The Big Island’s wildly diverse landscapes provide endless inspiration for shutterbugs! Capture spectacular scenery including postcard-worthy beaches, lava fields, active volcanoes and sparkling waterfalls on this private Hawaii photo safari. Travel to many picturesque destinations in a 4x4 with an experienced photographer guide, who will provide tips on composition, framing and lighting. Venture off the typical tourist track and set the pace that’s comfortable for you on this customized tour. Bring whatever camera you have, or rent a high-quality digital SLR.
Big Island Photo Safari
Snap fantastic, frame-worthy pictures to memorialize your Hawaii vacation on this private photo safari! All types of cameras are welcome, from smartphones to advanced SLRs; if you like, rent a Nikon D60 SLR with zoom lenses for the day. Photography instruction is best suited for beginning to intermediate photographers.
Choose a departure time and tour length that fits your sightseeing schedule, including full- and half-day tours and sunrise and sunset departures to capture your favorite light. Your guide will pick you up at your hotel in a 4x4 vehicle and take you to some of the Big Island’s most photogenic sites. Tours can be customized based on your preferences (weather and time permitting), so tell your guide if you have any specific destinations or ideas in mind.
Expect to visit several different landscapes, from the sputtering splendor of Kilauea volcano to the stunning coastal cliffs of the Hamakua Coast. Learn about the cultural and geographic history of Hawaii along the way. Snacks and beverages will be provided throughout the day. On full-day tours, your guide will suggest a delicious spot for a lunch break (own expense).
If you rented a camera, you can view and purchase photos at the end of your tour. Go home with a whole album’s worth of photos that capture the essence of Hawaii!
See Itinerary below for a complete description and sample itineraries for full- and half-day tour options.
Half-Day Tour (4 hours):
Your Big Island photo tour begins with pickup from your hotel or residence at your selected time: early morning, late morning, afternoon or evening (to catch the sunset).
As your friendly and experienced photo guide takes you to your first stop in your private four-wheel-drive SUV, he or she will tell you a bit about Hawaii’s physical and cultural history.
Photo locations vary day to day, but you can be sure you’ll be taken to some of the Big Island’s most scenic spots, from waterfalls to lava fields. Possible sites include Kealakekua Bay in South Kona, Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, Kilauea volcano and the lava landscape around Saddle Road. During your time at each location, listen to your guide’s instructions about framing, shadows and more.
Practice your skills with some creative photo exercises that will teach you how to use the light and landscape to capture a beautiful photograph. Your tour ends with return to your pickup point.
Full-Day Tour (10-12 hours):
More than twice as long as the half-day option, the full-day photo tour is for true photography buffs who want as many chances as possible during the day to capture the perfect shot of the Big Island.
Begin in the morning at your selected time (either the very early morning or a late morning departure if you’re not an early bird). After your private guide picks you up in your four-wheel-drive SUV, take off for the first of several scenic locations.
The sites visited vary day to day; possibilities include the rainforest valleys and waterfalls of the Hamakua Coast, the beaches and rivers of the former royal settlement of Waipio, and the lava landscapes around Saddle Road and Kilauea, the most active of the Big Island’s volcanoes. Perhaps you’ll take shots of a 1,000-foot (305-meter) waterfall, a forest of native koa trees or a lava tube.
Throughout the day, listen to your guide’s insights about photography and take part in exercises that teach you how to use light and other photo tricks. Halfway through the day, stop for lunch at a favorite local restaurant, a luxury hotel or an outdoor location where you can enjoy a picnic; where you have lunch is up to you and is at your own expense; please note your lunch preferences when booking.
Your tour ends with return to your pickup point.