Kauai by helicopter is a must see. The Ultimate Kauai Guidebook Kauai Revealed, written by Andrew Doughty quoted it dramatically, "Going to Kaua'i without taking a helicopter flight is like going to see the Sistine Chapel and not looking up." This high praise sold it for us. I want to give an additional plug for the guidebook, because it is a funny, honest, and incredibly helpful tour guide for the island.
|After the Flight - We sat in the two back seats|
For our adventure we flew with Jack Harter, and we chose to ride in the door-less helicopter. My desire to get quality pictures outweighed the anxiety that we would be within inches of the open air as we cruised at speeds around 100 MPH! I can't imagine this adventure without the wind blowing through the chopper with unobstructed views.
So much of the island can only be seen from above, soaring through canyons, under clouds, alongside waterfalls, and above rainbows. The scope of Kauai is magnified from this viewpoint, its true grandness and absolute beauty in full display.
The diversity of the landscape almost seems fake, and I understand why so many movies have been filmed here. We even saw a set piece built for the upcoming Jurassic Park movie!
Seated with a fully equipped headset, the pilot is able to speak to the group and explain the sights along the way. He did a great job making sure we were comfortable, while allowing us time to soak in the magical visuals. I am lucky a button was needed to make the microphone work, because I am pretty sure I just kept blurting out holy sh!t over and over again.
The pilot also did a fantastic job of spinning the helicopter around, so we could see the same extraordinary spectacles from all angles.
Upon landing, I asked Anna if her throat was dry like mine...after some thought, I realized that my mouth was literally hanging open the entire flight!