My husband and I will be coming to Kauai for the first time in mid-August. Although it's a lot more than I would normally want to spend, I love to take pictures and want to splurge and do both a helicopter tour and boat tour since this is probably my only trip to Hawaii. I'd appreciate your helping me narrow down the choices.
My wish list for a boat tour is:
-one small enough to go into some of the sea caves since I'm assuming this is really a neat thing to see (do any of the sunset cruises do this?)
-one that visits the most scenic parts of the Napali Coast (are there some leaving from the South Shore that do this including sunset cruises?)
-one that has a bathroom on board (that's actually useable)
-one that isn't too hard on your back while it travels over the waves
-one that isn't too crowded and allows you to move from one side of the boat to the other for the best pictures
-a bonus would be one that offers some kind of discount for booking online, in a coupon book or for 2 or more people
I will have already gone snorkeling twice on Oahu and once or twice on Kauai so a snorkeling trip isn't mandatory. Of those of you who have gone on both a morning/snorkeling and evening sunset cruise, do you have a preference?
My wish list for a helicopter tour is:
-one that flies with the doors off (nice but not mandatory because these seem extremely expensive--I'd consider windows as long as there's really good visibility and they keep their windows clean)
-one that will cancel if the weather is lousy rather than make a quick buck and fly regardless of the weather
-one with a good safety record
-one where the pilot is willing to take a little extra time and turn the helicopter to let passengers sitting on both sides see things
**one who will actually honor my window seating request and where I'm not going to be stuck in the middle of the back seat or even in the middle of the front seat if I can't get a clear view for pictures. I'm only 5'3" and would be really upset if this happened, especially with all the money I paid.
-one that offers some kind of discount if booked on-line, etc.
Thanks for your help!