My wife and I were in Hawaii for our honeymoon. It was the third local tour we've taken - 60-65 minute doors-off tour, called Waimea Tour on their website. It was just amazing!
Starting from the first moment of their service, it was superb! Ian our chauffeur came to pick us up at our hotel. He eagerly chatted with us to make sure everyone was ready for the helicopter ride. Along the way to and from the airport, he also introduced many interesting places for us to pay a visit or grab some good food. He also let us know a lot more of the history of the island as he drove by.
Then it came to the most important part - the helicopter ride. The aircraft was much smaller than I had expected. However it was just all the more exciting as there are only 1 pilot 4 passengers - everyone could have a decent view!
Our pilot, Evan was a wonderful guide. He gave me advice on what camera to bring on board as I have taken both wide and zoom lenses. That really saved me effort and given us a better time to enjoy the flight rather than getting too busy with changing cameras in the air.
The flight was not as scary as I have thought. It did get bumpy when there's wind. However it was not to be worried about. And the view, it was just amazing! It is an entirely different angle one can look at things. It is different from looking out of a regular passenger aeroplane as it was doors-off! Especially that I was sitting on the side, there's nothing to block my view - and my body! My left foot was just one inch away from a vertical drop of, maybe 2000+ feet! Absolutely breathtaking experience!
The best parts of the trip was when Evan our pilot did the swing to change direction or just to let both sides of the copter to see the same view. We were like 30 degrees tilted and wow! The view and the reel were unimaginable!
Evan did a lot of explanation along the way and we could actually ask questions with the headset.
The Sacred Falls was a little bit disappointing as it was a bit far away and the amount of water flowing down did not really make much noise that could reach us.
The turquoise water, coral reefs, sandy beaches, plantation fields, raw mountain landscape with misty top gave us a great time up in the air. Oh, even the submarines and air force were so clearly seen from this angle.
The time we got back to the airport for landing was another amazing moment as we could see the airport from afar zooming in and the planes taking off from a very special angle that we could not have seen before.
All in all, great people, very friendly and helpful - thank you Evan, Ian and the lady at the office! And Great views! Remember to take the doors-off option if you wanna try. And, it is best to book directly with them as it saves money.
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