Four of us took the doors-off flight around Kauai. Securely strapped in, we felt perfectly safe, yet we had the advantage of not having to look out through a window! Got great pictures. Our pilot was very experienced having flown tourists in Alaska and the Grand Canyon, and performed hundreds of search & rescue missions. He kept the dialog going and explained in great detail what we were seeing. We had intercom connections for everyone, so we could ask questions. The most awesome part of the flight was flying into the open crater of Mt. Waialeale, the rainiest spot on earth. When he hovered and slowly did a 180-degree turn so everyone could take it in, there was just a green wall of hundreds of waterfalls. It was the most awesome flying experience I've ever had, and I'm an ex-USAF fighter pilot!! This trip was well worth it, and by all means, take the doors-off flight. The helicopter flight beat the fixed-wing flight we did in 2008 by a long shot. Jack Harter Helicopters runs a professonal operation.