Let me begin by saying I get motion sick easily and am afraid of heights. However, I wanted to do something special for my boyfriend's birthday. He had never been to Kauai so I thought this was the best way to see it. I wasn't wrong! We decided on the extended tour with the doors off. Initially, probably due to my anxiety, I felt a little motion sick. By 10 minutes in though I kept saying "Wow--Oh my Gosh". It was so beautiful that I forgot to be nervous.
We did see other helicopters out there and to second what a couple of other reviews have said, our pilot took us in and got in close for great pictures. Many of the others carrying four or more people were in and out quickly. Also, Mauna Loa gives Everyone a window seat. You cannot fly with more than three passengers. As a result there isn't any leaning over other people to see and with the doors off there aren't any obstructions to your view . This is worth every penny and is highly recommended. Even if it means cutting back on eating out, do it! You will not regret it.
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