Have you ever left Hawaii wishing you had spent more time photographing your experiences? The surreal color pallette that awaits you on the Hawaiian Islands is like no other. So why not depart for your next flight over the Pacific with a list of the best photo ops in Hawaii to get those Instagram-worthy shots?
Here are the 14 best photo ops in Hawaii. No filter necessary!
Selfie with a hungry dinosaur? It’s no wonder Kualoa Ranch is home to where many famous movies were filmed – Jurassic Park and Pearl Harbor to name a few – it’s a stunning locale. The photographs on an ATV tour through the jurassic valley, or on horseback, are well worth the trip. Don’t forget to visit Secret Island, which is a breathtaking and remote beach. This is the perfect, quiet place for photos doing yoga on a paddleboard. And of course, snap one lounging in a beach hammock! Location: Between Honolulu and the North Shore
Lanikai means “heavenly sea,” and this half-mile strip of beach is ranked as one of the most beautiful in the world. Your camera won’t have to work very hard to capture the beauty here. Two islands sit offshore providing the perfect backdrop for photos. Both sunrise and moonrise shots are a must on Lanikai. Location: Windward East Side in Kailua
Top of Diamond Head
The short, but sweaty hike to the top is well worth the views. Your background image will include Waikiki city views and striking blue lagoons. Gorgeous!
Before walking down into the cove of Hanauma Bay for an incredible snorkeling experience, take a photo at sunrise overlooking the bay. The colors of the water and the rising sun are simply spectacular. Don’t forget a selfie with sea life below the surface.
Haleiwa, North Shore
During winter, you can get some pretty great photos smiling in front of the massive, curling waves on North Shore. No matter the size of the wave in the distance, include a colorful Matsumoto’s shave ice to make your friends back home completely envious!
Swimming with Wild Dolphins on the West Shore
This might be your favorite photo op of them all! Use the burst mode to capture the quick and playful spinner dolphins leap out of the water and pose for the camera with their acrobatics. The west side is also known for colorful tropical fish and green sea turtles.
Fireworks on Waikiki
Each Friday night, the Hilton Hawaiian Village puts on a free fireworks display on the beach. Get your best selfie smile ready and pose in front of the exploding colors at night.
Photo courtesy of tylerjordanphotography
Big Island, Hawaii
Underwater with the Mantas
One of our favorite activities on the Big Island is the nighttime Manta Ray Snorkel. Get a Waterproof GoPro or other waterproof camera, and take pictures galore of giant manta rays barrel-rolling off you and your fellow visitors. Amazing!
Up in the Air in a Helicopter
Are you ready to take to the air via helicopter to admire the landscapes of Hawaii? Waterfalls galore, lush landscape, and even wild lava flow can all be captured from your bird’s eye view. Add a little action to your aerial photos by including your own smile flying over the blue ocean in your chopper!
Sunset at Lava Lava Beach Club
Dinner, drinks, and live music at Lava Lava Beach Club is a must. Take a few fantastic photos playing corn hole on the beach, lounging with friends under the tiki torches, or beside a hula dancer swaying to the strumming of a ukulele as the sun goes down.
Photo Courtesy of Lava Lava Beach Club
On the west side of the island, in Hilo, some of the most beautiful waterfalls are waiting for your camera to capture their roaring beauty. For the adventurous photographer, snap this waterfall by way of zip-lining or a canyoning tour.
Stunning from the lookout and even better within the valley itself. What awaits you? Waterfalls, lush vegetation, black sand beaches, crystal blue ocean, and wild horses. This photo opp is a must!
Are you an early bird? Take advantage of the time change, and head to Pololu Valley for stunning sunrise photos. Whether you take pictures at the lookout or hike down to the black sand beach, Pololu Valley is, without a doubt, one of the best photo ops in Hawaii.
On the Bridge at the King’s Land Pool
Kings’ Land by Hilton Grand Vacations has the pool. Capture its beauty and the glow of yourself and fellow travelers on the bridge overlooking the waterfall. This photograph will be a ‘framer,’ most definitely. Bonus: The waterslide can offer a fun photo of being silly with friends and family!
Do you have your own list of best photo ops in Hawaii? We’d love to hear your ideas, so leave us a comment below!