Kauai's Napali coast-A birds-eye view
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:
800-688-0580 toll free
888-822-5935 toll free
ISLAND (Frommer’s #1)
NI’ IHAU HELICOPTORS