For the bikini babes looking for some good times and some great photos, we have Oahu's Best Instagram Spots! As a Hawaii swimwear company we have compiled a list of our favorite must stop Instagram Spots around the island. This list is for adventurous babes looking to make the most out of their Oahu vacation or the Hawaii babes looking for some local inspo.
Sadly our bikini shop is not one of the stops, as we are an online bikini shop, but if you would like to shop in person, click here to see where our next pop up shop will be!
South Shore Oahu
While most people will tell you to stay clear of Waikiki and the South Shore, we believe that each side of the island has its own charm and beauty and they are all worth appreciating!
The infamous Waikiki beach! The tourist capitol of Hawaii. Waikiki is a two mile stretch of beach lined with historic hotels, surf board rentals and of course the iconic shot of Diamond head in the background. Grab a beach shot of diamond head or a classic surf shot from the water! The surf breaks in Waikiki are some of the most forgiving places to learn and theres plenty of instructors if you want a lesson. The sunsets are beautiful, and theres even fireworks every Tuesdays and Fridays that shoot off from the Hilton.
Location: Honolulu with the main drag down Kalakaua Ave.
Banan Acai Bowls
Dairy Free Soft Serve Acai bowls. Made from local bananas, these Acai bowls are insta worthy and delicious.
Location: Banan has four locations one of them being the Waikiki Beach Shack. Located in the heart of Waikiki on Kalakaua Ave.
Diamond Head Lookout
Incredible views of Waikiki, gorgeous ocean views, easy to get to, and not a very long hike (0.8 miles from parking lot to lookout). $5 cash per car, get here early because it gets really hot theres always tons of crowds. Almost always sunny year round.
Location: Located in Honolulu. Access to the trailhead is on the north side of the crater.
Diamond Head Beach
Looking to escape the crowds of Waikiki Beach? Diamond Head Beach offer a secluded stretch of beach filled with palm trees and blue water just minutes from the hotels. Watch the surfers, sunbathe on the beach, and dip in the crystal clear water to cool off. Park at the Diamond Head Look out and walk down the paved path to the bottom.
Location:Located on the south side of Diamond head via Diamond Head Road. Parking available in two small lots on the ocean side of the road.
Probably the easiest waterfall to get to and still great for instagram photos. 1.6 miles round trip up a mainly flat trail to a 150 ft waterfall. Prepare to get muddy and pay attention to weather reports. If its rainy the waterfall can get huge, if its been dry it can be a tiny sprinkle of water.
Location: Honolulu via Manoa Rd. Follow the road towards the mountains and it will end at a parking lot and the trailhead. Parking is $5.
South East Oahu
Honolulu, but not. The south east-side is a quiet suburban place with cliff jumping, waves, and hiking. Visit the south east side for gorgeous views, quick access, and less crowds.
Koko Head Stairs
Otherwise known as the Koko Head Stairs of Doom. This hike consists of 1048 stairs in the form of old rail road ties up a volcanic tuff cone. The views are beautiful on a clear day but definitely a workout! Bring water and go early because this hike does get hot!
Location: About 30 minutes east of Waikiki on Anapalau st. There is a free parking lot and the trailhead is located on the east side of the baseball fields.
Makapu'u Light House and Beach
Whether your feeling hike or just a chill day on the beach Makapu'u has both. The hike has a parking lot (free) and is a 1.5 mile paved hike. From the top theres gorgeous views of the beach below, the lighthouse, and from December through May theres a high potential to see whales. A great place to watch sunrise if the sky is clear. The beach is about another 1/2 mile down the road and has a parking lot and street parking. Make sure to bring your cheeky bikini and some reef safe sunscreen!
Location: about 40 minutes east of Waikiki via Kalanianaole hwy. The trailhead is located on the right on lighthouse rd and the beach is located along the hwy about a quarter mile further. There is a beach park with parking, but it fills up fast so if that is the case there is parking along the hwy if it becomes too full.
This "beach park" has one of the best views of Sunset in the winter (during the summer the sunset gets blocked by diamond head). China Walls consists of lava rock ledges that are perfect for cliff jumping and grilling.
Location: About 30 minutes east of Honolulu. on Hanapepe pl. Parking is on the street but make sure you are parked legally and respect the residents because this is a quiet neighborhood.
Probably one of the favorites for beach insta photos is Sandys. A large beach about 30 minutes east of Honolulu, it is known for body surfing and tiny bikinis. Get Sundazed on the beach while enjoying the waves and the food trucks. Perfect for beach photos and there are tidepools to explore on each side (not a beach for the casual swimmer, the shore break is intense and the current is strong).
Located about 30 minutes from Waikiki along Kalananaiole Hwy. There is a ton of beach parking on the right side, but it can fill up fast on the weekends.
Known for calm shallow waters and every shade of blue you can imagine. The east side of the island is the most rainy side of the island so make sure to check the weather before you go, but if you catch it on a sunny days the views are paradise.
Kaneohe Sand Bar
One of the lesser known Oahu favorites is the Kaneohe Sand Bar. About 15 minutes off shore, the Sand Bar is a 6 mile stretch of sand that becomes dry at low tide. Frolick in the shallow water with every shade of blue ocean imaginable and the giant Koolau Mountain ranges in the back. The water is clear and there is almost always turtles. You must go by boat to the sand bar and their a couple tours offered. Make sure you bring a bikini, hat, sunscreen, and water because this beach is completely exposed and can get hot!
Location: 15 minute boat ride from Kaneohe Bay via a local tour
Lanikai beach is consistanly ranked on the top 10 beaches in the US. Situated in a quiet neighborhood with only street parking, you'll find this dreamy beach with powdery soft white sand and 50 shades of ocean blue. Its every instagramers paradise with palm trees, quaint beach accesses and 2 cute little islands off the shore that are actually bird sanctuaries. This beach never has waves and is perfect for the insta beach day.
Location: Kailua, Hi via Mokulua Rd. Parking is street parking only with no parking on Sundays and holidays. Please park legally and respect the residents. Access to the beach is through blue beach access signs on the right side of the road.
Situated above the beach are the Lanikai Pillboxes. Probably a must have for instagram photos, this hike is about 0.6 miles long with gorgeous views. The hike includes a couple world war 2 pill boxes that you can rest and enjoy the view.
Location: Kailua, Hi via Kaelepulu rd. Parking is not available on this road, but in the neighborhood below. Please be respectful to the residents and don't leave trash.
North Shore Oahu
Known as a surfers paradise, with seven miles of some of best waves in the world. You feel like your walking into the blue crush movie with the sunshine and the chill, barefoot vibes.
"Turtle Beach" -Laniakea
Laniakea is also known as "turtle beach" is a tiny little beach park off the highway. The beach has 24 resident turtles that regularly come up on the beach and nap during the day. Almost any day you can spot them basking in the sun. The Hawaiian sea turtle is protected as an endangered species and if there is a turtle, there is usually a volunteer that help answer any questions about the turtles.
Location: Laniakea Beach, off the left side of Kamehameha Hwy. about 2.5 miles down the road from Haleiwa.
Haleiwa Angel Wings
If you come to the North Shore you have got to stop at the Haleiwa angel wings. Haleiwa town is a quaint little town full of shopping and north shore charm. The wings are located outside of a shaved ice shop so you can grab and snack and and snap an adorable photo.
Location: Haleiwa, HI via Kamehameha hwy. outside of Anahulu Shaved Ice.
North Shore Pillboxes
Looking for a little stretch of the legs and an amazing view. Watch the waves roll in over the famous 7 mile stretch of surfing beaches. This hike is a 30 minute mile and a half clearly marked trail. The first half starts off as a flat walk through the jungle, and then gains elevation pretty quickly with stairs. You end with the first pillbox or you can continue on to the peace sign pillbox.
Location: Haleiwa, HI The trailhead starts right outside of the Sunset beach elementary school and there is parking located at the park and at Ehukai beach across the street.
Dreamy north shore mornings include acai bowls and bullet coffee at this adorable shack across from Sunset beach. This coffee shack is the perfect inspo for any north shore shoot. They have tons of cute little signs and pineapples to use as props and everything is full of bright tropical north shore vibes. Not to mention their acai bowls are amazing!
Location: Kamahameha Hwy on the right side of the road just before the parking for Sunset beach. Parking is available across the street or at the beach park.
Sharks Cove is a protected reef area located between some of the most famous North Shore surf breaks, but don't worry it doesn't usually include sharks. The cove is home to thousands of sea animals and the cove ranges from 8-15 feet deep with shallow tide pools on the side. Ranked some of the best shallow diving in the world, this cove is a must for underwater photos and adventure.
Location: On Kamehameha Hwy, across the street from Foodland. Parking is in the dirt lot and you walk down rocks and a dirt path to get there. The walk down to the water can be kind of hard if you have trouble with balance.
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