Please note: This is a “standard” tour so there is little to no hiking on this trip. Most meals included – (B,L,D) denotes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Most meals included – (B,L,D) denotes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 1 (D)
Arrive in Kauai and hotel check-in. We will have a group orientation dinner tonight and discuss the logistics of the workshop.
DAY 2 (B,L,D)
We will spend sunrise photographing one of the beaches near our hotel. We’ll watch the sun peak over the horizon and work on capturing seascapes. After the shoot, we will get breakfast and stop at one of the best coffee/tea shops on the island then we’re off to the south coast.
This afternoon there will be a doors off helicopter flight over the jaw dropping Na Pali Coast. The Na Pali is best seen from the air and this doors off experience allows you to capture beautiful evening light hitting the jagged ridges of the coast.
DAY 3 (B,D)
Our morning shoot will focus on Poipu Beach and Shipwreck Beach. These two beaches are littered with volcanic rocks and offer a good chance for us to capture the tide coming in and out. We will grab some acai bowls for breakfast at a local café and work on processing some of the images we’ve captured.
In the afternoon, we will retrace our steps to the Waimea Canyon, but we will continue even further up into Koke’e State Park. The park offers some off the best hikes on the island and is home to the Kalalau Overlook. The overlook peers thousands of feet down into the lush Kalalau Valley, it’s simply jaw dropping.
DAY 4 (B,L,D)
On Day 4, we’ll change our morning focus from seascapes to waterfalls. We will head to the Wailua River and spend sunrise overlooking Wailua Falls. We will also take advantage of the morning light and head to nearby Opaeka’a Falls as well. We will head back to Poipu for some downtime and processing after a busy two days.
Our sunset destination will be the incredible Waimea Canyon. We’ll make our way to some of the best overlooks of the canyon and check out Waipo’o Falls cascading into the canyon. If the group is interested, we will go for a short hike. Our main goal will be to capture the soft sunset light hitting the canyon.
DAY 5 (B,D)
Today we will focus on the north side of the island, but not before hitting one of the best spots on our way. We will spend two hours doing a relatively easy hike, the Kuilau Ridge Trail. The trail offers expansive views from the ridge of lush jungle and Waiʻaleʻale. We will also visit some of the brightly colored Eucalyptus trees near Keahua Arboretum before grabbing lunch and continuing towards Princeville.
We will shoot sunset at one of the many beaches that scatter the north shore.
DAY 6 (B,D)
We will head towards Hanalei for our sunrise shoot. We will stop at the famous Hanalei Beach. The beach is home to the Hanalei Pier, which we will photograph, but the beach also offers a great view of Kauai’s rugged mountains.
We will grab lunch at one of the food trucks in Hanalei, they offer some of the best food on the entire island, and then head back to our hotel.
For sunset, we will attempt a short (but muddy) hike to Queen’s Bath. If closed due to surf, we will head to one of the local north shore beaches, like Tunnels Beach or Lumahai Beach.
This evening we will enjoy our last, but delicious meal together on the island. One more sunrise to go before the trip concludes!
DAY 7 (B)
On our final day we will either visit Moloa’a Bay or do a short hike around Kahili Beach. Both beaches are spectacular for sunrise. If the tide and surf are right, Kahili Beach offers some ‘secret’ pools that are phenomenal at sunrise. After we wrap up shooting, we will head back to Lihue for drop-offs and departing flights.
Please note that the exact sequence of the itineraries on all photography trips will be based on weather and lighting conditions. The goal on these trips is to make sure we are at the right place at the right time for the perfect light on our subjects. Also, itineraries can change for a variety of other circumstances including floods, forest fires, national park closures, road closures and more. Due to the nature of wildlife and nature photography, we do not guarantee any specific sightings or specific compositions regarding wildlife or natural phenomena.