"Helicopter Tour" Kauai Things to Do Tip by keida84

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  Contrasting colors Waimea Canyon
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  • Contrasting colors Waimea Canyon - Kauai
      Contrasting colors Waimea Canyon
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  • A view of the Napali Cliffs - Kauai
      A view of the Napali Cliffs
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  • Island Helicopters Terminal - Kauai
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  • Bali Hai - Kauai
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One of the best ways to see the Napali Cliffs and the Waimea Canyon is by helicopter. This was the one thing my husband wanted to do. We were fortunate to find an excellent deal for an hour tour of these areas. The company we chose is named "Island Helicopters."

We had excellent weather which afforded excellent views and photo opportunities. The Waimea region is often shrouded in fog and clouds but this particular day the weather "gods" smiled upon us and we had one of the most beautiful rides ever. The canyon is often likened to the Grand Canyon in Arizona and has been nicknamed "The Grand Canyon of the Pacific." It is in fact, far more beautiful with the greenery and waterfalls which are fed by the wettest spot on Earth known as Mt Waialeale. Mt Waialeale gets over 450 inches of rain a year and rarely does the mountain top see the light of day, on our visit we were very happy to be able to see it without a cloud.

We enjoyed seeing the famous "Tunnel of Trees from the air as well as the rain forrests and the areas where "Jurrassic Park and Raiders of the Lost Ark and Bali Hai" were filmed.

In accordance with F.A.A. regulations, the helicopter is subject to weight limitations; so you must provide your with height and weight.. Any passenger over 250 lbs will be required to purchase an additional seat. Also, any parties of two travelling together with combined weights over 440 lbs will be required to purchase an additional seat so don't pig out at a luau the night before!

All in all we both agreed to really see the Island of Kauai one must see it by helicopter.

Address: Just past the Lihue Airport on Kaua'i
Phone: 1-800-829-599
Website: http://www.islandhelicopters.com/

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  • Written Jun 1, 2006
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