10 Best helicopter tours to experience the hidden valley, falls and peaks of Kaua`i

Kaua`i is a gorgeous island with a lush interior (in fact, it's the wettest place in the world), gorgeous tall waterfalls, secluded beaches, and vast valleys reaching from the ocean deep into the center of the island. One of the absolute best ways to see the Garden Island is from a bird's eye views, and here at 10 Best, we're providing a list of the top ten helicopter tours on the island to save you the trouble of deciding, but allowing you the opportunity for a memorable experience.

If you're looking for a truly memorable and one of a kind experience, hop aboard a flight with Ni`ihau Helicopters and explore a Forbidden Island in solitude. Here you will stroll along nearly untouched beaches, find shells, and eat lunch after a half hour aerial tour. This is a rare sight into the last undeveloped island in Hawaii, and gives a glimpse into the past.

Movie buffs and waterfall lovers will surely get lucky with Safari Helicopters or Jack Harter Helicopters. Here you will view and/or land at the huge and romantic waterfall used in the blockbuster Jurassic Park. On one of these you can touch down and view rare and recovering native plant species.

So whatever sort of aerial adventure you are looking for, 10 Best has you covered for the best helicopter rides on the island of Kaua`i. Look to us for the most reliable and exciting air experiences.

Heli USA
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The nationwide helicopter tour company, Heli USA, offers a bird's eye view of Kauai. Although they depart from Lihue, they offer an amazing tour of the Na Pali Coast which provides a unique view of the cliffs, secluded beaches, and lush valleys....  Read More

Ni`ihau Helicopters
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Fly to Hawaii's Forbidden Island of Ni`ihau, owned by the Robison family, the same owners of the helicopter company. Hop on the chopper mid-morning and then across the west side channel to the desolate island. It's been dubbed forbidden because...  Read More

Island helicopters is located across from the Lihu`e Airport helipads and flies over the highly desired Manawaiopuna Falls, otherwise known as Jurassic Falls. The Jurassic Falls Tour last about 75 to 85 minutes and covers views of Waimea Canyon,...  Read More

Owned by the owners of the "Forbidden Island" of Ni`ihau, Safari Helicopters offers two tours. The Deluxe Waterfall Safari offers just that - a 60 minute trip to Wai`ale`ale Crater, Waimea Canyon, and the Na Pali Coast. Regular price is $245 for...  Read More

Island helicopters is located across from the Lihu`e Airport helipads and flies over the highly desired Manawaiopuna Falls, otherwise known as Jurassic Falls, a huge waterfall used as a filming location in the film. The Kaua`i Grand Circle Tour...  Read More

Sunshine Helicopters offers the "Ultimate Kaua`i Adventure," which leaves out of Lihue before 8:30 a.m. The tour flies over Waimea Canyon on the west side, allowing views into the deep valleys, its waterfalls, rivers and trails. It also flies...  Read More

Owned by the owners of the "Forbidden Island" Ni`ihau, and the offer two tours. The Kaua`i Refuge Eco Tour is representative of the owner, Keith Robinson, and his love for preserving and protecting Hawaii. The tour offers a 90-minute trip over...  Read More

Located near the Lihue airport, Jack Harter Helicopters offers a 60 to 65 minute tour that hits all of Kaua`i's major scenic areas in their AStar and Hughes 500 Helicopters. The major scenic areas includes the beaches, valleys and waterfalls of...  Read More

Near the airport is the tried and true Jack Harter Helicopters. Of their two rides one is longer than the other and is a lengthier tour of 90-95 minutes and flies at a slower speed than most, enabling it to explore Kaua`i deeper into its...  Read More

Blue Hawaii Helicopters offers a tour called the Kaua`i ECO Adventure. The company's new American Eurocopter ECO-Star offers more interior room to take you over the Hanapepe Valley on the west side, then on to Manawaiopuna Falls, otherwise known...  Read More


Meet Jade Eckardt

Raised on the Big Island of Hawaii, Jade has traveled the world and doesn't intend to stop, yet the Hawaiian Islands are still her favorite place. She spent seven years living on Oahu and...  More About Jade