Kauai Photo Tour Kilauea Lighthouse

Picturesque Kilauea Lighthouse and Wildlife refuge

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Kauai Photo Tour Wailua Falls

Professional photographers with tips and tricks

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Kauai Photo Tour Hanalei lookout

For photographers of all levels and sightseers alike

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Kauai Photo Tour Ke'e beach

Drive, walk and hike to Kauai's most picturesque locations

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Kauai Photo Tour van with extra large windows

Comfy air conditioned vans with extra large windows

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Kauai Photo Tour palm trees

4 Tours to choose from - all to amazing sites

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Kauai Photo Tour waterfalls

The Drive and Hike tour takes you off-the-beaten-path

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Kauai Photo Tour Hawaiian monkseal

Endangered Hawaiian monk seals are a rare & amazing sight

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Kauai Photo Tour sunset

Kauai lighting can be very dramatic!

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Kauai Photo Tour

Beauty abounds in every direction

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Kauai Photo Tour Hanalei taro fields

The taro fields of Hanalei are a favorite subject

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Kauai Photo Tour bird of paradise

Birds of paradise and other tropical flowers abound

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Kauai Photo Tour Hanalei Pier

The famous pier of Hanalei Bay

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Kauai Photo Tour portrait tour

The Portrait Tour includes a professional shoot of your family

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Join the staff of Kauai Photo Tours for an incredible island experience. You’ll be taken to one gorgeous setting after another to take photos at Kauai’s most picturesque locations. All tours are guided by professional Kauai photographers.

Kauai Photo Tours takes the guesswork out of where to go, so you don’t waste precious vacation time driving around trying to find the scenic spots. This tour is perfect for photographers and sightseers alike … while photography information is often a topic of discussion, this is first and foremost a tour that takes you to scenic locations rather than a technical photography seminar. Your guide will take you to these special places, and give insight into the best angles and techniques to maximize the quality of your photos.

Tour Options
TOUR 1 – Drive-n-walk Tour: This is the most popular tour and visits the most photo sites … up to 14 scenic spots in a 5+ hour tour. The tour normally covers the eastern and northern sides of the island of Kauai, and while some locations are a little off the beaten path, this is a tour with a modest amount of walking at each stop. Snacks and drinks are included and a brief stop is made where lunch is available for purchase.
TOUR 2 – Moderate Hiking Tour: This more active tour involves some longer hikes at a few locations that includes a walk to a secluded waterfall. This tour normally covers the eastern and northern sides of the island of Kauai but because more time is spent hiking it does not go as far north as Tour 1. Up to 10 scenic spots are visited on this tour. Snacks and drinks are included and a brief stop is made where lunch is available for purchase. This tour is for active, fit, healthy individuals.
TOUR 3 – Private Customized Tour: Have an experienced local Kauai photographer as your guide for 5+ hours … you may customize the start time of this tour to match your group’s needs. You may also request to go to particular areas of the island that are normally included on a group tour.
TOUR 4 – 2.5 Hour Portrait Tour: A professional Kauai portrait photographer will take some truly spectacular photos of you and your family or group in magnificent Hawaii locations. Clothing changes are OK … price includes a DVD of all images taken by the guide. Ten of the best images can be Photoshop enhanced with special effects (Sepia tone, black and white, special filters, desaturation, etc) for just $100 additional.
TOUR 5 – 5.5 Hour Portrait Tour: This tour combines the 2.5 hour portrait package with a private customized tour to additional locations. Approximately 10 scenic spots are visited during your portrait tour.
General Information
Schedule:  Available Monday through Saturday. Tours normally start at 10:30am and end between 3:30pm and 4:00pm. Private tours are available at specially requested times.

Reservations:  A credit card number is required to guarantee a reservation with Kauai Photo Tours. A 20% deposit on group tours (15% on private tours) will be charged by Adventureinhawaii.com / Hawaii Travel and Tours and the balance of the tour cost will be paid at check in.

Check In:  All tours depart from the Kauai Photo Tours shop in Kapa’a. Pickup is available for cruise ship passengers at Nawiliwili Harbor and the rate varies depending on the size of your group or family … $30 (for a group of 1-3 people) or $40 (for a group of 4 or more).

GPS: 4-939 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaa, HI 96746 Click to view map

Tour includes: Snacks and drinks

Equipment: If you don’t have a camera with you … or if you want to try something that’s a step up from your point and shoot … Digital SLR cameras and polarizers are available to rent for $34.

Restrictions: No children under 5 on Tour 1 and Tour 2. Children under 5 on private/portrait tours only.

What to Bring & Wear: Walking attire and walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, camera and camera bag, light jacket. Cash for lunch stop.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be made at least 48 hours before the start of the event.

Note: All tours are intimate … the maximum number of participants in group tours is 7. Private tours for just you and/or your family are also offered.

hanalei taro field
Capture the beauty of the Hanalei taro fields
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Visit many picturesque sites of Kauai

CKauai Photo Toursruise Ship Passengers

Kauai Photo Tours are available for cruise ship passengers docked at Nawiliwili for the day. Pride of America passengers can do a group tour on day 1 on Kauai, or a private tour with an early start time on the morning of day 2. Pickup at Nawiliwili Harbor is available on all tours for $30 for your group. If you are a cruise ship passenger we will assume that you are not renting a car and will need harbor pickup … if that is not the case please call us after filling out our reservation form.

Activity Tips

Kevin Ditamore – Owner / Manager

Kauai is the most beautiful of the Hawaiian islands. It is the oldest island and receives more rainfall than the other major Hawaiian islands. This has created an island paradise of thundering waterfalls, majestic cliffs, spires of ancient lava rock, and lush, green tropical rain forests. Kauai has more miles of sandy beaches than all the other Hawaiian islands PUT TOGETHER. It only makes sense to spend a day seeing these sites through the eyes of local professional photographers.

These tours are equally good for the serious photographer who wants to learn “the lay of the land” by scouting locations to come back to later on their own, as well as the casual point-and-shoot photographer who may be looking for tips to improve their vacation photos, as well as the non-photographer who just wants to take in the scenery. This is not a photography workshop, but don’t be surprised if you come away with a few pointers that make a big difference in what your eye sees when you point the camera.

One huge tip to help you improve your Hawaiian photography … use a polarizer for a more saturated photo. A polarizer reduces the glare on the surface of reflective objects like the surface of the ocean, car windshields, foliage, etc and allows the color to make it all the way to your camera’s image sensor. Kauai Photo Tours has a good selection of polarizers available for sale (including the extension tubes that allow them to be mounted to the front of many point-and-shoot cameras. Or you might even consider renting one of their Digital SLR’s with exchangeable lenses during the tour … to give you a taste of what  semi-professional equipment can do to enhance the quality of your images.

A word about weather and this tour. Large rain making events and tropical storms can certainly cancel this tour and you will be gladly rescheduled to another day if possible … if not you won’t be charged for the tour. Kauai has FREQUENT light rain showers that don’t affect this tour. The guides work around these … even work WITH them at times … and you’ll learn how to take good photos in a variety of weather conditions. Don’t forget … it’s the RAIN that creates the RAINBOWS that you’ve seen so often in photos of Hawaiian landscapes! One other factor … showers on Kauai are often LOCALIZED … don’t be discouraged if you wake up on the morning of your tour and see it raining at your resort. You may find that 5 miles away it’s beautiful and sunny!