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The only time in my life I've actively been searching for and hoping to see fins appear in the ocean ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿฌ. Swimming with #dolphins in the wild has been on the bucket list for years and I was praying that we'd get a chance to capture pods of these amazing animals while in #Hawaii. We went diving and searching for them on multiple occasions and literally kept missing them by minutes. They'd appear out of nowhere and then completely disappear from sight for the rest of the day. Dolphins are tough to track down as they unpredictably move from place to place. On the last day in #Oahu we got lucky. We met up with the awesome @galen.neil, one of Hawaii's best underwater photographers. I was determined to find the dolphins and after literally 5 hours in the water we finally got a glimpse of a small pod as they curiously came up to inspect us. The moment was incredible and something I'll never forget as 10 of them gracefully swam up to us and posed for a few shots ๐Ÿ˜‰. They hung out for about a minute allowing @galen.neil to capture this on camera as I dived down and filmed the dolphins! I need to head back there as I have a goal to capture a pod of 50+ dolphins...that would be insane ๐Ÿค—. (๐Ÿ“ธ: @galen.neil) @beautifuldestinations #beautifuldestinations #bdteam ๐Ÿ’ฆ.
Here's a cool mini collaboration between @storyofsage and myself from our recent adventure in #Hawaii ๐ŸŒด. Sage shot the hand held camera footage in this and I shot the drone content. He then masterfully put it together in this awesome edit. What do you guys think? I couldn't speak more highly of Hawaii and can't wait to get back! I had such a different perception of the place before going. I was a little worried it was going to be very touristy and kind of tacky. I've seen countless resorts and tours promoted over there and as a Brit I always associated Hawaii with the typical American family vacation. I could not have been more wrong about the place. Yes there is the cheesy tourist side to the islands but I guess everywhere has that. It's just a case of skipping that and searching for the hidden gems and local hot spots. We had 10 days of jumping around the islands, starting in #Oahu then on to #BigIsland, before closing out in #Kauai. It's a tough call to say which was my favourite island as they all offered up something different. The shark diving and #StairwayToHeaven is in Oahu, the #volcanoes and black sand beaches are in Big Island and the unreal Na Pali coast is in Kauai. What I will say is Hawaii needs to be on your bucket list! If you are the adventurous type then you'll fall in love with the place. Who has some cool #Hawaiian stories I'd love to hear them in the comments? I'll be sharing some funny moments from the trip in the comments too ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ. (๐ŸŽฅ: @storyofsage ๐Ÿš: Me) @beautifuldestinations #BeautifulDestinations #BDTeam ๐Ÿ˜Ž.
Good morning #NewYork ๐ŸŒ‡. This skyline always gives me a boost of energy. September is one of my favourite times to be in #NewYorkCity. It's the tail end of summer so the temperatures are perfect. You get awesome sunny days and it's not too humid ๐Ÿ˜Ž. The city is back to its best with everyone returning from summer houses and vacations. You've got the US Open, Fashion Week and a ton of other cool things going on in #Manhattan. Sunrise starts to get later too so I can get some better nights sleep ๐Ÿ˜ด ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ. If you are thinking about planning a trip to #NYC my recommendation would be this month ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ. Here's to a good week ahead guys @beautifuldestinations #BeautifulDestinations #BDTeam (๐ŸŽถ: "Begin" by the awesome @shalloumusic, check him out!).
 Manhattan, New York
Uh oh @jeremyjauncey...๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿฆˆ (๐ŸŽถ: "First Of The Year" by @skrillex)
"Would you ever take the leap with me?" ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‰. Awesome to be back in #NewYorkCity. Hopefully you guys enjoyed my #Hawaii adventure but now it's time to change up some of the content โœŒ๐Ÿฝ. You all know I love getting in a #helicopter. It's so cool to see a destination from a completely different perspective, especially #NewYork. When it comes to flying in #NYC there's only one choice in my opinion... @flynyon ๐Ÿš. Awesome people, awesome service and a truly awesome experience ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ. It's nice to have a full weekend back home in the city. Excited to catch up with @mattwebbuk, @christovich, @apakalypse, @stennyburtone & @alexglancz ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿฝ. Going for a big lads night out later to my favourite #Manhattan Club...stay tuned for more ๐Ÿป. @beautifuldestinations #BeautifulDestinations #BDTeam #EmpireStateBuilding (๐ŸŽถ: "Would You Ever" by @skrillex).
 Empire State Building
#FridayFeeling ๐Ÿ™ƒ #๏ธโƒฃ. This was a lot of fun to make as we managed to get to the bottom of an amazing 83 foot waterfall in #Kauai ๐Ÿ’ฆ. In ancient times, #Hawaiian men would jump from the top of the falls to prove their way I was doing that! Instead I opted to chill on this hashtag floatie taking in the relaxing sights and sounds ๐Ÿค™๐Ÿฝ. Although it may not look it the shot was very tough to get as the #waterfall created an immensely powerful current. We first attempted with @alliemichellel & failed miserably ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ. We then got some group footage of @cobiandewey, @tmats808 & @onecanspam struggling to get under the falls! For the finale we had the awesome @mana_kauai paddle board me into the heart of the crushing water! I was getting pummeled and the current was immediately pulling me back to shore. As this shot starts I'm pretty much under the falls, you can see how quickly I get pushed downstream as the #drone rises. To make things even better a rainbow decided to show up too ๐ŸŒˆ. I love getting the shot but it's just as much of an adventure trying to make it happen. Check out my IG Story to see more of the behind the scenes making of. Happy Friday guys ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ˜Ž. @beautifuldestinations #BeautifulDestinations #BDTeam (๐Ÿš: @cobiandewey ๐ŸŽถ: "Mirages" by @mitis).
"Buckle up guys it's going to get bumpy as we bank a sharp turn over the #NaPaliCoast". Awesome words from my favourite helicopter pilot of all time @bpcopters ๐Ÿš. Here's a wide angle video version of us soaring above the #NaPali Coast during sunset ๐ŸŒ…. I love how the sunset colours bloom over the mountains as we bank over the crazy ridges revealing the impeccable deserted beaches of #Kauai. In my opinion this is the most beautiful coastal mountain range in the world. The peaks and ridges are so defined it really does look like something from a fantasy movie ๐Ÿฒ๐Ÿฆ. I couldn't recommend the experience with @bpcopters more highly. Everything was on point ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿฝ. We had the doors off which is a photographers dream, they'd created a specific playlist for us so we'd hit certain parts of the flight where the music would be pumping (you can see the Hula girl on the dashboard is having some fun ๐Ÿค—) and most importantly the team over there ran this as a welcoming family business, with a focus on service! It made for the most awesome experience as @captain_potter, and I took in the sights. ("Divide" by @odesza) @beautifuldestinations #BeautifulDestinations #BDTeam ๐ŸŒŽ.
 Nฤ Pali Coast State Park
Landed on the Moon ๐Ÿš€๐ŸŒ‘. I never knew that #Hawaii had these kinds of landscapes. Funny that I always thought of white sand beaches, crystal clear waters and lush green mountains. The crazy thing is this place is one of the only locations in the world where you can drive from Sea Level (as in the beach ๐Ÿ˜Ž) to 14,000 feet in about 2hrs! There is 40% less oxygen up here so the altitude really does affect you. I wanted to run up the ridges and get some unique content but I probably would have passed out...would have made for some funny footage ๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿ˜‚. Sunset at #MaunaKea needs to be on the bucket list. Stay tuned for the Star content that we got later that night โœจ @beautifuldestinations #BeautifulDestinations. (๐ŸŽถ: "All Aloud" by @adrianlux) ๐ŸŒ‹.
 Mauna Kea
Here's one of the drone perspectives I spoke about last week from our #NaPaliCoast ridge-line adventure with @hikingkauai โ›ฐ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ. Experiencing the Na Pali Coast up close and personal was such a cool moment. The landscapes are truly one of a kind as the jagged #Hawaiian mountains and crazy rock formations stretch for miles. We had to get on one of the ridge lines so @cobiandewey & I met up with the awesome @tmats808 founder of @hikingkauai as well as his friends @moderndayhawaiian, @lavidadechris & @onecanspam. Together we trekked down some goat trails to capture sunset and wow did we get lucky! As the sun began to dip under the horizon an orange glow formed that engulfed the sky and mountains. Who remembers my favourite drone shot from the Philippines where @sam_kolder scaled the cliffs of a deserted tropical island in El Nido? I had that shot in my mind as we hiked down the mountain with my drone on my back. At 6ft 4 the awesome @cobiandewey made for the perfect subject as I captured him fist pumping in celebration of one of the best sunset moments of all time. If you look closely you might be able to spot me hiding on the ground a little higher up the mountain ๐Ÿ˜‰. I love how this shot showcases the scale of the #NaPali Coast, we even had a mini rainbow show up as I pan towards the mountains ๐ŸŒˆ . If anyone wants to do this hike, get in contact with @tmats808 from @hikingkauai, his business offering is exceptional ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ! (๐ŸŽถ: "Iceland" by Flyboy) #BeautifulDestinations #BDTeam.
 Nฤ Pali Coast State Park
Monday Blues ๐Ÿ’ฆ. Missing #Hawaii but awesome to be back in NYC. The island life has been great but New York City is home ๐Ÿ˜Š. The next few months are going to be busy @beautifuldestinations as we look to close out an exciting year. Can't believe I'm already talking about the end of the year, time is just flying by ๐Ÿฆ…๐Ÿ˜ณ. This was shot by the epic @cobiandewey as I practiced some free diving in preparation for the sharks ๐Ÿฆˆ. Floating here peacefully in the crystal clear waters of #Oahu as we searched for dolphins was such a cool experience! Right, time to get focused on the business after an awesome summer ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿฝ. #BeautifulDestinations #BDTeam ๐Ÿ“ธ: @cobiandewey.
Beasting it up the #StairwayToHeaven ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿฝ. This awesome moment was caught by the legendary @storyofsage as we powered up the 5,000 step climb to the top of the mountain โ›ฐ. Do you guys follow @storyofsage? He joined the @beautifuldestinations team earlier in the year, from the World's Coolest Job Campaign, and has been crushing the last few months! Some exciting news...he's recently moved into the #BDTeam apartment in NYC with myself & @jacob. Fun story about Sage, his middle name is Zeppelin, he used to be a Team USA diver (nearly made it to the Olympics) and he absolutely loves hotdogs...he had 12 straight days of them in Iceland ๐Ÿ˜œ๐ŸŒญ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ. Go drop him a follow and comment. He's just posted some insane content from St Lucia so go check it out ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ. #BeautifulDestinations #Hawaii ๐ŸŒด.
Catching a playful moment between a baby #dolphin and its mother as they swim through the ocean having fun in #Hawaii ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿค—. This makes me think of when I was a kid and @jeremyjauncey & I would annoy my mum, whether it be fighting in the back of the car en-route to school or making a mess in the house haha ๐Ÿ˜‚ ๐Ÿป๐Ÿท๐Ÿญ. Does this video make anyone else think about when they were a kid and messing around? Epic times in #Oahu @beautifuldestinations. (๐ŸŽถ: "Baby" by @bakermatmusic) #BeautifulDestinations #BDTeam.
Do you follow @cobiandewey? He's an awesome underwater photographer from #Hawaii that I strongly recommend you check out! Meeting and hanging out with Cobian sums up why I love Instagram. We'd never met before but connected through the app and a passion for creating content. What was meant to be 1 day of shooting sharks and turtles in Oahu turned into a full 7 day adventure as Cobian showed us around his home island and then joined us for 4 days in #Kauai. There are few platforms in the world that let you connect with awesome like minded people and I feel that Instagram has really changed the way that people can collaborate and share experiences. After sharing a helicopter shot of the #NaPaliCoast and then a ridge line shot, I thought it would be cool to show you guys one from the water. I shot this of Cobian from the ocean so that I could get an over/under shot of the crystal clear blue waters, our boat and the incredible #NaPali Coastline. I love the colours and reflections in this shot as Cobian reaches out to the insane coastal ridge lines. Visiting this coastline needs to be on your bucket list as I've never seen anything quite like it before. Hopefully you guys have been inspired by my Hawaii content so far ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿค™๐Ÿฝ @beautifuldestinations #BeautifulDestinations #BDTeam ๐ŸŒดโ›ฐ.
 Nฤ Pali Coast State Park
Hiking the crazy ridge lines of the Na Pali Coast during sunset with the legendary @tmats808 ๐Ÿค™๐Ÿฝ. As you know, I love my adrenaline pumping experiences and this was certainly one of them. We met up with the awesome Tab Matsumoto, founder of @hikingkauai and embarked on 4 different #Kauai hikes starting at 7am and pushing through for a full 12hrs of craziness. @hikingkauai is a local adventure business that specializes in #hiking, taking people to Kauai's hidden spots. After seeing The #NaPaliCoast from a helicopter I really wanted to get out on the unreal ridges and capture a different perspective. Tab took us safely through the mountain ranges and down the goat trails to this incredible spot ๐Ÿ. These trails are literally made by mountain goats as they meander the coast looking for food. Speaking to the locals there are few people in #Hawaii with Tab's extensive knowledge of what to see and do in Kauai ๐ŸŒด. I could not recommend him more highly! What was meant to be 1 day of hanging out and exploring turned into 3 full days of non stop #Hawaiian action ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿฝ. Not only did we have a fantastic experience but Tab has become a great friend and I can't wait to get back to Kauai as there is so much more to explore. I get asked a lot about where exactly my pictures are taken and how do I get to those places. Over the next few days you are going to see more stuff from Kauai and that's all down to Tab ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿฝ. If anyone is going to Kauai anytime soon check him and his business out, ๐Ÿ’ฏ% worth the investment @hikingkauai @tmats808 ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ. Just wait for the drone footage from these hikes. It had been a stormy day on the #NaPali Coast up until sunset when the sky cleared up and the colours went crazy, the whole mountain range turned orange ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ˜ฑ. @beautifuldestinations #BeautifulDestinations #BDTeam ๐Ÿค™๐Ÿฝ.
 Nฤ Pali Coast State Park
The legendary @chelseakauai showing us the best of her incredible Island #Kauai ๐ŸŒด. It's always awesome when you meet someone you've followed for ages who has inspired you to travel and experience new things. @chelseakauai inspired our first shark experience in Tahiti (yes, the one that I had my freak out ๐Ÿ˜‚) with her awesome content. She's hands down one of the best female creators out there so if you don't already follower her go check her out! It was a pleasure to link up in her home town as she took @cobiandewey, & I around some of Kauai's hidden gems ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿฝ. She took us to some reefs where we captured some more cool content with the floaties, we pigged out on some local coconuts ๐ŸŒด๐Ÿท and then ended with a spectacular sunset on the #NorthShore. I wanted to capture something of Chelsea that showed off her beautiful island but also her vibe and personality. I feel like this video represents both with the fun start and then reveal of the epic #Hawaiian beach and colours ๐Ÿ˜Ž. Who inspires you guys? I always love finding new creators, especially up and coming ones ๐Ÿค™๐Ÿฝ. ("Indian Summer" by @jaiwolf) @beautifuldestinations #BeautifulDestinations #BDTeam.
Sunset over the Na Pali Coast with our awesome new friends @bpcopters ๐Ÿš๐ŸŒ„. Ever since seeing Jurassic Park I've wanted to experience the #NaPaliCoast in all of its glory! On Thursday everything aligned perfectly ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ. Our epic pilot Daniel Speller flew from Oahu to #Kauai specifically for the flight and myself, @captain_potter & embarked on an aerial adventure! We couldn't have asked for better conditions in #Hawaii. The light was perfect, the colours popped and the clouds came out to add some character. For this shot I had @bpcopters hover in front of the incredible landscape as I framed up my feet in the center of the mountains. The #NaPali Coast is a must visit, to get the true scale of this insane coastline the best view is definitely from a chopper! The legendary @cobiandewey flew in to Kauai after our flight to join the gang and today we'll be meeting up with @tmats808 one of Kauai's top adventurers. Time to hike these ridges and capture some different perspectives of arguably the most stunning coastline in the world ๐Ÿ˜‰. @beautifuldestinations #BeautifulDestinations #BDTeam.
 Nฤ Pali Coast State Park
Watching the sunrise as lava pours into the ocean off the coast of #BigIsland ๐ŸŒ‹. As every day goes past I'm blown away by something completely new and unique in #Hawaii. This was the first time I've ever experienced an active volcano and actually seen #lava in person ๐Ÿ”ฅ. Honestly I wasn't that excited about the whole experience before hand and wow was I wrong! This is the perfect example of when an experience completely exceeds your expectations. @storyofsage, & I left Hilo at around 3am to get to the #volcano. It's an 8 mile hike from the car park to the viewing area so we rented mountain bikes and started the pitch black morning cycle. Surrounded by complete darkness I had no idea what the landscape around me looked like. We were guided by a couple of Lume Cubes and the orange glow of the spitting lava that we could see in the distance. As we got closer the sun began to rise revealing the most incredible surroundings. It was like we were on another planet, surrounded by black, prehistoric, jagged lava rock as far as the eye could see. It made me think of a cross between Mad Max & The Book of Eli. As the sun popped over the horizon we got lucky and the colours came alive. Seeing the lava flow into the ocean was a truly incredible sight. Then out of nowhere a lone husky turned up which was so random but so freaking awesome! ๐Ÿบ @beautifuldestinations #BeautifulDestinations #BDTeam โ˜„๏ธ.
 The Big Island, Hawaii
"The most important thing is to stay calm, keep your heart rate down and relax" 27 sharks descended on me in the middle of the #Hawaiian ocean ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿฆˆ. Here's a quick tease of one of the most amazing moments of my life. Myself, @storyofsage,, @cobiandewey & @nolanomura met up with the legendary @oceanramsey & @juansharks, owners of @oneoceandiving, for an up close and personal free diving experience with sharks. As you know I have a fear of sharks so this was quite the challenge. You'd be surprised to hear that it was actually one of the most relaxing experiences I've ever had. If you don't know who Ocean Ramsey is then please google her and watch/learn what she stands for. This experience has completely changed my perception of #sharks and the role that they play and impact they have on the environment. I can't wait to share more on this...and yes there was one freak out too ๐Ÿ˜‚. Who's seen the video of @oceanramsey free diving with Great White Sharks? She is so awesome!! I think I need to do that next! (๐ŸŽถ: "Stranger Things Theme Song" ๐ŸŽฅ: @storyofsage) @beautifuldestinations #BeautifulDestinations #BDTeam.
A day at the beach chilling out on the lava rock in #Hawaii โœŒ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ˜Ž. This was a lot of fun to make as @storyofsage, & I coordinated a mini floatie shoot in the crystal clear blue waters of #Oahu ๐Ÿ’ฆ. During a recent trip to Laguna Beach I was inspired by the awesome @waterproject & @asenseofhuber. These guys have been leading the way with epic drone content for a while and introduced me to the concept of using inflatable floats in the ocean. Luckily this time there were no great white sharks to spook our shoot ๐Ÿฆˆ ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ. I wanted to try something different and get a ton of these in one place and shoot the behind the scenes of how we made it. We got 15 of the floats in the water which made things pretty hectic as the current had everyone scattered all over the place. I love the colours in this shot, which are extenuated by a Sandmarc polarized filter that I put on the drone. It made the colours pop, took out the suns reflection and showed off the awesome lava rock formations below the water. Excited to hear what you think of this and the behind the scenes on my @instagram story ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ. @beautifuldestinations #BeautifulDestinations #BDTeam.
Walking into the abyss with @connorbobonnor & @storyofsage at the #StairwayToHeaven ๐Ÿ˜ณ. Ever since seeing this place on Instagram I've been dying to experience arguably one of the world's most famous hikes. The day started at 1:30am as Sage, Connor & I crept through the bamboo forests, avoided some pigs ๐Ÿท ( pun intended ๐Ÿ˜ #Damian) and started the 5000 step hike to one of the highest peaks in #Hawaii. It's funny how Instagram photos always make places seem more accessible. This was much more intense than I expected but wow was it an adventure! The adrenaline was pumping, the sweat was dripping and there were some pretty insane parts of the hike where we were climbing the stairs completely vertical! We couldn't have been luckier with the conditions. At the top of the mountain we were high above the clouds, it felt like we were in another world. I really wanted to capture this moody vibe but also deep down I wanted it to be clear too so I could see all of #Oahu. Just after the sun rose the temperature changed and the clouds began to burn off. I couldn't have been happier as the visibility started to improve revealing the beautiful surrounding landscapes. At the top of the mountain the wind is normally brutal so droning is a no go but for some reason it was completely calm. Check out my @Instagram story today for a tease of the hike from an aerial perspective. Hopefully that gives you guys a bit of a feel for what it was like ๐Ÿค™๐Ÿฝ. @beautifuldestinations #BeautifulDestinations.
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