Kauai: Scenic Flight above Hawaii's Garden Isle
As you may remember from my previous post, our excursion to Waimea Canyon on the west side of Kauai was mostly unsuccessful. Weather played tricks on us and covered the entire canyon in a thick, grey fog. I knew that I could not leave Kauai yet again without seeing the canyon. So instead of taking a 4.5+ hour RT drive, Gabi and I opted to take a scenic flight over the canyon, as well as the rest of the island.
Not to make a long story longer, here are some highlights from our flight:
Hello from the board of a 6 person plane from Air Ventures Hawaii. With a Yelp discount, this tour cost us $115pp for one hour in air.
Our pilot. Not a bad view from his office window, eh? Flying over the southern part of the island. The south of Kauai is sunnier and drier than the north. Approaching the vast mountains. Kauai is geologically the oldest island in the Hawaiian chain and because of that the volcanic mountains had time to form into these huge ridges and valleys through the process of erosion. To learn more about the process click here. At this points our jaws were on the floor (of the plane) and we did not manage to put them back in place until the end of the flight. We tried but they kept dropping. Just like these gorgeous and steep cliffs which once in a while Some mountain tops were weirdly flat. Our pilot informed us that the top is covered with the world's tallest swamps. Random, but makes sense - considering Kauai's substantial rainfall. Mountain peaks upon mountain peaks. <3 <3 <3
Red and orange color revealed that we were now flying above Waimea Canyon. Waimea Canyon looked huge. What a pity we did not get to see the canyon from one of the lookout points. Flying further north we were nearing Napali Coast (which we just hiked the day before). What a spectacular view! I love those peaks, ridges, and valleys. Flying over Hanalei where many celebrities such as Julia Roberts & Pierce Brosnan have homes. Flying above Princeville, an ocean facing affluent residential area surrounded by golf courses and spectacular views of the mountains.
Airborne sightseeing is a lot of fun and we highly recommend it, especially when flying above such beautiful and inaccessible spots as there are in Kauai. Do you have any favorite flight memories from your travels?
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