Kauai is the northern most of Hawaii’s eight major islands and is called the “garden isle” because of its many wet jungles and green covered craggy mountains. It is home to several of the state’s tropical gardens, wild faunas, and towering waterfalls. The wettest spot on Earth – Mount Waialeale – also calls this island home. It is privileged to be one of Hawaii’s most raw landscapes as it is mostly undisturbed by civilization. And you can’t appreciate this more than by seeing it from above. How? Helicopter tours, of course!
Helicopter tours around Kauai are abundant.
It’s no secret that this is probably one of the best way to tour the island. There are many private companies offering this service, so you will have no problem finding one. The average price of a tour is about $150 USD (at the time of this post) per person. Yes, that’s not exactly budget friendly. In fact, you can even fly on a commercial airline to a neighboring island for cheaper. But what this tour gets you that no airline or car ride or even a kayak trip cannot is that it gets you up close to Kauai’s most pristine natural surroundings when otherwise it would be almost unreachable. The tour takes you around the island and through its heart where verdant valleys with commanding waterfalls thrive.
These helicopters have the ability to get closer to the ground than most air crafts, and because so, during most of the tour, we were either parallel to or lower than the mountain tops, a perfect vantage point for sightseeing.
Many of the areas you will explore, such as Mount Waialeale’s “Wall of Tears,” are not easily reachable except by helicopter. Of course, there are still those die hard hikers who try. But frankly, I much rather fly.