My family and I took a plane ride with Air Ventures in August 2013. If you are visiting Kauai, I would highly you recommend you see it by air. Or you will be missing most of the beauty of the island. We originally picked the plane due to weight restrictions on the helicopters. The planes do not have any, but afterwards I was glad we choose the plane. The pilot was excellent and very professional. He gave a very informative narrative as we flew around the island. It also included the sea tour with our package, which was also worth it and together, was a well rounded tour of what Kauai has to offer by sea and air. Go with Air Ventures, you won't be disappointed.