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Sunshine Helicopters Review

Tour review- Sunshine Helicopters out of Princeville

Take An Adventure In The Sky with Sunshine Helicopters-   Experience Will Take Your Breath Away

It was something of a miracle when my boyfriend, Keoki, and I approached Sunshine Helicopters in Princeville, given that it had seemingly been months since Northshore Kauai had seen a truly sunny “day in paradise”. The staff was genuinely friendly as we approached the front desk, which made us feel more than welcome, especially with the beautiful sunlight peeking in through the windows and the open-air helicopter pad.
Before we were allowed to board the helicopter for take-off, first we were taught some basic rules about the flight. Although we were excited and ready to see the inaccessible parts of Kauai, we were happy to learn some flight basics. We were instructed to wear life vests, which they immediately handed to us, and we were taught how to activate them in the case of an emergency, as well as what buttons not push unless absolutely necessary.
After buckling our seat belts and putting on our headphones we finally got to say good bye to the ground for almost an entire hour! Kauai looked so incredible flying out Princeville, as opposed to the city-scape setting of Lihue, so Keoki and I totally understood the reason for the higher prices out of the Princeville location. For future reference everyone, be sure to fly out of Princeville, not only because of the ideal location, but because of the superb personal experience of the staff there as well.

I was awoken from my dream of the green landscape by a shock of red rock and realized, excitedly, that we had reached the Waimeia Canyon, which had even inspired Mark Twain who had called it “The Grand Canyon” of the Pacific. After the red color of the canyon woke me up, I was ready for the part of the trip that was Keoki’s favorite – the part he was trying to get me to save my camera’s battery-life for: The Napali Coast.
With Bogart Kealoha as our tour guide and pilot, we began the flight adventure by soaring over Princeville Ranch, a place that I have always had a fondness for because I learned horseback riding there when I was younger. Soon we were skimming the mountain tops of the Hanalei Valley, greeted by numerous waterfalls, and then suddenly we were being swallowed by the walls of the Wai’ale’ale crater. Mount Wai’ale’ale is on the Southside of Kauai, and is known to be the wettest spot on earth. It also hosts the highest elevation swamp in the world, which is definitely nothing short of one of the wonders of the world. Breathless, I could not stop taking photographs. Fortunately for me, Keoki reminded me to keep my head in the game, and signaled to me from across the copter to save my battery. Who knew that I could take so many pictures in the short five minutes that it took to get from the Northshore to the Southshore of Kauai? (And who knew you could get from one shore to the other so quickly?

wow this is really cool
Thereafter we continued our flight, seamlessly gliding over mountain ranges, some of which looked so razor thin that at times both Keoki and I would exchange glances as our stomachs clenched and hearts jumped. But, as we headed for Kapahi, the Lihue Basin, and onward to Kalaheo, I decided that’s all part of the roller-coaster-type excitement of the ride. I had always felt intrigued by Kalaheo, especially then as I examined the great expanse of grasses and forests, which looked something similar to what I thought that perhaps the African savannah looked like thousands of miles away from here. Koke’e followed with endless pine tree forests, and hills that climbed into the mountains, then to be met by the Polihale beach.
I was awoken from my dream of the green landscape by a shock of red rock and realized, excitedly, that we had reached the Waimeia Canyon, which had even inspired Mark Twain who had called it “The Grand Canyon” of the Pacific. After the red color of the canyon woke me up, I was ready for the part of the trip that was Keoki’s favorite – the part he was trying to get me to save my camera’s battery-life for: The Napali Coast.
It was a wonder I didn’t dislocate my jaw when it dropped what seemed like several feet, along with my stomach, when I saw the glorious beauty of the Napali Coast from a literal bird’s eye view. I could not believe my eyes, or the fact that those birds out there flying majestically over the green northshore spires along the ridges are on a routine: they fly over this beautiful coast daily, these inaccessible beaches are their homes. There were all shades of green everywhere interrupted gracefully by the glistening alabaster white crashing water of the waterfalls. Sea foam in similar shades of white shone from the water’s edge as it touched the varied pastel sands of the coastline. To see Kauai in all her majesty truly is a blessing, and I will never forget that day. There simply is nothing else on earth like the experience of Kauai by helicopter.

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