After searching for months for the BEST helicopter experience in Kauai, We're so glad that we've found Mauna Loa! They have 'private tours', not just rides---1 sits beside the pilot in the front and 2 sit side-by-side in the back and everybody gets a window seat---minimum # of passengers is 2 and they won't stick a stranger in the heli with you, thus the 'private tour'! Talking abt. indulgence when their prices per person are in line with the other companies that might stuff up to 6 passengers in one heli! In our case, with my husband sitting in the front, our son, the amateur photog sitting in the back with the doors-off, was able to take amazing pics both left and right! How could you beat that?!!
Just like everyone, safety is our main concern and Manua Loa, as well as being a well-known heli school on 3 Hawaiian Islands, adheres to the highest standard! While our family was only at Kauai for 2 days and they bent over backward to accommodate us, not a moment did they compromised safety and they would only fly when they are 100% sure that the weather would allow it. Therefore, it's best to reserve the flight for your first day on the island and book your other activities after the flight. With countless boat operators, we were able to book a sunset cruise to Na Pali on a spur of moment, no problemo!
Oh yes, the views---they are out of this world! My daughter and I, our mouths agape, almost forgot to take videos and pics! Even though I'm not fond of heights, at no time did I feel nervous during the flight with the doors-off---that's how skillful and steady the Mauna Loa pilots are! Our pilot even spotted a wild pig and he circled around it to give us a closer look!
Another thing—impeccable service! I’ve call them, email them countless times before I made my decision to fly with them and even after I booked, I asked them umpteenth questions, right up to our flights. They were prompt with answers and very courteous and professional at all time. We even took their advice on what else to do on Kauai and had a grand ol’ time during our short stay there!
All in all, our flawless heli 'private tours' is the main reason why Kauai is our all-time fav Hawaiian island! Wish I could go back right now and ride that heli once more! :)
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