The oldest of Hawaii’s inhabited islands Kauai, the Garden Isle, is justly famous for its epic beauty. Kauai is actually a volcanic mountain that erupted from the floor of the Pacific Ocean six million years ago. It has been sculpted by wind and rain ever since, into a lush island paradise of raw tropical splendor and technicolor rugged canyons.
The Na Pali Coast, 14 miles of sea cliffs rising vertically 3,000 feet above a pristine wilderness shoreline, is probably Kauai’s most inspirational feature. Waimea Canyon, the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific” as Mark Twain called it runs a close second.
Both features are for the most part inaccessible from the ground; they can only be seen and appreciated in their entirety from the air. Helicopter flights over Kauai allow visitors to discover these wondrous hidden places where few have ever wandered.
Two companies offer helicopter flights from Kauai, both with experienced pilots who are also licensed tour guides. Their flights provide aerial exploration of many spectacular Kauai features including: the Na Pali Coast, Bali Hai Cliffs, Hanalei Bay, Princeville, Hanapepe Valley, Mana Waiapuna (Jurassic Park Falls), Wailua Falls (Fantasy Island Waterfalls), Olokele and Waimea Canyons. Weather permitting, you can fly into the heart of an ancient volcano, Mt Waialeale, the wettest spot on earth with more than 450 inches of rain a year!
Sunshine Helicopters with two decades of experience offers flights from both Lihue and Princeville. Sunshine provides David Clark stereo aviation headsets and a choice of either FXStar or state-of-the-art WhisperStar helicopters to discover this island’s natural treasures.
Blue Hawaiian Helicopters offers tours from Lihue aboard its new American Eurocopter ECO-Star. This state-of-the-art craft gives passengers more interior room, two-way communication with pilots via Boze headsets, and expansive glass for sweeping views of Kauai’s incomparable natural beauty.