Capture ancient sites, and majestic lookouts. All before an unforgettable sunset opportunity and astrophotography location that will blow you away.
Private Big Island Waterfalls and Garden Tour
Our Guides First Choice - Highly Recommended
Available 7 Days a Week
Approx 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Duration: 10 hours
Starts in Kona
- Groups 1-4
- Groups 5-9
Stand in awe at the massive sites of the Big Island of Hawaii
We offer you a full-day photography tour of Hawaii. An in-depth look at Big Island’s beauty and diversity await you. Known for having 8 out of 13 climate zones, Big Island has an abundance of breathtaking natural landscapes that will delight creatives and adventurers alike! Locations seen nowhere else in the world are waiting for you.
Your adventurous morning starts with a spectacular drive on Saddle Road, a highway nestled between the world’s tallest and largest mountains. Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa take over the sky with their massive peaks. Some of you will get the opportunity to photograph the black lava fields with the caps of these mountains covered in Hawaiian snow.
A drive down to Hilo town will greet you with a burst of energy as we stop for a light breakfast and cup of coffee. A waterfall awaits around the corner – capture the famous Rainbow Falls while you hear the unrivaled power of water coursing down hundreds of feet. Continue to a garden in a valley near the blue ocean – Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden.
This highly acclaimed garden allows you to take up-close shots of rare and exotic flora — over 1,800 species of tropical plants including orchids, banana groves & more in a tranquil setting. How about another massive waterfall?
Akaka Falls is the most picturesque waterfall in all of Hawaii. Towering more than 440 feet, this photo opportunity allows you to capture an amazing panoramic shot of the cascading water pouring down the lava rock into an untouched pool. The lush forest sets the scene here for a great photo and some selfies.
In the afternoon, you will visit Laupahoehoe Point, a peninsula with black lava rocks on the shoreline that contrasts beautifully with the deep blue ocean. Monk seals have been known to swim in the waters off the point.
We stop for another addition to our photo journey with the dramatic backdrop of lush cliffs at Waipio Valley Lookout. This is a site that can only be witnessed and not described. If you travel this far to Hawaii and do not visit this site, you didn’t visit Hawaii.
On the way back we will stop to find the famous Hawaiian Owl in the hills of Waimea. Not Guaranteed but we will try our best to find them as they are abundant in this area.
Remember, if you don’t have a picture of it, it didn’t happen.
Sites We Visit
- Saddle Road
- Views of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa
- Hilo Town
- Rainbow Falls
- Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
- Akaka Falls
- Laupahoehoe Point
- Waipio Valley Lookout
What To Bring
- Do not bring more than you can carry.
- We provide you with a tripod. You may bring your own.
- Wear comfortable, closed-toed shoes.
- Bring something to drink for yourself.
- Grab some coffee. We will not stop for coffee for a few hours after pick-up.
- You may want to bring a light jacket if you get cold easily.
- Additional batteries and memory cards for your camera.