Best Photo Spots in Oahu, Hawaii
The island of Oahu was the first Hawaiin island we explored and it definitely did not disappoint. It’s filled with beautiful white sand beaches, lush botanical gardens, and a culture like no other. It’s a photographer’s dream to stay on this island and there is so much to do! That’s why I’ve created the “Best Photo Spots in Oahu, Hawaii” post for you to check out the top places to visit in Oahu, Hawaii.
Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden, Oahu
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. Not only that but you feel as though you’re in a Jurassic Park movie set. They didn’t film the movie that far from here. It’s important to note that you’re not allowed to stop and take photos at the main entrance. Finally, I’ve written an entire blog post on visiting the gardens, check it out here!
Address: 45-680 Luluku Rd, Kaneohe, Hawaii 96744
Sunrise Shack, North Shore Oahu
The most aesthetically pleasing smoothie bowl joint on the island. Not only is this yellow shack Insta-famous their food is delicious, fresh, and super healthy. A must stop when on the North Shore of Oahu.
Address: 59-158 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI 96712
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 so 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 near Waimea Falls (pictured above). In order to swim it’s required you wear a life vest. Lastly, be sure to bring your goggles!
Address: 59-864 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI 96712
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 located near the Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden so you can easily do these both in one trip. It costs $5 to enter and you can take as many pictures as you’d like!
Address: 47-200 Kahekili Hwy, Kaneohe, Hawaii 96744
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 all 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! Be respectful of the sea-turtles when swimming and always maintain a 10 feet distance from yourself and the beautiful sea creatures.
Address: Laniakea Beach, North Shore, HI 96712
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.
Address: 57-091 Kamehameha Hwy, Kahuku, Hawaii 96731
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 depending 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 and take in the bluest of blues ocean.
Address: 265 Kaelepulu Dr, Kailua, HI 96734
This was our first stop when we got off the airplane and seeing this place easily took my breath away. The sweeping views of the turquoise ocean are enough to make you want to never return home. 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!
You could also check out the Makapu‘u Point Lighthouse Trail. It’s a shorter hike, roughly 30 minutes, to the Makapu’u Lighthouse.
Address: Kalanianaʻole Hwy, Waimanalo, Hawaii 96795
The Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Waikiki
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!
Address: 2259 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815
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