Great Photo Opportunities on Oahu


From hotel rooms/lanais, on the beach, restaurants, International Market Place, Moana Surfrider Hotel, Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Diamond Head, atop Diamond Head, Diamond Head lookouts near Diamond Head Lighthouse, Kuilei Cliffs Beach Park below the Diamond Head Lookouts (only if the surf permits it), Kapiolani Park, Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium, Kalakaua Ave, street performers along Kalakaua Ave near International Market Place, walk toward Waikiki Aquarium for a nice shot of Waikiki hotels & the beach, luaus/shows, Ala Wai Yacht Harbor

Ala Moana Beach Park and Aina Moana (Magic Island):

Great place for pictures of Diamond Head, Waikiki hotels, Ala Wai Yacht Harbor, sunsets, surfers

Pearl Harbor:

USS Arizona Memorial, USS Missouri, USS Bowfin (submarine), Circle of Remembrance, submarine memorial area

National Cemetery of the Pacific:

Monument, murals and chapel at the monument, overhead view of Honolulu from the lookout

Tantalus/Roundtop Drive:

Several lookouts on the drive that overlook Honolulu including Diamond Head. Pu'u Ualaka'a State Wayside has one of the best overhead views of any U.S. city. Stunning view at night from the lookouts.

Botanical Gardens:

There are many botanical gardens on Oahu. Many of them are free.

Byodo-In Temple:

Beautiful temple, koi (carp) pond, peacocks, black swans, a huge gong

Beaches/scenic lookouts:

Waikiki beaches, Ala Moana Beach, Kaka'ako Waterfront Park, Hanauma Bay (from above and below), Sandy Beach, Makapuu Lookout, Makapuu Beach, Waimanalo Bay Recreation Area (Waimanalo Bay Beach Park, aka Sherwood Forest), Bellows Beach, Kailua Beach, Lanikai Beach, Pali Lookout, Kualoa Regional Park (Chinaman's Hat), Kahana Bay Beach Park, Kokololio Beach Park, La'ie Beach Park (Pounders Beach), La'ie Point, Kuilima Cove and beach at Turtle Bay Resort (also take the hike from Turtle Bay Resort left to Kawela Bay and to the right to Kahuku Point), Sunset Beach, Ehukai Beach (Banzai Pipeline) Pupukea/Shark's Cove, Pu'u Mahuka Heiau (also take short dirt trail to a stunning view of Waimea Bay), Waimea Bay, above Waimea Bay toward Haleiwa for a nice view of the bay, Laniakea Beach (aka Turtle Beach) best in afternoon to see sea turtles, Dole Pineapple (pineapple garden)

Pali Lookout:

The Pali Lookout is worthy of its own mention. The classic old Hawaiian song made famous by Hilo Hattie and then Lucy and Ethel, King Kamehameha, Conquerer of the Islands, "He fought a native army, And pushed it over the pali, And crowned himself king of Hawaii nei." The Pali Lookout is a "can't miss", one of the top ten, maybe top five things to see on Oahu. Not only are the views spectacular, but when you see the remnents of the old Pali Highway, you appreciate how challenging travel was before the freeway.

Ulupo Heiau:

Ulupo Heiau is one of the oldest cultural sites on O`ahu and is the second-largest existing heiau (temple site) on this island. It is located in Kailua.


Diamond Head, Makapuu Lighthouse Trail, Manoa Falls, Waimea Valley, Kaiwa Ridge Trail (aka Lanikai Pillbox), Kaena Point from Leeward (west) side or from north side, Kawela Bay from Turtle Bay Resort, Kahuku Point from Turtle Bay Resort., Mariner's Ridge.

Not a designated hike, but very scenic hike from Waimea Bay to Pupukea, mostly along the beach. Go a little past Pupukea for a larger lava field.

Chinatown/Historic Honolulu/Aloha Tower:

There are many historic buildings in downtown Honolulu. There is a viewing platform on 10th floor of Aloha Tower (free)

See this link for Chinatown/Historic Honolulu/Aloha Tower information:


Palm trees, banyan trees, fruit trees (banana, guava, papaya), surfboards, food, beverages, footprints in the sand, surfers, catamarans

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