My partner and I were looking forward to our helicopter ride (a first for me) and this trip via Island Helicopters more than lived up to expectation.
We chose the Landing Tour, there was a (significantly cheaper) Island tour only (which was also included with the Landing tour) but as fans of the movie we decided to land at the falls...and boy was it worth it! Our pilot Jody (Joseph) was very experienced, but had us glancing nervously at each other when he told us (after landing) that this was a brand new helicopter and it was the first time he'd flown it - and was a bit unsure if he could get it off the ground!
Anyway the falls were magnificent, on our approach The Jurassic Park theme music was piped through our headphones to everyone's delight and we rounded a cliff and there they were in all their glory - an emotional moment, I almost expected to see John Hammond waving us down!
The landing was smooth (as was take off I am happy to report) and a short walk later we were at the foot of these magnificent and iconic falls. Breathtaking! The air was moist with light misty spray from these huge falls and I could see why Steven Spielberg chose Kauai as the setting for his prehistoric blockbuster. The rest of the tour was equally jaw dropping, especially our ride through Waimea Canyon (the Grand Canyon of the Pacific as it is billed).
Put this on your bucket list!
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