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South Shore Sunrise Photo Tour

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Stop At: Sandy Beach Park, 8801 Kalanianaole Hwy, Oahu, HI 96825

Our Blue Hawaii adventure will begin by journeying down a stunning coastal Highway just before dawn and settling down on Sandy Beach on the foothills of an extinct volcano as we greet Oahu's sunrise, be in awe as the sun slowly rises out from the ocean's horizon as sunbeams reflect off crashing waves and tide pools on hardened lava formations.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Pele's Chair, Kalanianaole Highway, Oahu, HI

Explore the Kaiwi Shoreline trail that leads to a secluded beach and stunning rock formations dubbed the "Pele's Chair" the goddess of volcanoes from Hawaiian mythology, an excellent place for photos.

Duration: 50 minutes

Stop At: Makapu'u Point, Kalaniana'ole Hwy turnout above Makapu'u Beach, Oahu, HI 96795

Once our belly's are full we will continue the journey by heading back up the East Coast to Makapu'u Lookout, one of the highlights of the Blue Hawaii tour, this place will blow your mind! as it sits on top of Makapu'u mountain you will get a birds eye view of Makapu'u Beach, Rabbit island and Black island, and Waimanalo Bay off in the horizon, also a great place for watching hand gliders in action as they swoop down below, hands down one of the best scenic sights in all of Oahu.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Makai Research Pier, 41-305 Kalanianaole Hwy, Waimanalo, Oahu, HI 96795-1806

We will then journey to Makai Research Pier, what could be so unique about this place you might ask, the answer lies under it's giant pier, from a photographers perspective under the pier of this institute provides very unique and artistic photographs.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Waimanalo Beach, 41 Kalanianaole Hwy, Waimanalo, Oahu, HI 96795-1299

Next stop we will visit Waimanalo bay, this beautiful bay has the longest stretch of sandy shoreline on Oahu, 5.5 miles of stunning white sand beaches and emerald color ocean water with the majestic Ko'olau mountain range as the backdrop surrounded by an iron wood tree forest.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Makapu'u Beach, 41-095 Kalanianaole Hwy, Waimanalo, Oahu, HI 96795-1808

Afterwards we will head down to Makapu'u Beach, capture daring body surfers in action as they battle with ferocious waves, a spectacular sight for photos with Makapu'u mountain as the backdrop and Makapu'u Lighthouse perched above it.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Halona Blowhole, Kalanianole Highway, Oahu, HI 96825

Once we welcome the sunrise we will then head over to Halona blowhole, a lava tube that blasts out ocean waves that come crashing on shore.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Eternity Beach, Kalaniana'ole Highway, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815

Halona Cove also known as Eternity Beach where the infamous kissing scene was filmed from the classic 1953 Hollywood movie "From Here to Eternity" starring Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Lanai lookout, Oahu, HI

We will then journey to Lanai lookout, Lanai meaning "Terrace or Veranda", this is truly Oahu's backyard with breath taking hardened lava formations that cascade down to the ocean from Koko head crater, it's also a great place for whale watching during our winter months.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96825-2005

Afterwards we will head over to Hanauma Bay Lookout (except for Tuesdays), an incredible marine sanctuary nestled inside a crater of an extinct volcano! It's also where the majority of one of Elvis Presley's most famous movies "Blue Hawaii" was filmed.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Spitting Cave of Portlock, Lumahai St., Honolulu, Oahu, HI

Next stop we will explore Spitting Cave, off the beaten path this unique hidden gem provides breath taking scenery of giant steep cliffs made from lava formations and offers panoramic ocean views, below the cliff lies a cave that spits out ferocious waves that come crashing in, another great spot for watching whales that come very close to it's shores during the winter months.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Koko Marina Center, 7192 Kalanianaole Hwy, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96825-1800

As it gets close to noon and our stomachs start to growl we will stop by Sophie's Gourmet Pizzeria for lunch at Koko Marina (includes a 10% discount off your purchase), this is one of the best pizzerias in Oahu, enjoy a delicious stone oven pizza while taking in the beautiful views of Koko marina, there are also many other restaurants you can choose to eat from within the marina.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Tantalus Lookout Puu Ualakaa State Park, Round Top Drive, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96822

Our last stop of this incredible journey will be at Tantalus Lookout, another spectacular lookout where you can capture all of Honolulu and the iconic Diamond Head crater, this place offers one of the best city views on the island!

Duration: 20 minutes
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of the "must do" activities you have to do in Oahu. A tour and photo sessions all in one! The spots were breath taking, and I'm so glad we have gorgeous photos to remember them with. John was very knowledgeable, and had an answer...More

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datesnaptourshawaii, General Manager at Datesnap Tours Hawaii, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Mahalo for choosing Datesnap Tours Hawaii, we're so happy to hear you enjoyed your south shore sunrise photo tour, and glad John was able to give you folks a great tour with great photos, we hope to see you folks again soon on your next...More

Reviewed 24 May 2019

We recently did this tour and we were blown away. We visited so many breathtaking locations to get the most amazing photos. It was a small group which gave a very personal experience and John was so professional, knowledgeable, friendly, personable and an amazing photographer....More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank lmn56
datesnaptourshawaii, General Manager at Datesnap Tours Hawaii, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Mahalo for choosing Datesnap Tours Hawaii, we are very happy to hear you folks enjoyed your South Shore Sunrise Photo Tour, and glad you folks were able to capture some amazing photos, our photographer John was also able to get some great shots along the...More

Reviewed 30 April 2019 via mobile

I have visited Hawaii 5 times,this was the best tour i have ever taken, our tour guide John was fast to answer any questions,i was able to capture a great photo of using the tips i learned from John, he is very knowledgeable about photography...More

Thank SunhoK16
datesnaptourshawaii, General Manager at Datesnap Tours Hawaii, responded to this reviewResponded 11 May 2019

Aloooooha!!!!! and mahalo once again for choosing Datesnap Tours Hawaii, it was a great pleasure having you folks onboard our photo tour, we hope to see you folks again on your next trip to Hawaii!

Reviewed 29 April 2019 via mobile

It was definitely the highlight of our hawaii trip,our tour guide was so nice, he is so professional and knowledgeable, Can’t say enough wonderful things about this tour.me and my husband are already looking forward to our next trip to Hawaii, we are planning to...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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datesnaptourshawaii, General Manager at Datesnap Tours Hawaii, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Aloha, and mahalo for choosing Datesnap Tours Hawaii, we are very happy to hear you folks enjoyed your South Shore Sunrise Photo Tour, it was a great sunrise and the photos came out terrific, we look forward to seeing you folks again on your next...More

Reviewed 28 April 2019 via mobile

we had a fabulous sunrise tour with John, he is extremely knowledgeable and a lot of fun to be with! He knows everything about photography and everything about Oahu. Totally recommend!

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank jun k
datesnaptourshawaii, General Manager at Datesnap Tours Hawaii, responded to this reviewResponded 11 May 2019

Aloha, and mahalo for choosing Datesnap Tours Hawaii, we are very happy to hear you enjoyed your sunrise photo tour, and we're glad you love the photos, we hope you come back soon and we look forward to it, thank you once again.

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