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Lihue: 65-Minute Scenic Flight Tour Of Kauai

1. Lihue: 65-Minute Scenic Flight Tour Of Kauai

Climb aboard the new Australian-made G8 AirVan for a personalized 65-minute Grande Deluxe Air Tour of Kauai. Fly through the Waimea Canyon and then catch your breath as the majestic cathedral spires of the Na Pali are suddenly beneath you. Continue alongside the ridgeline behind the lovely Hanalei Bay and travel south to see the numerous waterfalls of Hanalei Valley as well as the crater below Kauai's Mt. Wai`ale`ale (weather permitting). In winter months whale watching may also be possible! The experienced pilot will tell you about the rich history and mythical lore of Kauai, and using the 2-way intercom you can ask questions. Only Wings Over Kauai features an expert agricultural narration by the owner and chief pilot, the research scientist Dr. Bruce Coulombe. For approximately 65-70 minutes, you’ll experience a safe and thrilling experience that’s the ultimate air tour of the Garden Island. What makes Wings Over Kauai unique is a dedication to customer satisfaction and attention to detail. The ultimate goal for every flight is to make sure every passenger has the best experience possible.

Kauai: Sightseeing Flight over Napali Coast & Waimea Canyon

2. Kauai: Sightseeing Flight over Napali Coast & Waimea Canyon

Soak in spectacular views of the lovely island of Kauai from the air on a sightseeing flight tour. Let your pilot fly you over places that are completely inaccessible by car and remain untouched by human hands. Experience the untouched beauty of this spectacular island from a unique perspective. Aboard your scenic flight tour, discover the best of Kauai on an incredible flying adventure. Fly over the Garden Isle's most scenic areas to truly get a sense of this majestic place. Soar over the cathedral-like spires of the Napali Coastline and high above Hanalei Bay's white crescent sand beach. Snap some pictures of the azure blue waters below, as well as the monumental red valley walls of Waimea Canyon.

Kauai: Full-Day Tour with Fern Grotto River Cruise

3. Kauai: Full-Day Tour with Fern Grotto River Cruise

Experience the beaches of East Shore, the striking geology of Fern Grotto and lush North Shore. This tour shows you the spectacular sights of Kauai. Follow your guide for a journey on land and water. Your day starts as your tour guide picks you up on Kauai's North or East Shore. The comfortable, air-conditioned touring van offers large viewing windows on all sides for you to admire the beaches, mountains, and waterfalls. Arrive at the Wailua River and step aboard a spacious open-air riverboat for a leisurely journey to the Fern Grotto. A short walk through the rainforest brings you to one of Kauai's geological wonders, where ferns grow upside down in a natural amphitheater of lava rock – the perfect location to be serenaded and entertained by Hawaiian musicians and hula dancers.  Continue your journey to other spectacular sites on the North and East Shores of our beautiful Garden Isle.

Kauai: Private Luxury Full Island Sightseeing Flight

4. Kauai: Private Luxury Full Island Sightseeing Flight

Get a bird’s eye view of all the most iconic sights of Kaui on this exclusive 1 hour and 10-minute flight from Lihue for up to 3 passengers. Fly over rugged landscapes, sandy beaches, cascading waterfalls, and lush valleys.  Meet your pilot and hop aboard a comfortable airplane. Feel the thrill of taking off. Listen as you pilot provides personalized narration about the geography, history, legends, and culture of this tropical paradise.  Glide over the sunny and secluded coastline, Kipu Kai, nicknamed the baby Napali Coast. Gaze out at sandy Poipu Beach, the Spouting Horn, Hawaii’s largest coffee plantation, and the lush Hanapepe Valley, where you can spy the Jurassic Falls. Gain an entirely new perspective on the Garden Island’s diverse landscape as you cruise over dramatic cliffs, pristine beaches, red lava fields, and cascading waterfalls from above.  Experience a rush of excitement as you make a big u-turn inside the Waimea Canyon. Marvel at the beauty of this multicolored expanse speckled with lush greenery and foliage.  Ride over the 21-mile long Napali Coast, consisting of ancient valleys, waterfalls, sweeping cliffs, and bright blue ocean waters. Admire view sof the Kilauea River with its mesmerizing waterfall as you continue up the lush Hanalei Valley.  See jagged 4,000-foot cliffs as you continue your sightseeing tour flying down the Wailua River to catch sights of Fern Grotto. Conclude your magical journey by passing by Coco Palms where Elvis made the romantic film “Blue Hawaii.”

Kauai: Na Pali Coast Sightseeing Boat Tour with Snacks

5. Kauai: Na Pali Coast Sightseeing Boat Tour with Snacks

Acquire a nice overview of Kauai and the Na Pali Coast with a comprehensive tour that will bring you to majestic natural formations, iconic ancient buildings, and a unique diving spot. Jump into pristine waters and discover the marine wildlife that populates the local reefs. Take in the views along the 17-mile Na Pali Coast from every angle. Hop on a small boat that provides the versatility of entering the many caves and waterfalls of this site. Travel along this secluded coastline and come across the imposing cathedral of Kalalau. Put on your snorkel gear to come face to face with Hawaiian sea turtles and a variety of colorful reef fish. Have a light snack, water, or a soft drink on board, and enjoy the possibility of spotting playful spinner dolphins.

Kauai: Self-Drive Sightseeing Road Trip

6. Kauai: Self-Drive Sightseeing Road Trip

Explore Kauai at your own pace with this narrated, self-guided driving tour. Visit some of the island's most popular and memorable attractions, including white sand beaches, waterfalls, and deep canyons. Take breathtaking hikes through the jungle while learning about the history and natural wonders of this beautiful island or go snorkeling and swimming at the local beaches. Make the most of your vacation time with the freedom to stop and go as you please. Drive around Kauai while listening to relaxing Hawaiian music, stories, and fun facts about the area. Your narrated audio guide will lead you safely where you want to go, so don't worry about getting lost or wondering where to go next.

Kauai: Customized Luxury Private Tour

7. Kauai: Customized Luxury Private Tour

Enjoy an exciting 6-hour tour with your own private driver as you explore Kauai by luxury vehicle. Choose either the lush north and east shores, or the majestic south and west sides of the island. In the northeast, you’ll see waterfalls, visit the Kilauea Lighthouse, and take in Hanalei Bay’s exquisite landscape and beaches. If you tour the southwest of Kauai, you’ll see Waimea Canyon, Spouting Horn, the Kauai Coffee Plantation, Poipu beaches, and historic Koloa Town. Leave the driving to your chauffeur as you focus on admiring the island’s exquisite beaches and lush landscapes, which are unlike anything else in the world.

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What people are saying about Hanalei

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 308 reviews

Our trip with our Pilot Justin was truly an eyesight party. The views are spectacular and his stories of each area completed the tour like cherry on a cake. Will highly recommend. Also noticed that they fly higher than the helicopter rides, so depending what you want. I enjoyed this most.

Scott was knowledge and great guide, was on time for pick up and drop off. Great way to introduce you to Kauai if you don’t have a lot of time or a car, well worth it!

Marcos was our pilot and we had a excellent experience with our first time on island Will definitely recommend and also do it again ourselves

Everyone at Wing Over Kaua'i went over and above to accommodate truly wonderful experience

It was amazing! Organization and flight! I really advice this experience !