Hawaii is as lush as it is beautiful and features an array of breathtaking adventures in nature. When it comes to things to do in Hawaii, the sky is (literally) the limit. While, exploring the islands on land, offers huge tropical forests, mountainous ranges, and deserted coasts, and by sea, there are amazing opportunities for snorkeling, swimming, and surfing, one of the best ways to get the full experience is via a helicopter tour, where you get incredible views of the parts of the islands normally more inaccessible. Here are a few options for finding adventure in Hawaii.
Na Pali Coast
Na Pali Coast in Kauai is one of the most beautiful sights to see you’ll in the world. Though inaccessible to vehicles, you can get there by hiking or kayaking. Depending on what you’re looking for, you can hike a few easy miles to Hanakapi’ai Beach, choose a more moderate (and longer) trip to Hankapi’ai Falls, or venture the full 11 miles to Kalaulau Beach. No matter which hike you choose, the luscious greens stand out brilliantly against the ocean blues. It’s easy to forget how long you’ve walked and simply take in the breathtaking scenery. Alternatively, you can kayak along the coastline and explore an array of caves, paddling alongside spinner dolphins. While kayaking, there’s no doubt that you will connect with nature for a beautiful trip, but the path is not well-suited for beginners. Na pali in Hawaiian means “high cliffs,” and when you arrive by whichever means, you see that the moniker is completely accurate as the shoreline rises as much as 4,000 feet above the Pacific Ocean. As you look out to the sea, it seems to go on forever.
Kauai Backcountry Adventures
What was once 17,000 acres of the former Lihue Plantation has now become home to Kauai Backcountry Adventures tubing and ziplining tours. The plantation is private, so the tubing and ziplining tours are the only way you can see the amazing view of Mount Waialeale (the world’s rainiest spot). At the start of the tubing tour, you’re given an inner tube, a headlamp, helmet, and gloves; ready to flow through parts of the man-made, hand-dug ditch and tunnel system built over a century ago to irrigate vast sugar crops. You begin by flowing over gentle waters, with a few faster dips. You make friends quickly with other people on the tour, as you bump into each other repeatedly and sometimes spin in every direction. The tour finishes at the picnic spot, where you play volleyball and lap up the natural swimming hole.
If you’re feeling more adventurous, you can also try the ziplining tour. The seven lines on the course range from 450 feet to 940 feet, for a mile in total. You ride up to the starting point in an open-air adventure vehicle, and at the top you go through a safety check and a bunny starter ride to get a sense of things, before you’re gleefully soaring through the sky. The aerial zoom is quick, so don’t blink or you’ll miss the vibrant colors of the rainforests, deep valleys, and freshwater streams.
Jack Harter Helicopters
Regarded as one of the best tours in Hawaii, Jack Harter Helicopters will give you that view you’ve only imagined of Hawaii’s beautiful untouched landscape. Because of weather conditions and time of day, as well as your dynamic with the pilot, you will never go on the same tour twice. Once you are strapped safely into your seat, you are given a two-way intercom system and noise-cancelling headphones to make the trip more pleasant. Your pilot hovers the craft over Nawiliwili Harbor, the Tunnel of Trees, Hanapepe Valley, Waimea Canyon, the North Shore beaches from Ke’e to Hanalei, Mount Waiaeleale, Wailua Falls, and more. You see the hues of blue over the Pacific with bountiful coral reefs beneath the surface of the water. Of all the things to do in Hawaii, nothing compares to this. You know it’s the perfect adventure for a perfect trip. Jack Harter Helicopters takes you over Kauai, but you can easily find tours to take you over each of the islands.