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7 of the Most Instagrammable Spots on the Big Island

Calling all photographers! Are you searching for the most Instagrammable spots on the Big Island? Well, we compiled a list of our favorite places to snap photos of our island’s beautiful natural landscapes and scenery. Check them out! 

For more ways to make the most of your Hawaiian adventure, be sure to request our complimentary Vacation Guide! 

The Most Instagrammable Spots on the Big Island 

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park 

Hawaii is full of magnificent sights, but few compare to Volcanoes National Park. This is one of the most Instagrammable spots on the Big Island due to the activity of Kilauea. Capture a photo of lava slowly oozing out of this ancient volcano.  

Waipio Valley Lookout  

For sweeping scenic views of the magnificent cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean, head to the northern shore of the Big Island. The Waipio Valley Lookout provides a stunning scene. A lush, mile-wide valley with a beautiful beach bordering the ocean is one of the best places on the island to snap a picture before going on a hike or just soaking in the views. 

Rainbow Falls 

You can’t visit the Big Island without exploring one of the breathtaking waterfalls. Rainbow Falls is easily accessible and offers visitors one of the most Instagrammable spots on the Big Island. Simply park at Wailuku River State Park near Hilo, bring your camera, and start snapping some pictures of this beautiful stream of cascading water. 

Akaka Falls 

Akaka Falls lies in a secluded and natural setting, yet it only requires a short hike from the parking lot. This 442-foot waterfall is a sight to behold, as tons of water cascade down the side of a cliff. You can also snap a picture of 100-foot Kahuna Falls earlier in the hike. 

Kealakekua Bay 

This scenic and serene bay’s cliffs and wooded shoreline offer a fantastic backdrop to any picture, but it’s below the water that you’ll want to capture for that fantastic Instagram moment. The marine life in the reefs is second to none, where thousands of colorful fish thrive. 

Mauna Kea 

There’s no scene quite like the night sky on Hawaii, especially from Mauna Kea. This is easily one of the most Instagrammable sights on the Big Island due to the clarity of the sky. There are very few places on earth where you will see these many stars without a high-powered telescope. 

Pololu Valley Overlook 

Like the Waipio Valley Lookout, the Pololu Valley Overlook is home to gorgeous views of the Big Island’s northern shore. Stately cliffs tower over a lush valley and provide some of the most awe-inspiring scenery on the island.  

Plan Your Big Island Retreat purple sunset over palm trees and private pool

Private Homes Hawaii is your key to the ultimate vacation to the Big Island. Our collection of top-notch luxury properties features amenities that are second to none, beautiful furnishings, and locations on or near the water. Check out the incredible oceanfront setting of our Hualalai Hanoa Estates 128 rental! Are you ready to experience the best that Hawaii has to offer? 

Start planning your trip today by booking one of our properties. We look forward to welcoming you to our island paradise.