• Caitlin McAninch

Dreamiest Instagram Locations on Maui

Instagram guides are great to explain exactly where to go when you visit somewhere for the best photo locations. But with somewhere like Maui, the whole damn island is so Instagrammable; you really can pull over on any road and take a gorgeous photo. But, there are still a few spots that I highly recommend you find, and grab a few photos while visiting Maui.

The following are where most of my photos shared on Instagram were shot. If there’s a specific question about photos I posted, don’t hesitate to ask!

Kaanapali Beach for Sunset

Kaanapali Beach is ideal for sunset seeing as it faces west! Every evening we were able to admire the most perfect sunset from our balcony, but a few times we ran down to the beach for golden hour to get those perfect-lit photos.

If you aren’t staying at a resort in Kaanapali, don’t worry, it is still super easy to get to the beach. Off Honoapiilani Hwy, take a left on Lower Honoapiilani Road, and then your first left onto Honoapiilani Park Access Road, park, and walk towards the beach! Tip: put “Duke’s” into your GPS. Almost all my photos were taken within 15 feet from Duke’s Restaurant at the Honua Kai Resort.

Bonus: this is also where we saw whales on three separate occasions, so watch the horizon for whales!

Black Sand Beach

If you take the Road to Hana, there is a park called Wai’anapanapa State Park, it’s on one of the most gorgeous beaches, and to make it even better, it’s a black sand beach! So a bit fun and different for Instagram. This one is super easy to get to, too. Well, I mean it’s the Road to Hana, so that’s not easy. But you don’t have to hike or break a sweat to get to this beach. It’s a turn off from the main highway, then park and walk down some stairs!

Just be warned this spot gets busy quick, so you really have to use the angles to ensure no one is in your photo. Or use Photoshop to get the people out of the background!

North Shore Beach

Near the main airport off of Kaa Street, you can take a left on Amala Place, and there’s a turn towards the water into a dirt parking lot. Maps on the iphone calls it “Ozone Kite Store.” This beach has some of the most gorgeous water I have ever seen. The shade of blue-green is absolutely insane. And it’s an ideal spot for some beach insta-shots.

Makena Cove

Not even sorry that I’m posting about another beach, because… IT’S MAUI! If you drive down through Kihei and Wailea and past most of the resorts and Big Beach, you’ll come across a small hidden cove, called Makena Cove.

This is one of the places I went with a professional photographer. Her name was Leah, and she’s been in Maui for a while now. Even though we stayed at the same beach for an hour, we were able to get so many different types of photos from this incredible spot. Just know there’s no where to change, was being quick and changing out in the open.

When I originally searched “Makena Cove” my phone took me to Makena State Park. This is NOT what you want. I mean, it might be. That area looked very different and had a desertish feel. But for the specific spot in my photos, you’ll want to keep driving.

How gorgeous is the water at Makena Cove?

So just to be safe, use this address:

6950 Makena Rd

Kihei, HI 96753

United States

Haleakalā National Park

Haleakalā National Park is the big mountain most people reference if they’re talking about biking down the mountain or if they’re talking about the sunrise above the clouds. This is 100% accurate. You can take some epic photos on top of the summit of Haleakalā, which we did on our first day visiting.

Photo taken at the summit of Haleakalā National Park.

What some people don’t realize is your pass into the top of Haleakalā also gets you into the Kīpahulu District, which is accessed by driving 12 miles past the town of Hana. This gets you into Pīpīwai Trail, which is where the crazy bamboo forest is, and some gorgeous waterfalls.

Photo taken on the hike in Haleakalā National Park.

Get your permit here: https://www.nps.gov/hale/planyourvisit/basicinfo.htm

Hotel Pools

I’m throwing hotel pools into this mix simply because ALL the resort pools we walked past were amazing. The two pools we had access to were so well kept and perfect for summer and paradise inspired photos. And no shame, you’re in Hawaii! Share off those resorts you’re paying to stay at!


Tip: always keep your camera with you. Both these were randomly taken, not even while purposefully trying to get content. Hawaii is crazy photogenic, and you never know when a good insta-opportunity will pop up!

Photo taken in Lahaina.

Photo taken in the lobby of Kaanapali Beach Club.

This isn’t even everywhere we visited while staying on Maui. It’s a very diverse island with four major areas: Kahului, Kihei, Lahaina and Upcountry Maui. And each area has multiple towns with gorgeous beaches, hikes, eateries, bars and more. Of course, we only were on Maui for ten days, so we did not have time to do everything! But, I did manage to grab 2000+ photos!

Be sure to let me know if you’re able to make it to any of these beautiful locations next time you visit Maui!

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