Kauai helicopter tour companies, costs & reviews

Today, we’re starting a new series of posts with lists of the major helicopter providers on each Hawaiian island. First up is Kauai!

A view of the Na Pali Coast by helicopter.

Of all the Hawaiian Islands, Kauai is definitely our favorite for a helicopter tour. Tours of Kauai include remote waterfalls, the colorful Waimea Canyon and the majestic Na Pali Coast and more. Getting the aerial view of these amazing sights is arguably a must-do Kauai experience — if your budget allows, of course.

To help you choose a tour that suits you best, we’re listing the helicopter tour companies, a links to TripAdvisor reviews and current pricing.

Safari Helicopters
Website: Safari Helicopters
TripAdvisor reviewslink (Note even though this review thread is supposed to be dedicated to Kauai, it appears that some reviews appear to be related to their Big Island tours.)
Current pricing: starts at $199 for 60-minute tour.
Notables: We took their Kauai refuge eco-tour, which we really enjoyed. After the tour, we had an opportunity to meet the owner and learn more about their practices. As a former engineer, I was impressed with their maintenance and safety practices.

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters
Website: Blue Hawaiian
TripAdvisor reviews: link
Current pricing: starts at $249 for a 50 to 55-minute tour.
Notables: We have taken a tour with Blue Hawaiian in Kauai and have friends who have toured with them — all with good experiences. Here’s a guest review of Blue Hawaiian Kauai helicopter tour.

Sunshine Helicopters
Website: Sunshine Helicopters
TripAdvisor reviews: link
Current pricing: starts at $194 for 50 to 55-minute tour.
Notables: Sunshine offers “first class” seating upgrades for guaranteed front row seating beside of the pilot. Formerly known as Will Squyres Helicopter Tours.

Island Helicopters
Website: Island Helicopters
TripAdvisor reviews: link
Current pricing: starts at $180 for 50 to 55-minute tour.
Notables: Island offers a longer helicopter tour that lands at the base of Manawaiopuna Falls, which was made famous in the movie Jurassic Park.

Most Kauai helicopter tours include an aerial view of Manawaiopuna “Jurassic” Falls, but only one tour company lands at the waterfall for a closer look.

Mauna Loa Helicopter Tours
Website: Mauna Loa Helicopters
TripAdvisor reviews: link
Current pricing: starts at $325
Notables: Mauna Loa tours are private tours for parties of two to three passengers. They offer tours with both doors on or doors off. Doors off tours provide the best views for photography purposes.

Jack Harter Helicopters
Website: Jack Harter Helicopters
TripAdvisor reviews: link
Current pricing: starts at $259 for 60 to 65-minute tour.
Notables: Jack Harter offers both doors on and doors off options. Doors off tours provide the best views for photography purposes. They also offer longer 90 to 95-minute tours that allow longer exploration.

Maverick Helicopters
Website: Maverick Helicopters
TripAdvisor reviews: link
Current pricing: starts at $149 for 25 minutes.
Notables: Maverick Helicopters established their helicopter tours for Kauai in the summer of 2018.

Notes:

  • All pricing was accurate as of July 2018. The starting costs that we’ve listed should provide a general comparison of pricing between companies. Pricing is always subject to change, so check directly with the providers for their current pricing.
  • Ni’ihau Helicopters offers tours of Ni’ihau Island from Kauai.
  • For more tips, see our advice on choosing a Hawaii helicopter tour.

Have you taken a Kauai helicopter tour? Which tour company did you use? Did you enjoy the experience?


About Sheila Beal

Sheila Beal is the founder and editor of Go Visit Hawaii. You can connect with Sheila Beal on Twitter, Go Visit Hawaii on Facebook, or Sheila Beal on Google+.

2 comments

  1. Great pictures and recommendation for my trip to Kauai. Are helicopter tours or small chesna aircraft better for tour?
    Many Thanks
    Tako

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