Kauai Discovery Helicopter Tour Overview
Visitors looking for a quick Kauai Helicopter Tour that soars over the lush and vibrant Hanapepe Valley can book the Kauai Discovery Tour to get an intimate view of Manawaiopuna Falls, best known as Jurassic Falls, and the Na Pali Konda Forest Reserve which features Awini Falls and Waialae Falls. The highlight of this aerial tour is the Waimea Canyon which was described by Mark Twain as “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific.” Pass through the fourteen-mile-long canyon on the way back to Port Allen Airport.
What You Need to Bring
Riders are encouraged to bring bottled water, wear sunscreen, comfortable shoes and clothing.
Bring a camera to take pictures of your aerial tour.
Riders should also bring a photo ID as riders must be 18+ to participate.
What You Need to Know
Maverick uses the EC130 & H130 ECO-Star helicopters which are designed for tourism.
There is no shuttle service provided by Maverick for tours in Hawaiian Islands destinations.
Helicopters an accommodate up to seven guests. Private flights can be reserved by booking all seven seats.
Riders will sit in assigned seats based on ideal weight balance for efficient and ideal flying situations.
There is a maximum weight limit of 300 pounds per passenger and total weight on the helicopter cannot exceed 1240 pounds.
There is no photography allowed on the airport ramp; however, riders are encouraged to take photographs on all other parts of the tour.
MavStar language translation devices are available for non-English speaking riders.
Service Animals are not allowed on flights according to Title 14 of The Code of Federal Regulations, Part 382.117.
Pregnant women can ride but should consult with their physicians first.
Sites to See on the Kauai Discovery Tour
Hanapepe– Hanapepe is a bay area is surrounded by cliffs and rocky outcrops that are known for landslides in the valley. The fertile valley is an agricultural area where bananas, sweet potatoes, and sugar cane are grown. Kalo is also grown here which is what the famous Hawaiian dish “poi” is famed from. Salt harvesting is also an important economic factor in the valley.
Olokele Canyon– This pristine canyon in Kauai is often seen stripped with rainbows and contrasting rust colored dirt and emerald green cliffs. The canyon is adjacent to the Waimea Canyon and was featured in the Jurassic Park movies.
Waimea Canyon– Known as the Grand Canyon the Pacific, Waimea Canyon is ten miles and 3,600 feet deep. The canyon displays colorful reds, browns, and greens, that are highlighted by frequent rainbows and lined with beautiful waterfalls.
Port Allen Airport– The airport is where riders will board and depart from their Maverick helicopter tours of Kauai. The airport is located just one mile from Hanapepe and is used for general aviation of aircraft less than 12,500 pounds and is used mostly for tourism.