"See ALL of Kaua?i By Helicopter" Hawaii (State of) Things to Do Tip by BlueCollar
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Do you recognize this waterfall?
Hint: Think Jurassic. As in Jurassic Park .
On the Island of Kaua?i
Go on a helicopter tour. We used Air Kaua?i (http://www.airkauai.com/).
Of the five Hawai?ian Islands we've explored, this is THE place to go on a helicopter tour. If you have the money and the time, do NOT pass it up.
With the special oversized windows on Air Kaua?i's helicopters, you get a great view. The only better view we had on a helicopter tour was when we flew with Tropical Helicopters in Hilo on the Big Island (http://www.tropicalhelicopters.com/) with the doors OFF! That's another wonderful tip for The Big Island - go find it on my pages.
In sixty minutes we covered the whole island and saw all of the beautiful sites. It gave us close-up viewing access to the remote sites that are a day's hike or more such as Kalalau Beach at the end of the Kalalau Trail or impossible sites to reach by foot like Mt. Wai?ale?ale (why-ah-lay-ah-lay). We saw more beautiful sites in sixty minutes in the air than if we had just driven from place to place on this island.
If you do nothing else special on Kaua?i, you must do a helicopter tour.
A few pointers:
Be sure to schedule your flight early in your stay on the island. There is always the possibility of it getting rained out. If it's your last day and that happens, you're SOL. Schedule wisely and you'll be happy.
Wear dark clothing to help reduce glare on the windows and use a polarized filter on your camera.
Morning flights are calmer. However, the cathedrals along Nā Pali will be shadowy and dark.
Afternoon flights will give you better lighting for photos, but are going to be rougher due to updrafts.
**OCTOBER 2006 UPDATE**
We have found a new adventure that trumps the helicopter tour. It's an ultralight flight with Ultralight Adventures Kaua?i.
It is a separate tip here in my Hawai?i pages and well worth a look.
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