The first of all of the Hawaiian Islands to have helicopter tours on it was the island of Kauai. Once you go to Kauai, you will understand that this was no coincidence. The island of Kauai not only has some of the most spectacular scenery that can be found anywhere in the state, it also is the perfect size to be viewed with a one hour helicopter tour. Today we got to do the tour in luxury, with first class seats on Sunshine Helicopters top of the line Whisperstar helicopter.
Sunshine Helicopters is the only company that we have that offers you the ability to pay more to guarantee that you will sit in the front of the helicopter. This "first class" option allows riders to get an unobstructed view of everything on the front and sides of the helicopter. Not only did we have first class seating but we also departed from a first class location, the Princeville Airport. Most of the helicopter tours leave from the main airport in Lihue, or from the small airport in Port Allen. Sunshine's north shore departure point makes it very convenient for those who are staying in the upscale hotels in the Princeville and Hanalei communities.
When we arrived to the airport the Sunshine Helicopters representative who was waiting for us at the check in desk greeted us. As soon as the other passengers arrived we watched a safety video and then we loaded onto the helicopter. Once we were all aboard and buckled in to our safety harnesses our pilot commenced his final takeoff procedures before he lightly pulled back on the control stick and gently lifted the helicopter of off the ground.
Our tour began by making our way up the Hanalei River Valley towards the "Keyhole" of the island. The "Keyhole" is the name that has been given to the central most valley on the island. The valley makes a ninety-degree left turn before it abruptly dead ends. This valley is known for the tremendous amount of rainfall that occurs here, on most years there are more then 400 inches of rainfall in this area (normally making it the wettest place on the planet).
After viewing the keyhole we then made our way across the southern side of the island towards the Waimea Canyon. The Waimea Canyon is known as "The Grand Canyon of the Pacific" and once you see it from the air you will know why. The rich red color of the earth, the layering of the dirt and the sheer size of it make it seem much like the Grand Canyon of Arizona. After exporing the Waimea Canyon we made our way up over the Koke'e forest to the cliffs of the Napali Coast.
The Napali Coast is the area between Ke'e Beach on the north and Polihale Beach on the south. This area cannot be accessed by car because the extreme topography makes it impossible for workers to be able to build a road. There is a trail that can be hiked on, but it is too difficult for all but the most seasoned hikers. The easiest way to see the cliffs of Napali is to take a boat or an air tour. We viewed the cliffs and then journeyed up inside some of the valleys for a better view.
We eventually made our way past the cliffs and sea caves of Napali to the north shore. We passed over Kauai's amazing north shore beaches as we made our way back towards the Princeville Airport just on the other side of Hanalei Bay. When we landed I looked around and saw large smiles on all of the passengers faces. Once we unloaded I took some time to talk with everyone, and it was confirmed that the flight exceeded the expectations of everyone who went on it.
I think it is safe to say that if there is any single activity that an equestrian would enjoy on their trip to the Hawaiian islands, it is CJM Country Stables.
Today we did one of the premiere tours that is offered on the island of Kauai. We paddled sea kayaks down the entire Napali Coastline. We started at "Tunnels Beach" and made our way underneath the cliffs all the way to the immense Polihale Beach on the far west side of Kauai.
When we checked in at the Outfitters Kauai office in Poipu the clouds were close to the ground, covering the ground with a light mist. It seemed like it would probably burn off in the next few hours, but for the time being it provided a much cooler climate then is normally found on the sunny south side of Kauai.
Rarely will you find a boat that is so well suited to the excursion that it goes it as the boat that is operated by Liko Kauai Cruises. Their 49 foot catamaran is powered with twin 260hp inboards and the overall design is fairly narrow.
We met up with Captain Zodiac office at their office, located on edge of the Honokohau Harbor about ten minutes north of Kona. When I showed up the people at the office greeted me and then directed me where to meet up with the boat.
Island Adventures is the only kayaking company that goes up the river through the Hule'ia National Wildlife Refuge. This river eventually goes up towards the Kipu Ranch.
If you are in decent shape and want to do something worth telling your friends about once you get home you should consider doing a Kayaking trip down the Napali Coast on Kauai.
Since "Cruiser Bob" first pioneered the original Haleakala bike ride decades ago the format of the rides has changed, but the industry has remained the same in many ways.
Umauma Ziplines is located on the northern coast of the Hilo side of the Big Island. The location requires participants from Hilo to take a short drive up the Hamakua coastline to the ranch.
Helicopters are one of the most popular tours that we offer. Helicopter tours are available on all islands so if you want to see the Volcanos National Park, the waterfalls of and jungles Hana, Pearl Harbor, the famous surfing beaches of Oahu's North Shore of even the magestic Napali Coast of Kauai we can easily arrange a flight for you.
Enjoy a 45 to 50 minute tour with live pilot narration. Depart and return from Princeville and see hidden places that can only be discovered from the air.
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