Air Tours on Kauai

Soaring through the sky, rubbing elbows with mountains and chasing waterfalls, are remarkable ways to experience Kaua‘i. Booking an air tour is an exclusive chance to witness all the glory this exquisite tropical island has to offer from a one-of-a-kind vantage point. On your own you won’t see nearly the same number of secluded sights, especially not conveniently wrapped up in a 60-minute package.

All air tours make a leisurely circle of the majority of the island, providing guests with spectacular vistas, including the famed cathedral-like cliffs of the Nāpali Coast and the red dirt-laced valleys of Waimea Canyon.

There are plenty of options when it comes to flying like a bird on the Garden Isle. Your first decision is whether you want to book an air tour by helicopter or a small, fixed-wing aircraft.
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Two companies provide airplane tours, Wings Over Kaua‘i and Air Ventures Kaua‘i. The average cost per person is typically less than $150. You’ll see all the same panoramic sights as a helicopter tour but at a lower cost. The adventure is also more personal as fewer people are allowed on each tour, and you’ll be able to speak with the pilot during the flight through a microphone system. Some tours also let you put the windows down for better pictures. Don’t worry about the wings being in the way, they’re located above your head.Helicopters, on the other hand, have the ability to hover and maneuver with ease through tight spaces. You wind in and of valleys and practically nuzzle up against lush mountainsides. Helicopter tours start around $200 and can cost up to some $700 per person, depending on amenities.

Companies include Blue Hawaiian Helicopters, Safari Helicopters and Jack Harter Helicopters. Each provide options as far as types of aircraft are concerned from luxury models where everyone gets a fantastic view, to crafts that have removable doors for picture-taking enthusiasts. Some businesses like Island Helicopters also offer exclusive tours where they stop at places like Manawaiopuna Falls, the celebrity waterfall that appears in “Jurassic Park.”

Most air tours depart from Līhu‘e but some take off at Princeville. All, however, offer guests an astounding opportunity to see the entire island from an angle usually reserved for species with wings. You’ll probably have to pick your jaw up off the floor of the aircraft once you land.

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