In the words of Lil Jon “Shots! Shots! Shots! Everbody!” I am not talking about the Tequila variety, but the elusive Instagram vacation photo. We all want to get great photos while on vacation. Some put a little more time and effort than others. I would like to categorize myself as an extremist when it comes to this.
Prior to our Maui vacation, my husband and I scouted out some of the best locations to get photos on the island. There is so much beauty and variety of landscapes on Maui, so we wanted to capture a little bit of everything.
If you are visiting Maui, then I hope I have removed some of the leg work for you. Here are some of the shots that made it to my Instagram feed:
1. Surfboard Fence
There are several surfboard fences in the town of Paia. This one is the brightest and easiest to photograph. If you are in downtown Paia, it is located several blocks south on Baldwin Ave. in the residential area.
2. The Bamboo Forest
The Bamboo Forest is along the Pipiwai Trail on the Road to Hana. Most photograph the boardwalk, but we wanted to do something a bit more creative. If you are going to venture off the trail, look out for spiders!
3. The Grand Wailea
The Grand Wailea is a quintessential Hawaiian resort. There are so many great backdrops for photos here. You do not have to be a guest to visit the resort. I recommend strolling along the grounds and having diner at their restaurant Huma Huma. It is easy to get lost here!
A trip to Maui would not be complete without a photo of a sunset or sunrise at the Haleakala Summit. If you are going for the sunrise, make sure to make a reservation in advance and dress warm! It was 40 degrees Fahrenheit and very windy when we visited.
5. Sunflower Fields
When you think of Hawaii, you probably wouldn’t think sunflower fields. But along the junction of the Kuihelani and Honoapi’ilani Highway you will find acres of them. You can pull your car over on the highway to take a photo, just be mindful of your step.
If you want to photograph a waterfall on Maui, then you need to go on the Road to Hana. This particular one is the at mile marker 45 and is called the Wailua Falls. If you don’t want to drive far, then the Twin Falls at mile marker 2 are a good option. You will have to go very early or very late to get an unobstructed photo.
It is no argument that Maui has the best beaches in Hawaii, so it won’t be hard to find a good spot. This photo was taken at Little Beach in Makena. What makes this beach specific to Maui is the view of islands Molokini and Kaho’olawe.
Maui has crystal clear waters, which makes it fun to take underwater photos. We bought a waterproof Olympus TG-5 and it served us well. This particular shot was taken at Big Beach by the reef. Another great place to get underwater photos is by Molikini. I recommend taking a snorkel cruise as the reefs here are incredible.
Maui is named the Valley Isle for good reason. This photo was taken at the Iao Valley, but there are a few others on the island. These are always the most beautiful and awe inspiring areas in Hawaii.
10. Lava Field
The Hawaiian islands were born from Valcanoes. It is amazing how all the dark landscapes became lush and beautiful with time. This lava hike is at the end Makena Rd. and is called the Hoapili Trail. It is a reminder of how barren the islands once were.
If you have been to Maui and have any other suggestions for photo locations, please let me know in the comments. Also, I really enjoy following fellow bloggers on Instagram. If you would like me to check out your page, leave your IG name in the comments.
You can see more of my Maui and travel photos on my Instagram @Kira.Canadian.Girl
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