These Calming Waikiki Photos Are Your Ticket To An Instant Vacation

03/12/2015 09:07 am ET | Updated Mar 12, 2015

It’s been a merciless winter, but thankfully, photographer Max Wanger is here to help thaw you out.

His “Waikiki” series of photographs puts us exactly where we want to be: floating in the tranquility of the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean.

The Los Angeles-based photographer was in Waikiki last summer when he went up to the roof of the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort to find "moments of quiet.”

From the roof, Wanger said, he could finally appreciate the vastness of the bustling beach neighborhood.

“It showed a quieter way of looking at Waikiki,” he told The Huffington Post.

Wanger had lived in Hawaii for eight years and admits that he sometimes took the over-stimulating and crowded tourist district for granted. His photographs, he added, helped him see the city in a new way. "It really is beautiful," he said. "It’s magical. You take it for granted sometimes, because it’s so busy and touristy. But when you step back from it all, it’s just stunning.”

Float on in the tranquility through Wanger’s photos below, and see more of his work at his website, or follow him on Instagram.

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