Helicopter Ride


Much of the Kauai Island is not accessible by car, which makes a helicopter of the island almost a must. The helicopter takes you to the ruggedly beautiful Na Pali cost, the awe-inspiring Waimea Canyon, the magical Wai'ale'ale crater (the wettest spot on earth), and all the beautiful beaches and reefs around the islands.

We got on the helicopter at the Port Allen airport, a small airfield by the ocean. The helicopter can hold 4 passengers. Seats were assigned based on optimum weight distribution. Alex, the pilot, was a 200lb man so the heaviest of the four of us got the best seat next to him. Wayne got a window seat in the back and me, being the smallest one, got the middle seat in the back. Anyway, the flight was 45 minutes. Even from the worst seat on the plane, the view was spectacular. The mountains along the Na Pali coast were nearly two-dimensional. The whole island was so green and so lush that it was unimaginable. I have never seen so many water falls in my life. The most amazing one was the Manawaiopuna Falls. You might have seen it in the movie Jurassic Park.

Helicopter ride is fun. I would do it again. Next time I will spend more money to get on a better helicopter. Some companies use resue helicopters. They have huge windows and don't have middle seat. I would also take less pictures and simply enjoy the ride. The pictures didn't turn out so good anyway. There are just so much more that a human eye can see than the camera.

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