Who Needs Doors?!? Kauai Doors Off Helicopter Tour

I’m an “all in” kind of girl, so when presented with the choice of a tour in an enclosed helicopter or doors off, the obvious answer (the ONLY answer) was doors off. I mean – who needs doors?!? Hands down, the Kauai doors off helicopter tour was the BEST part of a truly amazing trip to this incredible tropical paradise. 

The Tour Company

I opted for the Kauai doors off helicopter tour with Jack Harter Helicopters. I made my decision based on great reviews, price, and length of the tour. Candidly, heli tours are not cheap – expect to pay about $400 per person all in with taxes and fees  (give or take) for a roughly 1 hour tour. Just to be crystal clear, it’s absolutely worth it! The pilot on my tour  was a former marine heli pilot named Chrissy. I felt extremely safe with her piloting our bird and she was super knowledgeable about the island. My tour with Jack Harter Helicopters was easily the highlight of my trip and I cannot recommend them more. 5 stars, 10 out 10, loved it! 

Why Doors Off? 

Look, I didn’t bother with the doors on tour, so I can’t offer you a straight comparison. That said, with the doors off you get phenomenal UNOBSTRUCTED views of Kauai’s unrivaled natural splendor. Add to that the exhilaration of having the wind in your hair, the feel of the salt in the air, and smell of the fresh ocean breeze, and I just know it beats the pants off of the doors on experience. Trust me, you don’t want or need doors on your heli tour! 

Things to Know Before you Fly

  1. There’s a lot of swooping, diving, and being buffeted by winds on a helicopter ride. If you’re prone to motion sickness (or not sure if you are but you might be) – do yourself a favor and pop a Dramamine before you head into the wild blue yonder. 
  2. Also, despite the fact that it’s likely to be sunny and 75-ish degrees on the island, it’s going to be significantly chillier once you’re soaring above Kauai. 20 to 30 degrees chillier. So dress warmly. I wore pants, a tank top, a sweatshirt, a hoody and was still cold.  Next time I’ll know to bring a warmer jacket or at least add one more layer.
  3. Finally, no flip flops or slip on shoes of any kind. Footwear that will stay firmly on your feet is required (if you lose a shoe over a ravine in the Napali Coast it’s gone forever). Pack accordingly! 

Summing Up

I did my heli tour on my 2nd day on Kauai and I’m so glad I did! Not only was it stunningly beautiful, it also gave me the literal lay of the land. It inspired me to go see and explore parts of the island I might have otherwise neglected. It also allowed me to more fully appreciate from the ground amazing sites I’d also seen from the air – magically enhancing my perspective and appreciation for all Kauai has to offer. 

I fell head over heels in love with Kauai on my doors off helicopter tour. I’m betting you will as well.  Aloha! 

P.S. Have you done a heli tour of Kauai? I’d love to hear all about it – tell me EVERYTHING in the comments! 

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