Reef N Beyond Eco Tours in conjunction with Ocean-Landscape Photographer Stephan Kleinlein from Ocean Blue Sky Production, are excited to now offer a range of photographic tours on Lord Howe Island.

 

These tours can be booked before or when you arrive on Lord Howe Island.

Boat/Water Based – Seascape & Underwater Photographer – experience & learn more about the amazing world of underwater photography in the breathtakingly photogenic waters around Lord Howe Island.

Land Based – Seascape & Beach Photographer – learn more about how to capture these special sceneries.

Land Based – Landscape & Wildlife Photographer – improve your photography skills on some of the most photogenic hikes on Lord Howe Island.

 

Here the Photography Tour Options:

1. Seascape & Water Photographer Tour (Snorkelling/ FreeDiving) —

Duration 4 hours – Price: A$ 249/pp

(Boat/Water Based Option)

(This tour is NOT a scuba diving photography course!)

This water based photography tour is for all of you who like to experience & learn more about taking beautiful images in the ocean. It gives you the opportunity to experience Lord Howe Island’s amazing ocean from a unique perspective while practising photography skills in & under the water. Stephan, your Seascape Photography Tour Guide, will choose the best water based locations for you to capture some amazing underwater images with plenty of sea-life. This tour is based on snorkelling and/or free-diving. All participants need to be competent swimmers and comfortable in the ocean. Course notes provided.

Course Outline

  • Know your Camera
  • Camera Modes
  • Shutter Speed, Aperture, ISO & Focal Point
  • Basic Photographic Composition
  • Lens Choices
  • Care of Equipment
  • Plan your Shots
  • Camera gear suitable for in water use
  • Care & maintenance of your equipment
  • In water safety & protecting your environment
  • Setup & pre water check list
  • Optimum camera settings for shooting underwater
  • Composition of a great underwater photograph
  • Be creative with your shots

Equipment Required – All cameras need to be waterproof or have a waterproof housing. Digital SLR, compact camera, mobile phone with a housing or a GoPro. In addition you will require a wet suit, mask, snorkel, fins, towel, spray jacket & a bottle of water.

Tour Departure – Meet at the Reef N Beyond Departure Point 15min prior to scheduled departure.

 

2. Seascape Photographer Beach Hiking Tour

Duration 3 hours – Price: A$ 149/pp

(Land Based Option)

This photography tour gives you the opportunity to experience Lord Howe Island from a unique perspective while practising photography skills. On our land based Seascape Photographer Beach Hiking Tour, we will concentrate on taking beautiful images of the ocean from land. Refections, Waves, Sunsets/Sunrise, framing the subject ocean with your camera. Course notes provided.

    • Course Outline –
    • Know your Camera
    • Camera Modes
    • Shutter Speed, Aperture, ISO & Focal Point
    • Basic Photographic Composition
    • Lens Choices
    • Care of Equipment
    • Plan your Shots

Equipment Required – Preferable Digital SLR. Compact Camera, GoPro or Mobile Phone are also usable. In addition, you will need suitable footwear & a bottle of water.

Tour Departure – Meet at the Reef N Beyond Boat Shed 15min prior to scheduled departure.

 

3. Landscape & Wildlife, Flora & Fauna Photographer Bush Hiking Tour

Duration – 3 hours – Price: A$ 149/pp

(Land Based Option)

This photography tour gives you the opportunity to experience Lord Howe Island from a unique perspective while practising photography skills. On the bush hike, your photography tour guide will show you some magnificent sceneries of the island & teach you the best way to capture them with your camera. Course notes provided.

    • Course Outline –
    • Know your Camera
    • Camera Modes
    • Shutter Speed, Aperture, ISO & Focal Point
    • Photographic Composition
    • Lens Choices
    • Care of Equipment
    • Plan your Shots

Equipment Required – Preferable Digital SLR. Compact Camera, GoPro or Mobile Phone are also usable. In addition, you will need suitable footwear & a bottle of water.

Tour Departure – Meet at the Reef N Beyond Boat Shed 15min prior to scheduled departure.

 

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Ball’s Pyramid & Lord Howe Island

Amazing experience. My jaw dropped when I saw Ball’s Pyramid. So majestic. Captain Dave is fantastic - experienced, you feel extremely safe and in good hands. Boat is wonderful. It was awesome to go around Lord Howe - such a different perspective. Lot’s of big waves breaking - very cool stuff to see. Oh and Dolphins riding your side on the way back from Ball’s Pyramid..!

Themania

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5
2019-08-10T23:51:47+00:00

Themania

Amazing experience. My jaw dropped when I saw Ball’s Pyramid. So majestic. Captain Dave is fantastic - experienced, you feel extremely safe and in good hands. Boat is wonderful. It was awesome to go around Lord Howe - such a different perspective. Lot’s of big waves breaking - very cool stuff to see. Oh and Dolphins riding your side on the way back from Ball’s Pyramid..!

A Great Morning at Ball’s Pyramid

Dave is a fantastic enthusiastic knowledgeable skipper. the boat is comfortable and ideal for LHI. Thanks for a fantastic around island cruise, out to Balls Pyramid and snorkelling at balls pyramid. Weather dictates all water trips and we had to wait til near the end of our trip til the winds calmed down. But it was well worth the wait. Highly recommend.

nzp0ppy

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5
2020-06-01T09:28:00+00:00

nzp0ppy

Dave is a fantastic enthusiastic knowledgeable skipper. the boat is comfortable and ideal for LHI. Thanks for a fantastic around island cruise, out to Balls Pyramid and snorkelling at balls pyramid. Weather dictates all water trips and we had to wait til near the end of our trip til the winds calmed down. But it was well worth the wait. Highly recommend.

Boat Trip to Ball’s Pyramid

This was our second visit to LHI and our second boat experience with Dave, Both of which were excellent . We loved the boat ride to Balls Pyramid , Dave was informative re history, bird life etc Balls Pyramid is amazing and a not to be missed experience, Thank you for a fantastic experience both Dave & Glenys


Ostephs

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5
2019-08-10T23:49:31+00:00

Ostephs

This was our second visit to LHI and our second boat experience with Dave, Both of which were excellent . We loved the boat ride to Balls Pyramid , Dave was informative re history, bird life etc Balls Pyramid is amazing and a not to be missed experience, Thank you for a fantastic experience both Dave & Glenys

Ball’s Pyramid Round Island Combo

We had a great overall experience with a trip to Ball's Pyramid first up with our skipper, Dave, being very generous with information & photo ops. It's a must see if the weather is kind. The boat is brilliant & so stable. Lots of sea birds along our journey today & the colour of the water in places was mesmerizing. Great information provided along all stops & a fun snorkel up the north of Malabar. We'd go again in a heartbeat.

Anne&Geoffholiday

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5
2020-06-01T09:23:24+00:00

Anne&Geoffholiday

We had a great overall experience with a trip to Ball's Pyramid first up with our skipper, Dave, being very generous with information & photo ops. It's a must see if the weather is kind. The boat is brilliant & so stable. Lots of sea birds along our journey today & the colour of the water in places was mesmerizing. Great information provided along all stops & a fun snorkel up the north of Malabar. We'd go again in a heartbeat.

Making the Most Out of a Bumpy Ride

Reef N Beyond were really professional from the time of booking to getting off the boat. The weather was quite windy with a decent swell so Dave and Glenys tried to get us out to Balls Pyramid but it was no-go once we got out of the lee of LHI. Prior to going, Glenys gave us a run down on the conditions and made sure everybody was clear with our fall back options if unable to go to Balls. We ended up having to do the head-to-head tour, with snorkelling on the north side of LHI. Despite not getting to Balls Pyramid, it was a safe and informative trip with plenty to see and the snorkelling in crystal clear water topped it off. I wouldn’t hesitate to go with Reef N Beyond again.

Andyjam2110

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5
2020-06-01T09:15:46+00:00

Andyjam2110

Reef N Beyond were really professional from the time of booking to getting off the boat. The weather was quite windy with a decent swell so Dave and Glenys tried to get us out to Balls Pyramid but it was no-go once we got out of the lee of LHI. Prior to going, Glenys gave us a run down on the conditions and made sure everybody was clear with our fall back options if unable to go to Balls. We ended up having to do the head-to-head tour, with snorkelling on the north side of LHI. Despite not getting to Balls Pyramid, it was a safe and informative trip with plenty to see and the snorkelling in crystal clear water topped it off. I wouldn’t hesitate to go with Reef N Beyond again.

Boat Trip to Ball’s Pyramid LHI

Great boat ride, very informative trip about the pyramid's history, adventure and climbing, geology and bird life. Excellent value for the money. The captain and wife were very helpful, answered all questions and provided very good printed information about the climb attempts on Balls Pyramid. The trip around LHI itself was magnificent. Recommend it to all

Tramping

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5
2019-08-10T23:56:36+00:00

Tramping

Great boat ride, very informative trip about the pyramid's history, adventure and climbing, geology and bird life. Excellent value for the money. The captain and wife were very helpful, answered all questions and provided very good printed information about the climb attempts on Balls Pyramid. The trip around LHI itself was magnificent. Recommend it to all

Must Do Boat Trip

This was a great experience to see the 'outside' of Lord Howe Island that many people wouldn't normally do and we highly recommend it. My husband and I enjoyed our tour around Lord Howe Island on their amazing boat despite haphazard weather. Following a safety briefing by Dave we set off and visited the spectacular caves and cliffs on the outside of the Island below Mt Eliza. The water was an amazing cerulean colour in the caves. We could see amazing fault lines running the full length of the cliffs too - the geological formations were quite impressive. We then went over to the Admiralty Islands and toured these too. Normally the tour would head straight down to Balls Pyramid but because of a squall Dave took us back to the jetty to have coffee and chocolate chip cookies to let it ride out. We then boarded the boat again and headed to Mt Gower to see the tallest sea cliffs in Australia. Simply amazing. Unfortunately our trip to Balls Pyramid was not meant to be as the ocean chop was too much and not safe - we got to see Balls in the distance - and turned around and headed for home. Dave and Glenys very generously gave us a significant refund because they couldn't complete the tour which we were not expecting. They were lovely hosts who made the trip fun - but most importantly safe for us all.

Anita B

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5
2019-08-11T00:01:28+00:00

Anita B

This was a great experience to see the 'outside' of Lord Howe Island that many people wouldn't normally do and we highly recommend it. My husband and I enjoyed our tour around Lord Howe Island on their amazing boat despite haphazard weather. Following a safety briefing by Dave we set off and visited the spectacular caves and cliffs on the outside of the Island below Mt Eliza. The water was an amazing cerulean colour in the caves. We could see amazing fault lines running the full length of the cliffs too - the geological formations were quite impressive. We then went over to the Admiralty Islands and toured these too. Normally the tour would head straight down to Balls Pyramid but because of a squall Dave took us back to the jetty to have coffee and chocolate chip cookies to let it ride out. We then boarded the boat again and headed to Mt Gower to see the tallest sea cliffs in Australia. Simply amazing. Unfortunately our trip to Balls Pyramid was not meant to be as the ocean chop was too much and not safe - we got to see Balls in the distance - and turned around and headed for home. Dave and Glenys very generously gave us a significant refund because they couldn't complete the tour which we were not expecting. They were lovely hosts who made the trip fun - but most importantly safe for us all.

A Sea Stack to Behold

We booked the boat tour to Balls Pyramid the night before and just squeezed in (but recommend booking as early as possible) having never managed to get there in 3 previous trips to LHI because of the weather. We weren’t expecting such a comfortable boat, nor such excellent informative tour guides as Dave (the captain) and Josh. The boat ends up circumnavigating LHI and Balls Pyramid, and the Pyramid is even more stunning close up than I imagined. We also got to snorkel there, and as an extra treat a couple of Galapagos sharks came over to say hello. Weather permitting - this is a must do trip.

Globetrotter767

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5
2020-06-01T09:25:00+00:00

Globetrotter767

We booked the boat tour to Balls Pyramid the night before and just squeezed in (but recommend booking as early as possible) having never managed to get there in 3 previous trips to LHI because of the weather. We weren’t expecting such a comfortable boat, nor such excellent informative tour guides as Dave (the captain) and Josh. The boat ends up circumnavigating LHI and Balls Pyramid, and the Pyramid is even more stunning close up than I imagined. We also got to snorkel there, and as an extra treat a couple of Galapagos sharks came over to say hello. Weather permitting - this is a must do trip.

Pyramid Island Tour

What an awesome experience with Dave & Josh with Reef N Beyond!! Really great boat ; fast & very comfortable even though we had a bit of swell it handled it with ease!! Great commentary from both guys who obviously know all about this magic lsland. Bird life at Balls Pyramid was amazing !!! Had a snorkel at Malabar with great coral, fish & turtles!! The seabirds all around the Island were spectacular!! Dave , Glenyis & Josh make sure your trip is enjoyable for everyone!! Don’t miss out on this adventure when visiting LHI Kevin & Janenne

Bellskj

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5
2020-06-01T09:11:12+00:00

Bellskj

What an awesome experience with Dave & Josh with Reef N Beyond!! Really great boat ; fast & very comfortable even though we had a bit of swell it handled it with ease!! Great commentary from both guys who obviously know all about this magic lsland. Bird life at Balls Pyramid was amazing !!! Had a snorkel at Malabar with great coral, fish & turtles!! The seabirds all around the Island were spectacular!! Dave , Glenyis & Josh make sure your trip is enjoyable for everyone!! Don’t miss out on this adventure when visiting LHI Kevin & Janenne

Outstanding Experience

A great skipper and crew, spectacular coastline, dolphins right next to the boat, snorkelling at Ball's Pyramid, up close and personal with a blow hole, homemade cake and a cuppa on return - what an experience! The brand new boat is extremely stable and gives everyone a terrific view of the sights. It was an exhilarating experience that shouldn't be missed.

Coasters

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5
2019-02-07T09:38:52+00:00

Coasters

A great skipper and crew, spectacular coastline, dolphins right next to the boat, snorkelling at Ball's Pyramid, up close and personal with a blow hole, homemade cake and a cuppa on return - what an experience! The brand new boat is extremely stable and gives everyone a terrific view of the sights. It was an exhilarating experience that shouldn't be missed.

Excellent Tour, A Must for First Time Visitors

Did the Ball's Pyramid scenic tour, *highly* recommend it. First off, lovely people running the show. We had Dave as Captain, Josh was a very charming host, and Glenys gave me some sunburn advice that pretty much Saved. My. Holiday... 🙂 On the way out we saw flying fish, terns, kestrels, (avian!)boobies, on the way back a couple of pods of dolphins! They slowed the boat to interact with them, and they jump around playing, that was groovy. You can also snorkel at the Pyramid, if you're brave. I'm not brave, and you don't need to be either, because the water is so beautifully clear.. Bright fish galore! I also wasn't sure if I get seasick and didn't want to find out, so took a Travacalm beforehand.. probably a good idea(along with water and a jacket, gets chilly), as the trip out was pretty bumpy, the trip back much less so. The circuit around the island is really really pleasant. But why risk ruining a great day on a comfy boat? And if you burn easy, this boat is sheltered. Total comfort! Ball's Pyramid is definitely “a must” for a first time visit. Such an eerie looking sight, even on a bright sunny day it kinda looks like a ghost ship is gonna sail up?! VERY atmospheric, it would be a real shame to miss it. For 3.5 hrs, especially if you're not inclined for trekking etc, this tour gives you possibly the very best overview of LHI's incredible pristine natural beauty. If the Weather Gods favour your visit, don't hesitate!

Byrd65

Tours
5
2020-06-01T09:38:46+00:00

Byrd65

Did the Ball's Pyramid scenic tour, *highly* recommend it. First off, lovely people running the show. We had Dave as Captain, Josh was a very charming host, and Glenys gave me some sunburn advice that pretty much Saved. My. Holiday... 🙂 On the way out we saw flying fish, terns, kestrels, (avian!)boobies, on the way back a couple of pods of dolphins! They slowed the boat to interact with them, and they jump around playing, that was groovy. You can also snorkel at the Pyramid, if you're brave. I'm not brave, and you don't need to be either, because the water is so beautifully clear.. Bright fish galore! I also wasn't sure if I get seasick and didn't want to find out, so took a Travacalm beforehand.. probably a good idea(along with water and a jacket, gets chilly), as the trip out was pretty bumpy, the trip back much less so. The circuit around the island is really really pleasant. But why risk ruining a great day on a comfy boat? And if you burn easy, this boat is sheltered. Total comfort! Ball's Pyramid is definitely “a must” for a first time visit. Such an eerie looking sight, even on a bright sunny day it kinda looks like a ghost ship is gonna sail up?! VERY atmospheric, it would be a real shame to miss it. For 3.5 hrs, especially if you're not inclined for trekking etc, this tour gives you possibly the very best overview of LHI's incredible pristine natural beauty. If the Weather Gods favour your visit, don't hesitate!
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