• Jack Solomon

Top 10 Instagram Destinations of Oahu (You CAN'T Miss)

Updated: Jun 20, 2018

Our social media feeds are filled with beach landscapes, viral food trends, and “Insta goals”. O`ahu is the epitome of all of these things. With incomparable natural beauty, an urban epicenter brimming with arts and culture, and plenty of local “grinds” for the foodies, the island is an Instagrammer’s dream. Here are our 10 favorite places to get the shot:

Mānoa Falls

Tucked away in the valleys behind downtown Honolulu, Mānoa Falls is a lush paradise just minutes from the hustle and bustle of the city. A short and easy trail leads to a towering 150 foot waterfall, a pool for swimming, and plenty of Insta opportunities. 


The district of Kaka`ako is a metropolitan mural, with street art lining every block of Honolulu’s art sector. The graffiti creates a great backdrop for the host of local shops and restaurants, like Arvo café, specializing in gourmet avo toast and palm tree lattes.

Yokohama bay

Yokohama bay is the closest thing to a “road trip” one can get on the island of O`ahu. Located at the very end of Farrington Highway and framed by the Wai`anae mountain range, Yokohama bay or “Yoks” is a secluded stretch of heaven.

Makapu`u tide pools

Off the paved Makapu`u Lighthouse trail is a set of crystal clear pools deep enough for a swim. Take a right down the mountain at the humpback whale signs and make your way to these picturesque tide pools. However, this area is right on the Ka Iwi coast and the waves that fill these pools are unpredictable; make sure to always keep an eye out on the swells!

Ho`omaluhia Botanical Gardens

Enter Jurassic park at this beautiful botanical garden on the east side of the island in Kāne`ohe. Not only is the Insta worthy ride into the park worth it alone, the gardens themselves house local flora, a lake to lounge around, and a nature walk.

Waimānalo beach

Waimānalo beach is what you need for ultimate relaxation. With old Hawaiian fishponds acting as a barrier from the outside waves, Nalo is blessed with calm and pristine waters making it a great place to break out the floaties, lay back, and cruise.

Banzai Pipeline

Pipeline, the surf spot located at Ehukai beach park, is a bipolar beauty. In the summer, this spot is like a lake, with deep and calm waters lined by palm trees and open stretches of sand. In the Winter, that same stretch is flocked with spectators of the North Shore’s massive surf, lining the beach to watch 40 foot waves and the famous Billabong Pipe Masters.

Crouching Lion hike /Kahana Bay

The Crouching Lion hike, named after the rock formation at the top of the mountain overlooks Kahana Bay. Get vertical (and sweaty!) on this 30 to 40 minute hike straight up to this panoramic view of the North Shore.

Sunrise Shack

Hale`iwa is a favorite for any foodie with great small shacks lining the roads. Our favorite is the Sunrise Shack. This cute yellow hut houses a health-conscious menu with items like papaya boats, ‘booch, and cold brews.

China Walls

China Walls, under the guise of Koko Kai Mini Beach Park in Hawaii Kai, is the local’s go-to for watching the sunset. With great views, a cliff jumping spot, and reflective pools for photos, it’s worth the daily crowds. This spot is a good place to remember the power and unpredictability of the ocean, with waves crashing straight on the coast.

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