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Na Pali and Ni'ihau The Forbidden Island Kauai Snorkel Cruise
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Niihau and Na Pali Coast Kauai Snorkel Cruise with Optional Scuba

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Great island

Ni'ihau is an incredible place and we were excited to visit such a remote, hidden gem. We live on the Big Island of Hawaii and when we first tried to book the trip from Kauai... read more

Reviewed 4 March 2016
Erik W
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 4 March 2016 via mobile

Ni'ihau is an incredible place and we were excited to visit such a remote, hidden gem. We live on the Big Island of Hawaii and when we first tried to book the trip from Kauai, we were told the Navy had already reserved the helicopter for 3 weeks. Having already booked our hotel etc we were disappointed but understood. Even... More 

6 Thank Erik W
Apple Valley, Minnesota
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2015

This was our first time visiting Kauai and the trip to Niihau was something I really wanted to do. We got lucky, timing worked out and the other visitors sharing our ride were great. Dana was an awesome pilot and Shandra is so kind. Thank you for sharing your amazing island with my husband and I. I hope to come... More 

1 Thank Travelalways473
Regina, Canada
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23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 August 2015

We tried for two years on two different vacations to line up a trip to Niihau, but it just never worked out. Well I guess the third times a charm as we did get to go there, and had the best time ever. A brief review simply does not do this trip justice. We did the 1/2 day trip and... More 

5 Thank Uncoiler
Westwood, New Jersey
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68 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 August 2015

We have been coming to Kauai for several years now and have always been fascinated with the Forbidden Isle. While we have been enamored with Iz and know of his connection to Niihau, we always thought it impossible. We reread one of our favorite Kauai guide books and we talked to our favorite concierge in Maui and we wanted to... More 

2 Thank Ernie W
Scottsdale, Arizona
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56 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 July 2015

Four months prior to departure to Kaua'i I emailed Niihau Helicopters with an interest in a 1/2 adventure. Shandra emailed me back and a few days prior to departure had coordinated with 2 other couples to meet the minimum requirements for a flight. Shandra was very helpful, friendly, and made the preflight fun and educational. She explained the unique components... More 

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Hanalei, Hawaii
1 review
Reviewed 23 July 2015

A once in a lifetime opportunity only comes, well, once so we went for it. After a rough trip over, a little nap was just what the doctor ordered. There was a lean-to there we huddled under out of the wind and sun.We loved it!

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Princeville, Hawaii
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25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 July 2015

There aren't enough superlatives to describe this trip - a vintage helicopter trip to the island of Niihau. If you are interested in a truly unique and authentic local experience, take this trip. We spent 4 hours on the island exploring and playing. 5 passengers and our friendly pilot were the only people on the beach. You can swim, snorkel,... More 

1 Thank Karen B
Los Altos, California
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37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 May 2015

A visit to the island of Niihau is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience and Niihau Helicopter is the only way to get there. The ride was thrilling and the views were sublime. Wild pigs and sheep, mating sharks, a mother whale with a calf and two hours on a deserted beach – an amazing experience. Niihau helicopter is a low volume... More 

1 Thank wildwriters
Middletown, New Jersey
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31 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2015

The only way to Ni 'ihau island is to be invited by someone who lives there OR to take the 1/2 day helicopter tour. Not your ordinary tourist attraction and a trip of a lifetime. You won't find it listed in any tour book but contact Hiihau Helicopter. Advanced reservations required

1 Thank RegMack
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2015

Never once did they return my emails. It seems like this tour is a chore for them and they are not the least bit interested in any sort of customer service. Booked a tour with wings over kauai instead. They were wonderful to deal with and answered all my questions in a timely manner. I can already tell that their... More 

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