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Posted on Dec 17, 2013 | 17 comments

Blue Hawaiian: See Kauai by Helicopter

Blue Hawaiian: See Kauai by Helicopter

Ever since living on the Hawaiian Islands, I have always wanted to go on a helicopter tour of one of the islands. Once learning about all of the waterfalls on Kauai that can only be seen by air, Kauai quickly became the top of my list for which Hawaiian Island would be best to take a helicopter tour of. While visiting Kauai, Blue Hawaiian was gracious enough to host us on a helicopter tour over the Garden Isle.

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Excited for my first helicopter ride!

The Blue Hawaiian Difference

Deciding which company to take a tour with is never easy. Once we did our research and discovered that Blue Hawaiian provides a first-class ECO Adventure not only on Kauai, but all four of the major Hawaiian islands in their spacious American Eurocopter ECO-Star, we knew this company would be ideal for a helicopter tour of Kauai.

As soon as we checked-in, we could see that Blue Hawaiian knew what they were doing when it came to helicopter tours of Hawaii. Everything was streamlined to move smoothly and to get everyone into the air quickly. Seated inside our Blue Hawaiian helicopter with plenty of seat room and expansive windows, we already knew we had picked the right company to see Kauai by air that day. After being hooked up to two-way communication that made it easy to communicate with our pilot through the tour, we were off to the sound of the Hawaii Five-O theme song.

Sit back, press play, and enjoy the Blue Hawaiian tour with us!

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Taking off on an amazing air tour with Blue Hawaiian.

It’s hard to put into words everything that took place on our helicopter tour over Kauai. We visited Hanapepe Valley, Manawaiapuna, Olokele Canyon, Waimea Canyon- the famed “Grand Canyon of the Pacific”, Na Pali Coast, Bali Hai, Hanalei Bay, and Mt Waialeale by air. There was so much to see, take in, and experience. Hopefully, our pictures will be able to tell the story in a way our words cannot express. Your best bet is going on your own helicopter tour with Blue Hawaiian to really experience it.

Kauai Waterfalls by Air

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In the early morning, the sun catches Wailua Falls just right to create a rainbow.

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Manawaiapuna commonly referred to as “Jurassic Park Falls”.

The amount of waterfalls we saw the day of our tour was unbelievable. It was rare to see so many at that time of the year. Due to big rains the night before, we saw many waterfalls that only happen when it’s raining during the winter.

Na Pali Coast

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The Mark of Pele

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Waimea Canyon

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Hanalei Mountain Range

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Waialeale Weeping Wall

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The grand finale of Blue Hawaiian’s helicopter tour and my favorite part was being right in front of the Waialeale Weeping Wall. It was more spectacular and beautiful than I could have ever imagined. Just thinking back on it, gives me goosebumps all over again. The photos don’t do the Weeping Wall justice in any way.

Hawaiian Trivia

Before you get in the air with Blue Hawaiian, be sure to brush up on your Hawaiian trivia. Our pilot asked us all kinds of trivia on Hawaii while we were in the air. Can you believe I was the only one who knew any of the answers? Every single one.

Book a Tour with Blue Hawaiian

Without much effort you can book your own helicopter tour of one of the Hawaiian Islands with Blue Hawaiian through their user-friendly website. You select date, tour, and which island you would like to see by helicopter and one of their knowledgeable customer service team members will email you with your confirmation within 24 hours. Not up with technology or would rather talk to someone to make your reservation? No problem; you can give them a call instead.

What a sight it is to see Kauai by air! With much of what Kauai has to offer being inaccessible by car, a helicopter tour with Blue Hawaiian is the perfect way to fully experience Kauai’s many hidden natural wonders.

Have you ever gone on a helicopter tour?

All photography by Kimmy Hayes © 2013.

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About Kimmy Hayes

Kimmy Hayes is the founder and editor-in-chief of AfterGlobe; a site on becoming debt free and traveling the world as a married couple. In 2012, she planned and coordinated her own do-it-yourself destination wedding on the beautiful island of Maui while serving as a moderator for the on-line community, The Knot. She is passionate about traveling to experience new cultures, snorkeling the waters of the world and reading with her toes in the sand.


  1. Wow! Just stupendous photos! Hawaii is so beautiful.
    Frank (bbqboy)

  2. Wailua was amazing from the air, I had to seek it out and go down to the base. Met someone else down there and we exchanged pictures. It was a slippery slope with only a string marking the way.

    • We saw where you could go down, but it looked really dangerous. Glad you made it down and back up alright.
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  3. Man I miss Kauai so much! Couldn’t imagine a better way to see the “sweet-spots” of the island. Have you gotten the opportunity to hike on some of the trails around the Na Pali Coast & Waimea Canyon? They’re pretty awesome; especially the overnight trips. :-)
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    • We enjoy hiking Ron, but didn’t get a chance to do much on this trip to Kauai. Next trip we will definitely do one of the Na Pali Coast hikes!

  4. Great photos! Kauai is my favorite island to view via helicopter! I am proud of you for getting all of the trivia questions right!! :)
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  5. The sights are magnificent!

    Our first trip to Kauai was a budget trip, so we did not take a helicopter tour. We thought about it, and looked into it. I’m a chicken, so asked about safety, and was happy to hear there had been no crashes in over ten years. We still decided not to go because of the budget.

    The first time I opened Yahoo News when we got home and settled back to normal there was a helicopter crash in Kauai with some fatalities–four or five. Within the week there was another. Two within the week. I believe this was 2006. I don’t know the company, but it could happen to any.

    The second time we went, we did not take the helicopter tour.

    I hate to throw ice water on a party, and I realize that there are hundreds, perhaps thousands of safe flights for every crash, but I don’t think I’ll ever do one. For those willing to take the risk, I’m sure it will be a wonderful experience.
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  6. I totally did this same tour when I was in Kauai several years ago. It’s so splendid to see the aerial view of the mountains one can’t get to by car. Such a beautiful island.

    How often do you guys get to Hawaii? It sounds like a lot!
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    • Ha! Yeah, we tried to get there as much as possible. Right now, a couple times a year. Once we leave for our long term travels, we will be there for a few months.
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    • We had an opportunity to go on that helicopter ride, Jessica, but decided to go with Blue Hawaiian instead.
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