Honolulu - Day 2 - Helicopter Tour
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Ok, so I LOVE airplanes and just about everything aviation. I am NOT, however, very fond of helicopters - or boats for that matter. But I figured, what the hell, it's about the only way I'm going to get to take a peak of everything the island of Oahu has to offer all at once. And I really did want a bird's eye view of everything.
Since the dates didn't continue into the next day because the girls had to work, my friend Zeb and I rented a chopper out of HNL from a company called Makani Kai Helicopters at the airport in Honolulu. We had a BLAST! This company treated us like royalty and really showed us a great time.
We took the Ali'i Sacred Falls Tour ($225 per person) and it lasted just over an hour. The tour begins by flying over Waikiki where you'll get really great views of all of the beachfront hotels and resorts . It's amazing how shallow the water looks from that high up and being able to see how the reefs twist and turn just off shore. From Waikiki you then head toward Diamond Head crater and up around the windward side of the island north toward the North Shore.
Once you approach the mountains, you'll see magnificent waterfalls that flow from the steep hills; fed by the constant humid conditions and tropical rains on this side of the island. It's then on toward the North Shore where you'll have a bird's eye view of the surf conditions. There were high surf warnings during our stay thanks to a storm off the coast of Japan but we got to see some great wave action from the land and the air.
After leaving the North Shore, it's a quick hop over the expansive pineapple plantations and Schofield Barracks until the absolute best view of Honolulu and Pearl Harbor appears through the front window.
If you decide to take this aerial tour, you truly won't regret it. Yea, it's kind of pricey but it was worth every penny spent. I guarantee you'll have a great time! The pilots are all very friendly, full of information and want to share the island of Oahu with you. You'll also have the opportunity to purchase a videotape or DVD of your actual helicopter tour. Headsets are provided to everyone on board - no noise and easy to hear. You'll receive instructions on how to key the mic (microphone) so you can ask questions of the pilot while you're on the tour.