Many guests at our Kauai vacation rentals feel that Kauai helicopter tours are the best way to see more of our majestic island. With the interior of Kauai being inaccessible by automobile as well as the famous Na Pali coast, there is more awe-inspiring scenery to experience by air. Kauai may in fact be the best Hawaiian island to choose a helicopter tour. So buckle up and get ready for a once in a lifetime opportunity.
When you choose one of these Kauai helicopter tours, you are likely to fly over Waimea Canyon, the Na Pali Coast, Hanalei Valley, Mt. Waialeale, abundant waterfalls, and more. Flights are mostly one hour in length with options for shorter or longer ones that include a stop. You can depart from Lihue adjacent to the airport and at Princeville airport near our North Shore Kauai vacation rentals.
Are Kauai helicopter tours safe?
Yes, and enjoyable too! With flights numbering over 100 daily, problems are very rare. The turbine helicopters flown are considered to be the safest option. Some flights even operate without doors for an extra thrill.
Pick a company that is highly experienced and plan your tour well in advance.
Especially during peak travel periods, you will want to book ahead of time. After you pick your Kauai vacation rentals, contact or guest concierge to reserve your tour. In addition to guaranteeing you a spot, many companies offer advance purchase discounting that we can tell you about. You will find many reviews online, so you can read in advance how others liked the tour you are considering.
Kauai helicopter tour companies:
Blue Hawaiian is the largest and perhaps best known around the islands. They have been flying for 35 years and use state-of-the-art Airbus Eco-Stars and Airbus A-Stars specifically designed for flight tours. Their 45 and 50 minute tours depart the heliport adjacent to Lihue airport and from Princeville Airport.
Island Helicopters has been in operation for three decades and flies new Eurocopter AStar helicopters that feature floor to ceiling glass doors and windows. They operate 50 minute Grand Island Circle Tour from the heliport at Lihue. Island Helicopters also offers a 75 minute tour that lands at the base of Manawaiopuna Falls (as seen in Jurassic Park), which is otherwise inaccessible to the public.
Jack Harter has been flying since 1962, and uses six passenger AStar helicopters with floor to ceiling windows for exceptional visibility. They also utilize four passenger Hughes 500 aircraft which are flown without doors. The company offers a variety of sixty to ninety minute tours starting at the heliport at Lihue.
Mauna Loa Helicopter Tours has four passenger Robinson R44 helicopters. They have been in operation since 2006, and offer private tours for up to 3 passengers, start at 55 minutes and above. Departures are from the Lihue Heliport.
Safari Helicopter Tours operates A-Star 350 B2-7 helicopters with mega viewing windows, and features air conditioning and noise-canceling headsets. They provide 60 minute tours and 100 minute tours that offer a 40 minute stopover.
Sunshine Helicopters and Will Squires Helicopter Tours are now a single company. They offer 50 minute tours from Lihue Heliport on FX STAR and Whisper STAR aircraft. There are also 30 to 50 minute tours from Princeville Airport.