May 6 - 10, 2018

August 19 - 23, 2018

January 13 - 17, 2019

August 18 - 22, 2019

January 12 - 16, 2020

KAUAI (add-on)

May 10 - 13, 2018

August 23 - 26, 2018

January 17 - 20, 2019

August 22 - 25, 2019

January 16 - 19, 2020

Travel, Landscape, Seascape, Nature and Wildlife Photography


  1. -5 Days or 8 Days

  2. -Only 4-8 Guests

  3. -Photographer | Guide

  4. -4 or 5 Star Hotels

  5. -Breakfasts

  6. -2 Dinners

  7. -Local Transportation




Oahu and Kauai... Two amazing photographic adventures


Seascapes, landscapes, nature, people and underwater photography.

Hawaii Photo Adventure Vacations – Inspire, Create and Learn.

Hawaii, undoubtedly, is home to some of the most beautiful islands in the world. Aside from it’s breathtaking natural beauty, the Hawaiian Islands are full of outdoor activities and adventures. Two of the islands we will be visiting are Oahu and Kauai (an add-on extension). With their pristine beaches, friendly local people, world-class surf and diving, and tropical rain forests filled with waterfalls, Oahu and Kauai make the perfect destinations to learn and grow your photography skills. The wide range of activities allows for memorable, once-in-a-lifetime opportunities you will never forget.

Sometimes called “The Gathering Place,” Oahu certainly lives up to its name. The third largest Hawaiian island is home to the majority of Hawaii’s diverse population, a fusion of east and west cultures rooted in the values and traditions of the Native Hawaiian people. It’s this fundamental contrast between the ancient and the modern that makes discovering Oahu so enjoyable. The North Shore of Oahu and its surrounding beaches are sought after by the best surfers in the world, where we will explore the wonders of wave, nature, landscape, seascape and underwater photography.

This adventure is designed not only to guide you to the most photogenic locations carefully planned for the best light, but to aid you in mentally visualizing a scene before capturing the decisive moment. Our aim is to raise your awareness and spark your creativity so that you not only go home with images to be proud of, but use your new found skills to improve and expand your photographic technique in general. Apart from the technical aspect of learning your camera settings and capabilities, you will learn how to turn an ordinary image into an extraordinary image by using your own creativity.

In addition, you will become knowledgeable on how to survey the landscape, utilize and approach your environment, photograph people indigenous to the region and the cultural considerations and challenges of photographing in a foreign country. Our time together will include individual and group discussions, inspiring ideas and great fun. We cannot think of a better location to express your creativity than the extreme diversity, color and sunshine of Hawaii. Aloha!


Group Size

4-8 Guests

Experience | Difficulty

Beginner, amateur, enthusiast and semi-pro photographers

DSLR, mirrorless, compact or iPhone cameras

Busy schedule

Travel by car and minibus

Considerable elevation changes and lots of walking and hiking

(non-photographers also welcome)

Photographer | Guides

Anthony Tortoriello  |  May 6-10/13, 2018

Anthony Tortoriello  |  August 19-23/26, 2018

Anthony Tortoriello  |  January 13-17/20, 2019

Anthony Tortoriello  |  August 18-22/25, 2019

Anthony Tortoriello  |  January 12-16/19, 2020

Weather | Sun

January - Temps 78/65 F  25/18 C  Sunrise 7:13 | Sunset 6:07 (18:07)

May - Temps 81/70 F  27/21 C  Sunrise 5:56 | Sunset 7:01 (19:01)

August - Temps 85/75 F  30/23 C  Sunrise 6:13 | Sunset 6:55 (18:55)


Travel, landscape, seascape, architecture, nature and people photography

Professional photographer | guide

Photo walks & discussions

Small group size (4-8 guests)

4 or 5 star hotels


2 Dinners

Local transportation



Oahu - Turtle Bay Resort, Marriott's Ko'Olina Beach Club or similar

Kauai - On Kauai we stay in beautiful and quaint Bed & Breakfasts

Travel Information

Arrival & Departure Airports: Honolulu, Hawaii (HNL)

Our adventure begins at 11 AM on the first day and ends at noon on the last day.

Travel Visa: A visa may be required depending on your nationality. Go to Visa Map to find out.

Optional Excursions

Aerial doors-off airplane or helicopter flight (additional fees apply)

Shark photography

Dolphin photography



Photo Adventure Vacation | May 6-10, 2018:  $4,595

Photo Adventure Vacation | August 19-23, 2018:  $4,595

Photo Adventure Vacation | January 13-17, 2019:  $5,095

Photo Adventure Vacation | August 18-22, 2019:  $5,095

Photo Adventure Vacation | January 12-16, 2020:  $5,395


Kauai Extension | May 10-13, 2018:  $3,595

Kauai Extension | August 23-26, 2018:  $3,595

Kauai Extension | January 17-20, 2019:  $3,995

Kauai Extension | August 22-25, 2019:  $3,995

Kauai Extension | January 16-19, 2020:  $4,195

Single Supplement:  $600 (5 day)  $400 (3 day)

(Optional) Early Arrival Hotel Room:  $350

(Optional) Late Departure Hotel Room:  $350

Deposit:  $1000


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*All prices are per person and based on double occupancy. Please select single occupancy for a private room. For your convenience we offer optional early arrival and late departure accommodations so you can extend your stay before or after the trip. We typically stay in boutique hotels in the 4-star category. Not all destinations offer these types of properties. We look for unique hotels which offer cultural, historic and/or authentic features. Depending on the size of the group, smaller boutique hotels may have limited room inventory. In some countries or in remote locations, we may be limited to lodges or branded chain hotels. Breakfast is included only if included in our room rates.


Sunday (1)  Oahu - North Shore - Pipeline- Sunset Beach - Haleiwa

We begin our day on the beautiful North Shore of Oahu and check into the magnificent Turtle Bay Resort. At lunch we will discuss PWA’s “10 Guiding Principles of Photography” as well as our “THE ART OF SEEING” photographic technique. During a group lunch, we will have informal discussions on what our guests are trying to achieve in their photography, subject matters, styles and techniques. Afterwards we don't waste any time cruising the North Shore’s local hot spots such as Sunset Beach and the Pipeline, checking out the surf while working our way to a gorgeous sunset destination. We’ll focus on the action and the use of faster shutter speeds while shooting moving surfers carving up the Pipeline, and what works best for capturing the action. This is a beautiful introduction to Hawaii and the North Shore lifestyle. We have a favorite beach to capture sunsets when the waves are up, so we promise not to disappoint! After a great day of photography we wind down for our famous “Welcome Dinner” in the historic town of Haleiwa. Aloha! (D)

Monday (2)  Oahu - West Shore

On Monday we take a drive to the west side of the island, the side of Oahu that holds the most magic and beauty in our eyes. Since weather is always a factor in Hawaii, deciding whether to shoot from the water or shoot from shore is always dependent on the waves and weather. Either way there is an abundance of subject matter ranging from gorgeous sweet smelling plumeria flowers and Hawaiian sea turtles (honu), to landscapes, beaches, waves, surfers, body boarders, locals and rainbows. You get the idea! We’ll look to get many paradise style shots of some of Hawaii's most sacred valleys and land, as well as an amazing sunsets. We will “talk story” as the locals like to say about photography, as well as expose you to many local Hawaiian ways. We prefer to stay away from the tourists and blend in with the locals, capturing their vibe and lifestyle. We will spend the day playing, exploring and taking our time answering any questions along the way as we discover different creative options for capturing the beauty. (B)

Tuesday (3)  Oahu - Hanauma Bay - North Shore - Makapuʻu

On day three we take a very early drive to the east side of the island… the Windward side. Here we will catch sunrise at Hanauma Bay and follow up with a light breakfast. From there we can grab our snorkel gear and head down to the bay, jump in the water and see some of the most beautiful and colorful sea life, such as tropical fish and honu/sea turtles. In abundance, up close and personal. We’ll discuss taking quality underwater images and go over our camera settings, GoPro settings, and if you are using an iPhone with an underwater housing, the best way to prepare it before entering the water. From here we will work our way back to the North Shore taking the scenic route, stopping along the way for more and more amazing photos. If we have time we will stop at a gorgeous local arboretum which has plenty of natural beauty. For lunch we will stop at one of our favorite little places for a healthy lunch… their fish tacos are AMAZING! We will be on the North Shore for sunset choosing our destination wisely and wrap with dinner. On our way we will find beautiful Hawaiian outlooks where we have options for short hikes and/or photo oops that are iconic Hawaii views such as Makapu’u, Sandy's Beach, a local blow hole, and more. Aloha! (B)

Wednesday (4)  Oahu - Farmers Markets - Dolphin Tour

Day four is a flexible day depending on the weather and the vibe of the group. We’ll surprise you with some amazing opportunities, and promise not to disappoint. A visit to local farmers markets, the Dole plantation, small towns and gift shops, capturing travel photography as the day unfolds. This is the island way of life. A dolphin tour is a great way to see and experience spinner dolphins and bottle nose dolphins. Either way you are sure to enjoy todays agenda. After a long day, we head back to our hotel and end the evening with a wonderful “Farewell Dinner.” remembering all the great experiences throughout the week. (B) (D)

Thursday (5)  Oahu - Turtle Bay

We begin our last day in Hawaii with another Hawaiian sunrise. From there we will work our way slowly back to the resort. We will take advantage of every last second seeing and capturing as much magic as we can before the morning is over. Before we checkout we will review our past week’s photos, trade contact information and bid you farewell before parting ways. We encourage you to extend your stay in Hawaii, or join us on our magical 4 day extension to Kauai, and make good use of everything you will have learned on our photo adventure. Aloha! (B)


Kauai 4-Day Add-On Includes

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Travel, landscape, seascape, nature, people and underwater photography

Professional photographer | guide

Photo walks & discussions 

Domestic flight Oahu to Kauai

Bed & Breakfast Inns


Local transportation

Thursday (1)  North Shore

Those who attended our Hawaii Photo Adventure will remain at the Turtle Bay Resort and enjoy a relaxing afternoon and evening. We will focus on photography in and around Turtle Bay. We will be available on this day to review photos and discuss photography. (B)

Friday (2)  Kauai - Northern Shores

On Friday we rise early for a morning flight to Kauai, where we will begin our adventure. First by working our way slowly up the north side of the island where we will eventually catch the sunset at the end of the day. Although Kauai and Oahu are neighboring islands, they possess a very different vibe. Our drive up to the north side of the island will be epic. We will stop at two waterfalls along the way that will leave your speechless! We will work on long exposure techniques utilizing ND filters and slow shutter speeds. Here we will be freezing and blurring the falls to make for a more artistic and creative image. We will also explore the use of polarizer filters to bring out the colors of the rainbow from either the rainbows or the spectrums from the waterfalls spray. From there we will grab a light lunch and continue onward. We will stop at local quaint villages and remote beaches we know about. Kauai will not disappoint and is sure to be a life changing experience with plenty of photo opportunities. Kauai is a truly religious and sacred island. Finally we will capture the sunset at a little secret spot on the North shore where we will spend the final moments of light and reflect on the day. Afterwards, we checkin to our B&B and head somewhere special for dinner. (B)

Saturday (3)  Kauai - Western Shores

We checkout after breakfast and begin our journey to the west side of the island to view and photograph beautiful vistas and attractions such as lighthouses, blowholes, and other Hawaiian beauties. Depending on the weather and the day we can take it easy and go with the flow of the island, the Hawaii way. West Kauai is an remarkable blend of spectacular natural wonders and Hawaiian cultural landmarks. Awe-inspiring Waimea Canyon is just the beginning. The West Side is home to a few of Kauai’s most historic places and scenic wonders, the most famous of which is the breathtaking Waimea Canyon, the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific.” Beyond the gorges and cliffs of Waimea Canyon we will visit Kokee State Park where we’ll find yet another amazing view from the Kalalau Lookout. The two small towns of Waimea and Hanapepe also grace the West Side and where in 1778, Captain Cook first landed in the Hawaiian Islands. We’ll end our day at our B&B. Aloha! (B)

Sunday (4)  Kauai - Oahu

On Sunday morning we set out for some final photos before returning to our B&B for a “Farewell Breakfast”. We’ll review our Kauai photos, trade contact information and head to the airport for our return flight back to Oahu. Aloha! (B)

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  Options and Benefits

Private Guided Tours & Adventures

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We offer amazing private guided photo adventures, cultural tours and vacations for individuals, couples, families and groups. We can customize any of our published adventures, as well as others, to meet your individual needs, schedule, budget and interests. This may include the finest 5-star accommodations, business-class travel, and private guides and fixers who are able to make the impossible possible. If you are not interested in a photo-centric vacation, but you love our approach to private travel, we will be happy to design and deliver an amazing adventure focused on travel, culture and cuisine. Click here to request a quote. Feel free to call us at 1-888-834-0288 or contact us for more information.

Travel Insurance

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We offer travel insurance through Travelex. The cost for travel insurance can be as low as 4% of the total trip cost, depending upon age and other factors. Knowing you have trip cancellation coverage can make a big difference should you have to cancel for some unforeseen reason. Travelex Insurance Services is a BBB Accredited business with an A+ rating. Click here to get a free quote.

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Gift Certificates

Give someone you know a Gift Certificate, good toward any of our Photo Adventures, Photo Tours, Private Guided Tours, Online Courses, Prints or Merchandize. Our beautifully personalized eGift Certificates are delivered to you electronically. They are fully transferable and have a 2 year expiration date. They are available in any amount from $100 to $5000. It makes a great gift for anyone who loves photography, travel or adventure. Order now, or email for more information.

Private Online Lightroom & Photoshop Tutorials

We offer private online Lightroom and Photoshop photo editing tutorials for individuals who would like to improve their post-processing skills. Each is customized to meet your individual needs, schedule, budget and interests. We provide you with one-on-one discussions using online connectivity. Many of our Photo Adventure guests select our online post-processing as an extension to their trip. Click here for more information.

Combination Tours

You can SAVE by combining two or more back-to-back photo adventures. Call us at 1-888-834-0288 or contact us for more information.

Loyalty Club**

All registered guests on 6 day or longer Photo Adventures are automatically enrolled in our Loyalty Club. You will receive a $200 discount on your next Photo Adventure. After attending just 3 Photo Adventures, you’ve reached “Gold” status and a $300 discount good toward future Photo Adventures. After attending 6 Photo Adventures, you’ve reached “Elite” status and a $500 discount good toward future Photo Adventures. Elite status guests also receive other benefits such as additional discounts, special offers, room upgrades (when available), and more. Click here to learn more.

**LOYALTY CLUB: Loyalty discounts only apply to 6 day or longer Photo Adventures. The discount is applied to the Photo Adventure fee when booked directly through our website, and cannot be added to or combined with any “pay in full”, “pay in advance” or “discounted specials”. This discount cannot be combined with any other offer. Your discount will be applied to your final payment. Only one discount per person, per adventure. This discount has no cash value. Polar Adventures are excluded from this offer. Loyalty Club status will be eliminated after 3 years of inactivity.  

NOTE: We reserve the right to change hotels based on availability and pricing. Not included in your rate are alcoholic beverages, unscheduled meals, travel to and from our destinations, airport transfers, travel insurance and any optional excursions you may choose to book on your own or as a group. Breakfast is usually included unless it is not offered in our hotel package. As is standard in the travel industry, all accommodations are based on double occupancy. Please choose the private room / single supplement option if you prefer your own room. Double occupancy can only be offered if you are traveling with a guest. We reserve the right to change events and schedules throughout the itinerary due to adverse weather conditions or complications that may arise that are out of our control. Our number one priority is always the safety of our group.