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Hawaii Air Tours Come in Two Categories
Hawaii air tours are fundamentally divided into two categories: Hawaii airplane tours, and helicopter tours. Because these two categories of aircraft are inexorably lumped together it is important to draw a comparison between the two because people always want a contrast to determine which might provide a better Hawaii air flight for them.
There's not that much difference between Hawaii Airplanes tours and Helicopters tours!
For most intents and purposes Hawaii air tours, whether fixed wing aircraft or helicopter, will provide you with essentially the same tour. Both aircraft will fly over the same general areas, see the same terrain and be up in the air for approximately the same amounts of time. The differences between the two types of flights with regard to providing a worthwhile tour are not so great in contrast as to affect the ultimate end-product of the tours themselves. You will be happy with either.
The biggest difference between the two types of Hawaii Island air tours is that the helicopters have the ability to hover and the fixed-wing aircraft do not. In some cases this ability to hover will prove to be an attribute and at other times it won't. On those tours that get into and explore some of the huge valleys, mountain ridges and interior waterfalls that are found around the mountain regions of Hawaii's topography the hovering capabilities of the helicopter will be a benefit as these areas are simply too tight for the prop aircraft to actually get into. In virtually every other island area there will be little or no difference regarding visibility of the areas visited regardless of which type of air tour you are on. For instance, volcano tours in Hawaii over the live volcano rift-zone offer no challenge in the way of valleys to negotiate whatsoever and hence your view of the cinder cones, lava flows and molten lava entering into the ocean will be the same regardless. The airplanes do have to maintain a certain air speed to stay aloft but this speed is so slow that at their viewing height the movement of the plane still provides plenty of time to see the sights. In the example of the volcano tours in Hawaii, the pilots will zigzag back and forth continuously until everyone on both sides of the aircraft has had a great view. Even the helicopters, for all their ability to hover, will need to turn the aircraft so that passengers on both sides can have a good view of the terrain below.
Hawaii Air Tour Airplane Passengers All Have a Window Seat!
In some ways it could also be argued that the Hawaii airplane tours actually provide a better view in the sense that everyone has a window seat on one or the other side of the aircraft and that no one will have to look over someone's lap to the left or to the right to be able to get a good look at the sights. Since no one has a middle seat, the view from your side of the aircraft is unobstructed. Depending upon which company you fly with and which seat you have you may also have a hinged window which will open up and allow you to take photos without any glass between you and the subject of your photo.
The last major difference regarding the different types of Hawaii Island air tours is the matter of price. Without question the cost of the Hawaii airplane tours over the helicopters is by far much more reasonable. The difference between the two may not be half, but in many cases it is close and for anyone on a budget the airplane version of the Hawaii air flight will be a much better bargain.
The Hawaii airplane tours are a great choice on all the major Hawaiian Islands including the Big Island, Maui, Molokai, Oahu and Kauai. The Big Island has it Hawaii volcano activity, Maui has the spectacular Hana coastline, Molokai has Father Damien's Leper Colony with a tour that lands there, Oahu has the circle island tours which allow you to get a much better idea of the contrast between the big cities and the remote jungle areas and the tours of Kauai provide a remarkable view of the oldest and arguably most beautiful of all the islands in the Hawaiian chain.
Fixed wing air tours on Oahu are fun and they take many forms. One great tour is a seaplane that takes off and lands on the water. Others are glider rides that are towed from the ground to thousands of feet in the air where you glide on the quiet and gentle currents of air viewing the beautiful sites below.
The Big Island of Hawaii is big indeed, larger in fact than all the other islands put together. Taking an air tour on a fixed wing aircraft is a great way to see the Big Island of Hawaii in a short amount of time, and at a lesser expense than in a helicopter. The air tours over the live volcanoes on Big Island of Hawaii are among the most spectacular and this Hawaii activity is among the most popular.
Air tours of Kauai by fixed-wing aircraft are perhaps the most economical way to see the island from above. These air tours are often half the cost of helicopter flights but see the same areas of the island nonetheless. Though they are not capable of hovering like a helicopter, and hence do not get deep into the valleys to float like a cloud over the waterfalls, they still offer a magnificent view of Kauai that you will remember for years to come.
Fixed wing air tours on Maui can simply fly over the island of Maui but the most popular of them are those that either include the erupting volcanoes of the Big Island of Hawaii or those that include a tour to Father Damiens Leper Colony on the island of Molokai. The Father Damien trips actually land on the famous Kaulapapa Peninsula and tour the leper colony on land for four hours before your airplane comes back to pick you up for your return trip to Maui.
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