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Hawaii is a dream come destination for many people because of a few different reasons. First of all, fabulous climate, warm water, and beautiful nature are perfect for people who want to spend their romantic honeymoon or getaway. For people who cherish culture and history, Hawaii is also perfect, because of local native people and their super interesting history.
But today I am going to show you why Hawaii can be perfect for people who love photography! There are at least a few reasons/destination in Hawaii that are worth your camera shots, and bellow I am going to present you all of them!
At Maui Island, take a picture of Humpback Whales
One of the first places a photography fan just like you should visit is a Maui Island in Hawaii. This small, but amazing island actually can offer you a chance to observe and take pictures of a few thousands of humpback whales who every year chooses Hawaii and Maui as their wintering ground.
The whales usually tend to hang out is the waters of Maui Nui — the area between Maui, Lanai, Molokai, and Kahoolawe islands and that view of seeing such an enormous number of the world’s largest mammals in one place is breathtaking for sure. And right now is just the right time to go here! The peak season of whales in Hawaii is between January and March, so you if you really want to see whales, you have to hurry up!
Stop by at Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park
Another place you just must stop by if you want to get a shot of a lifetime is at Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. Here, as you might understand, you will get a chance to absorb and check out a few still active volcanoes, as a few sleeping ones as well. But, to be fair, this national park can offer you much more than that. In fact, it is so big that with 333,086 acres and seven ecosystems to cover, it can be quite hard to see everything in one day.
Moreover, because of a huge variety of ecosystems, here you can gaze your eyes upon and take a shot at both desolate swaths of black lava and dazzling rain forests all in one area. So – definitely don’t miss a chance and visit this national park to see the real beauty of Hawaii in one place!
At Oahu Island, watch surfers
As many of you know already, Hawaii is also famous for its huge waves many surfers around the globe come and try to deal with. So, why not grab a camera and go make a few beautiful shots at Oahu Island there the most of the action happens? And right now, during the winter, the season for surfers is just right. The waves are enormous, sometimes even building-like high, and many adrenaline fans really want to try them all.
Also, if you check for some surfing competitions and visit Oahu during that time, you can get a chance to see professional surfers competing and get a few magnificent shots as well.
At Mauna Kea, stargaze
I can’t forget to mention this place. I just can’t! One of the most sacred places in the Hawaii, and actually the home of the Hawaiian observatory is also a perfect place to stargaze and take pictures. In fact, this place is usually called as one of the best places to stargaze, because the place is so secluded, there is no light pollution, and the horizon is super wide as well.
For the best shots, I would strongly recommend you to visit this place during either sunrise or moonrise. During that time, the sky is just incredibly beautiful and worth every shot you take!
At Punalu’u Beach, check out black sand beach
And finally, the last place I would like to recommend you to stop by for incredible shots is at Punalu’u Beach at Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park I mentioned above. This beach is surely not ordinary at all. The sand here is black and made of basalt and created by lava flowing into the ocean which explodes as it reaches the ocean and cools. So the view here is breathtaking and one of a kind for sure.
Here you can also get a chance to see two endangered species – the Green Turtle and the Hawksbill Turtle that live only on this beach. Therefore, you might even get a chance to capture some pretty rare animals there as well! Perfect, am I right?