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Kauai's Napali coast-A birds-eye view

Updated on February 18, 2013

KAUA’I NA PALI COAST: A BIRD’S EYE VIEW OF A SECLUDED TROPICAL WONDERLAND

Rugged emerald green mountains formed by volcanic eruptions with crevices carved from centuries of rainfall, plummet abruptly 4,000 feet into isolated ocean shorelines that are only accessible by water or air. White cotton-like clouds scatter the peaks of this isolated wilderness. Overhead, the shining sun in a bright blue sky combines with the nearly continual mist to create a mirage of rainbows. 476 inches of annual rainfall dictates how many waterfalls sprout on any given day.

The best way to experience this timeless majestic beauty in all its grandeur is as a bird in flight. “Flightseeing” tours imitate this stunning and surreal experience.

Take a deluxe Helicopter tour complete with a certified tour guide providing commentary throughout the flight on Bose noise-canceling headphones enhanced by background music. Various flights vary between 30-90 minutes and start at around $100 per person. Extended tours typically also include an intimate cruise over the famed Waimea Canyon, the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific”; a rocky cactus covered gorge located on the arid leeward eastside of Kauai and is a stark contrast to the wet rainforest. Half-day tours with a picnic are also available to the “Forbidden Island” of Ni’ ihau, a private island owned and inhabited by ancestral Hawaiians know for its isolation and unique shell jewelry.

For the more adventurous, flight worthy options are either an open cockpit Biplane or Cessna tour for 2 to 4 persons. Flight times vary and start at $89.00 per person.

Tours are conducted daily but are subject to weather conditions. They depart from ether Lihue commuter airport located southeast of the island or from Princeville on the north shore. Both individual and wholesale tour operators offer discounted rates for pre-booking, groups, and multiple activities.

RECCOMENDED TOUR CONTACTS:

ACTIVITY WAREHOUSE

800-688-0580 toll free

822-4000 local

www.travelhawaii.com

CHEAPTOURS HAWAII

888-822-5935 toll free

808-246-0009

www.cheaptourshawaii.com

BLUE HAWAIIAN

808-245-5800

www.bluehawaiian.com

ISLAND (Frommer’s #1)

800-829-5999

www.islandhelicopters.com

AIR KAUAI

808-246-4666

www.airkauai.com

NI’ IHAU HELICOPTORS

808-335-3500

www.niihau.us

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