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“Go without doors!”

Jack Harter Helicopters - Tours
Ranked #6 of 36 Tours in Lihue
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed October 7, 2012

A helicopter tour is a must while visiting Kauai - and this tour with the doors off is really amazing. Take the tour on your first day on the island -- what you see will give you a feel for what you want to do on the island. We suddenly became hikers after seeing the Na Pali coast!

Be sure to bring closed-toe shoes, a jacket and ensure your camera has a strap (I didn't have any of these but they helped me out on all fronts).

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Reviewed October 1, 2012

If you don't do anything else when in Kauai make sure you don't miss out on the most thrilling, breathtaking, awesome, spectacular (there are not enough words to describe) the best experience in the world. Jack Harter is the man you have to thank for it. They make sure you get the maximum time in the air as all the checking in and safety checks are done in advance of your one hour trip. Be brave and take the smaller "no doors" helecopter tour. It will be an adventure that assaults all the senses and will stay with you for a very long time lodged in your memory! Worth every penny!

1  Thank Lesley1210
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Reviewed September 26, 2012

We did the Hughes 500 Doors Off tour and it was incredible. Our pilot Marty gave us great information and history throughout the flight. The ride was great, staff at the office great and Marty was the best! He really added to the experience and we were never nervous, not even for a second! Views were unbelievable and we would highly recommend this!

1  Thank Dana N
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Reviewed September 26, 2012

When we first read about a "no-doors" tour of Kauai on the Jack Harter helicopters, we were sold. It sounded like a great way to see the whole island and get a thrill without the doors. This was definitely the highlight of our trip, Kauai is a stunning island and truly the best way to see it's beauty is by helicopter. So much of the island is uninhabited and not accessible (which is amazing) so being able to see all that natural beauty from the sky was remarkable. I got some great photos, the tour guide was fantastic in explaining the history and what we were flying over and was able to get us in pretty close when were in the volcano crater and canyon. Highly recommended tour :)

2  Thank Cdntrvlr21
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

This was my first ever helicopter ride and I wanted to do it all the way so we chose to do it with the doors off option. I was scared the first 20 minutes and couldn't look out my own door but once I got over it, it was amazing! It is also nice that they only hold 4 passengers. So everyone has a great seat. If you can pick the right side as this is where all the views really are.

The pilot (sorry forgot the name) was great as well. We told him that we were trying to find a beach for our wedding and he personally showed us all the beaches he has seen ppl get married at and his opinion of each. It was like our own private tour. Thank you so much!

1  Thank shannygans
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