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Waikiki Mermaid Photoshoot & Swim Tour at the Magic Island Lagoon

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Incredibly Fun but not "Professional"

Reviewed by: Joy, 2023/10/28

Firstly, my stepmother, my sister, and I had SO MUCH FUN! We knew going into this that based on the price and other photos we saw of the tails that these would not come out looking like "realistic" mermaids.

They had a variety of stretchy fabric tails to choose from in various sizes and some to fit larger body types. You can tell the tails have been through the ringer a bit with stains and small tears but none of that showed in the pics.

Mickey was amazing! He was patient, funny, kind, and had many poses in mind. He used a gopro for all of the shots, taking mini videos for you to pull pictures from). The lagoon we shot at was a bit murky so couldn't really get that many underwater pictures.

We definitely got some good shots but I (a professional photographer including boudoir) had to give a lot of direction to him and to my family. I was also able to save/make a lot of the shots pretty due to photoshop. Otherwise there would have been lots of pics of us from overhead like my hair flip photos which should have been taken from much lower/straight on to get the full effect of the hair flip.

In no way was that Mickey's fault, though. I think the company mainly has men under their employment and mostly focuses on scuba diving so I can imagine none of the guys are vying to do the mermaid session and therefore make the youngest, newest employee do it. It's management/the owners that should consider having whoever does the mermaid experience have some photography training even if a cheap, online one. Mickey did AMAZING with the skillet he had and was an absolute pleasure to work with and be around.

At the end of the day, for the price, and the experience we'd definitely would recommend. Just know you're not walking away looking like a real mermaid with breathtaking photos. Lol.

  • What I was able to do with photoshop's AI and lightroom

  • The original

Attended as:Friends
Activity Date:2023/10/15
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I proposed to my fiancé on this trip

Reviewed by: Bobby Romadka, 2020/06/26

My now fiancé loves mermaids. So I knew she would love to do this. She absolutely loved swimming with the tail on and the photo shoot we did was absolutely hilarious. If you’re a guy, you will probably have to swallow some ego here but it’s worth it. Ricki the instructor is amazing. We swam and then I popped the question overlooking diamond head. Great for all ages.

Attended as:Couples
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Reviewed by: Ludwigsonp , 2019/12/22

My 5 year old daughter had the time of her life. The staff were amazing!!

Attended as:Families with Young Children
Activity Date:2019/12/19
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