My First Hawaiian Sunset On The Big Island

Gazebo Sunset, Big Island

Aloha! I’ve just returned from three weeks in incredible Hawaii, soaking up the sun and taking a ton of photos along the way. It might be a bit Hawaii heavy here on the blog over the next few weeks, so hopefully you’ll fall in love with the place as much as I have. And if you’ve visited the islands I hope to rekindle some fond memories for you!

Hawaii is famous for its beautiful displays of colour at sunset, with many people (both locals and tourists) taking the time to watch the spectacle pass each day. As soon as we arrived on the Big Island I was already looking forward to our first opportunity to take it all in.

The Fairmont Orchid was the perfect place to start our vacation, and this shot was taken just beside the hotel’s golf course. As we wandered towards the shoreline it was impossible to miss this great gazebo.

Fortunately the sun was setting just at its centre, so I lined everything up and hit the shutter. We then continued on to the shore and I got to work shooting amongst the lava rocks before dusk settled on the island.

24 thoughts on “My First Hawaiian Sunset On The Big Island

    1. Ben Post author

      Thanks Mel! I can promise sunset shots, Hawaii shots, AND Hawaii sunset shots πŸ™‚ If you ever have the chance to go don’t hesitate, it’s a magical place!

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        1. Ben Post author

          Unfortunately it was very expensive, but it was our honeymoon so the best excuse to go! It took a long time to get there, about 24 hours travelling including lay overs. It might sound strange but I’m not sure I got any jet lag, I was so exhausted from the travelling/not sleeping that when we arrived in the evening I didn’t have any trouble going to sleep. And waking up wasn’t an issue either. Maybe if you travel for long enough jet lag isn’t a factor?! I remember suffering in Thailand so that obviously wasn’t far enough!

        2. ifollowislands

          Hey Ben, so sorry for this late response. I’m so behind with blogging, commenting, reading it’s crazy! I have seen a few of your Hawaii photos and really enjoyed them πŸ™‚ Shame it’s so expensive, I guess this needs to be a honeymoon otherwise I couldn’t justify the huge costs just for a simple holiday πŸ˜‰ Good point you’re raising there.. so the longer you suffer on the plane the more knackered you are – interesting! I suffered hugely in Thailand it was ridiculous. We flew business class one way but even that didn’t help much tbh. You’re still tired and grumpy after 15 hours :-/

        3. Ben Post author

          No worries! πŸ™‚ Sounds like we had a similar experience with Thailand then, business class one way too! I always think it’s the air in aeroplanes that makes me feel so terrible. It’s just so horrible to breathe! And it makes my skin feel disgusting. But always worth putting up with it to travel. I’m glad you’re enjoying the Hawaii photos πŸ™‚

    1. Ben Post author

      Thanks Stacy, I have so many photos to get through it’s a little overwhelming! For such a small place the variety of mind blowing scenery is incredible. Which island/s did you visit?

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    1. Ben Post author

      Thanks Amy, tranquil is the perfect word. I think this shot pretty much sums up the colours of Hawaii. I wish I could be there again!

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    1. Ben Post author

      Haha, there will be a few sunset photos! Whenever we were staying in a hotel near a west-facing beach I made sure to get at least a few shots.

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    1. Ben Post author

      Thanks Kan, we really did! And Hawaii was the perfect place for it. I have to thank you for your post about Big Island because otherwise I would never have thought of going there in the first place!

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    1. Ben Post author

      Thanks you. It was a very peaceful scene, and even more so with the sound of the waves breaking against the shore. Hawaii is just the perfect place to relax!

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