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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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 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!
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!
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!
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.
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 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.
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!
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?
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