Sunday, February 13, 2011

The Blue Hawaiian Yonder

Though not exactly cheap, a helicopter ride in Hawaii may be the best buy among the many ways to spend your money on guided tours and attractions. Whether getting the lay of the land upon arrival or gaining a spectacular perspective on where you've been when your vacation is over, you will get a memorable experience.

All islands have a number of helicopter companies, but only Blue Hawaiian covers all of the islands. They've somehow managed to expand their business during the economic downturn of the last two years, when other companies have gone out of business. Their Eco Star choppers are quiet and comfortable, their pilots are experienced and amiable, and their safety record is impeccable. All that adds up to good word-of-mouth and repeat customers.

These pics are of Kauai, where the tour takes in the inaccessible green chasms of the Napali Coast, as well as Mount Waialeale, the "wall of tears", "Jurassic Falls" and the interior of the Garden Island. The dramatic ride as well as the pilot's narration are recorded and available as a DVD for purchase so you can relive your experience with family and friends. Of course, they don't mind if you shoot your own pictures. Tip: Wear black or dark colors to limit windshield reflection.

On the Big Island, several tours are offered, though the most popular hovers over the active Volcano at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. On Maui, you have an option to visit nearby Molokai, with its 4,000-foot-high sea cliffs.

Oahu is Blue Hawaiian's newest adventure. On all the islands, you are guaranteed the rare experience of getting a thrill and being totally relaxed at the same time.