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Full Moon Photo Tour

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Air Conditioned Transport
Professional photography instruction
Professional Tour Guide
Rain gear

Twice a month, we offer our Full Moon Tour. We take the tour out the night of the full moon, as well as the night before to watch this celestial body slowly emerge from the ocean’s horizon. Both nights are fantastic and offer a one-of- a-kind opportunity!

Watching the full moon rise up out of the sea is stunning! Amazing photographs are absolutely possible with this monthly event. We provide tripods for every customer, allowing you to shoot at very low or very fast shutter speeds capturing a variety of the moon’s majestic beauty. With many different locations to choose from, you will be able to capture photos of the moon next to a lighthouse, volcanic island, reflecting in a tide pool, or perhaps the most-rare shot of a moon-bow!

Moon-bows or lunar rainbows are rare natural atmospheric phenomena that occur when the moon’s light is reflected and refracted off water droplets in the air. Maybe you’ll get lucky, they rare stunning!

After taking photographs of the moon that lights up the sky, we have an additional treat for you. Ever heard of steel wool photography? Well, we will take a walk on the beach and show you how to how – it’s epic. So, check your calendar to see if you will be in town for the next full moon. We’d love to help you create once in a lifetime memories!

Sites visited:

  • Makapuu for Full Moon
  • Long Exposure at Makapuu Beach
  • Steel Wool Light Painting at Makapuu Beach

What to bring:

  • Do not bring more than you can carry. Nothing is left in the van when we are out shooting to prevent theft.
  • We provide you with a tripod. You may bring your own.
  • We have headlamps for your safety
  • Wear comfortable, closed-toed shoes.
  • You may want to bring a light jacket if you get cold easily as it can be cold by the ocean.
  • We recommend you bring additional batteries and memory cards for your camera. We would hate to see you miss out.
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Frequently Asked Questions
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Click on the red "Book It" button and you will see live availability. Keep in mind availability changes constantly, so make sure to book in advance!
H Tours Hawaii is a "one stop shop" for all the best activities in the Hawaiian Islands. Since we work with many providers, reservations are necessary. WE HIGHLY recommend making reservations, as many activities are at a discount when you reserve in advance. Some providers even charge higher for those "walking in" because they know chances are you're not going to walk away. Finally, a reservation ensures you have a space on the tour. Trust us you don't want to spend so much time and money to come to Hawaii and then miss out on an activity because they were booked out!
Choose the tour you are interested in, click the red “Book It” button adjacent to the tour information, and complete the booking form.
Most companies, if not all, require you to call them if you're trying to book something 2-3 days in advance. Do you really want to be spending your valuable time in Hawaii calling around to desperately find something that is available to do? While we can usually accommodate most last-minute bookings, we highly encourage those that are checking out our website far in advance to book 2-3 weeks prior to desired date. You never know if there's a convention, special event, or an increase in overall visitors in town, and it would be a shame if the activities that you want to do are sold out because you waited until the last minute. Basically, if you know you want to do it, just book it!
Most companies have a set of centrally located hotels that they do pick ups from. When you select your hotel in the booking page, you will see the pickup location and directions. This makes the pickup process short so you can start the tour as soon as possible!
Gratuity is never required but if you enjoyed your experience, a tip is always greatly appreciated!
NO! You do not need to have any experience in photography to join any of our tours. We know that sometimes people feel that they cannot take photos, but let us show you that you can.
Yes! Bring your camera. Bring whatever it is that you take pictures with. These tours are not just for those who have decided to invest hundreds of dollars into their camera equipment. We don’t care if you take pictures with an ipad or a polaroid as long as you bring something to capture the beauty with you, you will be fine.
We pick you up at your hotel in Waikiki. If your hotel is outside of Waikiki, which is from the Ala Moana Hotel to the end of Kalakaua, we ask you to make your way to the paid parking area of the Honolulu Zoo. Sunrise and Complete Island Tours pick you up one hour prior to sunrise. The Sunset tour picks you up four hours prior to sunset. Full Moon; one hour prior to moon rise.
If your hotel's zip code is not 96815 then you will need to go to the Honolulu zoo parking area for pick up. We do not pick up anywhere outside the Waikiki area. This includes the Kahala Hotel, Moana Valley Inn, the Ymca, Kailua, Pearl City, North Shore, Ko’Olina, the west side, east side, leeward side, Hawaii Kai, all military bases. The Waikiki area holds most of the hotels on the island. Please check with your hotel as to where it is located. We ask that you make your way to the Honolulu zoo for pick up. Please contact us if you are not sure where your hotel is located on the island.
With each tour you are provided a tripod to help you capture clear and crisp photos of everything and anything. We have rain gear for everyone on board. If we happen to be out when it starts to rain, we got you covered, literally. Also with every tour we will bring along information books about the island.
We use a 12 passenger van for our tours. Our van has space for your and our camera gear and small personal items. We will keep each tour (other than the private tour) to a 7 person limit.
Our tours, adventurous in nature, still put your safety first. We carry a first aid kit on board at all times. The tour guide is there to let you know what is safe and what is not.
No! Bring something to carry everything you bring with you. There are spots where theft is known to happen and we will not leave anything in the van.
Although there is no age limit to participate in a tour, you must keep in mind that our tour is adventurous in nature and anyone under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult.
We do not have access for physically disabled people. Again, call us and let us know you concerns and we will be happy to help.
It is recommended that you wear closed toe shoes. Bring a hat and some glasses to block away the sometimes intense sun. You may want to put on some sunblock as well.
The weather in Hawaii is for the most part beautiful but sometimes we can get a little rain. The tours will always go out when the forecast is calling for scattered showers. This great chance to capture unique photographs, possibly rainbows and waterfalls off the Ko’olau cliffs. On the rare occasion we will have flash flood warnings and lightning. If this occurs we will still go head with the tour, after all this is a photography tour and bad weather presents great possibilities for amazing photographs. However, if the weather continues with unsafe conditions, then the tour will be canceled and you will have the option of rescheduling or receiving a 75% refund. The call to cancel will be one hour after pick up.
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Payment & Cancellation
Cancellation Policy: Standard Policy
  • Cancellations made 2 days before Date & Time will be fully refunded.
  • Cancellations made at a later date will not be refunded.
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4 reviews, 0 comments
Was the tour accurately described on the webiste? In other words did it meet your expectations?
(4.8 of 5)
Oahu Photography Tours is the best tour I've been on in the islands, or anywhere for that matter!
The guides are friendly and knowledgeable. When it came to cameras and the island, there was nothing my tour guide did not know. I paid for pictures of the full moon but walked away with so much more. I was able to take even better photographs throughout the rest of my stay on the island than I would have been able to prior to taking this tour. Therefore, I recommend you book with Oahu Photography ... moreTours early on in your stay. The places you'll see are beautiful, the timing of each stop was perfect, and you will be so glad that you went.
Well worth the investment!
I did both the sunrise and the full moon tours with Oahu Photography Tours while on vacation in Hawaii. Alex and Chris are great guides and are enthusiastic to share their knowledge of both photography and Oahu. My sister and I went on the sunrise tour and she forgot her spare camera ... more
battery. Naturally, having taken so many photos, the battery in her
camera died. We made a stop for breakfast in Kailua, and Alex kindly
stopped at our rental there so that she could pick up the spare.

the end of the week we did the full moon tour, and this time my
twelve-year-old niece came along. Alex and Chris's enthusiasm was
infectious and my niece became very talkative and engaged. They spent
time helping her get the settings right on her camera (they spent time
with everyone doing this - wanting to make sure we all got good shots)
and interacted with her a lot. She had the best time and we all got some
fantastic photos.

We all learned a lot about our cameras and
were able to apply that new knowledge on the rest of our vacation. I
highly recommend Oahu Photography Tours.
Finding Light in the Darkness
I booked a moon tour, however the evening was cloudy and we had a hard time getting shots of the moon. Our tour guide Chris was great, you could tell he had a love of nature and cameras. There were 5 of us and he took ample time with each of us, showing us how to set the camera to ... more
get the most light in for the shots even thought it was dark already. He
also showed us how to use various settings on the camera that I hadn't
tried before, such as the "S", "A" settings on the Nikon. How varying
the shutter speed could let in more light and change the color and feel
of the photo. He also showed how to use the light reflection in water on
the sand as a focal point-not something you would generally shoot. Then
he drove us to various spots on the island that were off the beaten
path and we got some great city scape shots. The moon did pop out for a
few minutes but turned out to not be the highlight of the tour. I would
recommend this tour if you are into unusual shots, or would like to
learn more about lighting in difficult situations.
Nov full moon tour. Thx Alex!!