ‘Dole Whip.’  Don’t forget to take a photo of your treat, just before you make it disappear.

10.    Waikiki Beach
Located: Honolulu/Waikiki

Waikiki Beach is one of the most popular beaches in all the world. Home to many of the best beach front hotels on Oahu. The waves off Waikiki Beach are perfect for beginner and intermediate surfers, paddle boarders and very often the preferred waters of the Giant Green Sea Turtles or ‘Hone.’ Waikiki Beach is a ‘must not miss’ photo opportunity during any visit to Oahu.

Waikiki Beach in Honolulu
Waikiki Beach in Honolulu

11.    Laniakea Beach
Laniakea Beach is also referred to a Turtle Beach because this beautiful beach is the favored location for Sea Turtles to relax on the beach and catch some sun.  Located on Oahu’s North Shore, Laniakea Beach is one of Oahu’s most famous beaches.

12.    Pali Lookout
Pali Lookout is located on a section of the windward cliff of the Koʻolau mountain located at the head of Nuʻuanu Valley.   Pali Lookout features panoramic views of the windward coast of Oahu. Be careful of the wind, it is very strong here and often hats, sunglasses and almost anything that is not secured can be blown away – but the views are well worth it.

13.    Banzai Pipeline
Location: 59-473 Ke Waena Rd, Haleiwa, HI 96712

The Banzai Pipeline, or simply Pipeline or Pipe, is a surf reef break located in Hawaii, off Ehukai Beach Park in Pupukea on Oahu's North Shore. A reef break is an area in the ocean where waves start to break once they reach the shallows of a reef. 

Banzai Pipeline on Oahu's North Shore
Banzai Pipeline on the North Shore

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