There is plenty to see and do on the ground floor in Hawaii. Snorkeling, kayaking, surfing, Mai Tai sampling, just to name a few. But there is a world that can’t be seen from the window of your rental car or surfboard. Some of the most profound views in Hawaii are only visible from a seat in the sky!
This tour was voted #1 by The Travel Channel as the “World’s Best Helicopter Thrill.” If you need more encouragement to jump on board, how about waterfalls cascading thousands of feet, fiery flowing lava and breathtaking sea cliffs of the Kohala Mountains. And if this wasn’t enough, this tour also includes an exclusive stop you’ll never forget. Your pilot will land at the stunning 1200 foot Punalulu Falls on the Kohala Coast, where this untouched Hawaiian land makes for a perfect photo-op. This tour is truly unforgettable!
Maui is known as the “Valley Isle,” and it lives up to its name once you see the dense valleys and rainforest jungles that are part of this island. Iao Valley is located in the West Maui Mountains, and no amount of hiking will offer you a view of its true magnificence. From the air, you’ll get to see the impressive waterfalls carved into the towering mountainside. Very few people, locals and visitors alike, get a glimpse inside this gorgeous landscape. And the mist is almost always a package deal on this side of the island, which makes for a few perfect rainbow sightings! Being up in the clouds is always the best way to see the rainbows.
For those Jurassic Park lovers, this flight is your ticket to Hollywood! This tour soars over Mana Waiapuna, which is lovingly known as the “Jurassic Park Falls.” As if that wasn’t impressive enough, your tour will then take you over the Waimea Canyon, nicknamed the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific.” Hidden waterfalls become visible as you soar over the canyon. With views of the Na Pali Coast and the Bali Hai Cliffs, this tour is what dreams are made of. Weather permitting, you’ll even get a chance to see Mt Waialeale. Nothing is more impressive than flying into the heart of an ancient volcano, with 5,000-foot walls above and the 3,000-foot waterfalls encircling you.
Oahu is not only known for its pristine beauty, but it also has some serious historical hot spots. You’ll get your fill of hidden rainforests and coral formations in the aqua waters. You’ll even get to look down into the Diamond Head volcano. Don’t worry, this extinct volcano won’t be spewing any lava your way. From cliffs to coastlines, this tour is beautiful. You’ll also get an informative dose of history as you soar over Pearl Harbor, the Arizona Memorial and the Battleship Missouri. Worth every moment!
Pros and Cons of a Helicopter Tour
*There is almost nothing as breathtaking as seeing the Hawaiian Islands from a bird’s eye view.
*Blue Hawaiian Helicopters have the most comfortable seats you will ever sit in. Seriously.
*You don’t have to read your guide-book to learn about the lay of the land. These expert pilots are pros at giving you a fascinating history lesson in under an hour.
*Every friend that sees your helicopter tour pictures will be wildly jealous.
*You’ll get to see everything you want without waiting in traffic, getting lost on the Hawaiian named streets or wasting your time visiting the latest tourist trap.
*This will be the highlight of your trip, and all your other activities might not seem as cool anymore.
*If you’re not a fan of leisurely free time, these tours won’t be your cup of tea. You’ll have tons of free time on your hands because you’ll get to see more in one hour than most people see on their entire vacation.
*If you are against learning something new on vacation, do not go on one of these tours! The pilots are extremely knowledgable about each island and will end up sharing many cool facts.
*Daredevils may not appreciate the safety measures taken for each tour. The winds and weather is always taken account and make sure your safety is first and foremost. This makes each tour is unique in that they will take you on the best scenic route for those weather conditions.
*Complainers need not apply. These tours have been rated “Hawaii’s premiere helicopter tour company.” From their “quiet-technology” Eco-Star helicopter and first class seating, to fantastic pilots and the best scenic tours in Hawaii, there will be nothing to grumble about!