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There are 13 tours in this category with adult prices that range in price from $194.00 to $2454.00.

Kauai Helicopter Tours

Of all the Hawaiian Islands to visit by Helicopter Tour, perhaps the island of Kauai is the most beautiful.  It was no coincidence that the Island of Kauai was the first island chosen years ago to be toured by helicopter.  It is spectacular to see and Tom Barefoot's Tours offers great discounts for you.

What will you see on your Kauai Helicopter Tour?  

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  1. Kauai 60 Minute Circle Island Helicopter Flight

    The island of Kauai is almost the perfect shape and size for a one hour flight.  All of its major points of interest can be seen in this time frame which is not always true on the other Hawaiian islands.  Take advantage of the geography here and sign up for the hour tour and see the whole island.  

    In any given year the island of Kauai is going to take the prize as the wettest spot on earth. As a result of having this distinction, there are a number of natural phenomenon that come with it.  

    • Firstly, it is obviously a lush and verdant environment and this is why Kauai is aptly named, the 'Garden Island'.  Forests, trees, flowers and exotic plants of all kinds flourish here and will dominate the views from your helicopter seat.  
    • Secondly, you could guess that there would be lots of rivers, streams and waterfalls happening throughout the island and many of the waterfalls are in excess of 3000' free falls to the pools below.  
    • Thirdly, the wind and rain over the millennia has sculpted the terrain into a masterpiece of nature.  Razor sharp cliff ridges cut through the ever present mist in the highlands and descend as a straight wall down to the valley floors or crashing oceans below.  No place on the island would demonstrate this characteristic more so than the 11 mile stretch of ocean known as the NaPali Coast.
  2. Helicopter Flight with a Landing

    There is no better way to experience Kauai than to enjoy and aerial view of the island and then mid-flight land in a secluded area to experience the solitude and majesty of Kauai in its natural, peaceful and unadulterated state.  

  3. Doors off Helicopter Flight 

    This may be more excitement than many of you would want to have, but boy is it fun!  You are just as securely strapped in as in a doors-on flights but you feel as though you could could reach out and touch the clouds.  This is about as close to flying like a bird that many of us will ever get.  The thrill of these door's off flights will rev your motors through the rest of your Hawaii vacation.

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 or Whisper 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.
  • The Robinson R44  is made by the Robinson Helicopter Company and has 4 seats, two front and two behind. All seats have fabulous visibility and this aircraft can be flown with doors on or doors off. The Robinson R44 has the distinction of being the first helicopter navigated by a woman to circumnavigate the globe flying a distance of 36,000 miles in 97 days. This aircraft is quite often used for 'private flights'.  

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  or Friday of your cruise ship schedule. Please book well in advance to assure availability.

Look for this symbol in the tour descriptions below to indicate if it is Pride of America compatible.

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Mauna Loa Helicopters

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Book a flight with Mauna Loa Helicopters

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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Jack Harter Helicopters

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Jack Harter Helicopter Tours

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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Helicopter Tours, FX-Star and Whisper Star, Helicopter Tours

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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Safari Helicopters

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Helicopter Tours, ASTAR Helicopters Tours

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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Blue Hawaiian Helicopters

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Astar and luxury Ecostar Helicopters both provide spectacular Group and Private charter tours

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters offers spectacular Group or Private Charter helicopter tours on Kauai, Oahu, Maui and Big Island of Hawaii. Eco-Star and A-Star Helicopters are available for privates from all locations and the Maui and Hilo tours.
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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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