Island Helicopters Kauai, Inc. has been providing deluxe helicopter tours from the Lihue Airport longer than any other company. In addition, they are the only company on Kauai that is permitted to land at a waterfall during a helicopter tour. All of Island Helicopters’ highly skilled professional pilots have thousands of hours, and numerous years of flying experience.
Island’s fleet of six-passenger, Airbus (formerly Eurocopter) AStar helicopters boast paramount viewing opportunities with their custom ceiling to floor windows. Due to Kauai’s daily variable weather conditions (i.e. temperature, humidity, precipitation, wind), Island elects to fly “doors-on”. With their helicopters’ distinctive windows, Island’s tours provide passengers with the best views, in an AStar’s quiet and safe, climate-controlled environment.
Bonnie and Curt Lofstedt (owners of Island Helicopters) employ a staff of 18 (on average), some of which have been with them for over 30 years! All of Island’s pilots and employees reside on Kauai with their families. Both the company and all of its pilots are FAA Certified Part 135. Curt personally selects and trains every one of their exceptional pilots, all of whom have excellent safety records and thousands of hours of flying experience.
Curt and Bonnie have kept their company small by choice, but their standards are always the highest. The safety, comfort and satisfaction of each customer are their main concerns. Since 1980, Island Helicopters has specialized in providing personalized tours for the independent traveler, families, and groups of all sizes. With the majority of this picturesque island unreachable by car, a helicopter tour is the most ecologically friendly way to see one of the most beautiful places in the world in it’s entirety.
For the first time ever, visitors can now land at Manawaiopuna Falls and feel the awesome power of the waterfall made famous in Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster movie Jurassic Park. This elite tour is 75-80 minutes (air+landing). It includes our Grand Deluxe Circle Island tour PLUS a landing deep within the interior of Kauai, inaccessible to the public.
After setting down near the base of the 400-foot falls, your pilot will guide you along a jungle path adjacent to a stream to the bottom of the spectacular falls. Feel the tropical mist, take pictures and learn the fascinating history of this remote area including native plants, geologic formations and agricultural history.