Aside from giving us a call and securing your sunrise or sunset photo session as soon as possible, here are some things you should know about your visit to the Hawaiian Islands.
Did you know that the most visited island is Oahu? One of the main reasons why this is the most popular island among tourists is because it is the home of the state capital, Honolulu. You have probably also heard of Waikiki Beach, which is also part of Oahu.
When it comes to photography in this area, you must be aware that it could be hard for your Hawaii photographer to avoid the hundreds of tourists that crowd the beaches of Waikiki. Annually, 4.7 million visitors come to the island of Oahu, and that is one of the reasons why it is often referred as “The Gathering Place.”
The great thing about Oahu is that there is truly something for everyone. If you’re traveling with a big group, we guarantee you will find something everyone will love. If you are into history, you will love stopping by Pearl Harbor. If shopping is your thing, no other island provides so many options- from the Outlets of Waikele to the stores of Waikiki. You will also get to experience the amazing scenery, fantastic climate and paradisiacal beaches that are characteristic of Hawaii. While Honolulu and Waikiki tend to be crowded areas, there are many other options around Oahu that may appeal to you if you are looking for a quiet and more relaxed vacation.
East of Oahu
In the eastern Coast of Oahu you will find one of the most stunning views in the island. If you are looking for great photography spots, you might want to check out the stunning mountain range and beautiful beaches on the East also known as the Windward Coast.
Look out for Lanikai Beach and the spectacular views on top of the Lanikai Pillboxes hike. Also, don’t miss Kualoa Ranch, a very popular spot for wedding photography. Other spots worth visiting in the East side: Kailua, Kaneohe and Makapu’u.
North of Oahu
The North Shore of Oahu is to surf what Milan in Italy is to fashion. It’s truly one of the surfing capitals of the world!
In the winter months, millions of surfers around the world come to Oahu in search of perfect weather and the biggest waves you’ll see. With a cool small town vibe, miles of beaches, hot foodie spots and great bikini bodies, places in North Shore like Haleiwa Town, Sunset Beach and Waimea Valley might make you rethink your current living situation.
North Shore is also a great place for activities like paddle-boarding and camping. However, if sleeping beneath the stars is not your thing, the North Shore is home to Turtle Bay Resort, one of the hippest luxury hotels in the Island,
West of Oahu
The western part of the island is often referred to as the Leeward Coast. Drier than the rest of Oahu and the home of many Kama’ainas (Hawaiian word for locals), there are scattered beaches worth seeing in this area like Mahaka Beach.
One of the standout areas on the West is Ko Olina. Here you will find luxury hotels and resorts like the JW Marriott Ihilani Ko Olina and the Marriott Beach Club. This area is ideal for a family vacation!
Still unsure about what island to visit when you come to Hawaii?
Oahu might be a great start. From here, you can always catch a plane to the other islands if you’re wanting a more stripped-down and raw experience in the Pacific.
Once you are here, you will understand why many decide to get their Family Portraits, Engagement and Couple Sessions or Wedding Photos with Pacific Dream Photography here in Oahu. You really can’t ask for a better backdrop for your pictures than the amazing Hawaiian backdrops of Oahu!