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Top Photography Spots in Oahu

Top Photography Spots in Oahu, Hawaii

The island of Oahu was the first Hawaiin island we explored and it did not disappoint. It’s a photographer’s dream to stay on this island filled with beautiful white sand beaches, lush botanical gardens, and a culture like no other. That’s why I’ve created the Top Photography Spots in Oahu for you to check out the top places to visit in Oahu, Hawaii.

Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden

The island’s most beautiful views can be found at the Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden. It’s known for its mountainous backdrop and gorgeous botanicals from every continent of the world. It was our favorite thing to do in Oahu and the best part is it’s totally free to enter but just a head’s up, you’re not allowed to stop and take photos at the main entrance. I’ve written an entire blog post on visiting, check it out here!

Sunrise Shack

The most aesthetically pleasing smoothie bowl joint on the island. Not only is this yellow shack Insta-famous their food is REAL good and super healthy. A must stop when on the North Shore of Oahu.

Waimea Valley

Located on the North Shore of Oahu. This valley is known as “The Valley of Priests” and has a lot of religious significance dating back to 400 AD when the first settlers arrived in Oahu. Not only that, but many movies and TV shows were filmed in this valley including Lost, Jurassic Park, Jumanji, and many others.

Waimea Falls Park is the best way to experience this valley. It costs $18 to enter and there is a short one-mile hike to Waimea Falls in which you’re able to swim and cool off while chilling near a waterfall. If you want to swim, you have to put a life vest on. Be sure to bring your goggles! 

Byodo-In Temple

A little slice of Japan in the middle of Oahu. This Buddhist temple was dedicated in 1968 to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the first Japanese immigrants to Hawaii. It’s $5 to enter and you can take as many pictures as you’d like!

Laniakea Beach

Better known as Turtle Beach, it’s home to the most beautiful beach I’ve ever laid eyes on. Not only that but you get to swim with the cutie sea-turtles. The water here is so clear and calm it’s the perfect beach for snorkeling. An experience I will never forget!

Turtle Bay Resort

A stunning resort located on the North Shore that’s most famously known for the movie Forgetting Sarah Marshall. This resort has beautiful ocean views, a pool to die for, and the best burgers on the island. We stayed at an Airbnb down the block from the resort so we’re able to use the amenities. Also, be sure to wake up for a sunset here if you stay, it’s incredible.

Lanikai Pillbox Hike + Lanikai Beach

One of the most pictersque trails in Oahu, this moderately tough hike takes about an hour to 90 minutes to complete depends on your athletic ability. Make sure you have the proper shoes especially if it has rained recently! When you’re finished, the famous Lanikai Beach is right down the road so you can jump in the ocean to cool off.

Makapu‘u Point

Girl standing at Makapu‘u Point

This was our first stop when we got off the airplane and let me just say it took my breath away. The sweeping views of the turquoise ocean are enough to make you want to move here. You’ll have to climb over a short wall to access this point to take photos. Make sure you’re super careful and there are no police officers around because you can get a ticket.

The Royal Hawaiin Hotel

A pink paradise in the middle of Waikiki beach this place is perfect for a photo op and you can spend an afternoon exploring the area. But that’s all I would spend in Waikiki – it’s rather touristy to me – there is so much more to Hawaii than this city!

I hope you enjoyed my Top Photography Spots of Oahu. To check out more of my Hawaii guides head here!

Aloha,

Courtney

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