With over 30 years of flying tours on the island of Kauai, the owners of Island Helicopters Kauai, Inc. have recently created the newest and most exclusive helicopter tour in Hawaii. Island Helicopters now has permission to land at “Jurassic Falls” where the famed “Jurassic Park” movie was filmed.
Island Helicopters has been flying deluxe circle island tours and filming charters since 1980; views include numerous island waterfalls, the Waimea Canyon (Grand Canyon of the Pacific), the scenic NaPali Coastline, and the amazing Mt. Waialele Crater. A helicopter tour of Kauai is the best way to really see this lush tropical island.
Owners, Curt and Bonnie Lofstedt have flown across the US nine different times in their new helicopters bringing them to the West Coast prior to shipping the aircrafts to Kauai. They are the oldest air tour and charter company flying out of Kauai’s Lihue airport. Curt has over 28,000 accident free flight hours and is the only owner flying tours on Kauai. The company flies 2 A-Star helicopters, which has been noted as the world’s most popular air tour helicopter.
“America is beautiful, we have seen amber waves of grain and the Grand Tetons, coastlines and deserts while flying across the US,” says Bonnie. “But truthfully, Kauai has it all. We have also taken helicopter tours in other counties, flying is really the best way to grasp the feeling of a region,” says Curt.
Kauai’s helicopter tour is one of the best tours in the world, and to be able to land and take in these spectacular falls is the experience of a lifetime.
The waterfall landing tour is new to Kauai residents as well. The landowner has never before allowed the public any avenue into the remote valley where the waterfall is located. It took Island Helicopters over 5 years to obtain the permits, together with environmental studies, to land at the base of these falls.
The “Jurassic Falls” landing tour takes approximately 75-85 minutes and includes the Signature Circle island tour of Kauai. Passengers must be able to walk approximately 150 yards on slightly uneven terrain and be able to climb a few steps. All tours include a full narration by the pilot. Waterfall tours include knowledgeable facts on the flora, fauna and geological attributes of the areas. There are interesting stories about the history of the ditch and passengers relish in the tropical mist of the powerful waterfall.
In the first 9 months of offering this new tour there have been 5 wedding proposals offered by their guests; to date, all invitations or proposals have answered “Yes”.
By B. E. Langan