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carolynccruz

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2017

Now this tour with BLUE HAWAII was wonderful the tour guide was right on target all day. Jason I highly recommend for this tour.

Brenda R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

Highly recommend this tour for all photographers! Whether you're wanting to learn more about your camera, manual settings or just professional tips on placement, light, motion etc. then this is time well spent with Blue Hawaii Photo Tours.
Marie very kindly followed up on my reservation before the tour, picked me up at my hotel and made the experience and advice very rewarding. I'm now putting into play the many learnings and tips she shared with us and I'm really enjoying the results, fair to say I've taken my photography up to a higher level.
Mahalo Blue Hawaii! Brenda Reed Australia

Stephen P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2017

Marie and those she works with know their stuff! If you want to get some great views of Oahu and some great tips on photography, this is for you. I can now handle my Canon SX 530 HS much better than before.

ladmoore

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2017

My wife and I had a wonderful time on this tour with Marie. I would recommend this tour for anyone, whether you are a newcomer to Oahu or if you have been there several times. We've been to Oahu four times and Marie still took us to places we had never been before. And everywhere we went was a beautiful and amazing spot. Marie was very helpful with our cameras and explaining about different techniques to try to get the best picture possible. She also is very knowledgeable about the island and the different places we visited. Our photos turned about amazing and they will be treasured for always. If you are on the fence about choosing this tour, don't hesitate, you couldn't ask for a better way to spend your day. Lisa and Dan, May 2017.

Richard L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2017

This a great tour and unsurpassed value for beginners and experts alike.
Our guide was Evan and he brought us through a multitude of East to North coast locations that we would never have found on our own. Evan made sure he helped everyone get the most of the photo opportunities with both compositional and technical advice. He was also well versed on the history of the island, often pointing out things like a cave-marked hillside where royalty was often buried - explaining why and how they were buried.
I am a professional photographer, so didn't need much help took the tour to get to the most promising locations but Evan did often point out things that I had missed. And he walked another photog learning a new camera through using different camera modes at each stop.
We stopped for lunch at a local lunch truck and the food was great.
Continued up the coast to the north Shore to see the many 'secret' spots and then to the Pipeline. The crowning event was finding two sea turtles sunning themselves on Turtle Beach.
Again, a great opportunity to see locations we never would have found on our own, with a very personable, talented photo tourguide.

sjtmccormick

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2017

This tour was amazing and Jenny, our tour guide was wonderful, and so knowledgeable about both our SLR camera and point-and-shoot camera settings and lighting! She took us to gorgeous landscapes, beaches and lookouts! Pictures came out beautiful. We highly recommend this tour!

minemine

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2016

What an amazing tour!!!! Marie is a sweet woman and an amazing photographer. My daughter and i had so much fun on her island tour. She took us to beautiful places and we stopped at a great hidden lunch spot. She taught us so much about our cameras and how to take better pictures. We learned a lot. I like the intimate tour...we had 4 people and got personal attention. A man in our group had a smart phone and she gave him tips on how to take better pictures. I wish i lived in Oahu so i can take this tour and others she offers all the time. Marie is the best...take this tour if you want to see Maries beautiful Oahu!!!

thebat12666

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2016

My wife and I were picked up from our hotel in the morning and taken to some very scenic locations around the island. The advice and tuition that we received from a very knowledgable and friendly tour guide, who clearly knows her way around a camera was outstanding. We would recommend this tour to anyone who wants to get the best out of their camera. Thank you Jenny for a wonderful day and some very helpful and insightful tips.

Samuel C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2015

Best way to see sights and get good photos.

Joy B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2015

Brillant tour where everything went smoothly. The guide is a professional photographer who was able to share her knowledge and expertise and I got some good photos from the day as well as seeing some very scenic spots on Oahu. I very much enjoyed the day and would highly recommend this to any budding photographers out there.

whitelight3105

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

This was a brilliant tour. Marie was so patient and full of information for 2 novices who really didn't know a lot about their new digital SLRs. No question was silly and we both walked aware with a greater understanding of our cameras and more love for beautiful Oahu. The locations were fabulous and I loved the stories that Marie could tell us about the locations. This was one of the best days of our trip. Thanks Marie

Carole G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

Marie did a wonderful job!!! She helped me with my camera and took us to beautiful sites!

P H

4 star rating: Recommended
November 2017

Nice way to see Hawaii, saw sights we would not really see otherwise - did not learn much about photography.

Golfah Australia

4 star rating: Recommended
July 2016

I took this tour as I wanted to get a bit more experience in using my new camera. There were four of us on the tour one being my wife who is not really in to photography but she enjoyed the tour and the locations we were taken to.
Evan was our tour guide and drove us around and explained the history of the places we visited. He answered my queries on the set up of my camera and the best settings to use for the different shots.
Perhaps a bit more explanation on composing the shot would have been helpful.
He was friendly and drove in a very safe manner.
I would have liked to have gone to a waterfall but perhaps time did not permit.

Linda H

3 star rating: Worth doing
January 2018

First, I was contacted by them because supposedly, one of their tour people were off sick, so the tour and time I chose was going to be cancelled. I was offered to go on an earlier one the same day, or else go a whole different day. Since I wouldn't be available that other day and wanted the photography tips for the rest of my vacation, I agreed. I was told they'd pick me up at a name brand coffee shop in front of my hotel. Now here is the mixup. When I asked, in my hotel lobby, just where the coffee shop was, I was told there wasn't one at that hotel and the closest one was several blocks away so I ended up walking several blocks in the dark before 6am to the meeting place. Luckily there were several Hawaiian men sitting out front who took me under their wing as I waited past the meeting time. Finally I was called on my cell, and more or less chastised for not being where I was supposed to be. Trying to explain that there was no coffee shop in front of my hotel and where I was, I was told that my hotel didn't exist? At this point Chaz the Hawaiian man, took the phone from me and tried to straighten out which hotel I was staying at, and where I was waiting. Then when he asked if she needed directions, she said No and hung up on him. He was quite upset saying that she was not displaying the Hawaiian Aloha spirit, must be from the mainland, and make sure I didn't tip her. LOL I had to provide the hotel name and address when I booked on Viator, but the tour guide later showed me a sheet of paper with another hotel name and address on it. So I don't know really who was in the wrong. She showed up maybe 20 minutes later and I was stuck alone way in the back of the van since I was now the last one picked up. She talked most of the time we were driving but it was very hard to hear her way in the back. She seemed to pay much more attention to the young guys with the big fancy cameras while I felt like I was being punished or something except for the one or two times she threw me a crumb. We stopped at some nice areas that I may not have gotten to see, and I got one camera tip that I was able to use for the rest of my vacation. Oh ya, AND even though I was told we would be back at a certain time, we ended up running over which now was causing a problem with the other group I was supposed to meet to go to the luau. Had to make calls and scramble to figure that out, but she did drop me at a different location so that I could meet up with my group. I wasn't able to clean up and change before the luau but had to go straight to it. Of all the tours I booked through Viator, I'd say this turned out to be the most disappointing.

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