Sunshine Helicopters

Sunshine Helicopters - Ultimate Kauai Adventure

Explore paradise with Sunshine Helicopters Ultimate Kauai Adventure and view the unreachable beauty of the “Garden Isle!” The Sunshine Helicopter flight will include such sites as the colorful Waimea Canyon, the breathtaking Na Pali coast, cascading waterfalls, and locations that were used by Hollywood for filming movies! The experienced and knowledgeable pilot will narrate the history and legends of the island of Kauai.

Mount Waialeale, also known as, “Rippling Water,” is located at the southeastern edge of an extinct caldera. Shrouded with clouds and an average of over 450 inches of rain annually, Mount Waialeale is considered to be one of the wettest spots on the earth. Most of the mountain rains drain into a nearby plateau named Alakai Swamp and is the home to many uncommon species of plants and birds.

Waimea Canyon is the largest canyon in Hawaii and is known as the “Grand Canyon of the South Pacific.” The Waimea Canyon is ten miles long, one mile wide, and more than 3,500 ft. deep. Thousands of years ago the floods and rivers that flowed from Mount Waialeale carved this spectacular canyon making it one of the most amazing sites to see from the air.

Wailua Falls is a magnificent eighty foot high waterfall that has three separate cascading segments. After a heavy rain the waterfalls flow heavily and become a single massive waterfall. Ancient history records that men used to dive over the falls to prove their worthiness. Wailua Falls became famous when it was featured in the opening scene of, “Fantasy Island,” the popular TV show.

Na Pali Coast is a legendary area with dramatic jagged cliffs carved out over thousands of years. The coastline is hypnotic no matter how many times you may visit. Na Pali Coast is the home of Bali Hai, seen in the legendary 20th Century Fox movie, South Pacific.

Sunshine Helicopters Ultimate Kauai Adventure uses the ultimate standard “Black Beauty” helicopter that has excellent visibility with forward facing customized bench style seats. Since 1985 Sunshine Helicopters pilots have flown over 850,000 satisfied passengers. Sunshine Helicopters has upgraded to the new 2008 ASTAR 350FX that holds more weight, quieter, more fuel efficient, and flies faster. With the ASTAR the increased capacity allows for “First Class” seating. Heli-Lynx Helicopter Service of Canada provided the upgrade from AS350BA to AS350FX and was approved by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Tour Highlights:

  • Na Pali Coast
  • Wailua Falls
  • Waimea Canyon
  • Mount Waialeale
  • Bali Hai

Open Seating: Industry standard four-passenger bench seat. Seat assignment is determined by weight and balance.

First Class Seating: Maximum of two seats per flight. Passengers enjoy First Class seating next to pilot, with extra arm and leg room. Maximum combined weight for two passengers is 400 lbs (181 kg).

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Where and When:
Morning, mid-day and afternoon departure times. The exact departure time for your preferred timeframe will be specified on your voucher.
Check in at at the heliport at Lihue Airport. Follow Ahu Kini Drive to the heliport.
3901 Mokulele Loop, Lihue, HI 96766 View Map
Weight Restrictions:
FX Star: Passengers over 240 lbs (108 kg) or a combined weight of over 400 lbs (181 kg) for 2 passengers may require the purchase of a comfort seat.
WhisperSTAR: First class guarantee of front seat is limited to 290 lbs (131 kg) or a combined weight of 490 lbs (222 kg) for 2 passengers. Open seating over 290 lbs (131 kg) may require the purchase of a comfort seat.
In General:
If a standard airline seat belt is too small for the guest, they may be required to purchase a comfort seat.
All passengers are weighed at check-in. If given weight is substantially lower than actual weight, you may get bumped from the flight, but still have to pay for the seat.
If requesting first class seating for a minor, one of the passengers in first class must be over 16 and traveling with the minor.
A valid government issued photo I.D. is required.
Flight patterns and specific sights are subject to weather conditions.
Special Notes:
Children 23 months or younger may fly at no charge and must sit on adult's lap. Please provide child's weight at time of booking.
ADA Accessibility: Only the WhisperStar helicopter has a wheelchair lift.
Operation Days:
Closed Sundays
45 minutes
Sunshine Helicopters
The industry standard FX Star, known as "Black Beauty," has all forward facing customized bench style seats giving excellent visibility. Sunshine Helicopters has flown over 850,000 satisfied passengers in their "Black Beauties" since 1985. The ASTAR 350FX features Bose aviation headsets, an air-conditioned cabin and oversized panoramic windows.

The EC 130 B4 WhisperSTAR is the ultimate in sightseeing helicopters. More interior room, more visibility with added plexiglass and elevated rear seats. Sunshine Helicopters customizes the standard factory interior with business and first class seating to further enhance passenger comfort and visibility. Soar in the state-of-the-art WhisperSTAR and experience the quiet, ultra smooth and most advanced technological sightseeing helicopter ever.
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