Hughes 500 Helicopter: Premier Kauai Aerial Views in All-Window-Seat Adventure
898 Ratings
Experience premier Kauai aerial views in a Hughes 500 Helicopter with all-window seats. Fly with Kauai's finest pilots for an adventure like no other!
Duration: 50 minutes
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • Manawaiopuna Falls (Jurassic Park Falls) - 380’ waterfall featured in the movie Jurassic Park.
  • Waimea Canyon State Park - The Canyon spans approximately 10 miles long and 3 miles wide, filled with multiple waterfalls.
  • Na Pali Coast - Na Pali Coast, the crown jewel of Kauai. The massive seacliffs spans 17 miles long and towering over 3000’ above sea level.
  • Hanalei - Hanalei Valley features more waterfalls and scenic rivers.
  • Mt. Waialeale - With an average rainfall that exceeds 450 inches per year, Waialeale is the wettest spot on earth.
What's Included
  • Use of a smart phone tether.
  • Two-way communication headsets
  • All fees and/or taxes
  • 4 Passenger Doors-Off Helicopters
Additional Information

SOAR THE SKIES WITH THE BEST PILOTS IN KAUAIʻ<br>Our extensive experience in providing service for the Kauai Fire Department ensures our pilots have the unparalleled qualifications for your Doors-off Helicopter journey. Plus, our 4-passenger Hughes 500 Helicopters have NO MIDDLE BACK SEATS, thus ensuring unrivaled aerial vistas. Don’t compromise, choose Airborne!<br><br>Endorsed by FAA Part 133, 135, 136 and OAS-Carded.

  • *Every seat is a window seat! Actual assignment for Open Seating will be determined at checkin and only after completing a proper weight & balance: The pilot sits on the [Left-Front]. Passenger 1 [Front-Center window seat], Passenger 2 [Front-Right window seat], Passenger 3 [Left-Rear window seat], Passenger 4 [Right-Rear window seat].
  • The following Weight Restrictions require purchasing (1) additional seat: Single Passengers that exceed 240 lbs. or parties of two (2) with a combined weight that exceed 400 lbs. For parties of 4 the maximum combined weight allowed onboard is 745 lbs.
  • Checkin 30 minutes prior to flight time.
  • Camera devices are welcomed but must be tethered.
  • Minimum 10 years of age.
  • This is a shared tour up to 4 guests, for private tours select 4 seats upon booking.
  • No scuba diving within 24 hours of departure.
Airborne Aviation
Ahukini Road
CHECK-IN 30 MINUTES PRIOR TO FLIGHT TIME! At the MAIN ENTRANCE of the Lihue Airport stay in the left lane at the second stop sign turn left to continue on Ahukini Rd. In 0.3 miles turn right onto Waikai, St., parking area is to your right.
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

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(898 Ratings)
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Feb 25, 2024
Buckle up and have the time of your life! - Brian was our pilot and he handled that beast like a boss. He made sure both sides of the chopper got to see the waterfalls valleys. There was often some turbulence, but he let us know in advance so we were prepared. This was a bucket list item for me and it did not disappoint! It was even more thrilling than I had imagined. There were some amazing photo ops! Safety and security were priority and everyone there loved what they did. If you’re on the fence about booking this tour… DO IT!!! You’ll be glad you did!
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Feb 25, 2024
Best Kauai Experiance Ever! - This was well worth it! My father, wife and I will be talking about this adventure for years... Thank you!!!
Review provided by Viator
Feb 24, 2024
Very Windy, But Worth It - The views were as spectacular as I had hoped!! I lost count of how many amazing waterfalls we saw. Felt very safe the whole time, great pilot! Was disappointed that I had to use a plastic pouch to hold my phone because was very difficult to take pictures through the thick plastic. Also know that you will be sitting in what feels like 60 mph winds for the entire hour long flight. I didn't expect that part and it was hard for me to take! But would I do it all over again? Yes, absolutely! It was a truly amazing experience that allowed me to see the Napali coast in a way I never would have been able to otherwise. I would definitely recommend!!
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Feb 23, 2024
Spectacular! - This was absolutely fantastic! From our knowledgeable and skilled pilot to the gorgeous scenery, we were delighted by this experience. I highly recommend this as a great way to see this beautiful island.
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Feb 23, 2024
Don’t think twice. Do it!!! - Outstanding experience!! The staff were so kind and patient - making sure all our questions and anxieties were addressed. Absolutely recommend!!!
Review provided by Viator
Feb 22, 2024
What an adrenaline rush with no doors and spectacular views! - The tour was amazing and our pilot Bryan was terrific! He took us down into the crater which was spectacular!!!
Review provided by Viator
Feb 22, 2024
This tour is the ONE! Amaze-balls! - After doing this helicopter tour, I can see why it's a best seller and highly rated. From the moment my sister and I showed up, we were taken care of. The three ladies at the check-in desk were welcoming, friendly and made the process quick and easy. Shay went above and beyond to help my sister protect her highly-valued eyelashes. Not a joke. Hahaha. I don't get it, but it obviously made a difference to my sister. During the safety briefing, Primo was knowledgeable, funny and made sure we understood the importance of being safe in/out/around the helicopter. He also helped to get the riders in/out of the choppah. Cool dude, seems unflappable. The ground team (including our pilot) continued to help the group assemble in front of the helicopter, take photos, put on our life jacket pouches, get into the helicopter, and put on safety belts/headsets. My sister who was super scared and nervous, sat in the middle seat between the pilot and I. From that point on, she was fine. Cozy like a baby wrapped in a burrito blanket. Our pilot Kate was amazing. Badass, really. I sat up in the front and got a bird's-eye view overlooking the beautiful landscape of Kauai. Kate kept the helicopter steady while talking to the group about the different points of interest. She maneuvered the choppah so that both sides got to take photos/video of Jurassic Falls, the Napali Coast, and the wettest spot on earth - Mt. Waialeale. The wind seemed pretty strong up there but I never felt like we were in any type of danger. The ride was smooth all the way through. Honestly, you kind of get lost in the beauty of this magnificent island. My numbers could be off, but I think I saw 111 waterfalls. If you're ever going to do a helicopter tour, this would be the island and this would be the company. 12/10 would recommend Airborne Aviation.
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Feb 22, 2024
Wow! Absolute must do excursion! - Wow! This was our second time booking with them and it was even better than our first. Our pilot was amazing. I appreciated that he gave us a heads up when he knew we would hit wind gusts. The ground crew did another amazing job preparing us for the flight. Seeing Kauai from the air is a must do for first time visitors to the island!
Review provided by Viator
Feb 21, 2024
Awesome experience - It was worth every cent. Everyone was friendly as could be. Our pilot Katy was great. Didn’t know a helicopter trip would be so smooth.She showed everything you would want to see. Great trip.
Review provided by Tripadvisor
Feb 20, 2024
If you like sightseeing, GO! Spectacular view! - Super fun experience if you LOVE sightseeing and don’t mind heights! The staff was extremely helpful in regard to your safety and safety of others, they will do a quick PowerPoint presentation which is easy to understand (amazing job Elena!) Another staff member, Shae, was thoughtfully and offered me skydiver glasses to help with protecting my eyelash extension and from the sun. Our pilot Kyle is the chief pilot and the flight was smooth with some turbulence of course. Bring a sweater/jacket and closed shoes because it’s cold when you’re up there. A lanyard phone case is provided and it was greatly appreciated! 10/10 go for it, one in a lifetime experience! Thank you so much!
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up to 4 guests
April 2024