Take A Helicopter Ride Over Kauai

Lihue Airport, Lihue, Hawaii, United States

  • Activities:

    Photography

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

Romantic
Scenic
Waterfall

Most of this gorgeous island is inaccessible by car or foot, so the only way to really see it is by air. From waterfalls materializing from the side of mountains, to 3,000 ft cliffs plunging into the Pacific, seeing Kauai by heli is an experience that everyone should do once in a lifetime.

There are lots of options for heli rides in Kauai, ranging from plush interiors with AC and noise canceling headphones, to deeply discounted, crowded rides, but my personal recommendation is to find a company that offers a doors off option (there are two options as of winter 2015/16). Not only will this let you get much better photos from above, but there is something pretty exhilarating about flying over an island with nothing but wide open ocean, canyon walls and mountains below you. Bring your wide angle lens on this one as you will get very close to all the sites and want to be able to fit in as much as possible, and shoot on sports mode or action mode of your camera with a high shutter speed to avoid any blur in your images. Lastly, take the latest flight of the day as the afternoon light is best on the Na Pali Coast.

All of the companies leave from Lihue Airport, with a meeting location TBD nearby. Be sure to book in advance to get the company and flight you want. Happy flying!

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Jacket if you choose doors off option
  • Memory cards
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We used Blue Hawaiian helicopter tours and had an amazing time! My favorite part was flying over the Na Pali Coast and Waimea Canyon. There were waterfalls everywhere and the mountains were breathtaking! Our pilot was great and gave us a lot of great info during the tour. It was pricey but definitely an experience I will never forget!

17 days ago
17 days ago

Christin Healey Explorer

Explorer, adventure seeker, lover of life and all things creative.

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