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Kauai Helicopter Tours offer Helicopter flights that may be the best in all of Hawaii.

Kauai helicopter tours are arguably among the best helicopter rides of any in Hawaii and it's easy to understand why.

It's no accident that Kauai was the first of the islands in Hawaii to offer helicopter tours.

Of all the Hawaiian Islands visited by helicopter tours perhaps the one that is perceived to be the most romantic is the island of Kauai with its sensational helicopter flights.

Kauai helicopter tours are unique in all of Hawaii primarily because the island of Kauai is also unique.

No Hawaiian island comes close to having a sight worthy of comparison to the NaPali Coast and the same can be said of the Waimea Canyon often referred to as the "Grand Canyon of Kauai".

Kauai helicopter tours will fly directly over the NaPali Coast and aside from visiting this spectacle from the sea these helicopters provide the only other means possible to view this remote and beautiful coastline.

Although every island of Hawaii has its special and distinct scenic beauty none of them can compare with the striking beauty and flamboyance of this dynamic piece of coastline.

With canyon walls often dropping a full 3000' from the upper portions of the ridges above, helicopters emerge from Kauai's "top side" with a stunning and spectacular descent to the craggy ocean below.

As the helicopters wind their way through the valleys of this remote eleven miles of coastline you will become immediately aware of the reasoning behind the choice of Kauai as being the very first island for helicopter tours to be offered in the state.

Kauai was the first of the major Hawaiian Islands to rise from the ocean floor and it was the first to become extinct some 5 million years ago. Nature has also had the most time to carve her spectacular features providing the unbelievable landscape for Kauai's sensational helicopter flights.

Kauai boasts the wettest spot on the planet at Mount Wai'ale'ale averaging over 400 inches a year.

The tremendous rainfall has produced the most remarkable sheer valleys, razor sharp ridges descending to the sea and most amazing array of waterfalls to be assembled anywhere in the world.

The extreme sea and wave action has also had a tremendous effect upon Kauai's spectacular coastline producing the famous Napali Coast with pristine cliffs and caves stretching 11 miles on Kauai's northern shore.

Where will the Kauai Helicopter Flights take you?

  • The most popular tours for the Kauai helicopter flights are the approximately one hour Circle Island flights. Kauai is just the perfect size to be adequately seen in one hours time.

  • Some Kauai helicopter tours leave from the Princeville area and are already adjacent to what is generally considered to be the most spectacular area on the island, the Na Pali Coast. These tours are about 40 minutes in length.

  • Kauai Helicopter Tours can also include landing in some of the more remote areas of the island.

What types of helicopters are used on your Kauai flights?

  • The A-Star is generally considered the "gold standard" for Kauai helicopter flights. No matter where you sit you'll have 180-degree visibility. The rotator shaft does not come between the front and back seats and there are no visual impediments interrupting your view forward. The back seat is raised to give a better view above the seats in front and there is an abundance of windows.

  • The Eco-Star is actually the enhanced version of the A-Star and is generally considered the "Cadillac" of the Kauai touring helicopters. These helicopters are wider allowing for all bucket seats for more comfort. They have about 20% more viewing capacity through the larger windows and they produce less noise as from heard from the outside.

  • The Hughes 500 is small, fast and maneuverable. It seats only 4 passengers so each person is guaranteed a window seat. These aircraft on Kauai are often flown with a "doors off" option and this is the favorite of photographers who want an unencumbered view.

With regard to photography on your Kauai helicopter flight.

  • Most helicopter companies will provide you with a video of your actual Kauai helicopter flight. These are taken from cameras mounted on the outside of the aircraft and tape the flight that you actually took.

  • All Kauai helicopters allow you to take video or photography from your helicopter flight on your own and some provide flights that have the doors removed for better viewing and taking of photos.

Kauai was the first of the Hawaiian Islands to offer helicopter flights and to provide helicopter charters.

Kauai helicopter tour companies now include a number of helicopter charters, many of which are world famous.

Pride of America Cruise Ship: All Kauai Helicopter Flights with the exception of those that depart from Princeville will pick up cruise ship passengers at the cruise ship dock at Nawiliwili Harbor. For passengers wishing to take a helicopter tour departing from Princeville they will need to either take a taxi or have Tom Barefoot's Tours arrange for a Rental Car shuttle to pick them up directly at the dock. These once in a lifetime helicopter excursions can be arranged for the Thursday or Friday of your cruise ship schedule. Please book well in advance to assure availability.

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This tour provides an excellent overview of the island and introduction to all of Kauai's scenic wonders and is our most popular tour length. The pilot will turn the helicopter to provide views for…

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This tour is a photographer's dream! This flight is flown at slower speeds than the shorter tour and is able to explore further into Kauai's valleys and canyons because of the added length. The…

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Experience the thrilling excitement of a doors off flight in a 4 passenger Hughes 500 helicopter with a two way intercom system. Without the doors on the side of the helicopter you are able to not only…

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In this complete private island tour for at least two and no more than three passengers, you will see Kauai in its entirety. This tour, which can be flown with or without doors, includes a guaranteed…

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The extra 20 minutes in the air allows for more detailed exploration of the island with extra time spent at each of the fantastic sites and a specific focus on the amazing waterfalls. This tour can be…

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This is your private photo tour, choose your own highlights and concentrate the tour on areas of special importance to you. Your knowledgeable pilot may also suggest the best Kauai sights to take stunning…

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Experience this 100 mile extensive tour of central Kaua'i. Fly along Hoary Head Mountain Range into the Hanapepe Valley to circle the Manawaiopuna Waterfall, commonly known as the Jurassic Park Waterfall.…

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The flight portion is the same as the Island Safari but upon reaching the Kauai Wildlife Refuge overlooking the Olokele Canyon the helicopter will land at this most unique and beautiful spot. After a 40…

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A 55 to 60 minute tour with live pilot narration. This adventure will take you through remote valleys, cascading waterfalls, spectacular sea cliffs and numerous backdrops. You'll probably recognize…

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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. You will see lush valleys dotted with waterfalls,…

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Enjoy a 55 to 60 minute tour with live pilot narration. This adventure will take you through remote valleys, cascading waterfalls, spectacular sea cliffs and numerous backdrops that you may recognize…

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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. You will see lush valleys dotted with waterfalls,…

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Mauna Loa Helicopters

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Mauna Loa Helicopters flies the Robinson R44 Helicopters. These machines have a smaller capacity than their competitors which enables them to offer more customized tours.
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Safari Helicopters

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Operating on Kauai and exclusively out of Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii, Safari Helicopters specializes in air tours of the entire island of Kauai and specifically the Hawaii Volcanoes area of the Big Island. Safari is a family owned and operated business that began on the island of Kauai and then expanded to the Big Island. They fly the popular A-Star helicopters that offer great visibility and communication systems for pilot-passenger conversations.
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Jack Harter Helicopters

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If we go back to the beginning, we have to start with Jack Harter Helicopters. Jack Harter Helicopters was the very first touring helicopter company in the state of Hawaii, and surprise of surprises, Jack Harter Helicopter is still here on Kauai operating its helicopters with all the efficiency and class of days gone by.
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Sunshine Helicopter

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Sunshine Helicopters has been operating in Hawaii for over 25 years and has a large fleet of FX-Star and Whisper Star helicopters. You'll experience the ultimate in comfort and with more visibility on these state-of- the-art helicopters. The owners, Ross and Anna Scott, are respected helicopter tour operators and offer spectacular flights of Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island of Hawaii.
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Most of the people that are going to Kauai want to know about helicopter tours and for good reason.

Of all the Hawaiian islands, this may be among the most beautiful to be seen from the air. It's certainly the oldest, at five million years old, or the volcano being extinct for five million years. It's had plenty of time to incorporate lots of jungle and beautiful cliffs and rainfalls and streams or waterfalls and streams. Just incredible areas to be seen, including the Napali Coast, which is one of the most spectacular coastlines, you'll ever be able to find anywhere on the planet, and the Waimea canyon, which is the Hawaiian version of the Grand Canyon.

We have lots of different helicopter companies that do this that fly various types of helicopters. Actually, the helicopters we have could be basically broken down into three different types, the A Star, the Whisper Star, and the Hughes 500's. The workhorse, I guess of the industry is going to be the A Star helicopter it's a French designed helicopter that is really the gold standard for helicopters here in Hawaii as well as in Kauai.

It is a helicopter that's designed specifically for the purpose of sightseeing. No matter where you sit in this helicopter, you've got an excellent view. You've got two people in the front along with the pilot, and they certainly can see out in all directions. You've got four people that are sitting in the back. They are on a raised seat, like theater seating, so they can see above the heads of anyone in front of them. Also, the rotator shaft is not located between the two seats as it is in many Aircraft, but it's located behind in the fuselage. It's not in your say, not diminishing your view.

So you've got this wonderful view, all the way around that anyone can see. The kind of stepped up version of that is the Whisper Star, same designer. The aircraft is a little bit larger, perhaps maybe another foot and a half or so, maybe two feet wider. It has the same six passengers, but they're seated in a little bit of a more luxurious style. Instead of a bench seat, they've got bucket seats. You've got a little bit more luxury as you're enjoying that.

The other one that we have is the Hughes 500. This is a completely different type of Aircraft. Only carries four people. They would be two in the front, two in the back, pilot being in the front as well. The nice thing about this is that you've got a door or a window right immediately next to every passenger, so you can really see out well. If there's any disadvantage in some sense, it would be that there's somewhat of a console between the front and the back seat, so it's a little more difficult for the person in the back seat to see forward, but that is all then diminished by the fact that you've got this excellent view out your immediate door to either your left or your right, which is going to be better than on any other Aircraft, probably, especially if you choose, and this would be the option on this one if you wanted to, to have doors off.

The doors can be taken off, usually, at a small extra cost. It makes for one of the most amazing of all the helicopter tours that we can possibly provide. You're strapped in of course, no difference, there, but right next to you is total air. You're perhaps looking down 3,000 feet at times, straight down. As I say, you're strapped in. There's no difference in that, having a barrier of a small door is not much of a difference. Ultimately, that doorway is just a flimsy little barrier that is now going to be completely removed, and you've got this view that's just amazing.

On those, you will get a little bit colder, I will say. They generally provide you with a flight suit or something. Because when you're up at 3,000, 4,000 feet, it's just going to get cooler. Then you've got the air rushing through. If you're a photographer, for instance, if that's what you really want to have happen or even just an amateur photographer, you just can't get any better pictures that you can on one of those.

Those are the three aircraft that we have. Now where do they go? Well Kauai, we're lucky enough to have an island in Kauai, it's basically as you can see a circle. It just allows itself perfectly for a one hour flight. The majority of flights are going to be leaving from Lihue airport, the main airport. Then taking off and heading along the coastline, and then coming up into the Waimea valley or canyon, Waimea, which as I say is the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, absolutely spectacular to see. As you get just off to the edge of the island, you end up coming right on the cliffs of the Napali Coastline.

This is really one of the wonders of the world. It is one of the most spectacular coastlines you will see anywhere. It's about 11 miles right in here that you can't get to any other way but by air or by sea. There is no roadways, there's no people, there's no cities, anything like that. It is essentially a series of cliffs that go straight down perhaps 3,000 feet, directly down to the ocean and the sea below. The waves, over the course of time have chipped away at the bottom of these cliffs, and then on top, they've just kept falling. They've made straight bluffs that go straight down. The rainfall is so heavy there that they're just green jungle that is just covering this coast line and these cliffs.

The erosion from the wind has created many pinnacles and razor sharp ridges that are just amazing to see. Almost unbelievable to look at. Anyway, you'll see this from a viewpoint from a helicopter. A number of valleys. You'll be able to go in on that side of the Napali Coast. You'll be continuously looking at the sea coast and the caves that are down below. It is one of the most spectacular sites that you could find anywhere in Hawaii or really anywhere else for that matter.

Anyway, they'll come back from there. Generally, they're going to come from the center of the island and back to Lihue. You're going to be skirting the coast, mount [inaudible 00:08:31], which is oftentimes considered to be the wettest spot on the planet. You're going to get a glimpse of that as you come back. In any event, for 60 minutes, which is the normal time, it is an absolutely tremendous flight to see.

We do have some, not many, helicopters that are going to be leaving from Princeville area. The advantage to these is that you're actually going to be getting to the Napali Coast, which arguably is the most exciting thing you could possibly see on Kauai, but you get there quicker because it is so much closer. They're shorter. You're getting to the heart of the essence of what the most beautiful part of Kauai is, and you're doing it in a much shorter time period. They're somewhat less expensive. You do need to make sure you drive out to Princeville to catch those.

But that's essentially the story for helicopters on Kauai. This is one of the most amazing activities on one of the most beautiful islands you could possibly ever expect to enjoy.

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