Kauai is a favourite of Hollywood, and its scene-stealing natural attractions have featured in more than 60 films, from Manawaiopuna Falls in Jurassic Park, to the enchanting Hanalei Bay, that put in an appearance in South Pacific. But that’s not all. Kauai’s dramatic landscapes range from the deep cut of the eye-popping Waimea Canyon to the awe-inspiring jagged cliffs of the Napali Coast; and the Mt Waialeale area, where silver streams of waterfalls adorn the mountainsides.
One of the best ways to view it all is with a helicopter tour. They tend to leave from Lihue, and range from 45 to 60 minutes in the air. Some operators offer 90 to 95-minute tours, or you can charter a private flight. Take the doors-off option for spectacular photos or if the doors are on, wear dark clothes to minimise reflections in windows.