we'd like to do one or the other while we're on Kauai for a week Feb 22- Mar 1...ideas?...opinions?...recommendations?...thanks, ana
I prefer the helicopter. You get to see much more than on a boat.
I really enjoyed both but personally give the edge to being on the water. The helicopter spends a good amount of time over other parts of the island so your time on the Napali Coast goes pretty fast.
I really liked the perspective of having the cliffs towering over me and it made for better pictures. I was able to get the close blue/green waters in the foreground with blue sky and white clouds in the background. Take a quick look at the Google images for 'Napali Coast' and you'll see what I mean.
Having done it by Heli and boat, IMO by boat was much more scenic. Took a zodiac tour out of Port Allen, the name escapes me, but we went into a sea cave and had lunch on a remote beach.
Capt Andys was the nameEdited: 30 October 2012, 23:04
Yep, if your goal is to see the Napali Coast, and the dolphins jumping , and get some killer photos, and have a grand and fun 5 hr ocean cruise, the boats are probably the best bet.
If you want a circle island tour, then as pam said, you cover much more ground and see much more of the island....about 1 hr.
Just your own personal choice.
We did both, when we first visited, and now have 13 Napali Boat Trips, and three helo tours, three fixed wing circle island tours, etc......
I recommend doing both. Same place, but different perspective. We used Capt. Andy's also on the raft and it was great. Rough at times, but great. That comes with the territory however and it wasn't bad enough to warrant not recommending it or doing it again.
Seems to me the last week of February could be a rough time to be on the water and have a potentially limited view. Others with winter experience may disagree.
We did both and they were both great. If I could only do one, I'd do the boat tour (if water conditions permit). The view is outstanding from a helicopter, but you are only over the Napali Coast for a very short time. However you do see lots of other incredible scenery too such as Waimea Canyon.
With a boat tour, the morning ones tend to be about 5 hours and if conditions are good, you see absolutely stunning scenery for quite a long time. As a previous poster said, when you're in the sun and the dolphins are swimming with the boat, etc. it is incredible.
Both!, for reasons stated above but if I could only choose one, yikes this is hard...boat if the seas are cooperating. If they are not, then definitely a doors off helicopter ride.
Where do you take this tour? We will be there for one day during our cruise stop on Nov 26
My opinion....... the better experiences are those that engage all of the senses and the boat cruises of the Napali does just that.
Seeing the towering cliffs looming right before you isn't all you get. You get the sounds of the ocean and the wind, the smells of th eocean and the feel of the moist salty air and possible sprinkles on you.
Compare this to the quick flyover of the Napali with the sound of the rotor blades and possible fuel smells.
If you can handle doing both of them that might be a good plan. With the helicopter tour you'll circle the entire island.
Also, I've taken Napali tours in the winter months and never had a problem or a cancellation. The morning tour will give calmer waters.Edited: 02 November 2012, 03:30