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Lihue: 65-Minute Scenic Flight Tour Of Kauai

1. Lihue: 65-Minute Scenic Flight Tour Of Kauai

Climb aboard the new Australian-made G8 AirVan for a personalized 65-minute Grande Deluxe Air Tour of Kauai. Fly through the Waimea Canyon and then catch your breath as the majestic cathedral spires of the Na Pali are suddenly beneath you. Continue alongside the ridgeline behind the lovely Hanalei Bay and travel south to see the numerous waterfalls of Hanalei Valley as well as the crater below Kauai's Mt. Wai`ale`ale (weather permitting). In winter months whale watching may also be possible! The experienced pilot will tell you about the rich history and mythical lore of Kauai, and using the 2-way intercom you can ask questions. Only Wings Over Kauai features an expert agricultural narration by the owner and chief pilot, the research scientist Dr. Bruce Coulombe. For approximately 65-70 minutes, you’ll experience a safe and thrilling experience that’s the ultimate air tour of the Garden Island. What makes Wings Over Kauai unique is a dedication to customer satisfaction and attention to detail. The ultimate goal for every flight is to make sure every passenger has the best experience possible.

Kauai: Niihau and Na Pali Coast Full-Day Boat Tour

2. Kauai: Niihau and Na Pali Coast Full-Day Boat Tour

Climb aboard a catamaran, custom-built on Kauai, and explore the awe-inspiring Na Pali Coast. Cruise along the coastline and snorkel by Hawaii’s Forbidden Isle of Niihau on an unforgettable day of adventure. Start your day with continental breakfast onboard, as you head northwest to explore the waterfalls, lush valleys, hidden beaches, and sea caves along the Na Pali Coast. Admire the views and learn the history of this beautiful region. Head across the channel to Niihau, known as the Forbidden Isle. Once you arrive at Lehua Crater, the captain will choose the best place for you to snorkel in the clear waters. Receive snorkeling instructions and gear up in the equipment provided. Admire the unique underwater formations, carved by ocean currents, and look out for diverse aquatic wildlife. After snorkeling, enjoy a deli-style buffet lunch including fresh bread, meats, cheeses, veggie toppings, and crudité, and pasta salad. Assorted soft drinks are served throughout the tour, with beer and wine served after snorkeling. During your meal, listen to stories about the island and history of Niihau, and connect with the culture of Kauai as you sail back to the marina.

Kauai: Waimea Canyon, Jurassic Falls, & More Helicopter Tour

3. Kauai: Waimea Canyon, Jurassic Falls, & More Helicopter Tour

Take a journey on and over the Garden Isle and see scenery that's been the backdrop for Hollywood blockbusters for decades on this Kauai helicopter trip. See Manawaiopuna Falls, Olokele Canyon, Waimea Canyon, and the Na Pali Coast.  Take off on an up-to-date helicopter and immediately start taking in a bird's eye view of the lush jungles, red canyons, choppy seas, and gorgeous landscapes that make up Kauai, the oldest island in the Hawaiian Islands archipelago.  Marvel at Manawaiopuna Falls, also known as Jurrasic Park Falls thanks to it being featured in the hit 1993 Steven Spielberg film. This privately-owned location is only accessible by helicopter, making it part of the 80% of Kauai that isn’t accessible by car. Land in Olokele Canyon, home to endangered plant life. Once kapu (forbidden), guests can now enjoy this pristine paradise valley. Soar over Waimea Canyon next, and see characteristic crimson and emerald jagged cliffs. Before heading back to the starting point of the trip, enjoy views of the world-famous Napali Coast. Spot jagged cliffs rising straight from the sea, making for one of Hawaii's most famous destinations.

Kauai: Island Highlights Helicopter Tour

4. Kauai: Island Highlights Helicopter Tour

Explore Hawaii's Garden Isle, Kauai, from the best vantage point possible: the sky. Get a bird's eye view of some of Hawaii's most gorgeous scenery on this helicopter tour. See the island's most iconic locations, including the Na Pali Coast, the Waimea Canyon, the Jurassic Falls, and more. Uncover waterfalls, towering red cliffs, emerald green jungles, and the lush paradise of one of Hawaii's oldest islands on this tour. See these natural marvels from a different perspective all while listening to your pilot's information about each sight. Soar above the thundering Jurassic Falls — the iconic waterfall featured in Jurassic Park. Fly above the rolling red hills and valleys of the Waimea Canyon, and glide through the air over Kauai's most iconic location: the Na Pali Coast. Marvel at the countless waterfalls nestled in Waialeale Crater. Best of all, snap pictures of these natural wonders without having to stop along the way, all from the comfort of your helicopter seat.

Kauai: Sightseeing Flight over Napali Coast & Waimea Canyon

5. Kauai: Sightseeing Flight over Napali Coast & Waimea Canyon

Soak in spectacular views of the lovely island of Kauai from the air on a sightseeing flight tour. Let your pilot fly you over places that are completely inaccessible by car and remain untouched by human hands. Experience the untouched beauty of this spectacular island from a unique perspective. Aboard your scenic flight tour, discover the best of Kauai on an incredible flying adventure. Fly over the Garden Isle's most scenic areas to truly get a sense of this majestic place. Soar over the cathedral-like spires of the Napali Coastline and high above Hanalei Bay's white crescent sand beach. Snap some pictures of the azure blue waters below, as well as the monumental red valley walls of Waimea Canyon.

Kauai: Napali Coast Sail & Snorkel Tour from Port Allen

6. Kauai: Napali Coast Sail & Snorkel Tour from Port Allen

Climb aboard a custom-built catamaran for a true sailing experience along the remote coastline of Napali. Discover why 'Napali' means 'the cliffs' as you gaze upon its world-renown 4,000-foot heights, lush valleys, waterfalls, and hidden beaches that have attracted painters, photographers, and Hollywood throughout the years. As you head for the first destination, your crew will entertain your imagination with legends and stories of the ancient Hawaiians who once lived along the cliffs.  Once stopped, jump or use the waterslide off the back of the vessel to slip into the warm, turquoise waters of the Pacific Ocean. Snorkel (ocean conditions dependent) above a tropical reef along Kauai's coastline. Snorkel gear, including floatation and professional instruction, are provided to ensure you have a great time in the water. After your snorkeling experience, enjoy a continental breakfast, gourmet deli lunch, and beverages served on board. The tour operator is committed to preserving the natural beauty, unique history, and rich resources of Kauai. The tour operator supports ecotourism and encourages you to take the pledge to travel responsibly by respecting the land (aina), sea (kai), and traditions of the Hawaiian people.

Kauai: Private Luxury Full Island Sightseeing Flight

7. Kauai: Private Luxury Full Island Sightseeing Flight

Get a bird’s eye view of all the most iconic sights of Kaui on this exclusive 1 hour and 10-minute flight from Lihue for up to 3 passengers. Fly over rugged landscapes, sandy beaches, cascading waterfalls, and lush valleys.  Meet your pilot and hop aboard a comfortable airplane. Feel the thrill of taking off. Listen as you pilot provides personalized narration about the geography, history, legends, and culture of this tropical paradise.  Glide over the sunny and secluded coastline, Kipu Kai, nicknamed the baby Napali Coast. Gaze out at sandy Poipu Beach, the Spouting Horn, Hawaii’s largest coffee plantation, and the lush Hanapepe Valley, where you can spy the Jurassic Falls. Gain an entirely new perspective on the Garden Island’s diverse landscape as you cruise over dramatic cliffs, pristine beaches, red lava fields, and cascading waterfalls from above.  Experience a rush of excitement as you make a big u-turn inside the Waimea Canyon. Marvel at the beauty of this multicolored expanse speckled with lush greenery and foliage.  Ride over the 21-mile long Napali Coast, consisting of ancient valleys, waterfalls, sweeping cliffs, and bright blue ocean waters. Admire view sof the Kilauea River with its mesmerizing waterfall as you continue up the lush Hanalei Valley.  See jagged 4,000-foot cliffs as you continue your sightseeing tour flying down the Wailua River to catch sights of Fern Grotto. Conclude your magical journey by passing by Coco Palms where Elvis made the romantic film “Blue Hawaii.”

Kauai: Waimea Canyon & Kokeʻe State Park Private Tour

8. Kauai: Waimea Canyon & Kokeʻe State Park Private Tour

Journey from Hanapēpē to Waimea, along the only road that crosses the entire island. Follow the path that is steadily leading up the rim of Waimea Canyon, and take in the views of the world famous Nā Pali Coast on Kauai's North Shore, at an elevation of over 4,000 ft (1220 m). Along the way, stop at the most beautiful canyon overlooks to marvel at Kauai's treasures including rainbow-colored canyon walls, the 800-foot (244 m) Waipo'o Falls and thick island vegetation. If you’re feeling up for "stretching your legs", your guide will select the best trails to explore, based on the weather and your group’s interests. Hikes may be 0.25 - 0.5 miles (400 - 800 m) round trip on relatively even terrain. This is a private tour — it will just be you and your private group. Because of this, you are free to go at your own pace and hike as much, or as little, as you would like for the duration of the tour you have selected. Your guide will contact you before the start of your tour to help plan a custom itinerary.

Eleele: Humpback Whale Watching Raft Tour in Kauai

9. Eleele: Humpback Whale Watching Raft Tour in Kauai

Spend an afternoon observing humpback whales from a raft on a guided excursion from Eleele. Soak in the beauty of Kauai’s south shore while munching on light snacks and cold drinks onboard. Watch as the whales breach, spray, and tail slap. Listen to their songs through a state-of-the-art hydrophone. Hear groups or pods of whales socialize and communicate with each other through clicks, whistles, and pulses in distinct patterns that form the humpback song through a hydrophone. Learn how each sound serves a unique purpose as they navigate the waters, feed, and breed with each other.  From November to March, more than 10,000 humpback whales migrate to the Hawaiian Islands each year in search of a warmer climate, which makes it Kauai‘s peak whale watching season. This is also when these whales nurse their offspring, so keep an eye out for newborn whale calves learning how to play.

Kauai: Na Pali Coast Sightseeing Boat Tour with Snacks

10. Kauai: Na Pali Coast Sightseeing Boat Tour with Snacks

Acquire a nice overview of Kauai and the Na Pali Coast with a comprehensive tour that will bring you to majestic natural formations, iconic ancient buildings, and a unique diving spot. Jump into pristine waters and discover the marine wildlife that populates the local reefs. Take in the views along the 17-mile Na Pali Coast from every angle. Hop on a small boat that provides the versatility of entering the many caves and waterfalls of this site. Travel along this secluded coastline and come across the imposing cathedral of Kalalau. Put on your snorkel gear to come face to face with Hawaiian sea turtles and a variety of colorful reef fish. Have a light snack, water, or a soft drink on board, and enjoy the possibility of spotting playful spinner dolphins.

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What people are saying about Kauai

This was my first helicopter ride, and it was absolutely one of the most enjoyable and memorable travel experiences I’ve ever had. Kate, our pilot, was fantastic providing great information as we weaved our way through the canyons, mountains, fields and coasts. The tour made a stop at a mountain top owned by a Robinson descendant, and the views were breathtaking, which is an understatement. The tour even got as far as the Na Pali coast and Hanalei. We lucked out with great weather and visibility. I’ll certainly treasure the photos and videos I took for the rest of my life. I can’t recommend the tour any more highly. It’s expensive, but it’s easily worth it. The staff at the meeting location and office were just the friendliest people you could ever meet.

If you need one reason to book safari helicopters here it is, they are the only company that can land in the middle of the “Grand Canyon” with beautiful views and even a chance to meet one of the largest landowners in Kauai. Other reasons include amazing employees and pilots including Robert and Kate. Wonderful group of people, with vast amounts of knowledge. Super safe, even had a chance to fly near a whale that was breaching. Truly once in a life time experience, highly recommend!

Awesome experience. Highly recommended. This excursion takes you to admire the beauty of the island, waterfalls, beaches , whales from where you are flying over.

Amazing. Kate and Sherry were awesome. I want to try helicopter rides on every vacation!

Friendly and knowledgeable pilot. Great views of the island. Highly recommend it.