If you remember back to one of my earlier Hawaii posts, you might remember how I said that Kauai was one of the more “treacherous” of the Hawaiian islands in the fact that it’s extremely mountainous. In fact, some parts of the island, most famously the Na’Pali Coast, are seriously only accessible by air, boat, or foot because the terrain is too rough for roads to be built.

The Wandering Weekenders- Exploring Kauai From The Air

We were already planning on taking a sunset cruise around the Na’Pali Coast, and we were going to hike the Na’Pali Coast if we had the time, so we’d essentially be knocking off two of the ways that you could see this incredibly beautiful part of the island, and I thought, well let’s try for all 3. I started researching helicopter tours on Kauai, and once I priced it out and talked to Chris about it, we booked out trip, and we couldn’t be happier with the amazing experience that we had! After all, it was a 5 year anniversary trip, we might as well go all out, right!

The Wandering Weekenders- Exploring Kauai From The Air

While I think that we regretted waking up early at the time, I was very happy that we arrived and booked our tour for first thing in the morning. I felt like it gave us the opportunity to have the afternoon for other activities, and just in case we had bad weather, we might still get to fly later on in the day. There were quite a few people that were there, and once we had all checked in, I think that we got weighed, they sat us down and we watched a safety video. After all, we were going up in a helicopter!

The Wandering Weekenders- Exploring Kauai From The Air

The Wandering Weekenders- Exploring Kauai From The Air

Before we knew it, it was time for us to actually get on our helicopter! The people at Blue Hawaiian arranged us in groups and the order that we would be sitting in the helicopter and then took us out to the landing strip. There must have been 3 or 4 other helicopters going up at the same time as us, so there was always somebody from Blue Hawaiian there guiding us around the air strip and eventually onto the helicopter. We all got strapped in, received headphones/microphones, got introduced to our pilot and guide, and took off into the air!

The Wandering Weekenders- Exploring Kauai From The Air

The Wandering Weekenders- Exploring Kauai From The Air

While the beginning of our flight wasn’t too interesting, we started off pretty much flying over the airport, it quickly turned into one of the most peaceful and beautiful experiences I’ve ever been on. Our pilot was extremely knowledgeable about the island of Kauai and had a ton of experience flying (I think that it was like 15 years or something), so our flight was so incredibly smooth and we got to see so much around the island.

The Wandering Weekenders- Exploring Kauai From The Air

The Wandering Weekenders- Exploring Kauai From The Air

The Wandering Weekenders- Exploring Kauai From The Air

We got to see the highest point in the island (something that you can literally only see by air), Mana Waiapuna (most infamously known for being the opening scenes to Jurassic Park), Waimea Canyon (which we had seen the day before, before ending at the Na’Pali Coast and the beautiful Princeville resort area of the island. Besides all of those amazing sites, we also saw too many waterfalls and beaches to keep track of. It’s no wonder Hawaii is known as paradise!

The Wandering Weekenders- Exploring Kauai From The Air

The Wandering Weekenders- Exploring Kauai From The Air

The Wandering Weekenders- Exploring Kauai From The Air

The Wandering Weekenders- Exploring Kauai From The Air

The Wandering Weekenders- Exploring Kauai From The Air

The Wandering Weekenders- Exploring Kauai From The Air

The Wandering Weekenders- Exploring Kauai From The Air

The hour that we were up in the air flew by, I took way too many pictures on my camera, which is why there’s pretty much a throw up of pictures on the blog today, and Chris and I had one of the most magical experiences of our lives. Without a doubt something that we will remember for the rest of our lives. I hope that y’all get the chance to experience it as well, and if you’re planning a trip, here are a few things that you should know before your visit!

The Wandering Weekenders- Exploring Kauai From The Air

Know Before You Go

Wear dark clothing: Hands down one of the most important things to remember for your trip is to wear dark clothing, preferably all black if you can. Chris made the mistake of wearing a blue shirt, and when the people at Blue Hawaiian told him that his shirt would show up in pictures (he didn’t believe me when I told him), he had to buy one of their shirts to wear. Of course, they conveniently had shirts for sale that were black if you needed them. If you don’t believe me about the color, look at some of the pictures that I posted, you can see my camera strap and sometimes my arms or legs showing up in the pictures. I swear, I’m probably the only person who visited Hawaii and came home without a tan, thanks SPF 50!

The Wandering Weekenders- Exploring Kauai From The Air

Plan on a long commute to the airport: Like I mentioned earlier, the island of Kauai is very spread out and there aren’t a lot of roads that lead through the island, pretty much everything is around the island. So be aware that even though the airport might be like 10-15 miles away from your resort, it could still take you a while to get there, especially if you’re coming from the Princeville area. So make sure to give yourself enough time to get there before your flight.

Your trip is subject to the weather: I know that this is probably a duh, but if the weather is bad, stormy or raining, your flight could get canceled. The same is also true if the weather is maybe a little bit more windy than normal. The #1 concern of your tour company is your safety, so they will cancel the flights if the weather conditions are too unstable. So what does that mean for you? You could potentially spend the whole day at the airport waiting for your flight to get rescheduled, meaning you miss out on other activities for the day, or your flight gets rescheduled to another day, which means rearranging your schedule. Both are not ideal, but the good news is that you’re on Hawaii, and there’s really not that many bad weather days!

The Wandering Weekenders- Exploring Kauai From The Air

The Wandering Weekenders- Exploring Kauai From The Air

Your helicopter will be air-conditioned: While Hawaii is very humid, most of the time the weather is pretty nice and tropical and not sweltering, like it can be in Houston, or other Southern cities and states. Because of the constant nice weather, several places around Hawaii are not air conditioned (including the airport), but don’t worry, your helicopter will have some AC blowing through it!

You will have no choice on where you sit in the cabin: I think that one of the biggest surprises for Chris and I was the fact that we had no control over where we sat on the helicopter. They took everybody’s weight and then sat us with our groups and then tried to even out the weight of the helicopter. I know that we would have loved to sit at the front of the helicopter, but unfortunately we got sat in the back, with me having the window seat. It sucked for Chris who was loving his camera and using the new lens that he had bought right before this trip because it meant that he barely had any pictures on his camera from the helicopter trip. The good thing is that I got some good ones and that we still really enjoyed the ride! My suggestion would be that everybody knows how to use the camera you have, so that whomever is sitting in a window seat can take pictures during your trip.

The Wandering Weekenders- Exploring Kauai From The Air

Your flight is taped: With that being said, if you have someone that’s a big shutterbug and disappointed that they can’t take their own pictures, or you forget your camera and don’t get any pictures from your trip, don’t worry, your entire trip will be filmed. Each of Blue Hawaiian’s helicopters have cameras and you can buy your very own souvenir from your flight.

The Wandering Weekenders- Exploring Kauai From The Air

The flight is very smooth: While I don’t get motion sickness very easily, one of the things that I was curious about with this trip was whether or not we’d get a lot of turbulence or feel the helicopter moving around. Well I can tell you that we barely felt anything when we were up in the air! When we did the hot air balloon ride in Napa, it literally felt like you were floating in the air, and while the helicopter was a different feeling, I never once felt sick, and neither did anybody else for that matter. If you are prone to motion sickness though, I would suggest taking a pill before you go.

There are multiple helicopter companies to choose from: While we ended up choosing Blue Hawaiian for our helicopter ride, you should know that there are multiple helicopter companies to choose from on the island of Kauai, and even the other Hawaiian islands for that matter. We ended up choosing Blue Hawaiian based on their reputation and the fact that they’re located on multiple islands, and we couldn’t have been happier with our choice.

The Wandering Weekenders- Exploring Kauai From The Air

The Wandering Weekenders- Exploring Kauai From The Air

Price: And of course, I know the thing that y’all are all dying to know, how much did this helicopter ride actually cost us? Since we booked online, which I highly suggest you do since their flights can sell out, we paid $216.47/person for our flight. It looks like right now that’s a discounted price for booking at least 5 days in advance, and the full price you could pay if you sign up on the day of your flight is $246.56/person. So definitely one of the more pricier activities that we did during our trip to Hawaii, but one that was totally worth every single dollar that we spent!

The Wandering Weekenders- Exploring Kauai From The Air

The Wandering Weekenders- Exploring Kauai From The Air

And there you have it, everything you need to know for your own helicopter ride around Kauai, and all about our own ride. This is definitely an experience that you will truly never forget, and one that is worth every single dollar that you will pay! I’m linking up with these Wanderful Women from some Wanderful Wednesday- Lauren of Lauren on Location, Van of Snow in Tromso, Isabel of The Sunny Side of This and Marcella of What a Wonderful World!

So have I convinced you to go on a helicopter tour of Kauai yet? Have you ever ridden in a helicopter before?

Other Hawaii Posts

My First Trip To Hawaii- Maui
My First Trip To Hawaii- The Big Island
10 Things I Learned While Visiting Hawaii
Hawaii In Instagram Photos
Which Hawaiian Islands Should You Visit?
How To Spend 9 Days Exploring Maui and Kauai
What To Expect When Biking Down Haleakala
A Guided Tour Of The Road To Hana
Where To Eat On Maui
An Early Morning Hike In Waimea Canyon
Zipline Kauai with Skyline Eco-Adventures

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  • omg this is something i’m not sure i could do ha. i am the worst flier so being in a tiny little thing makes me nervous. but the photos almost make it worth it! and i had no idea about wearing black. fascinating. great tips girl! and photos!

    xoxo cheshire kat

    • Thank you! I honestly thought that I would be more freaked out, but it was such a smooth ride and with the incredible views it was hard to not be distracted by all of it! I’m so glad that I read that on their website, otherwise I’m sure that I would have shown up wearing bright colors. I tried to tell Chris, and of course he didn’t believe me!

  • Oh gorgeous! What an incredible view and photos!! This sounds like a great experience! Glad you had such a great pilot/guide! I told my SIL (who is headed to HI for her honeymoon) about your road to Hana experience. They also decided to do a tour, with the same group even. So she was happy to hear what you guys thought. 🙂 XO – Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

    • Awesome! I hope that she enjoys her honeymoon and her Road to Hana tour! I mean it’ll be hard to not have a good time in Hawaii! If she needs any other recommendations, just let me know! Hawaii is probably the most perfect spot for a honeymoon! I honestly think that this was my favorite part of our trip! The views were just spectacular! We used Blue Hawaiian for our tour company, and I know that they do tours on Maui as well, if your SIL is interested!

  • What a view!! I’m deathly afraid of helicopters so I don’t think I would be able to do something like this. But I’m sure it is amazing, I mean those views! They are incredible.

    • I think that I was surprised by how unfreaked out I was over the experience. I think with how smooth the ride was and with the views, I didn’t have time to be afraid, which was such a good thing!

  • I want to do this so bad. Also, I want to learn to fly a helicopter…

    • We have a friend that’s a helicopter pilot for the National Guard, and I think that it’s so cool that he knows how to fly a helicopter! I hope that you get to fly one day!

  • What gorgeous views! This sounds like such a great way to see as much as you can! I want to do this for sure!

    • It really was an amazing ride for some amazing views! Looking back this was probably one of the most fun things that we did on our trip, so I hope that you get to do it one day! Even if it’s not in Hawaii, a helicopter ride is such a cool experience!

  • Nadine

    Flying would make me so nervous because heights and I are not friends….but what amazing views you got to see!!!! Sounds like such a fun tour!

    • It really was such a fun tour, and I loved getting to see all of the views! After writing this post, I think that this was probably one of the most fun things that we did on our trip! I know that it would freak you out, but a helicopter ride really is so much fun!

  • Jen

    Oh how amazing! The views are absolutely stunning.

    • The views really were incredible, and I’m so happy that we were able to go! It’s something that I’ll always remember!

  • Okay this is pretty badass! What an awesome experience! While looking at your photographs, I really thought I would see a dinosaur (or two) walking around lol. We did a helicopter ride in NYC but it was rainy and foggy and we couldn’t really see anything 🙁

    • That’s such a bummer that you couldn’t see anything on your helicopter ride! That just means that you need to go on another one, right! I swear we watched Jurassic Park the other day, and I was practically screaming at the TV screen because we had actually been there! This was definitely one of the most fun things that we did during our Hawaii trip!

  • Leigh

    That looks like so much fun! I’m going to check out your other posts – I’m going to Maui later this year and would love to also go to Kauai.

    • I hope that you have the best time during your trip to Maui, and let me know if you have any questions about what to do in Maui! We weren’t there for too long, but we had a blast. If you are interested in a helicopter ride in Maui, I know that the company that we used also flies on Maui, and there are probably other tour companies on Maui as well!

  • Ashley Angle

    Wow, what an amazing once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! Beautiful photos!

    Ashley @ A Cute Angle // acutelifestyle.blogspot.com

    • Thank you! I still can’t believe that we actually got to experience flying over Kauai on a helicopter! I’ll definitely always remember it!

  • Wowwwwww! These views are amazing. It’s funny as I always associate helicopter riding with being really high up that you don’t see much, but you really did have the best view of gorgeous scenery!

    • It really was amazing how close we got to some of the mountains during our trip, and I think that’s what made it so much fun. We never would have seen as much as we did if we hadn’t gone on the helicopter ride! We really got to see the whole island!

  • Erin

    So SO cool!!! I would love to do this, but at the same time I’m a total chicken and I don’t know if I could convince myself to lol! I hate flying but seeing the island like that… omg, I just can’t imagine being up there! 🙂

    • I think that if you have the opportunity to ever go on a helicopter ride, you should just do it! It’s seriously one of the most exciting and cool experiences ever, and I think that the views and scenery would probably distract you enough that you wouldn’t have time to get freaked out!

  • Ooh I’ve had a couple friends/family do this same tour. The blue looks amazing!

    • I hope that they really enjoyed their tour, I know that we did! It still amazes me how green and blue everything was in Hawaii!

  • Christina Sotherden

    You guys saw the coolest views and got the best pictures! How fun!

    • Thank you! I’m still in awe by how incredible the views were! I would totally do this all over again if we could!

  • Living on Cloud Nine

    Absolutely STUNNING! You guys did all the perfect things on your trip to Hawaii. The views, oh the views!

    • Thank you! This was probably the best and most exciting thing that we did during our trip, and I can’t recommend it enough! I would do it again in an instant!

  • That scenery does look spectacular, almost prehistoric, like something out of a lost world! I don’t know that I’d be brave enough to get into a helicopter, though… 😉

    • I say definitely try and give it a try! It was such an incredible experience and I feel like the views and the smooth ride help to not freak people out when their in the helicopter. Did you know that they actually filmed parts of the Jurassic Park movies here? So it really does look prehistoric!

  • Biana Perez

    What an amazing experience!! I really do want to do a tour like that one day, but I am pretty nervous LOL! The views are worth it for me though! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

    • I promise you that you have nothing to be nervous about if you go with a reputable company! I was definitely more nervous about the hot air balloon ride in Napa because I could drop things over the side of the balloon versus on the helicopter you’re completely enclosed. Definitely do it if you have the opportunity!

  • A helicopter ride is on my bucket list! I’m just not sure where it’ll be. I’d love to do one over the Grand Canyon, but I also really want to do one of the hiking trails.

    • I’ve heard that the helicopter rides over the Grand Canyon are pretty spectacular, and if you’re in Vegas for a weekend, they apparently fly out from there! But let’s face it, no matter where you decide to go on one, you’re going to have a great time!

  • Kauai is gorgeous from above! My fear of heights and helicopters may never take me on such an adventure so this is perfect I get to see the beautiful sites vicariously through you. lol You guys really made the best of your time in the different Hawaiian islands!

    • Thank you! And I know that it has to be scary, but I swear that you might not even notice it because of how incredible all of the views are! We really did love our time in Hawaii so much, and while I definitely packed a lot in, we still got to relax, which I know that Chris loved!

  • Wow! The scenery in here is incredible. Agree this is the best way to see the island. There is no way to get better views. I have to rid eon a helicopter one day. #wanderfulwednesday

    • I hope that you get to ride on one soon! It truly is an amazing experience, plus you can’t beat the views that you get to see during your trip! Kauai is easily one of my favorite islands!

  • wherejogoes

    WOW those views are simply stunning, it’s like jurassic park! I’d love to visit Hawaii and having read this post when I do I will definitely be doing this trip – what a way to see the island, absolutely breathtaking! #WanderfulWednesday

    • Thank you! We really did love every minute of our trip, but this helicopter ride might have been my favorite thing that we did! It was just so incredible! Hawaii really is so extraordinary and beautiful, and there’s a lot to do, I promise that it’s not just beaches everywhere!

  • I would defo do this!! I secretly have always wanted to be helicopter pilot, but since I won’t be one, I’ll take this!! What amazing views and great way to see a different perspective of the island!

    • It’s a lot of training to be a helicopter pilot, but it has got to be so cool to be able to fly around in a helicopter and see all of these amazing sites all the time! I hope that you get to go on a helicopter ride one day! It was so much fun, and I loved getting to see everything!

  • You got some AMAZING pictures girl! I wanted to do this so bad while we were in Hawaii but we opted to do the catamaran tour of the Na Pali coast instead. I had no idea about wearing all black, good to know for if I ever do a helicopter tour! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

    • I wouldn’t have even thought of the not wearing white or colors either except that they said it on their website! I’m glad that I wore black that day! We also did the catamaran tour around the Na Pali Coast and that was such a fun experience too! Either way you got to see the beautiful island, which I think is the best part about Kauai!

  • Wow! Those views are so stunning!!

  • Amazing! Look at those views, and those waterfalls – WOW <3

    Green Fashionista

    • The views really were the best, and I’m so glad that we were able to go on this trip! Definitely something that I want to do again and again if we can!

  • I still can’t believe that you guys did this!! So jealous!! Are you kidding me with those photos too?! Those are seriously unreal. They belong in a coffee table book or something haha .. but seriously such a cool experience. AND such good advice to wear black! I never would have thought of that, but taking pictures through windows is never easy. Never thought about how the color black would help!

    • The taking pictures part was definitely the hardest part about this trip because I still caught the reflection sometimes, even though I was wearing black. I also know that Chris was disappointed that we both didn’t get window seats, but they had to distribute the weight evenly in the helicopter. I hope that you get to go on a helicopter ride one day, it really is an extraordinary experience, plus you get some great pictures too!

  • So cool!!!! I’ve always wanted to do this!!

  • What an amazing experience!! I agree that sometimes you just need to splurge on an once-in-a-lifetime activity. Wow, the views! That waterfall! And ugh i hate it when clothing and skin show up in the reflections in glass, and ruin what should be good pictures.

    • I know! I was happy that I wore black because I felt like it did a good job with the reflection most of the time, but you can still see my camera strap and me in some of the pictures. It was totally worth the splurge, and I’m so glad that we were able to check something off of our bucket list!

  • Wonderful pictures and great information! My husband and I *may* go to Hawaii next year for our 15th anniversary and this is something that we’d like to do.

    • I totally recommend that y’all do it, especially for an anniversary trip! It’s such an incredible experience, and you can’t beat the views. Even if y’all don’t end up on Kauai if y’all make it to Hawaii, several of the islands have helicopter tours, so you can still do it!

  • Rachel

    Wow, what an awesome experience! You got so many great shots, I’m so glad you shared them all! I’m sure that once I was up in the air taking in the sights I would be fine, but getting me on the helicopter would be a different story! So fun that you were able to splurge a little for your anniversary and experience this! Have a great weekend, Ashley!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde’s Moment

    • Thank you! I have to admit that I was kind of nervous to get on the helicopter, but I swear once we were up in the air and flying over the island, I wasn’t scared one bit! I think that the smooth ride combined with the views helped to put me at ease! I hope that you’ll give it a try one day if the opportunity presents itself!

  • Well I guess if you have to do Hawaii, you have to do it right! And guys totally did everything!! I thought hiking a volcano was crazy but this is unbelievable!! It looks like so much fun and even though I’d be scared as hell, I would totally do this! I mean, you can’t not, right?!!

    • That was exactly my philosophy, you only live once, and this was probably going to be our only trip to Hawaii without kids, so we might as well do it right! And I thought that I might be freaked out during the helicopter ride, but I swear that it was so smooth, plus combined with the amazing views, I don’t think that it gave me the opportunity to be scared!

  • Oh wow these pics are GORGEOUS!!!

  • Tallia

    This is absolutely beautiful! The concept of your blog is the best!

  • Cheeeeeezits… this is amazing!!

  • Wow! What amazing scenery! My jaw would have been dropped for the entire hour flight. What a great way to see the island, especially as you say it’s so inaccessible otherwise. Your philosophy on why to do the flight is exactly the same as S and I when we did our seaplane trip in Alaska! That was expensive too but I regret not one cent. It was 100% worth it. Very useful tips you’ve shared as well, thanks!

    • Thank you! I mean all of these rides, like a seaplane or a helicopter ride, you don’t have the opportunity to do it at home, so you might as well do it when on vacation. Plus I feel like vacation experiences are a lot easier to spend money on because those are the big memories that you end up making. Looking back at our pictures, this was without a doubt, one of the highlights of our trip, and I’m so glad that we were able to do it!

  • What an incredible experience! My boss did this a few years ago and said it was awesome. Definitely something I’d want to do if/when I get back to Hawaii!

    • Definitely have it on your list! It’s totally worth every cent that we paid for the trip to be able to see all of those views and to have such incredible memories!