As a photographer, Hawaii is probably near the top of your dream travel photography list. To make the most of your time on the islands, it’s best to prepare beforehand.
Here’s a list of must-see Hawaii photography locations. We’ve also included tips to increase your chances of getting beautiful Hawaii photography shots.
Sunset Beach and Pipeline in Oahu
This Hawaii photography location is where you’ll find long stretches of quintessential Hawaiian island beach views. In addition to picture perfect beaches, this is the spot to experience the local surf culture.
Kualoa Ranch in Oahu
Kualoa Ranch is probably one of the most popular Hawaii photography spots for visitors. That’s because it’s the backdrop for parts of the film Jurassic Park.
Besides its Hollywood connection, though, Kualoa Ranch offers lush, tropical valley island landscapes with green mountain views in the backdrop.
Akaka Falls State Park in Hawaii
There are a few items that are on everyone’s Hawaii photography bucket list, and seeing a waterfall is definitely one! Akaka Falls State Park delivers two waterfalls in the midst of the rainforest near Hilo.
Akaka Falls itself is the star of the show, with a 442-foot drop. Thankfully, the hike to both falls on the island is very family-friendly.
Road to Hana in Maui
This famous 64-mile long highway stretches from Kahului to Hana. Curves, views, and stops along the way make this a drive that easily fills an entire day.
Especially if you want to stop for Hawaii photos at different viewpoints, you’ll want to leave plenty of time to explore the Road to Hana.
Seven Pools of ‘Ohe’o in Maui
One Hawaii photography stop on the Road to Hana should be the Seven Pools of ‘Ohe’o. These are seven swimming holes that are connected by small waterfalls. The hike to the island pools is about 2 miles long and can be easily hiked.
Be sure to take in the surroundings. The pools are in the middle of jungles and bamboo forests.
Molokini Crater in Maui
An ideal spot for snorkelling, Molokini Crater is a partially submerged crater that is considered a part of Maui. This is a perfect spot to practice underwater photography!
Makapu’u Lighthouse in O’ahu
You don’t usually think of a lighthouse when you think of Hawaii photography, but the Makapu’u Lighthouse is a must-do hike.
The lighthouse is the easternmost point on O’ahu. The hike is a moderate 30-minute hike that promises beautiful views.
Garden of the Gods in Lana.
Known as ‘Garden of the Gods’, Keahiakawelo offers an island landscape that looks otherworldly. With boulders, dry terrain, and big open spaces, Garden of the Gods also has amazing views.
It’ll be a rough drive up. You may want to consider renting a four-wheel-drive Jeep for your Hawaii photography adventure.
Na Pali Coast State Park in Kauai
The Na Pali Coast State Wilderness Park is the best place to go for dramatic cliffs cut by steep valleys. You’ll definitely want to hike the Kalalau Trail. It runs through the entire park and will give you plenty of spots to stop for amazing Hawaii pictures.