Days Available: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday
- Tantalus Lookout
- Pali Lookout
- Ko’olau Mountains
- Waimanalo Bay
- Ono Steaks & Shrimp Truck (lunch stop) *
- Makapu’u Beach Lookout
- Sandy’s Beach & Blow Hole Lookout
- Lana’i Lookout
- Hanauma Bay
Oahu Photography Tours offers a “Beautiful Hawaii” 6.5-hour photo tour, an accessible Hawaii tour option for individuals who prefer a later start in the day, shorter walks, and the opportunity to photograph majestic locations around our beautiful island of Oahu. This tour focuses on paying homage to the stunning blue ocean waters and expansive skies of “the gathering place,” our island home, Oahu!
Your Day at a Glance
At our first stop we’ll capture the panoramic views from the lesser traveled Tantalus Lookout. You’ll see from Diamond Head to Pearl Harbor from this magnificent perch, and you might be able to spot out your hotel from up there!
Pali Lookout is next on the itinerary, which offers panoramic views of the sheer Ko’olau cliffs and lush windward coast. Fun fact: The name “Pali” means ‘cliff’ in Hawaiian! Wait to until you see the height of this cliff! The Pali Lookout is also a site of deep historical significance. This is where King Kamehameha successfully united Oahu under his rule, after winning the Battle of Nuuanu in 1795.
Now we pass through the Pali tunnels to the Windward side of Oahu where you will photograph the Ko’olau Mountains. You will understand why this mountain range is a Natural National Monument in the United States when you are face to face to the range.
Before lunch we walk along Oahu Island’s longest uninterrupted white-sand beach at Waimanalo Bay Beach Park. This beach carries the honor of being named the #1 beach in America, and the reason why will become undeniably clear when you visit for yourself. Lined with old growth Australian ironwood trees, you’ll adore the atmosphere made rich by the elements of earth, sky, and water blending together in a single photograph. This is one of the top attractions on Oahu Photography Tours!
Having worked up our appetites, we stop for lunch at Ono Steaks & Shrimp Truck, which offers true Hawaiian specialties like loco moco, as well as local fish, Kalua pork, and more ono (Hawaiian for delicious) options.
We continue onwards a series of unforgettable Oahu attractions: Makapu’u Beach Lookout, Halona Blow Hole Lookout, Sandy Beach, and Lana’i Lookout where you’ll capture the stunning East Oahu and be left breathless from the special beauty before you.
For our final stop for the day will at Hanauma Bay, a protected marine life conservation area formed in 1967. Staring out at this 32,000-year-old circular-shaped late stage volcanic eruption, Hanauma Bay, your first instinct will be to reach for your camera, and we say go for it!