Top Ten Views from a Hawaii Helicopter Tour

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Big Island
Hawaii contains many spectacular sights that are best seen from a helicopter tour. One of the most astounding views from the air is Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The primitive volcanic landscapes include huge craters, active lava flows and lava lakes, glowing skylights and lava flowing into the ocean creating clouds of steam and gas.

Lava activity is usually unpredictable, yet Kilauea Volcano has been erupting consistently since 1983 and most of the active lava areas can only be seen by helicopter. Helicopter tours on the Big Island also fly over lush and tropical rainforests, huge waterfalls and the impressive Hilo Bay bordering Hilo town.

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On Kauai perhaps the most spectacular sight from the air is the summit crater of Mt. Waialeale, the wettest place on Earth receiving more than 400 inches of rain each year. Kauai helicopter tours also take in the massive gorge of Waimea Canyon which Mark Twain called the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific.”

Both Waimea Canyon and Waialeale are geological wonders that can be truly appreciated from the birds-eye view provided by a helicopter tour. The nearby Manawaiopuna Waterfall was made famous in the movie Jurassic Park and is also remote Kauai attraction seen best from the air.

Another amazing view from Kauai skies is the world famous Na Pali Coastline. This fifteen mile stretch of seacoast along the island’s western shore is lined with huge seacliffs and deep ancient valleys. Steep mountains rise up into monumental peaks and pinnacles that are lined with waterfalls.

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Helicopters flying over the Na Pali typically proceed on toward the island’s north shore where the pristine white-sand beaches include crescent-shaped Hanalei Bay, and then back to Kauai’s east side to see the thundering Wailua Falls made famous in the opening credits of the television series Fantasy Island.

The seacliffs of Molokai are also an amazing sight that few get to see except those on helicopter tours. Most Molokai air tours leave from Maui and proceed to the northeast shore of Molokai where the seacliffs rise steeply to more than 2,000 feet above the waves.

Molokai helicopter tours also fly above the astounding 1,750-foot Kahiwa Falls, Hawaii’s tallest waterfall, as well as the historic Kalaupapa Peninsula where St. Damien ministered to the sick.

Another spectacular sight from the air is Haleakala Crater at 10,000 feet above sea level on Maui’s massive Haleakala Volcano. The Mars-like landscape at the summit gives way to old-growth koa forests and dense rainforest as air tours proceed east to the tip of the island at Oheo Gulch, often called Seven Sacred Pools, where a series of waterfalls tumble down the mountain.

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These are just some of the spectacular views enjoyed from a helicopter tour in Hawaiian skies. With state-of-the-art aircraft, full-view windows, air conditioning and other comforts a Hawaii helicopter tour is a great way to see some of the most stunning views in the Hawaiian Islands.