JOIN US FOR AN INCREDIBLE PHOTOGRAPHIC JOURNEY

We offer an abundance of photo opportunities in breathtaking faraway places.

Experience friendly cultures, explore remote exotic islands, and immerse yourself in a photographic indulgence most shutter bugs only dream of. From beginners right through to advanced, learn new skills and take amazing photos with like-minded companions.

JUST SOME OF THE PLACES WE GO

Varied and many, our every tour is an adventure full of wonder to explore. From cascading waterfalls to spiritual pools to cliffs at dawn, we travel the beautiful island of Nusa Penida and immerse ourselves in it's raw nature, wonder and beauty. A treasured hide-away with almost no tourists, Nusa Penida boasts an abundance of culture, amazing food, snorkelling and scuba, weaving, fishing and more, or just kicking back and watching the waves and clouds. Our tour are structured to allow you plenty of time to enjoy and explore, participate in our photography workshops, and join us on a journey each day to a new location of wonder and beauty to photograph. You will be offered guidance on lenses and settings to get off auto and capture the moment perfectly every time. Below are some of the places we go.

Atuh Beach

The rock island of Labuan Ampuak with its striking, craggy peaks is especially picturesque at low tide, when the exposed corals create a vibrant, living foreground for spectacular shots of the island.

Angels Billabong

This marvelous natural infinity pool, with its emerald hues and crystalline waters, is the epitome of stunning. It's green floors are comfortable to walk on and actually feels carpeted.

Tembeling Forest

These azure waters are crystal clear, with the colour coming from limestone spring water and tidal sea water. With spiritual significance to the locals, and surrounded by lush tropical flora and alive with birdsong, this natural pool is nothing short of paradise.

Volcanos

Beautiful at most times of the day but brilliant at sunrise. Bali has some wonderful Volcanoes including Mt. Batur & Mt. Agung. Their magnificence & power are simply spellbinding.

Ceremonies

The forest forms a sanctuary for wild Balinese long-tailed macaque monkeys to roam about in with huge trees, rivers, ponds and temples.
Based on the concept of Tri Hita Karana to create peace and harmony and an important component in the spiritual and economic life of the local community, this is an amazing experience.

Monkey Forest

The forest forms a sanctuary for wild Balinese long-tailed macaque monkeys to roam about in with huge trees, rivers, ponds and temples.
Based on the concept of Tri Hita Karana to create peace and harmony and an important component in the spiritual and economic life of the local community, this is an amazing experience.

Undisan Bangli

These towering moss covered cliffs inside a natural ravine with striking colour & contrast. You will get wet walking through the incredibly refreshing water to get here, and when you do there is also a glorious waterfall to enjoy.

Holy Spring Temple

Local people visit the temple for melukat (self cleaning) of bad or evil spirits, for prosperity, and purifying body & soul. The pool and baths are beautiful, and the surrounding gardens also make for some truly beautiful photographs.

Smoke Hill

This water blow is spectacular at high tide. The ocean is very wild here and puts on a wonderful display, shooting huge amounts of seawater high into the air. Makes for some very interesting photography.

Rice Fields

The rice fields and terraces of Ubud boasts some abundantly rich green! Fantastic at all times of day, you can go complexed, simple or anywhere inbetween.

Broken Bay

A range of high cliffs from to make the sea look like a giant pool. This photo does not do it justice - ok, I have to go back & try again. Lucky me!!

Keklingking Beach

A quick walk from our 4WD takes us to the cliff edge of Keklingking Beach. An astonishing seascape, you feel like you are truely on top of the world. If you are super keen you can climb down to the beach below...

Next Tour - 5 Days 6 Nights 17 - 22 Oct 2016

Bali - a photographers dream!

Photography Tour Nusa Penida, Bali

Join us on our Maiden Tour - it's going to be AMAZING!!

For 5 days & 6 nights, we will be exploring & photographing the beautiful island Nusa Penida, just 40 minutes ferry ride from Bali. Accommodation, transport, workshops & meals are included in this jam packed tour itinerary that ensures your shutter bug nature is indulged every step of the journey!

The absolute rawness & visual beauty of Nusa Penida provides a visual smorgasboard of delight & dreams for any photographer. If you're into photography & exploring beautiful places with like-minded campanions, you'll love our photography tours. Join me on our next tour this October. I'd love to share this amazing photographic opportunity & this beautiful island paradise with you!

THIS IS WHAT YOU GET

Golden Photo Opportunities

Magic Island Photography Tours are planned with care, insight & dedication. We take you to amazing, off-the-beaten-track locations where you can take unique & breath taking photos of landscape, seascape, local culture & so much more. Bali & Nusa Penida are both incredible & exotic places, perfect for photography.

Air Conditioned Accomodation

Full accommodation is included in the package, & can be anything from Deluxe to Eco-Friendly. Our choices help support local business & a sustainable way of life. Sometimes we move as the tour progresses, providing you with a greater insight into the local culture & a beautiful way of relaxed day to day living.

Air Conditioned Transport

Our 4WD's are air conditioned & our guides are friendly & experienced with extensive knowledge with very good English. Whether over rough terrain, sandy beaches or volcanic ranges, our lead Guide & Driver, Kadek, lives on the island, knows the very best places at the perfect time for optimal photos. Perfect!

Photography Workshops

Our on tour Photography Workshops are fun & easy. Developed to improve your photography regardless of equipment or experience. Explore & play with fun & creative techniques including: Time Exposure, Light Painting, Curtain Sync Flash, Image Processing, etc & start enjoying some seriously amazing results.

Fresh Organic Meals

Breakfast & lunch are included in the package, with a healthy choice of fruit, pancakes, coffee & juice in the morning, and a wide variety of scrumscious 'whatever we find' for lunch. Dietary requirements or restrictions? No problem. Just let us know when you are booking & we'll work with you to meet them.

Beautiful Culture

The Balinese Culture is unique & rich. The people are self content, removed from the worries of mundane life. When asked what heaven is like, they say "Like Bali". Music, dance, costumes & drama are a photographers dream at ceremonies, as are street markets, locals, & the incredible scenery in every direction.

Fun & Adventure

We provide both easy going & more adventurous options to suit your level of adventure & fitness. The days are structured to allow time to explore on your own; dive with mantas, visit a cave temple, shop at a street market, or just kick back, float with the clouds & drift away to the sound of the waves...

Want More?

Check out our FAQ's & T's & C's pages for more info, or feel to call me on 0414 19 33 55 or info@magicislandphotographytours.com
I'd love to hear from you and am happy to helpwith any questions you may have.

The natural beauty of Nusa Penida

Island of the Gods - Bali

RESERVE YOUR PLACE NOW

Don't miss out, places are strictly limited & fill up fast!

A Sample Itinerary

Due to temple, community & cultural responsibilities, as well as the weather, & various celebratory events thoughout the year, our predetermined ineterary can sometimes change. Below is an itinerary for just one of the 5 days on this amazing photography tour. You might also be pleased to know it is the earliest we get up, ever. Phew!

Journey to the East - Nusa Penida (4am - 2pm)

Worshiping the Sunrise at Atuh Beach Up at 3:30am for breakfast, packed and off by 4. It's dark and quiet, almost everyone is sleeping. We travel by 4WD for 1.5 hours and parts of this track get very rough. It's a tough wake up but well worth it. We arrive at a local's home and you can buy extra food if you want. It's good! A quick 10 minute walk and we find ourselves at the top of a huge cliff, no fences, no safety gates, common sense and sure footing prevail.

At this point you have a choice:

  1. Shoot from the cliff tops. You will get some magnificent shots, have an easy time, eat, chat, it's great!
  2. Get your mountain goat on and climb down the cliff with your gear, then up another cliff onto a relatively small and gravel platform to get right out in front of the sun and the giant peaking rocks.

The scene is quite literally breathtaking from either vantage point and the sun puts on a spectacular display to begin the day. Your choice will depend on how adventurous you are feeling at the time as well as your level of fitness.

Next we walk along the cliff top in order to reach our next choice of destination:

  1. Turn right up a shallow hill and shoot cliffs while enjoying the sun and the breeze, perhaps some relaxing yoga and a picnic.
  2. Walk a little further to a really long and incredibly steep stairway, each well built and flat which is a nice treat. They are also really high so it feels like you've been on the stairmaster for a week after this bit. Hard it is and you will need to be fit but it's well worth the effort.

After shooting our hearts content and drinking plenty of water we follow our tracks back to our vehicles and head off for the next stop on the tour. You will have had a good early morning workout and will be feeling it bye now so it's good to know that our next location requires next to no effort at all, is very interesting & you can even buy some beautiful silver to take home the...

Silversmith Artisans
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Tembeling Forrest
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Karangsari Cave
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Back to base, unpack, download, upload, recharge, swim, relax, eat, drink, stretch & unwind. It's time for a well earned dinner & a looky-loo at our photos from the day.

This section is still being worked on. It's a lot to get everything together so thanks for your patience, it's greatly appreciated!

About Me

By chance I visited Nusa Penida in January. My wonderful veterinarian took me along to help film & photograph the opening of the first library island. I just loved it. I fell in love with the place & decided I wanted to share this incredible paradise with others. Due to the absolute rawness & visual beauty of the island, & being a passionate photographer, I've joined the 2 together to create these amazing tours of vivid splendor you will remember & cherish for the rest of your life.
Before this I was a website developer (I still dabble) & was wasting far too many hours sitting at a desk, day & night. I wasn't unhappy, I just wasn't doing what I was passionate about. And now I am! I'm happy, healthy & calm, enjoying life & looking forward to my next adventure.
If you're into photography & exploring beautiful places with like-minded campanions, you'll love our photography tours. Join me on our next tour this October. I'd love to share this amazing photographic opportunity & this beautiful island paradise with you!

How much would you enjoy photographing waterfalls, ceremonies, beaches, cliffs, temples, caves, culture, landscapes, seascapes, nature, wildlife, people & more?

Are you excited yet? Shutter button finger getting twitchy?

What's Included?

Accommodation
6 nights accommodation is included in the tour price. From Deluxe to Eco-Friendly, our choice of air conditioned and conveniently located villas & bungalows help support local people maintain an independent and sustainable way of life.
Meals
Breakfast & lunch are included in the package, with a healthy choice of fruit, pancakes, coffee & juice in the morning, and a wide variety of scrumscious 'whatever we find' for lunch. Dietary requirements or restrictions? No problem. Just let us know when you are booking & we'll work with you to meet them.
Ground & Water Transport
Our 4WD's are air conditioned & our guides are friendly & experienced with extensive knowledge and good English. Whether over rough terrain, sandy beaches or volcanic ranges, our lead Guide & Driver, Kadek, lives on the island, knows the very best places at the perfect time for optimal photos. Perfect!
Ferry transport between Nusa Penida & Bali takes around 40 minutes by fast boat and costs approx $40 AUD return. Wear thongs and shorts or a skirt as you will have to wade in to get on the boat. Porters will help put your baggage aboard to please have a tip ready. 10,000 IDR ($1 AUD per item is a good guide).
Workshops
From beginners to advanced, these high value workshops are included in the package & will help you improve your skill & confidence, & technique. Find out more in our Workshops section below.

What's Not Included?

Airfares
You will need to arrange your own airfaire to Bali and then on to Sanur. Taxi's are readily available and will cost approx $20. We will meet with you at the ferry terminal and travel with you to your accomodation.
Visa
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Shopping & Tips
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Alcoholic Beverages
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What to Bring?

Camera Equipment
DSLR cameras recommended, or any point and shoot with manual options is required to get the best out of this photographic experience and the included workshops. See our checklist for a detailed list of equipment.
Clothing & Personal Items
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Respect
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TOUR WORKSHOPS

Our Photography Tour Workshops help you navigate your way through your shutter speed, ISO, f/stop and white balance, and the best way to do that is to make it fun! Each Workshop is designed to get you off auto and get you comfortable with setting your camera for a professional result you want every time. We also have fun and get creative with long exposures, shooting the stars, light painting and more. You will gain a diverse range of valuable new skills and techniques, not to mention the outstanding photographs you will proudly be adding to your portfolio.

Saluting the Sun

Getting up in time to greet the sun & capture inspiring sunrises is an invigorating start to the day & results in some absolutely mind blowing images. We explore long exposure photography here so tripod & a shutter release cable / remote recommended.

Shooting the Stars

Shooting in low to no light is a fun challenge, & capturing the twinkling stars in the night sky is an awesome reward. Tripod, shutter release cable / remote, torch required.

Light Painting

Painting with light allows for endless ccreativity & is so much fun! Tripod, shutter release cable/remote & a torch is required. For variety, bring a few of various sizes. And of course extra batteries.

Water Like Silk

Using an extended shutter speed to moving water results in a beautiful silken effect. Waterfalls, creeks, seascapes - this technique is an easy way to add a dreamy effect to your photos.

Wildlife

The wildlife is wonderful & abundant, I find the dogs & monkeys are particularly interesting to photograph. A zoom lens is recommended so you can easily shoot from a distance. The birds will blow your mind!

Fire & Light Trails

Planning ahead is needed here. Anything that lights up at night and travels is a perfect subject. Tripod, shutter release cable / remote, torch required. Fire, lights on cars, even the stars with a long enough exposure time.

2nd Curtain Flash

This technique allows you to capture movement while also capturing a sharp image at the same time. Let your creative flare shine with this one.

Photo Processing

Clicking a button & taking the photo, all the set up & checking that goes into that, is only half the job. Photo processing is what gives the professional photographers their edge. It's amazingly simple!

Magic Island Photography Tours - October 2016