Hawaii – March 4 to 9th 2016
Day 1: Upon arrival in Kona we’ll ride down to Kaloka Honokohea, a white sand beach for a workshop introduction picnic and swim. Our naturalist will share information with the group about Hawaii island and our afternoon photo shoot of humpback whales. From the 25 passenger vessel, Torpedo, we’ll catch our first Kona sunset with the whales and then head home to beautiful Ka’ula farm and retreat center in close proximity to the harbor with salt-water swimming pool and hot tub.
Day 2: We’ll head out early in the morning to photograph the whales and dolphins by boat in the morning light. after lunch and swim we’ll embark on our boat for an evening shoot with manta rays from the water.
Day 3: Another great morning of humpback whale photography from the boat. then we’ll had north along the kohala coast to the pristine inlet of Kiholo Bay where turtles are often resting on the shore of this black sand beach. we’ll visit a few locations along the Kohala Coast for some shoots in beautiful shallow waters.
Day 4: We’ll have a land excursion to the southern coast where we’ll do a snorkel shoot at the tranquil waters of puu Honua o Honaunau which was the royal site of the Hawaiian Kings since the 17th century. Turtles, colorful reef fish, starfish and anenomes stand out in great contrast to the black lava sea floor and white sandy shores. we’ll continue around the southern shore and head up to the active volcano of Kilauea.
Day 5: We’ll get an early start out across the dramatic lava landscape of the Kohala Coast to the sound, quiet Puako Bay where we’ll embark on kayaks to explore the dramatic rigid coasts by sea. we’ll travel in small inlets for our first shoot in the water. We’ll photograph turtles, tropical reef fish and occasionally dolphins. to acclimate ourselves to shooting in the water with masks and snorkels, scuba is optional. We’ll make a short visit to Puu Kohala to understand important aspects of Hawaii history and culture at this heritage site built by Kamehameha the first before his unification of the Hawaiian islands. we’ll then head back to our retreat center for lunch and to prepare for another afternoon of photographing humpback whales.
Day 6: We’ll have the extraordinary experience to swim with wild dolphins and photograph them in their natural habitat. pods of spinner dolphins and on occasion blue dolphins frolic offshore after a busy night of fishing before they retire in protected inlets off the Kona Coast. We’ll join them for this special morning ritual and photograph them from the water truly an awesome experience. We’ll head back to the retreat center for a summary, overview and goodbye lunch.