If you plan on going to Kauai, you MUST automatically include this in you cost. There is nothing like experiencing it on heli. We did a plane ride on the Big Island and I didn't feel like I was missing out. A plane ride of Kauai would not do it justice. The heli takes you in these INSANE canyons and cracks in the mountains. It was a real life IMAX. Unforgettable. Again, IF YOU DONT DO A HELI RIDE, DON'T GO TO KAUAI. It's a waste of a plane ticket.
TIP: buy vouchers from Costco. We paid $400 for $500 in certificates. this is almost enough ($5 short) for 2 riders and the in-flight video which was just ok. They should upgrade the camera to capture the colors better.
I'm not sure what it's like with other companies, but do not plan on sitting in the front if you are a fatty like me. I weigh in at 250 lbs and it seems that myself and other big guys (or gals) don't ride in the front. the best you could hope for is middle back on the right side. This doesn't really affect your viewing but if definitely affects your pictures (which are already weak bec of the glass windows as opposed to open doors heli)
overall I was impressed by the operation they had there. nice staff, marty the pilot was very nice by trying to make sure we all get a good view and we just felt safe. but I called ahead to request the front, booked it very far in advance, asked(very nicely) when we checked in for a front seat and we didn't get it. they say the computer does calculates it but I don't buy that they cant do it if they want to.
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