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Jack Harter Helicopters - Tours

4231 Ahukini Rd, Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766-1262
+1 808-245-3774
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Jack Harter Helicopter Tours- Kauai

This was our favorite activity during our week-long stay on Kauai. My boyfriend and I did the... read more

Reviewed November 4, 2017
Yvonne P

Before you book, you should be aware that it rains often in Kauai - that's why it is so green and... read more

Reviewed November 2, 2017
Sydney, Australia
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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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4231 Ahukini Rd, Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766-1262

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Reviewed November 4, 2017

This was our favorite activity during our week-long stay on Kauai. My boyfriend and I did the doors-off tour (MD500) and it is so worth spending the extra money for a once in a lifetime experience. Everyone working here was polite, efficient and friendly and...More

Thank Yvonne P
Reviewed November 2, 2017

Before you book, you should be aware that it rains often in Kauai - that's why it is so green and beautiful. We booked a doors off with Jack Harter and made it to the tarmac. The pilot explained that a rain front was coming...More

1  Thank carolg056
Reviewed November 1, 2017

We did the open-door helicopter tour on the MD500. It was the best activity we did while on Kauai. It is expensive but worth every penny. It was a full hour-long tour of the entire island – you see sights you cannot see without a...More

1  Thank raynman62
Reviewed November 1, 2017

Due to weather conditions my flight was cancelled which isn't a major problem in itself as the weather cannot be helped, however is it the way that this cancellation was managed that was completely unacceptable and extremely disappointing. When I rang up to book I...More

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Jack-Harter-Heli, General Manager at Jack Harter Helicopters - Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Aloha, I am sorry that you were not satisfied by our customer service. We base weather cancellations on two main factors: safety and customer satisfaction. The weather was wetter than normal on the day of your flight. We flew some flights and cancelled others. The...More

Reviewed October 31, 2017

My husband and I did the off doors tour. It was incredible. The unhindered views were incredible! My husband, who does not like heights, even thought this was worthwhile. Would recommend doing in morning before the clouds start coming in. Bring a coat, it does...More

Thank MamaGal
Reviewed October 31, 2017

This is a great way to see the island. Our pilot grew up in Kauai and has so much information about every part of the island we flew over. This was probably the highlight of our week in Kauai.

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Reviewed October 28, 2017 via mobile

After a lot of research and recommendations we decided on jack heater tours. They are one of two locally owned businesses and it was nice to support local. The 60 min flight is definitely a expensive splurge but also a bucket list must. So much...More

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Reviewed October 28, 2017 via mobile

I worked hard to persuade my cousin to take the doors-off tour. After convincing him that I would go solo, he agreed, I booked, and we were all set! I had read about the dreaded middle seat, but had psyched myself into believing that I'm...More

Thank iluv2go2
Reviewed October 21, 2017

My husband and I did the doors off trip with 2 friends so we had the helicopter to ourselves. It was absolutely awesome! Being the lightest person I unfortunately had the middle seat between the pilot and my husband. It was a bit squishy and...More

Thank Lisa B
Reviewed October 21, 2017

Amazing experience - you will be in awe, and have your jaw dropped the entire time. We had a group of 4 do the doors off tour, and it was incredible. Our pilot was extremely knowledgeable about the island, and knew the best locations and...More

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December 4, 2017|
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Response from Jack-Harter-Heli | Property representative |
Seating depends upon many things. Aircraft type, other customers, individual passenger weight and height. We do not guarantee where a passenger would be seated unless the passenger's party is chartering the flight and we... More
Justin R
July 28, 2017|
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Response from Safetydiva2 | Reviewed this property |
There are several factors to consider. One is where it will be the sunniest based on time of day and the position of the sun. The Napali coast has brighter sun in the afternoon. The other factor is the best guess of a... More
Maria G
July 13, 2017|
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Response from Jack-Harter-Heli | Property representative |
Our website has all pricing information. $289 inclusive for 60-65 minute tours. The 6-passenger Doors-On AStar has a discount on our website of $30 per person. There are no discounts available anywhere for the... More