I am spectacularly afraid of helicopters. I don't think those machines follow any of the laws of physics and am even worried when they fly over my house. But my spouse asked to go on the helicopter ride, and explained that Kauai was so remote that it was really the only way to see much of the island. Within minutes of getting airborne, I'd forgotten my fears and enjoyed the scenery.
Before long, we learned why Kauai often the backdrop for many Hollywood movies. Here are the twin falls seen at the beginning of the Fantasy Island credits. Later we got a great look at the spectacular waterfall seen in Jurassic Park.
We followed the waterfalls to their source and saw the rivers that snaked their way through deep canyons.
Soon, our helicopter steered toward the ocean where we saw the breathtaking views of the Na Pali coastline.
Our helicopter ride over Kauai was an amazing once (or twice?) in a lifetime experience!