Here are a few of our recent drone photos of beautiful Kauai, featuring new perspectives of the Garden Island. All photos were taken with a DJI Spark drone.
The far (eastern) end of Secret Beach.
Looking west from the eastern end of Secret Beach. Kauai has many miles of near-deserted beaches for your pleasure.
Waioli Beach Park at Hanalei Bay. The Waioli Huiia Church can be seen in the middle left of the photo.
Upper Hoopii Falls
Moloa’a Beach. These rocks can be seen in the opening of the TV show Gilligan’s Island.
Above and below: More Moloa’a Beach.
Kauai’s southern coastline near Spouting Horn.
Sunset at Hanalei Bay
Dredging near the Hanalei Pier in September 2018.
View of the Hanalei Pier and Black Pot Beach Park area in September 2018.
Kauai Drone Photo Observations
It’s easy to take great photos of Kauai with the DJI Spark Drone. (Beautiful Kauai is very photogenic and it’s hard to take a bad photo.) The drone captures the best photos in sunlight, especially in the golden hours after sunrise and before sunset. However, the quality of photos diminish once the sun dips below the horizon. After sunset, photos will often appear darker than actual conditions. Winds are also a factor. The DJI Spark battery life is approximately twenty minutes, but less than that in high winds. High or sustained winds are often found along the coast, and also in other locations around the island. Do not fly the drone in high winds, though moderate winds are usually not an issue. Drones are prohibited in some locations, particularly over the Hanalei taro fields. Look for signs prohibiting drone use before flying.
Though the appearance of drones has become more commonplace, many tourists will be interested in your drone. Also, respect the property and privacy of local residents. There are plenty of locations to fly drones in remote areas of Kauai. Refrain from flying over neighborhoods and other populated areas.