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Jack Harter Helicopters - Private Tours

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Address: 4231 Ahukini Rd., Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766
Phone Number: 808-245-3774
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Description: Jack Harter is the Originator of Helicopter Tours on Kauai. Coming to...
Jack Harter is the Originator of Helicopter Tours on Kauai. Coming to Kauai in 1962, Jack began offering helicopter tours and charter flights with a focus on safety and quality. Jack's dedication to these important qualities is carried on by the company's hand-picked pilots and ground crew staff that are dedicated to continuing Jack's founding principles. The company offers scenic tours in two types of helicopters: Jack Harter Helicopters' luxurious 6-passenger Eurocopter AStar helicopter features huge floor-to-ceiling windows, BOSE noise-cancelling headsets, air-conditioning, and a cabin layout that has no physical obstructions to viewing the scenery outside. For the more adventurous, their 4-passenger Hughes 500s are flown with the doors removed. There is no luxury in the Hughes 500, but the doors-off flight is very cool! (Double meaning intended!) We ask you to be aware that there are WEIGHT LIMITATIONS for all helicopter tours. The 2 front passenger seats in BOTH helicopter types have more restrictive weight limits, so the SMALLEST PASSENGERS ON ANY GIVEN TOUR ARE USUALLY SEATED IN THE FRONT SEATS. Please look at the company's website to view the aircraft seating diagrams. The company's 60 and 90-minute tours feature Kauai's beautiful Na Pali Coast, the spectacular Waimea Canyon, numerous waterfall-filled valleys including the Hanalei Valley, and Mt. Waialeale, one of the wettest places on earth.
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Hughes 500E without the doors is the way to go

My husband and 2 daughters took the flight and loved it. I chickened out (white knuckle flyer) but later regretted it based upon all the Go Pro photos and their raving about it... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

My husband and 2 daughters took the flight and loved it. I chickened out (white knuckle flyer) but later regretted it based upon all the Go Pro photos and their raving about it! Maybe next year;-)

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Okinawa Prefecture, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 via mobile

Great views of the island and good narration during the tour. Having the doors off allowed for much better photos, as well as a more exciting ride. We had the 2 seats in the back, which seemed to be the best.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

I was very nervous about this tour- doors off in a small helicopter. But it was totally worth it. Our pilot was Ben and he was very good- at piloting, but also telling us about what we were seeing. We saw so many things only visible from the air. I was very apprehensive the whole time we were flying, but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Second trip on a Hughes 500 helicopter... Not cheap but always worth every penny and then some..... So much of Kauai is inaccessible and this is a great way to see the beauty of the island... We'll run operation with great guides. Do it!!!

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Plano, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Had an amazing time. There's no better way to see all of Kauai. Miles was an excellent pilot. He gave great narration, and asked to make sure we were comfortable before he tipped the helicopter for a better view. Bring a jacket, it really does get cold up there with the doors off! On-ground staff were great too. Got us... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

I was a little uneasy about a helicopter tour in a chopper with no door but now I say it has to be the best way to take in all the beauty of Kauai. It was unbelievable! Our pilot Jason was a great pilot first and foremost and very informative. The view of the Waimea Canyon and the NaPali coast... More 

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Blue Earth
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

The doors off helicopter ride was the highlight of my trip to the Hawaiian Islands. I wasn't afraid - until I go up in the air. Admittedly, it was a bit scary (and very windy), but oh so worth it! It seemed that midafternoons in Kauai during our March visit were more clear than mornings so I was glad we... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

I'm not the type of traveler that needs everything perfect for me to rate a place or experience with 5 stars and I too question the 1 or 2 star reviews when the majority of the ones left are 4 or 5. All I can say is that I never completed our helicopter reservation with Jack Harter due to the... More 

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Jack-Harter-Heli, General Manager at Jack Harter Helicopters - Private Tours, responded to this review

Aloha, We are sorry to hear that you felt our customer service needs to be improved. One of the most consistent positive comments we get from our customers is how great our customer service was for them. So, this matter has caught our attention. What the reservation agent that took your call was trying to explain was our policies regarding... More 

Friday Harbor, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

What can you say about flying above one of the most beautiful and inaccessible locations on the planet? It was fantastic. We chose to fly in the open door 4 passenger (plus pilot) model. The weather was outstanding so we felt that we had made the right choice. It would probably be questionable on a cold or rainy day. Wear... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

We just landed after our 1 hr doors off helicopter tour with Pilot Myles. What a beautiful island experience! We were able to get a ton of beautiful pictures and videos. Myles did an excellent job narrating the tour. My 12 and 10 year olds said it was the best thing we've done so far in Hawaii, and we've done... More 

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