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Hawaii is a complicated archipelago of volcanoes that peep out of the Pacific Ocean. There are eight volcano-islands but some are more tourist friendly than others. For instance, Kahoolawe Island is a mere 45 square miles and unpopulated. The Big Island, or Hawaii itself, is 4,038 square miles. To be precise, there are really 127 islands in the Hawaiian chain, but many of them are extremely small. The biggest of the small islands is Kahoolawe.
What does this have to do with Hawaiian air tours? It’s a matter of logistics. How else could a tourist see the incredible sights of the exquisite state? Air tours are typically carried out with helicopters that fly low over waterfalls, volcanoes and water. Tours of all kinds are available in all areas of Hawaii. Kauai for instance is almost impossible to see except from the air. Even though Kauai is the fourth largest island with an area of 552.3 square miles its population is under 60,000 people.
Describing a Hawaii air tour around Kauai (also called the Garden Island) gives the tourist a bit of an idea what smaller tours of other areas might be like. First of all, you will likely get weighed – yes, most helicopter pilots like to know the weight on the tour. You’ll pay something between $150 and $300 per person. The pilot will tell you what safety precautions to take. Then you are off to the helicopter. Chances are that it will be already running and the blades in motion.
Lihue is the place in Kauai where your flight begins. You will be airbound and see sights that you have only imagined in the past. There will be canyons, beaches untouched by humans, rainbows, waterfalls and the cliffs along the northwest coast. There are sights such as Jurassic Falls (or Mauna Wai Puna), the rich enclave of Haena, and WaiAleAle. WaiAleAe is the volcano that erupted to create Kauai. The helicopter can fly inside this dead volcano and right back out again. It is one of the wettest spots in the world with 500 inches of rainfall annually.
This is just a sample. Other islands have air tours. However, only a helicopter can take you up close to the spectacular sights of Hawaii. Some highlights of a Hawaii air tour are Kilauea Volcano which is still spewing molten lava on the Big Island, Hilo waterfalls, rain forests, deserts and of course, Oahu Volcano which is the biggest volcano in the world. Kilauea Volcano is considered the most active volcano in the world.
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