Oahu has more than 125 designated beaches, which makes it tough to narrow down the best ones. You could spend years traveling to each beach and find something special about each one. The scenery, the people, the water, and the wildlife makes each one a little different and worth a visit. But when it comes to photography, there are a few that really stand out. That’s why we include them in our Hawaii photography tours! We’ve done the research and the legwork to find the best spots to capture incredible photos during your vacation in Hawaii. Our team will guide you to each location, showing you the sights and can’t miss photography opportunities. Not only is a great way to see more of the island, you’ll be able to hone your photography skills by working directly with our professional photographers along the way.
Want to know where we are headed next? Check out our picks for the top five beaches that you don’t want to miss on your photography tour.
Best Beaches on Oahu for Photographers
Sandy Beach is just a quick drive from Waikiki, making it an easy stop to get to on or off our tours. It’s a gorgeous stretch of soft sand, but it’s better known for its big waves. You are sure to capture plenty of action photos of surfers and body boarders spending time in the water. One of the coolest photographic experiences is the Halona Blowhole adjacent to Sandy Beach. Created by lava thousands of years ago, this hole in the volcanic rocks on the beach erupts regularly as the surf finds it’s way into the crevices of the rock. You’ll be able to capture eruptions of water shooting up to thirty feet into the air when the conditions are right, and it’s an impressive sight to see both on camera and in person.
If you’ve been dreaming of photography the ideal beach destination, this Waimanalo Bay is where you need to be. It’s a quiet beach that’s not on the agenda for most tourists, making it feel quieter and more intimate. We aren’t sure why they are staying away, though, because Waimanalo Bay is like an advertisement of what all beaches should be like! A stretch of soft sand runs down to meet the turquoise waters of the ocean and the backdrop of mountains completes the scene. It’s almost hard to take a bad picture in such a beautiful area. It’s a great beach for beginner photographers to practice their skills and build their confidence.
On the eastern edge of the island of Oahu, you’ll find Makapu’u Beach. While the beach itself is gorgeous, the surrounding landscape is just as likely to capture your attention and time with your camera. Makapu’u Beach sits below Makapu’u Point, a jut of land that sticks out from the island and is capped off by a beautiful traditional lighthouse. The water, mountains, lighthouse, and beach are all so beautiful that you may find you take more photographs here than any other location on the island. You can stick to the beach or hike up the point for stunning views of the surrounding area, but in either case, you are sure to have photographs that you’ll be proud to share after you vacation.
Ehukai Beach Park
Located on the North Shore of Oahu, Ehukai Beach Park is better known by the name given to the area of water off of the shore: The Bonzai Pipeline. The Banzai Pipeline is best known for its surfing, with competitions being held there regularly in the massive waves. It’s fun to watch and photograph even when the waves are calm, though. The beach park is a comfortable gathering spot for families, with plenty of sand to spread out on and palm trees providing the picturesque backdrop. If you are lucky enough to be at the pipeline when the waves are high, proceed with caution; the pipeline has claimed the lives of many photographers and surfers over the years. Our guides will be there to help ensure you safely get the perfect shot.
It’s not just beaches and beautiful scenery on Hawaii! There are many opportunities to photograph the local wildlife as well. Oahu is home to seals, dolphins, bats, pigs, sharks, and lizards. But there is one animal that’s on many photographer’s bucket list: the sea turtle. That’s why we’re sure to include Turtle Beach on many of our Hawaii photography tours. This beach is located near Haleiwa, so it’s a great stop after trying out some shaved ice or garlic shrimp from one of the food trucks. But the best part is, of course, the turtles. They come to the beach almost daily in the summertime, giving you a good opportunity to photograph one in their natural habitat. You must be respectful of these incredible creatures as you photograph them; they are protected by federal laws, so you aren’t allowed to touch them, but you can photograph them all you want!
Come Photograph These Beaches With Us
Like the sound of these beachy locations? You’ll like them even better in person. Sign up for one of our photography tours and we’ll take you to these and other incredible destinations around Oahu. Our tours are ideal for both beginners and advanced experts, giving you an opportunity to see more of this gorgeous island as well as expand your photography skills. We’ll pick you up and drop you off at your Waikiki hotel, making it easy for you to get to locations that you’ve only dreamed of photographing. You’ll be guided by professional photographers who can also share their knowledge of the island with you and ensure you don’t miss the shot of a lifetime. Book your tour on our website now. Have questions about any of the tours or locations that you see on our website? Just give us a call or contact us online and we’ll make sure you have the answers that you need. We look forward to photographing Hawaii’s beautiful sights with you soon!