“You have your own kind of wings, beloved soul. Find them and use them.” – Unknown
Our wings were physical ones on this particular day, but we let our dreams soar high among the clouds. We were reaching the last days of our Kauai trip before finally booking that helicopter tour. Always procrastinating!
If you ever take a helicopter tour on a Hawaiian island, Kauai should be your island of choice. At least this was a clear message when I began searching the interwebs, long before we even booked our flight to Kauai.
So, this is what I gifted my boyfriend on his birthday. Somewhere along the years, we decided material gifts just weren’t our thing. We decided to spend on experiences instead. And if we could both share the experience, even better ;)
Our day began at Safari Helicopters with this lightning bolt of a man. What a soul! After giving us the safety rundown, he kept us entertained as we waited for our ride…
When we headed toward the Na Pali Coast, words cannot explain what I felt. Two days prior, this very coast had brought me to my knees as I surrendered in pain (blog post here).
…And now here I was, staring her in the eyes. She was beautiful, painful, dangerous, even…but beautiful she was!
The Kalalau Trail was lost in her wilderness…
We also flew over the stunning Waimea Canyon. The Grand Canyon of the Pacific.
Though we had already experienced this place from the ground (blog post here), the views from the sky were equally impressive. What a stunning giant.
It is here where the famous Wall of Tears resides. We were lucky that the morning was clear of low clouds. We had a perfect view, except the sun glares on our windows were fairly strong. I wish I could have captured better photos, even if it were just with my brain. But, the glare! Le’sigh.
Back toward the airport, we caught some wonderful views of the towns that make up the island. Man, I love this island!
So, do it! Spread those wings and let them take you through your wildest of dreams. Whatever that may be or whatever that may look like. Just remember where you started. Stay beautiful. Stay humble. Stay you.
…And may your dreams always defy the laws of gravity!
Love & Light,
Things to Consider Before Booking Your Hawaii Helicopter Tour
- Search online first. It can save you money. Safari offers a discount if you book online.
- There was a weight limit. Sir Buffness was worried his height and mass would put him over the 250-lb max limit and therefore get charged an extra fee.
- It pays to stop by their office to inquire before booking. Safari’s staff is great! We stopped by with the weight concern, they helped us by assigning us to the right helicopter, and they still gave us the online discount. (Something about balancing the overall helicopter weight, so as to not have to pay an extra fee. Yup, he was over 250-lbs of Polynesian mass. Lol. Tongan Strong.)
- You don’t exactly get dibs on seats. They’ll ask your preference when booking online, but ultimately they’ll arrange everyone to safely balance the helicopter.
- The window glare is real. Our 8AM tour gave us some pretty heavy sun glares and cast heavy shadows on the landscapes (if you care about photography). If I ever book again, I think noon would be best?
- Some companies offer windowless tours. Great for photographers, but not so great for budget travelers.
- Take time to walk or hike Kauai. Views from the sky are great, but nothing compares to views from within.
- The aforementioned is true for the Na Pali Coast. Hands down, the Na Pali Coast was far more impressive from the Kalalau Trail or even from Koke’e State Park.
- Smile often. Enjoy! :)
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