Wild Dolphins Changed My Life

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You can’t make appointments with wild dolphins. They show up when they want to.

That is the mystery. When they do show up they want to play. But you have to time it right.

I had been waiting and watching for 2 weeks every day going down to Kealakekua Bay and City of Refuge to see if they were frolicking in the Bay at 6:30AM.

They weren’t. I was missing them and their sonar sounds, their playful intoxicating presence that makes your spirit soar.

Cherri came out from Canada for my dolphin retreat and on morning 3 at 6:30AM I vigilantly found myself at the edge of a holy Heaiu – that’s Hawaiian for yes this is a sacred spot – and scanning the water for a flipper or spinner dolphin – any part would do.

Nothing. I looked far out at the horizon. Didn’t see them.

So i turned the car on and started to back away slowly.

Wait. Was there movement out there? 6 to 700 feet away is a little far to tell but I saw something move. Sometimes its just a wave or a snorkeler.

This time it was a tail or a head coming up for air!

Ecstasy!

I bolted to get Cherri down the street.

Driving to her door I could barely contain my excitement. The cars in front of me were crawling.

Don’t you know wild dolphins are in the bay?!

“They’re here!” I shouted to Cherri at her front door.

Her smile lit up the room. We dashed back to the Bay – it was walking distance but driving was faster.

Now we had to fight the waves to get in the Bay. But the waves weren’t so big. I got in first after a biggish wave knocked one of us down. But we were still going – the dolphins were out there.

The trick is to get in the ocean quickly and start swimming before another wave crashes on the rocks under your feet.

We’re in. It’s a long way to swim. I’ve never seen the dolphins that far out. So far out I could barely see them. Were we going to have to swim for a mile?

We kept swimming. After about 200 feet I started getting tired but knew they were out there – we had to keep going. I lifted my head above the water to try and see where they were.

Didn’t see anything.

Suddenly a group of fins were steadily swimming towards us. There was purpose in those fins charging through the turquoise water.

I tried to yell to Cherri but couldn’t be heard since her head was underwater festooned with snorkel gear so I kept on — all of a sudden a group of 12 dolphins surrounded us swimming all around on either side of us, under us, next to us, careening crazy close.

I almost cried i was so happy.

They came to see us!

I felt their aloha all over us – saying hello for 2 minutes – gleefully swimming around us and then…

Suddenly they all were leaving they had somewhere to go.

It was the finest 2 minutes of my recent life.

This is what Cherri said here:

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Dolphin and Photo Safari in Hawaii

Revealed, Learn How to Get Amazing Photographs

with Any Camera

You don’t need a fancy camera…

And You’ll Swim with Wild Dolphins on the Big Island of Hawaii on Kealakekua Bay.

May 1 to May 3, 2015

3-Days Friday to Sunday

Join us on the Big Island of Hawaii for a once in a lifetime experience.

Or come and live here, that’s what I did.

During your incredible 3-day escape you will…

  • Learn how to see light, angle, composition, and understand killer timing
  • Discover how to get better photographs with any camera
  • How to shoot people’s portraits by being a local (even if you’re not)
  • Learn how to get the kind of photos that Silicon Valley clients paid me top dollar to shoot
  • Discover joy and inner peace swimming with wild dolphins in Hawaii
  • Rest, walk, or swim in the most glorious mystical bay in the world, Kealakekua Bay… where sea turtles, dolphins, and whales live on the Big Island of Hawaii!
  • One-on-one engaged photo sessions with me

Video Testimony from Cherri who participated in my last Wild Dolphin Retreat

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www.bartnikowski.com, Kealakekua Bay in South Kona

I’m offering this incredible opportunity to only 6 people to make sure your experience is unlike any other.

Workshop participants are saying:

“You are a terrific and inspiring teacher!” – Doreen Hamamura, Hawaii

“It made me see in a new way.” – Satya Morillas, Spain

“I’m so excited to experiment with what I learned today.” Maggie, United Kingdom

Video Testimony from Photo Safari Participants here


Who am I?

Being the founder of a thriving photography business for 27 years you’ll get the benefit of my expertise of shooting in Silicon Valley, secrets I learned photographing angel investors, family portraits, babies, 722 weddings in Palo Alto down the street from Steve Jobs, and in my 7 years of global travel in 32 countries.

And 11 one-woman exhibitions in the Bay Area.

I’ve led programs at Apple, Stanford, Intel, University of Hawaii, and worldwide.

Here is how to claim your spot before it’s gone.  Simply use this contact form to apply.

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Details:

This will be the only 3-day session in 2015 of Wild Dolphins and Photography I lead here on the Big Island so come on down and bring your bathing suit and camera.

Doesn’t matter what kind of camera: high end model, point and shoot or phone camera.

Spring is the best season for the dolphins as they like to birth their babies here in Kealakekaua Bay,
play and mate. It’s the best show you’ll ever see!

$995 for the 3 days of Wild Dolphin swimming, and one-on-one photo guidance with 3 nights lodging
or $500 without lodging.

Rooms are $75 to $200 per night, if you want to book your own room.

Only 6 amazing participants.

There is also camping available at Hookena Beach Park for an ultra low cost sleeping solution.
You need to get a camping permit on the Big Island. Manago Hotel has rooms for $40 to $75 per night, basic lodging in Captain Cook above Kealakekua Bay and outstanding pork chops in their restaurant.

Write me at [email protected] to be here for a Wildly Amazing 3-day Adventure

You can also join me on Kauai June 1 to 3, Photo Safari and Yoga Retreat here

Apply while you are on this page:

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Photo Courtesy of Peter Hamar

Photo Courtesy of Peter Hamar

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