Locations on O'ahu

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Kahana Bay

+ Gorgeous views.

+Over an hour from the city.

+More for the green/lush look and less for the ocean.

+ Calm water, but murkier.

+ Mountains & beach together (weather permitting).

+ Free parking in a small lot

+Great for early morning and evening sessions.

 

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Kualoa Regional Park

+ Gorgeous mountain views

+45+ minutes from the city

+ Palm trees and calm waters

+ Located right beside Kualoa Ranch

+ PLENTY of parking and restrooms.

+Best around sunset time.

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Papa'iloa Beach

A secluded part of the North Shore (over and hour from the city) with:

+ Plenty of privacy!

+ Rocks for plenty of drama.

+ Big, splashing waves.

+ Mountains & beach together (weather permitting).

+ Free parking in small, dirt lot.

+ Perfect for North Shore sunsets or early morning sessions.

(There is a travel fee required for this location)

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Sandy Beach

+25-30 minutes from the city.

+Big waves but gorgeous water

+Sandy and rocky spots

+Mountain views.

+Plenty of parking!

 

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Ka'ena Point Trail

+ North Shore (travel fee applicable)

+Rocky water lines with dramatic waves

+Mountain views for days

+Requires a bit of walking

+Grassy plains

+Best at sunset

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Paradise Cove/Ko Olina

+Gorgeous sunsets

+About 40-ish minutes from city (depending on traffic)

+Rocky beach

+Near the resort area on the island.

+Palm trees

+Distant mountains

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China Walls

+20-30 minutes from the city.

+Seasonal (October-March)

+Parking in a neighborhood (limited)

+Only for those capable of a little hiking (only flats/shoes with grip, please)

+Large, splashing waves.

+Rocky landscape

+Bright during the daytime but also works in the evening.

 

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Halona Beach Cove

+20-30 minutes from the city.

+Only for those capable of a little hiking (only flats/shoes with grip, please)

+Large, splashing waves.

+Rocky landscape

+Very limited parking.

+Can get crowded since the space is small, but the landscape is similar to Kahauloa Cove (just safer to maneuver around)

+Only good at sunrise

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Kahauloa Cove/Lanai Lookout

+Best at sunrise!

+Only for those capable of a little hiking (only flats/shoes with grip, please)

+Large, splashing waves.

+Rocky landscape that looks like Mars

+Can be very dangerous and not for those afraid of heights.

+Recommended for those that hike often.