helicopter ride in Kauai or Maui?

Old Mar 4th, 2005, 01:35 PM
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helicopter ride in Kauai or Maui?

We're going to Hawaii for our 1st time in Aug and splitting our time between Kauai and Maui. We'd like to take a helicopter ride. Which island has the best views to see from a helicopter? Thanks!
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Old Mar 4th, 2005, 07:30 PM
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I think Kauai is the better choice of the two for flying...although doing an aerial of Lanai and Molokai might be equally interesting....
 
Old Mar 4th, 2005, 09:12 PM
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Definitely Kauai...the verdant Na Pali coast with the waterfalls plunging into the sea and ribbons of golden beaches...the mountainous interior crisscrossed by rivers and jungles and punctuated at the center by the majesty of Waialeale crater, its face streaked in thin waterfalls...Waimea Canyon, which is so immense it looks like a backdrop of red, orange, and black...so much of Kauai is inaccessible except by air, and it's all so lush and green, as compared to Maui which is only that lush in spots. You'll get more bang for your buck on Kauai. Go hike Maui instead!

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Old Mar 4th, 2005, 10:06 PM
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'Nuther vote for Kauai.
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Old Mar 5th, 2005, 06:01 AM
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I agree with the other posters. Kauai. No doubt.
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Old Mar 5th, 2005, 07:24 AM
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We took the inter-island helicopter tour (the one w/ no doors) and got some great photos of Kauai. It was a bit scary but exhilarating and well worth it! If I had it to do over, I would take a camcorder instead of a camera to relive the experience.
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Old Mar 5th, 2005, 08:08 PM
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Roxy

I'd love to hear about your hikes on Maui. We've mostly hiked in Kauai. Any trail suggestions that are amazing?! Did you fly on Maui as well? I have only triked there in Hana with Armon....he let me fly our trike for awhile!!! Next trip will definately be more hands on with Gerry at Birdsinparadise.com!!!
 
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G'lou,

Here's my Maui TR: http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...1&tid=34436140

It's an easy hike and it's not deserted, but the Pipiwai trail is awesome, with all those swimming opportunities and myriad waterfalls, closing in on the dark, moist, creepy bamboo forest.

No, we didn't get up in the air on Maui!

I forget when your upcoming trip is?...
(Hanalei with a Lanai finish!)

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Old Mar 6th, 2005, 06:38 AM
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Hiking in Maui----one of the coolest things we ever did was at the 7 sacred pools ( road to Hana drive )

forget the pools. they were no big deal, and full of obese tourists.

Hike up through the BAMBOO forrest, towards a waterfall.
about an hour up. not tooo strenuous, but still a bit of a challenge.
Bamboo forrest is one of the coolest things I have ever seen.
Waterfall just OK, but bamboo forrest was very cool.

also recommend Cheeseburger in paradise for dinner. ( in lahaina)

PS: dittos for the chopper in Kauai.

but ever considered a day trip to big island? volcanoes national park is very cool, and the Kilauea lodge in Volcano has a very cool honeymoon suite, where we stayed on our honeymoon 6 years ago.

enjoy Hawaii. It's a blast
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Old Mar 6th, 2005, 04:09 PM
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Kauai is our favorite place and with that said I can tell you about my last experince while visitng. I took a Ultralight ride while visiting and thought it was outstanding. I have been to Kauai five times and have done many different venues and most are all good. I think the Ultralight was the Ultimate Adventure. The weather will determine if you are taking a southshore or northshore flight. I went twice I had so much fun.

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Old Mar 7th, 2005, 08:03 AM
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Another vote for Kauai. Some suggestions: take your flight in the morning, as the weather is usually better. And also take your flight on the morning of your first full day on Kauai. Don't leave the flight for your last day, as once again, if the weather turns iffy...you'll be unable to go, or have a less than spectacular experience.

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Old Mar 7th, 2005, 10:57 AM
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HI

My husband and I did the helicopter fliht and waterfall landing with Inter-island on Kauai. It was a totally awesom expereince and the highlight of our trip. No door but wow was that part exciting and landing for lunch and a swim at a private waterfall deep in the insland was very special. It is expensive but worth every penny.

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Old Mar 7th, 2005, 09:26 PM
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Julio,

It's a classic trail isn't it? That IS the Pipiwai Trail (2 miles out to Waimoku Falls), across the street from the Seven Deadly Pools, which like you said were overcrowded, although I still thought they were fun. The bamboo forest is very cool, dark and spooky, and is so dense that you can hear the rain overhead but the dense canopy keeps it from reaching the ground.

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