Arrive in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii and check into our hotel. We’ll have orientation and group dinner.
Our morning shoot will take us out on a private charter to look for and photograph Humpback Wales along the Northern Kohala Coast. Humpbacks winter in Hawaii and our experienced captain will take us right to them! We’ll spend the morning and early afternoon photographing the whales as they breach, fin slap and play in the warm Hawaiian waters. We’ll also have the opportunity to photograph other marine life such as dolphins and green sea turtles.
This evening we will photograph the fabled Kona Sunset along a golden beach as it dips into the aquamarine waters of the warm Pacific Ocean.
This morning we will photograph a stunning sunrise along the Kohalo Coast. After a locally-inspired breakfast we’ll head around the island with our goal being to reach Volcanoes National Park in the evening. Tonight we’re staying in the quaint, mountain village of Volcano right outside the park. We’ll check into to our jungle retreat and then head to a warm, black-sand beach in hope of photographing Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles!
We’ll be up early to catch the rising sun over Halemaumau Crater. We’ll spend the morning hiking and exploring Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. We’ll photograph native Hawaiian bird & tree species as we walk though forests of Ohia and check out the strange and otherworldly lava tubes.
This afternoon we will check into our hotel in Hilo for some rest & relaxation. This evening we’ll make our way up to the summit of Mauna Kea – Hawaii’s highest peak at 13,796 feet. The sunset from Mauna Kea’s lofty summit is otherwordly. Often in winter there is snow on the ground at this elevation. We’ll photograph the spectacular sunset, maybe even glimpse Maui in the distance.
If the lava is flowing into the ocean our private charter will take us down the coast at sunrise to photograph the flowing lava is it pours into the ocean.
Later today it’s all about waterfalls on the North Coast. We’ll also explore historic Hilo Town and get some great local food.
Tonight we’ll head out into the tropical warmth and trek along the Puna Coast to where the Lava from Kilauea Volcano enters the Ocean. This is an incredible experience to be out in the steamy, lava-covered jungles in the evening! Awesome photo opportunities abound.
We’ll do one last sunrise shoot as a group in Hilo before saying goodbye. Flights home can be booked anytime after 2pm. You can fly out of Hilo or we will shuttle you back around the island to Kona.