Tantalus is the sort of place teenagers hang out on weekends to hide from their parents and escape the real world. But don’t let the reputation fool you. The parking area up here has an insane view of the city of Honolulu and the shoreline, which makes for a fantastic background for a photo op.
Koko Head Summit
No trip to Oahu would be complete without an early morning hike, specifically up the wooden tracks of the Koko Head Crater. Once you make it up the 1,000+ stepped staircase, you’ll be rewarded with a sunrise that could make a grown man cry. The view up here of the ocean’s deep blue hues isn’t too shabby either.
Famous for its surf competitions, Pipeline is located by the North Shore of Oahu and still hosts some of the best surf on the island. At times the waves can be too intense to jump into, so weak swimmers and surfers beware. The massive waves barreling onto the shoreline are, in their own right, a sight to behold – and, obviously, to share with your followers.
Located right below the Makapu’u Lighthouse, these tide pools are the perfect place to cool off after a tedious hike. It’s the ideal place to float around without having to worry about the strong current of waves surprising you in the face. Locally known as “Maks”, you’ll find so many photo opportunities in this area, from the beach to the lighthouse, to of course, the transparent tide pools.
Stairway to Heaven
Officially named Ha’ikū Stairs, this climb is definitely one for the books. This is indeed the holy grail of Instagram photos and people come from all over to conquer it. If you’re able to pull it off, it means you were brave enough to scale the 3,922 steps and you still had enough breath left in you to remember to take that perfectly framed photo.