We just returned from a week in Hawaii where we re-visited many of the places we went to on our honeymoon seven years ago. The islands of Hawaii are so beautiful and diverse. During this trip we had the opportunity to take a helicopter ride over Oahu as well as the Big Island. Seeing an active volcano for the first time was certainly one of the highlights of our trip. I also saw a sea turtle while I was snorkeling, which was truly magnificent.
For this trip, I decided to take my point and shoot (a Sony Cybershot) so I could focus on enjoying the moment rather than looking for the “perfect shot.” The following photos are all SOOC (straight out of camera). It is a wonderful camera for travel – compact, quick, and waterproof. I also love the panoramic feature. Here are my favorite panoramic shots from this trip:
We hiked to the top of Diamond Head on our honeymoon as well, and it was worth it to do it again this trip. Such a stunning view of Waikiki Beach and the vast ocean.
There are so many moments from this trip that I didn’t want to forget. Here are a few of my favorites.
Snorkeling is one of my favorite activities. Too bad I’m in a land-locked state, so the only chance I get to snorkel is when we travel. We visited Hanauma Bay Park twice while we were in Hawaii. The fish, the coral, and the water are all amazing here.
Visiting the Big Island of Hawaii was such a treat. Seeing an active volcano from the ground and from the air was one of the highlights of this trip.
We also had the opportunity to do a helicopter tour of Oahu. These were the highlights for me (clockwise from top left): Diamond Head, Chinaman’s Hat, the Pearl Harbor Memorial, and a small uninhabited island near Kai’Lua.
What is a trip to Hawaii without a rainbow and a waterfall?
The ocean, particularly the north shore of Oahu, is absolutely breathtaking with the magnificent waves and brave surfers. I highly recommend visiting the north shore of Oahu in the winter when waves can reach 50-60 feet at their peek. Stunning!