Travel photography is a fun and rewarding hobby. With today’s technology, it is easier than ever to take some magnificent photos of your destinations. Whether you are using a point and shoot, SLR, or your smartphone, great photo ops are everywhere. This is certainly true if you’re an outdoors enthusiast, and one of the most breathtaking destinations for travel photographers of all skill levels is Maui.
Known for its beaches and sunsets, Maui is also home to beautiful state parks and nature trails. From craters dancing in the clouds to dense tropical rainforests, grab your camera and check out these simply perfect hiking destinations!
‘Lao Valley State Park
This is an excellent choice for those who may be new to hiking and is family-friendly. At 1/2-1.8 miles, the main pathway is paved and allows access to native flora and fauna. Snap some shots of the colorful flowers along the way — you might just be able to get a shot of a Bird of Paradise or the iconic Hawaiian Hibiscus.
This is one of two waterfall hikes of the Oheo Gulch and is about 2 miles roundtrip. There, water cascades down tall, green cliffs into crystal clear pools. These are the kind of travel photos everyone wishes they could take!
Waihee Ridge Trail
This trail is five miles long and recommended for the experienced hiker. Once you climb the 1,500 feet to the top of Lanilili Peak, the views are just breathtaking. Come prepared with the right gear and some water, and don’t forget your camera for this hike! You don’t want to miss out on the chance for some great panoramic shots.
Haleakala, Sliding Sands Trail
Located in the Haleakala National Park, beginning at the summit of the carter, is another trail ideal for experienced hikers. At ten miles long, preparation for this hike is vital. The views are unique, as is the ecosystem; make sure you have a fully charged battery for this hike, for yourself and your camera!
You have to actually try to be bored during a trip to Maui! These are just some of the many experiences waiting for you and your camera. Be sure to pack everything you need for your hike. In addition to food and water, you’ll definitely want to bring along a durable camera bag that won’t weigh you down. Whether you’re trying to get a photo of the most stunning wildflower or have a passion for rare birds and other critters, come prepared and hit the trails — Maui is waiting for you!
There’s so much to do at Hawaii, don’t spend a moment being bored. Take a look at all the wonderful things you can try!