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Jack Harter Helicopters - Tours

#4 of 33 Tours in Lihue
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Address: 4231 Ahukini Rd, Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766-1262
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+1 808-245-3774
08:00 - 21:00
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Jack Harter is the Originator of Helicopter Tours on Kauai. Coming to Kauai...

Jack Harter is the Originator of Helicopter Tours on Kauai. Coming to Kauai in 1962, Jack began offering helicopter tours and charter flights with a focus on safety and quality. Jack's dedication to these important qualities is carried on by the company's hand-picked pilots and ground crew staff that are dedicated to continuing Jack's founding principles. The company offers scenic tours in two types of helicopters: Jack Harter Helicopters' luxurious 6-passenger Eurocopter AStar helicopter features huge floor-to-ceiling windows, BOSE noise-cancelling headsets, air-conditioning, and a cabin layout that has no physical obstructions to viewing the scenery outside. For the more adventurous, their 4-passenger Hughes 500s are flown with the doors removed. There is no luxury in the Hughes 500, but the doors-off flight is very cool! (Double meaning intended!) We ask you to be aware that there are WEIGHT LIMITATIONS for all helicopter tours. The 2 front passenger seats in BOTH helicopter types have more restrictive weight limits, so the SMALLEST PASSENGERS ON ANY GIVEN TOUR ARE USUALLY SEATED IN THE FRONT SEATS. Please look at the company's website to view the aircraft seating diagrams. The company's 60 and 90-minute tours feature Kauai's beautiful Na Pali Coast, the spectacular Waimea Canyon, numerous waterfall-filled valleys including the Hanalei Valley, and Mt. Waialeale, one of the wettest places on earth.

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Yes a Must Do -Breathtaking - like you've never seen before!

Just as everyone else has said - wonderful and a must do. Our pilot Brad put us at ease. We did doors on because I am afraid of heights, but half way through I was questioning... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Ludlow, Vermont
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Ludlow, Vermont
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Just as everyone else has said - wonderful and a must do. Our pilot Brad put us at ease. We did doors on because I am afraid of heights, but half way through I was questioning my decision. Our pilot Brad had over 20 years experience with flying helicopters and training others to do so. Plus his service in the... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We had our doors off helicopter tour booked months in advance. We checked in over 1 hour early and waited until we got the safety briefing, got loaded onto the minivan only to be told there was a mix up with the paper work and we weren't scheduled for the flight. 5 minutes later we were told that the weather... More 

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el dorado hills, ca
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Went on a flight with Jason. Excellent pilot, easy narration to listen to. Did not talk incessantly, let the scenery talk for itself. Amazing flight. Took over an hour. Only way to go is doors off, as you can look directly down at the ground. It feels as if you can touch it, even though it is 1000 feet away.... More 

Thank mary l
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We did this at the start of our trip so we could get an overview of the island. Go doors off, excellent views for everyone in board. Wrap up warm, it's rather breezy. Cliff our pilot was excellent. Great commentary about the island. We went far deeper into the canyon than expected, this was a big bonus. We got a... More 

Thank Kate W
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Super spendy, but worth it. We did the doors off flight, which was amazing. You really do see things from the helicopter that you wouldn't otherwise possibly see. The pilot was great and we didn't crash and die, which was a real plus.

Thank pazduha
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our experience with Jack Harter was incredible! We took a doors off tour and our pilot, Harry, was awesome! He was obviously a great pilot but he also did a great job of pointing out the highlights of the island as we flew around. He did a good job of turning the helicopter at the key features so that both... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a fabulous experience! We did doors on due to a bit of discomfort my wife and I both have with heights, plus we are both age 60 or over. Myles was our pilot and just did an outstanding job of flying and narrating the gazillions of sights! The best part was we lucked out in that there had... More 

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Jack-Harter-Heli, General Manager at Jack Harter Helicopters - Tours, responded to this review

Aloha and thank you for posting a review about your experience with our company. There are days that the waterfalls are impressive even to our pilots who see them often. It sounds like you experienced one of those days! Thanks for choosing Jack Harter Helicopters and our Doors-On AStar for your helicopter adventure on Kauai. Remember the old saying "no... More 

El Dorado Hills, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went with a 13 year old boy and 10 year old girl. At 47 I was a little scared about the open doors but my friend told me we had to do it and my kids are fearless so we went. The ride is very smooth. Our pilot Cliff was awesome. Our kids did great though we were all... More 

Thank Brad D
Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well run show don't get me wrong, but there is amazing terrain and all our pilot was concerned with was the monologue. Helicopters are wonderful, graceful birds I adore riding in.... This trip might as well been sitting in a chair watching vr for all the excitement it ( didn't) include. We were a 4 person doors off, with nobody... More 

Thank WCfoodie
Jack-Harter-Heli, Manager at Jack Harter Helicopters - Tours, responded to this review

Aloha Dani, This review is a tough one to determine how to respond. We appreciate your business and respect your feedback. After reading your review about our company, my main questions are, "what are your expectations and how did you get them?" We are not offering an amusement park thrill ride. We provide a safe air tour of our beautiful... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Took the doors off tour as a surprise treat for my husband's 50th and we were all blown away by what we experienced. None of us had ever been on a helicopter so we were a bit anxious about the doors off but once you're up in the air, the sights just overwhelm you, you forget about the doors. It... More 

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