Booking a Helicopter Tour in Kaua’i, Hawaii

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If you’re traveling to Kaua’i, get ready for some of the most incredible natural wonders you’ve ever seen in one central location. While there are many ways to see the beauty the island has to offer, one of the most unique perspectives is from the air. While a plane tour would be cool, I think going on a helicopter tour in Kaua’i is a once in a lifetime opportunity. If you’re on the fence about whether you should do a helicopter tour on your trip, I will share with you my experience and why I think you should go for it. Get ready for an epic adventure from a thousand feet up.

Is a Helicopter Tour in Kaua’i Worth It?

Although a helicopter tour is not cheap (Mine was $325), I now have a memory from this adventure I’ll never forget. In this section I will discuss reasons why I think you should do a helicopter tour in Kaua’i:

  • You’ll get to see the island from a perspective you can’t otherwise see.
  • You’ll see secluded parts of the island you can’t see without a plane or helicopter, such as the Jurassic Park waterfall and the Blue Hole.
  • It’s beautiful and fun! You’ll get to experience flying through some of the world’s best natural wonders.
  • It’s a wild adventure: The helicopter company I chose to fly with had “doors off” which made my adventure even crazier. I got to experience high winds taking the air out of my lungs, the warm sun, and rain.

How Much Does a Helicopter Tour Cost in Kaua’i?

I researched helicopter tours extensively, and from what I saw, prices ranged anywhere from $275 and up. I paid $325, which was more than the cheapest options available. What sold me on paying extra was the “doors off” experience many of the competitors didn’t offer. Whichever your reason for choosing one company over another, you can expect to pay between $275 and $350 per person on your helicopter tour, which runs between 45 minutes to 60 minutes in length. Not exactly cheap!

Which Helicopter Tour Company Should I Use?

In no specific order, here are some of the more prominent helicopter tour companies in Kaua’i, Hawaii:

  • Airborne Aviation – This is the company I used (it was great!), they have a 5.0 average review score rating with over 700 reviews reviews on Google
  • Wings Over Kaua’i Air Tours – This company has a 5.0 review score with over 300 reviews on Google
  • Air Ventures Hawaii – This company has a 4.9 review score with almost 300 reviews on Google
  • Blue Hawaiian Helicopters – This company has a 4.9 review score with over 2000 reviews on Google
  • Ali’i Kauai Air Tours & Charters – This company has a 5.0 review score with over 700 reviews on Google
  • Mauna Loa Helicopters – This company has a 4.9 review score with over 900 reviews on Google

I encourage you to do your own due diligence to choose a helicopter tour company that best matches your needs.

What Sights Can I See On My Helicopter Tour?

Not every route is the same, but I’ll share with you the route my helicopter tour took me on. Most helicopter tours will depart from the Lihue Airport. Having never been in a helicopter, even departing the airport was a thrilling experience:

1) Manawaiopuna Falls (Jurassic Park Falls)

One of the first destinations you’ll fly by in your helicopter tour on Kaua’i is Manwaipuna Falls, better known as Jurassic Park Falls because of the popular helicopter scene in the original 1993 Jurassic Park movie. This nearly 400 foot falls can only be seen from the air because the land it sits on is privately owned by the Robinson family.

2) Waimea Canyon

Nestled on the western side of the island of Kauai, Waimea Canyon, often referred to as the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” stands as a geological masterpiece of awe-inspiring proportions. Carved by the winding flow of the Waimea River over countless millennia, the canyon stretches for approximately 14 miles and reaches depths of over 3,600 feet, showcasing a stunning spectrum of vibrant red, green, and brown hues. This majestic canyon can be seen via the Waimea Canyon Overlook, on a hike, or through the air by helicopter.

3) Na Pali Coast

What can you say about the Na Pali Coast? It’s one of the most famous natural landmarks in Hawaii and is a world-renowned hiking destination. The views of the Na Pali Coast can be enjoyed by hiking it (if you’re lucky enough to get the permits), hiking the Hanakapi’ai Falls, viewing it by boat, or jumping in a helicopter to see it in its full glory.

Spanning 17 miles on the North side of Kaua’i, the Na Pali coast makes you feel like you’ve landed on another planet. The impossible mountains jut out of the deep blue sea, creating a fantasy looking landscape that will leave you in awe.

We were lucky enough to fly into a rainbow while on the Na Pali Coast:

4) Hanalei Bay

Hanalei Bay is a picturesque crescent-shaped bay that epitomizes the natural beauty of the Hawaiian archipelago. With its lush green mountains as a backdrop, the bay boasts a two-mile stretch of pristine golden sand and inviting turquoise waters. Hanalei Bay is near where the famous Soul Surfer movie was based on.

5) Waialeale Falls (Blue Hole)

Waialeale Falls is a breathtaking natural wonder situated in the heart of the lush Hawaiian island of Kauai. Nestled within the majestic Alaka’i Wilderness Preserve, this cascading waterfall holds the distinction of being one of the wettest spots on Earth, receiving an astonishing annual rainfall of over 400 inches. While hiking to the Weeping Wall is possible, it’s very difficult and somewhat dangerous due to flooding. To get a birdseye view of this magical place, a helicopter tour is just what the doctor ordered. Check out all the waterfalls here:

The Blue Hole was my favorite part of this entire helicopter tour, and I know you’ll be blown away too if you get the chance to see it.

Final Thoughts On Booking a Helicopter Tour in Kaua’i, Hawaii

Thanks for making it this far reading my adventure! If you’re on the fence about booking a helicopter tour in Kaua’i, I’d strongly recommend that you DO IT! I think the little memories we make in our life are the ones that build our best life. A helicopter tour in Kaua’i is certainly one of those “little momories” that will stick with you forever. I hope this guide was helpful to you. Happy wandering!

Anthony Bart
Author: Anthony Bart

Hello! Welcome to HappyWanders! My name is Anthony, I'm on a mission to live a life full of adventure and to help you to do the same. As an ex-corporate worker and current entrepreneur, I've been working to design a life with more time for adventure and less time for the 9-5 grind. If you're ready for an adventure, you're my type of person!

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