We had an outstanding helicopter tour of the beautiful island of Kauai with Mauna Loa Helicopters. Our pilot was Clayton and he provided us with a very good commentary throughout the trip. We opted for this company over the several other available ones primarily because we wanted to experience the flight with the doors off! This allowed better opportunities for photography and just made the experience more fun. As a side benefit, we had the helicopter to ourselves. Because of the smaller size of the craft, the two of us were the only passengers and so each had a window seat. Other companies indicated that rain might be an issue with no doors but the few showers we encountered caused no problems. Rain can hardly come in as you speed along at over 100 mph. Other companies also said that the smaller copter might not be able to go as low but this was no real limitation to our seeing the entire island including the crater of the central volcano (now heavily eroded). Because of the open doors, we wore layers of clothing but, actually, a wind breaker and long pants would have been sufficient. Gloves and fleece were not needed.
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