Air Kauai Helicopter Tours
- Kauai's Best Safety Record!
- Doors On or Doors Off Flights
- The Island's Best Value in a Helicopter Tour
The beauty that unfolds before you on a helicopter tour over Kauai is breathtaking and awe-inspiring. 90% of Kauai's amazing waterfalls cannot be seen any other way ... don't spend thousands on a Hawaiian vacation and miss the best part! Book a helicopter tour today!
Air Kauai offers scenic tours of the spectacular Garden Island of Kauai ... arguably the most beautiful island in the world! Their flights are conducted in the industry standard touring helicopter ... the six passenger Eurocopter A-star is a "flying theater" with skylights and huge Plexiglas windows for superior visibility.
Tour depart from the General Aviation area of the Lihue Airport. Three different flight options are offered ... including the popular DOORS-OFF experience!
45-50 Minute Doors Off Adventure
Adventure awaits! Enjoy the thrill of this DOORS OFF flight over the top requested sights of Kauai. The Waimea Canyon, Hanapepe Valley, Famous Na Pali Coast and Mount Waialeale. With nothing between you and the incredible views on our doors off flight, you will experience the beauty of Kauai in the best way possible. If you are looking for a truly exciting experience this flight is for you. For this flight they take the doors off their amazing ASTAR helicopter so there is nothing between you and those amazing thundering waterfalls!
A few details that apply specifically to "doors-off" flights:
-- Only a cell phone camera may be used in flight and lanyard devices will be provided to attach the phones to you at all times. No other cameras, GoPros, or iPads are permitted. No hats, bags, or any loose items permitted.
-- You must wear closed-toed shoes that attach securely to your foot. No flip-flops or sandals allowed. Each person will be given a jacket you will be required to wear during the flight.
-- Minimum age for doors-off passengers is 10 years of age. An adult must accompany all passengers 18 and under.
Doors OFF Adventure 45-50 Min Rate (AKH1)
$300.00 per Passenger (Hawaii sales tax included)
55-60 Minute EPIC Flight - Doors On
Take to the skies and explore more in depth the inaccessible areas of Kauai. A bird's-eye view of the rainforest and Mount Waialeale considered one the wettest places on Earth, the Waimea Canyon, Hanapepe Valley and famous Na Pali Coast ridges and cliffs. This longer flight will take you farther into those requested areas to experience the best Kauai has to offer! With the doors on and no concerns about dropping / losing gear you are permitt4d to bring and use camera gear and you have the added comfort of flying in a climate-controlled helicopter.
55-60 Min EPIC Flight Rate (AKH2)
$320.00 per Passenger (Hawaii sales tax included)
45-50 Minute AMAZING Flight - Doors On
Explore the rainforest, Manawaiopuna Falls, Waimea Canyon and the famous Na Pali Coast rugged coastline and cliffs. This shorter flight still covers the requested sights of Kauai from above while remaining budget-friendly. Same basic itinerary as the other flights, but with a little less "hover time" at various sights.
45-50 Min AMAZING Flight Rate (AKH3)
$255.00 per Passenger (Hawaii sales tax included)
Directions: At Air Kauai's location at the Lihue Airport General Aviation / Heliport area.
GPS Address: 3711 Ahukini Rd, Lihue, HI Click to view map
Schedule: Flights available 7 days a week
Reservations: A credit card is required to confirm all reservations but the tour is charged 5 days before you arrive in Hawaii. For those planning ahead, this event is "reserve now pay later."
Minimum Notice for Cancellations / Changes: Cancellations or changes must be made at least 48 hours before the start of the event (7 full days in advance for parties of 12 or more).
Weather and Routes: Exact flight route and sights may vary based upon weather conditions. Weather cancellations are rare, but If the pilot feels a quality tour cannot be conducted due to weather conditions, you will be contacted to reschedule for another day. If you can't reschedule, your tour will be refunded in full. All weather-related cancellation decisions are based upon the pilot's discretion.
Equipment: Eurocopter AS350 AStar
Capacity: 6 passengers per flight
Weight Restrictions: For DOORS ON FLIGHTS Passengers weighing over 240 pounds or couples whose combined weight exceeds 420 pounds must purchase an extra seat. For DOORS OFF FLIGHTS Passengers weighing over 230 pounds or couples whose combined weight exceeds 400 pounds must purchase an extra seat.
Kevin's Activity Tips:
It never ceases to amaze me that people spend thousands of dollars to come to Hawaii, but think it is too expensive to spend another $300 to REALLY see the islands from a helicopter. There is so much beauty that you cannot see any other way. Do yourself a favor and SPLURGE! You will thank me. I have flown with many helicopter companies and done flights over all the islands of Hawaii (except Niihau and Oahu). I don't think anyone who works in this industry would question the fact that Kauai is the most beautiful of the Hawaiian islands to fly over ... and is probably the most beautiful island in the world.
We are thrilled to offer Air Kauai helicopter tours once again ... they are the sister company to Air Maui, our favorite helicopter tour company on that island. The short story is that Air Maui recently expanded their operation and is now offering flights on Kauai as well ...but there is a much LONGER story here.
Air Maui actually started as Air Kauai back in 1989 and operated scenic flights for several years until Hurricane Iniki devastated the island of Kauai in 1992. With the Kauai's prospects for tourism severely limited by the storm's damage to resort areas, Air Kauai moved their operation to the island of Maui and became Air Maui. After the island recovered, one of the Air Maui partners went back to Kauai and reopened Air Kauai again in 1998. Air Kauai was sold to a mainland investor around 2007 and ceased operations during the Great Recession in 2009. Air Maui has obtained legal rights to the name once again, and has resumed Air Kauai flights.
The important thing to take away from this history lesson is this ... between the two locations Air Maui and Air Kauai have operated for over 40 years of scenic helicopter tours in Hawaii with the absolute best safety record in the industry. They have flown accident and injury free EVERY flight in their storied history. At each day's end, an entirely new crew takes charge of the aircraft. Their FAA-certified and factory-trained mechanics inspect and maintain the helicopters to ensure that every component, every system, meets the highest standards of safety and quality. Their standards are simple: "If it's not perfect, it doesn't fly."
Best time of day to fly? I think mid-morning provides the best lighting and least cloud cover. Kauai gets LOTS of rain ... the summit of Mt. Waiale'ale is the WETTEST place on the face of the earth. That's why this island is so beautifully carved and has so many waterfalls. Days that there are NO clouds are very rare. Typically the helicopters are able to fly back into the valleys while remaining safely below the cloud layer.
Wear dark shirts when you fly in a helicopter. It cuts down on glare on the windows and improves the quality of pictures that you might take. Even on doors-off flights this applies because they obviously can't remove the windshield ... haha.
50 Minute flight vs 60 Minute flight? Well I think this is obvious ... longer is better. It doesn't sound like much, but 10 extra minutes in the air is a BIG difference in your tour experience. It's the difference between flying BY a beautiful waterfall and STOPPING to look at a beautiful waterfall. The shorter flight is good for those who are on a budget, but I'd advise you to splurge.
A word about body weights ... almost all helicopter companies in Hawaii have a 240 -250 pound weight limit per seat. For larger passengers who exceed the weight limit it is necessary for the helicopter companies to leave a seat vacant so that there is adequate room for the larger passenger (and adjacent passengers). Some companies charge 50% extra for this "comfort seat" and others charge a full rate for the extra seat (which doubles the cost of the fare for a passenger over 240 pounds). Air Kauai charges 100% of the normal rate for this extra seat. They also charge extra in cases where the combined weight of 2 passengers exceeds 420 pounds.
What about kids? The cost of a seat is the same whether the passenger is an adult or a child. There is no minimum age for "Doors On" flights and the minimum age for "Doors Off" is 10.
A final word about "Doors-on" vs. "Doors Off" ... flying with no doors is exfiltrating but it isn't for everyone. If you have a fear of heights or are uncomfortable at all with the concept of flying, you will feel more secure with the doors on. Doors On is also climate controlled ... it is WINDY in a doors off helicopter and gets cool (cold) at higher altitudes. With doors on you will feel like you are riding in a Cadillac ... with doors off you will feel like you are riding in a Corvette Convertible. Doors On you can use any camera device you like (except for iPads ... they are too big and block the views for others). Doors Off you are only permitted to use a cell phone and they give you a lanyard to attach it to you so that it doesn't fly away. Honestly though ... photography should not be your goal on a helicopter tour. It will distract from the experience ... sit back and enjoy the flight and the amazing experience!