I oftentimes get asked the question, “What is the best Kauai helicopter tour company?” I have been hesitant to answer in the past because I have not personally been on a Kauai helicopter tour since the 80s. Last week, however, a good friend of mine who owns a condo in Princeville, went on the Blue Hawaiian Helicopter Tour out of the Princeville Airport and came back raving about it. “We FINALLY experienced this March 2019 – and WOW! It is by far the BEST way to get a sense of the whole island. It was spectacular!”
Kauai is unique in that there is no road which circles the island. Therefore 70% of the lush interior, along with the Na Pali Coast is inaccessible by car. This is, without question, the most beautiful part of the island. The tropical rain-forests, lush valleys and cascading waterfalls are what dreams are made of. Parts of the Waimea Canyon can be seem by driving to the west side of the island and up to Kokee State Park (about a two hour drive from Princeville). The 17 mile Na Pali Coast, with 3000 foot sea cliffs, is stunning by boat. However, ocean swells often keep boats from touring during winter months. A Kauai helicopter tour, on the other hand, will give you a bird’s eye view of this spectacular scenery and Blue Hawaiian Helicopters fly year-round, weather permitting of course.
Most Kauai helicopter tours start from Lihue, very close to the Lihue Airport. Blue Hawaiian Helicopters gives you two options. A 50 minute, round the island tour out of Lihue or a 45 minute north shore and interior island tour out of the Princeville Airport (5 minutes from Honu Point). Destination maps of each tour can be seen on the Blue Hawaiian Helicopters’ website. Either way, the company claims to have been “Hawaii’s air-tour leader for 34 years.”
Kauai Helicopter Tours with Blue Hawaiian Helicopters:
Discover Kauai – Princeville Airport
“On this awe-inspiring helicopter tour of Kauai, you’ll experience the legendary natural views that encompass the Garden Isle. Explore stunning Manawaiopuna Falls, often called “Jurassic Park” falls, surrounded by rich native flora in the gorgeous Hanapepe Valley. Fly over the spectacular views of the Olokele Canyon before hovering above the majestic Waimea Canyon, dubbed the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific.” Lastly, explore the magical 3,000-foot sea cliffs of the Na Pali Coast and the pristine turquoise-blue waters of Hanalei Bay, a truly unforgettable sight.”
$299/person (includes taxes and fees) – 45 minutes
Kauai Eco Adventure – Lihue Airport
“With over 70% of the island being inaccessible by land, Kauai is truly best seen from the sky. On this incredible helicopter tour of Kauai, you’ll experience views so beautiful they will take your breath away. Explore the stunning Manawaiopuna Falls, also known as “Jurassic Park” falls, wedged in between the emerald green mountaintop of the Hanapepe Valley. Fly over the amazing views of the Olokele Canyon and majestic Waimea Canyon, often called the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” where you’ll catch sight of dozens of cascading waterfalls. Then, Kauai’s magical North Shore reveals the sculpted green valleys and 3,000-foot sea cliffs of the Na Pali Coast, the pristine turquoise-blue waters of Hanalei Bay and the Princeville Resort area.
Lastly, weather permitting, your pilot will fly you to Mt Wai’ale’ale, a dormant shield volcano with over 450 inches of rainfall each year, making it the second wettest places on earth. Here you’ll witness the most beautiful emerald green vegetation draped over the mist-covered mountain, with 3,000-foot cascading waterfalls filling each crevice—a truly awe-inspiring finish to your ECO Adventure over the Garden Isle.”
$249/person (includes taxes and fees) – 50 minutes
All tour narration is by pilots who are State of Hawaii Certified Tour Guides
Blue Hawaiian Helicopters uses state-of-the-art helicopters (Airbus A-Stars and Airbus Eco-Stars), offering incomparable passenger comfort and the latest in cutting-edge technologies.
For an additional charge you may purchase a high-definition video recording of your flight. This way you may relive your experience and share it with others once you are back home.
Blue Hawaiian Helicopter requires 24 hours notice in order to change or cancel your reservation. Cancellations and no-shows within 24 hours will be assessed a 100% cancellation fee. If you need to change or cancel your reservation please provide them with 24 hours notice prior to your tour time and they will be happy to accommodate you.
For each guest weighing 260 pounds or more, an adjacent, empty seat purchase is required to safely balance the aircraft. The charge for a comfort seat is reduced to 50% off of the regular tour price.
Blue Hawaiian Helicopters Kauai
There are many other Kauai helicopter tour companies and I know that at least one specializes in “doors off.” So, by all means do a little research, especially if you are not staying on the north shore.
Kauai helicopter tours are not for everyone. But, if you want to see some of the most spectacular scenery on earth and can overcome any fears you might have, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. As you must be aware, there is always a risk involved with flight, but hundreds of visitors see the islands by air every day. Personally, if staying on the north shore, I would choose the Discover Kauai helicopter tour. The time you spend driving to and from Lihue is better spent enjoying the beach or sipping mai tais by the pool.
When I first posted this blog on Facebook, this was the first comment I received, “We did this on our trip to Kauai and it was one of the best experiences of my life. I was so happy I couldn’t hold back the tears. I was just in awe that there was a place on Earth so beautiful and I was seeing it with my own eyes! And then I cried when it was over! I was not expecting to be so emotional about it. But yes, worth every single penny. Blue Hawaiian took very good care of us. Our pilot was exceptional and very well informed. I do not like any type of amusement rides or fast motion type activities (zip lining, NO Thanks) it puts my stomach in knots! But I had absolutely no problems on this ride. It was so nice and smooth. We even bought the video too.”
March 14, 2019
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