20 Hawaii Aerial Shots That Will Blow Your Mind
Millions of people flock to Hawaii every year to enjoy the turquoise waters, lush rainforests, and balmy breezes. Take a look at these jaw-dropping Hawaii aerial shots, and get ready to explore some of our islands’ most gorgeous spots from the air!
#1: La Perouse Bay, Maui
The Big Island isn’t the only one to have volcanic bragging rights. La Perouse Bay on Maui’s south shore is the site of Maui’s most recent volcanic activity, dating back to the 1700s.
#2: Hana, Maui
The eastern side of Maui is known for its breathtaking scenery. Most of Hana’s rugged cliffs and countless waterfalls can only be viewed by air.
#3: Makena Beach, Maui
Makena Beach (aka Big Beach) in South Maui is an absolute gem, and it’s just as spectacular from above.
#4: Kauai, Hawaii
Known as the Garden Island, Kauai’s lush landscape is brimming with waterfalls. Many of the must-see waterfalls are extremely remote, which will require you to either be an advanced hiker or see them by air.
#5: Haleakala, Maui
If you are ready to take your Hawaiian experience to the next level, Haleakala National Park is for you. This volcanic crater is 10,023 feet above sea level, and watching the sun rise from up here will change your life!
#6: Kaanapali, Maui
The west side of Maui is made up of some of Hawaii’s most luxurious resorts. And for a good reason! The beaches are some of the best in the world. Here’s a bird’s eye view of Kaanapali Beach and Pu’u Keka’a (aka Black Rock).
#7: Kamaole Beach, Maui
Kamaole Beach is a popular place to swim and sun. Located in the heart of Kihei, this 1.5-mile stretch of beach is the perfect spot to hang out all day and keep everyone in your group as happy as Hawaiian clams.
#8: Napali Coast, Kauai
One of the most famous sights on the North Shore of Kauai is the Napali Coast. From the cascading waterfalls to the 17-mile stretch of emerald-green cliffs, there is nothing quite as breathtaking as this coastline. While there is a trail that has partial access, it ranges from difficult to treacherous. Many island visitors prefer to see the Napali Coast by boat or by air.
#9: Napali Coast, Kauai
This coastline is so stunning, we felt inspired to share one more mind-blowing picture. Napali means “many cliffs” in Hawaiian, and some of these cliffs rise up as high as 4,000 feet above the Pacific Ocean.
#10: Waimea Canyon, Kauai
Kauai’s Waimea Canyon is known as the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific.” There are plenty of trails for beginning and seasoned hikers alike, but this 14-mile long, 3,600-foot deep canyon may take you a while to traverse, so prepare accordingly.
#11: Lanai, Hawaii
Maui’s “sister island,” Lanai, has an easygoing, small-town character and offers a great place for a day excursion. There is a ferry operating between Maui (Lahaina) and Lanai — the only interisland ferry service in the state.
#12: Haleakala, Maui
Flying over Haleakala provides a stunning “moonscape” view. Out of this world!
#13: Lahaina Harbor, Maui
From whale watching to sport fishing, this little town has a lot to offer! While there is plenty to do in Lahaina, almost everyone stops in their tracks when the sunset starts to paint the sky in a vibrant rainbow of tropical colors. Grab a seat at one of the ocean front restaurants and enjoy the show!
#14: Big Island, Hawaii
Eight of the world’s 13 climate zones exist on the Big Island (Hawaii Island), from snowcapped mountains to parched deserts. Plus this island has bragging rights to an active volcano and black, white and green sand beaches! While it is possible to laze away your vacation days here, this island is really built for adventurers.
#15: Molokini, Hawaii
Molokini is a partially submerged volcanic crater located 3 miles off the southern coast of Maui. This area is a Marine Life Conservation District and a popular place for snorkeling and scuba diving tours!
#16: Molokai, Hawaii
Molokai, Maui’s other “sister island” (in addition to the island of Lanai), is nothing short of magnificent. Untouched by mass development and crowds of tourists, this pristine island is a step back in time. The eastern cliffs are the tallest in the world, and the only way you can grasp their magnitude is from a bird’s eye view of Mother Nature’s masterpiece.
#17: Oahu, Hawaii
The Diamond Head Lighthouse is an iconic sight when visiting the island of Oahu. Sitting atop the extinct Diamond Head volcano, this antique lighthouse was built in 1899 and with the assistance of a concrete reinforcement, still stands today. It is not open to the public, but you can see it from Diamond Head Road.
#18: Honolulu, Oahu
If you’ve had your fair share of rainforests and waterfalls, the city side of Oahu is a breath of busy air for those needing a little night life. It’s no wonder that Oahu has adopted the nickname “The Gathering Place.” From good eats to great surf and Waikiki Beach, this island has a little bit of everything!
#19: Road to Hana, Maui
The Road to Hana can be truly memorable if you know what to expect. This winding road isn’t for those prone to car sickness or an aversion to narrow roads that barely fit two lanes of traffic. But if you are up for a little adventure and lots of stunning scenery, this experience fits the bill. The dense rainforest, the tropical fruit stands along the road, the thrill of discovering a hidden waterfall, the charming town of Hana…all well worth the drive!
#20: Upcountry, Maui
From tropical beaches to pine tree forests, Maui’s upcountry is a literal breath of fresh air. The elevation offers one of the most spectacular views of Maui without battling the crowds to snag a picture. There are plenty of unique activities up here depending on your interests. Scout out the local Maui wine tasting or the farm-to-table dining up here!
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