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Sunrise Plus Island Tour provided by Blue Hawaii Photo Tours

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Sunrise Plus Island Tour

Sunrise Plus Island Tour
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
8h 30m
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Hotel pickup offered
Group size:
6
Near public transportation
Ticket type:
Mobile
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
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Important information
Inclusions
  • Tripods
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by air-conditioned 12 passenger van
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
Duration
8h 30m
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
Inclusions
  • Tripods
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by air-conditioned 12 passenger van
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
8h 30m
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: Dec 14, 2020
A note from Sunrise Plus Island Tour
We limit the number of guests to no more than 6 people in a 12 passenger van. Wear masks inside van but can remove outside of van on location.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
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    Oahu
    Stop: 8 hours
    This unique, 8.5-hour photo tour begins in Waikiki with a hotel pickup in a spacious, air-conditioned van. The sunrise tour departs from the hotel an hour before the sun comes up, then a drive to a spectacular beach for a breathtaking view of the sun at dawn as it appears on the horizon with splashing waves and tide pools. After sunrise we stop for a quick breakfast and continue our tour stopping at numerous locations around the entire island of Oahu. Learn how to use light, and discover what framing, shutter speed, focal points and other important topics mean to composing a great image. Then explore the best places — and find the best angles — in which to take pictures on this breathtaking island. It’s the best of both worlds: a tour with an experienced local guide who shares their knowledge of the Hawaiian history and culture and a mini photo lesson with some of the most beautiful scenery in the world for a postcard-perfect sunrise. Along the way, learn about Hawaii’s history, its wildlife and the geography from the naturalist guide who is not only an expert in photography, but also a Hawaii insider with an in-depth knowledge of the island of Oahu. This photography tour is suitable for all skill levels — from beginners to advanced shooters, using everything from smartphones to high-end DSLR cameras. At the end of the tour, walk away with some incredible sunrise images, an abundance of professional photography tips that will last a lifetime and an appreciation of Oahu’s rich history and culture. This photography tour ends with a hotel drop-off in Waikiki.
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Steve S
17 contributions
Dec 2020
Having always been a want to be photographer, the chance to take pictures in one of the most beautiful places on the planet was too much for me to pass up. I visited Oahu during the Covid pandemic from 12/4/2020 through 12/14/2020 and while many businesses were closed due to lack of visitors. I found a photo tour with Blue Hawaii was available. I booked it and based on other tours I had booked was not certain it would even run due to not enough guests to make it worthwhile. To my surprise the evening before my tour, I got a text confirming the tour. It was from the owner, Marie, who said I was the only passenger that day, I immediately offered to reschedule so she would not have to do a full tour with only one person and likely lose money. But she insisted as she did not want to disappoint me. I added the sunrise photo tour to my island tour so that we could get a full day in and start early.

Remember me saying I am a 'want to be' photographer. Well, that is true. I have a Nikon D5300 that I basically use as a point and shoot with all auto settings. I have always wanted to have someone show me how to get the most out of it. This seemed like a good time, and it was.

Marie picked me up right on time and gave me some background about where we would be going and photographing. She was incredibly patient and I struggled getting walking on the 'lava rocks' at the beach and helped me understand timing of the photo for the best ocean 'splash'.

She walked me through the settings on the camera, not once or twice but many times as I would forget how to coordinate the aperture and the ISO and speed. She even helped me understand what white balance is and when and how to set it for the best dramatic pictures. By the time the day was done, I felt like I had been through a masters class in photography.

Through the day as we drove she gave great little tidbits of information not just about photography but also about the island and its history. Pointing out not just historic locations but stumbling onto the taping of a current TV show where they made us sit for 5 minutes while they were preparing to shoot. That gave us a chance to get pictures of a certain red Ferrari. While some of this was just fortunate timing and certainly not something you can expect on a typical tour. I hope it shows that there is much more to the tours from Blue Hawaii Photo tours than just taking pictures.

If you are in Oahu, do yourself a favor and book a day with these folks. Whether you are an experienced photographer, a want to be (like me), use your phone camera or even just want to see some great local venues and learn a little about the island, Blue Hawaii Photo Tours will not disappoint.

Aloha, I look forward to another trip someday soon.
Written December 20, 2020
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Aloha Steve, Oh my what a nice review. I'm so happy you enjoyed the tour. I love to show guests how to use their cameras and share my passion for photography while we take a road trip around the island. That was so much fun to run into the TV production for Magnum PI. What a treat to see and take snapshots of his red Ferrari! I look forward to seeing you again my friend.
Written December 22, 2020
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Kimberly R
Ocean City, MD16 contributions
I did the Sunrise plus Island Tour and this is a great way to see Hawaii, especially if you don’t have a car. There were only 4 people in our tour group which was perfect, and our tour guide Patti was knowledgeable both about the island and photography. You don’t need a professional camera, you can take some great photos with your phone camera. I do have a DSLR, but I am posting some phone photos.
Written February 13, 2020
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Scott L
Burbank, CA3 contributions
Dec 2021
We consider ourselves so fortunate to have booked the Sunrise + Island Tour. Hands down it was the best exploration activity we did while on the island. Marie is very knowledgeable about the island and its history and took us to some show stopping sites that would have been hard to find on our own.
Marie is also an accomplished photographer herself and provided plenty of helpful tips when capturing certain situations. I can hardly wait to sift through the 100s of photos I took with my DSLR camera.
Thank you so much Blue Hawaii Photo Tours. You're the best!
Written December 18, 2021
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Marie T
Aloha What fun to meet you both! You are both good photographers yourselves and I'm glad you captured hundreds of great shots. Happy Holidays!
Written December 19, 2021
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Janice B
12 contributions
We absolutely LOVED the tour. Great way to see, taste, and drink your way around the less inhabited part of the island. Andrea, our guide, was just awesome! Highly recommend this tour!
Written October 19, 2019
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Aloha, Oahu is quite a different place outside of Waikiki. We love showing off our beloved island to guests. Andrea is a terrific guide who enjoys sharing her knowledge of Hawaii history and culture, as well as her favorite off-the-beaten-track locations. Visit us again soon! Mahalo, Marie
Written October 30, 2019
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Claudia S
Leipzig, Germany1 contribution
Feb 2020
This Sunrise - Island - Tour is the best. It´s not just the amazing place for sunrise, Tourguide Patti took us, its also because she told us so many stories about nature and history of this amazing island while the sun rose. I also learned how to catch the perfect moment with my camera.
After sunrise and a coffee break Patti introduced us to paradise at many more amazing places - beaches, mountain views, historical spots, the best shrimp truck of the island. I had a blast - can't wait to be back. Special Thanks to Patti - the best tour guide because she loves this place so much. Highly recommended!
Written July 19, 2020
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Marie T
Aloha CSch20 Mahalo for your review. The Sunrise-Island tour is a popular photo tour. It's a great way to experience and photograph the best scenic locations and get a history/culture tour at the same time. We love to share our pro iphone tips along the way.
Written October 17, 2020
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Gary R
2 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
Taking a tour with Blue Hawaii Photo Tours is a ‘must do’ whenever I pay a visit to the islands. This is the third tour I’ve taken over the years and it was every bit as good as I’ve experienced before.

Marie and the others really take the time to adapt to the make up of the small group and is able to provide as much help as required to whatever level you’re at, whether that’s the occasional photo with a phone or the die-hard DSLR photographer or anything else in between.

The tour and the easy-going style really enhances the experience and we definitely feel we are ohana by the end of the day.

I can’t recommend this tour enough.
Written October 29, 2019
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Aloha Gary, We are thrilled to be on your "must-do" list! Repeat guests find our sunrises and sunsets to be different - and beautiful - every time. It is our pleasure to work with any level of photographer - from cell phone to DSLR professionals. We very much consider you part of our ohana. Mahalo, Marie
Written October 30, 2019
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jsmall11
Tyler, TX1 contribution
Oct 2019
The sunrise and island tour was an amazing time for my wife and I. We experienced the tour on our first full day, which provided two benefits. 1) Due to the 5 hour time difference, it was a lot easier to get up for the sunrise tour and 2) Seeing the island on the first day provided us with destinations to come back and visit throughout our week in Oahu. With the Blue Hawaii Sunrise and Island Photo Tour we were able to visit many sites around the island. Our tour guide Jason was a professional photographer and not only provided photography tips when needed but was also very knowledgeable about the island and the sites were were visiting. Since it was only my wife and I, Jason was very flexible with the schedule even allowing us to stop for shaved ice. I highly recommend this tour to anyone. You will not regret it!
Written October 18, 2019
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Aloha, We are thrilled you enjoyed the spectacular Hawaii sunrise as much as we do. Every day looks a little different. Mahalo for your great tips to future visitors, although being adjusted to local time doesn't stop us from getting excited for sunrise tours! Jason is an excellent photographer and a terrific guide. It is always a pleasure showing our guests beautiful locations off the beaten track. Mahalo, Marie
Written October 30, 2019
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Chris T
Wenatchee, WA16 contributions
I did the sunrise plus island circle tour with Jim. Extremely glad that I picked this one for my last day on the island.

Jim is an extraordinarily qualified photographer who has worked for Animal Planet, Nat Geo and UC Santa Monica. He knows the most photogenic spots on Oahu and has an exceptional eye for composition. Purely as a small-group sightseeing tour, this was worth doing.

As an iPhone user, I assumed that the photography instruction would be for people bringing fancy DSLR’s and that I would be snapping my usual pics once they confirmed I knew how to use panorama mode. Completely wrong - Jim quickly showed me a dozen things I never knew an iPhone could do, both in picture taking and post-processing. My photography game has been drastically improved, and I wish I’d learned all this years ago!

Highly, highly recommend to anyone visiting Oahu.
Written August 16, 2018
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Aloha Chris, I'm glad your photo game is up a notch or two. That's what we love to do - Teach Photography with whatever camera you got. Iphones, Samsungs, or DSLRs. Great that the early meetup worked out. Mahalo for your kind words. marie
Written September 5, 2018
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Jennifer D
4 contributions
My sunrise and island tour with Bonnie was such an amazing and memorable experience. She was so knowledgeable about Hawaiian culture, picturesque spots, and photo tips for my SLR and iPhone. Her enthusiasm was the best part - she is so energetic and fun and really made the tour personal for what our group wanted. I also loved the small size of the group - only 4 of us! We really got to know each other well and I feel like I have some new friends for life. I will definitely book another tour with Blue Hawaii and will try to get Bonnie again. You should too! Such great value and the best souvenirs you’ll ever get. :) Thank you!
Written March 18, 2018
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Aloha Jennifer, Thank you for your nice review. Yes...Bonnie is a very popular guide. I love to hear you made new friends on the tour. This happens on many of our tours...this is why we keep the tours small. No more than 7 people in a large 12 passenger van. See you next time. A Hui Hou Marie
Written March 31, 2018
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Don Davis
5 contributions
Oct 2018 • Couples
My wife and I signed up for a private tour on our 25th Anniversary trip to Hawaii. I am an armature photographer, never did it for a living or made money as a photographer, just pursued it as a hobby. Marie at BHPT kept good contact with us prior to our trip and confirmed the day befor our tour. When Marie contacted us to confirm she offered the option of the sunrise tour (which I very much recommend) we got some truly spectacular sunrise shots and Marie offered some great tips especially to my wife who isn’t a photographer and usually just tolerates my hobby. We toured many great spots that the more basic tours don’t or can’t get access. The pace was great and the locations were all fantastic and something we wouldn’t have done or even known about on our own. Marie provided us with a great deal of the background and history of the locations we visited. It was an all over great experience and one I would definitely do again. I got some of the best photos of our two week trip on that tour.
We also did a 2nd tour/hike the following day with Mandy which was great fun in the rain but that’s to be expected in a rain forest, she really knows her birds.
I highly recommend Blue Hawaii Photo Tours.
Written November 22, 2018
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Aloha Don, It was so nice meeting you and your wife! What a fun day. I am so happy that we were able to make your 25th Anniversary a time to remember. Mandy is also one of our best tour guides. She loved meeting both of you. Mahalo for recommending our tours. We would love to have both of you again on the island! A hui hou, Marie
Written February 5, 2019
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Hawaiian Adventure Awaits!!
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Amazing way to start your Hawaiian Vacation
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I took my 82 yr old father to Pearl Harbor on a 1/2 day tour. Jenny, our guide, was fantastic - so knowledge and in
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Outstanding sunrise photo tour
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Well we booked an Oahu Island Photography tour again as we never get tired of visiting the lovely sites and taking
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