Kauai and Forbidden Island Airplane Tour: Aerial View of Natural Wonders and Isolated Rural Life
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Experience the beauty of Kauai and the mystique of the Forbidden Island on this thrilling airplane tour. Discover natural wonders, rural life, and untouched landscapes.
Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • Lihue Airport - Two air tours in one! Enjoy views of the Garden Island of Kauai’s Menehune Fish Pond, the Eucalyptus Tunnel of Trees, Waita Reservoir (the largest reservoir on Kauai), Captain Cook’s Landing in Waimea Town, the breathtaking Waimea Canyon, the majestic Napali Coastline, Lumahai Beach (were the movie South Pacific was filmed), Hanalei Valley, cascading waterfalls, Kilauea Lighthouse (the largest Frigate bird sanctuary) and miles of beautiful coastline and beaches.

Stretching only some 18 miles long and about six miles wide, the arid island is located approximately 17 miles off the west coast of Kaua’i. What makes Ni’ihau so mystifying is that life here has remained mostly frozen in time.

Since it was purchased for $10,000 by the Sinclair family for ranching purposes in 1864, not much has changed. There are no paved roads, no commercial buildings, no hospitals, and few modern-day comforts. A small population of less than 200 live in a tiny village called Pu’uwai on the westside of the island and still communicate in the native tongue. Hunting and gathering are how sustenance is accrued and monetary work is nearly nonexistent except for a few jobs and artisan trades like selling Ni’ihau Jewelery-treasures made exclusively from shells plucked from the island’s pristine beaches.

What's Included
  • Private transportation
  • Bottled water
What's Not Included
  • Gratuities
Additional Information

Experience a dual airplane tour offering views of Kauai’s Menehune Fish Pond, the Eucalyptus Tunnel of Trees, Waita Reservoir (Kauai’s largest), Captain Cook’s Landing in Waimea Town, beautiful Waimea Canyon, the impressive Napali Coastline, Lumahai Beach (featured in the South Pacific movie), Hanalei Valley, awe-inspiring waterfalls, Kilauea Lighthouse (the biggest Frigate bird sanctuary), and countless miles of stunning coastline and beaches.

Explore the enigmatic Forbidden Island of Ni’ihau, stretching 18 miles long and about six miles wide, this arid island is roughly 17 miles off Kaua’i’s west coast. The charm lies in how life on Ni‘ihau has largely remained unchanged.

Since its acquisition for $10,000 by the Sinclair family for ranching in 1864, very little has transformed. You won’t find paved roads, commercial establishments, hospitals, and much of contemporary conveniences. Approximately less than 200 inhabitants live in a small village named Pu‘uwai.

  • Require a minimum of 2 or more passengers
3745 Ahukini Rd
Ahukini Road
Between Fedex and UPS offices
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

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Jun 21, 2019
Just Perfect, Must Do!! - We did their Kaua'i & Ni'ihau Air Tour One of the best ways to get an introduction to the entire island and the forbidden island also! Our pilot was very knowledgeable and was able to customize our experience to our taste, where he made loops or flew around places we want him to! You dont get this same private experience on a helicopter crammed with 5 other people! definitely do this instead at a fraction of the price!!
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Apr 25, 2019
Kauai trip - Had an absolutely wonderful flight. Our pilot was great! He was very knowledgeable. The flight was perfect. If you want to see Kauai from the air, book a trip with Ali'i Air Tours & Charters.
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Apr 20, 2019
Brian Gray - We loved our island flight over Kauai, The pilot was friendly, professional and very knowledgeable about the diverse Island landscape. They are a newer company on Kauai but the staff has extensive prior experience working with other tour providers. One of the owners currently flies for Delta. I must admit that I was a bit apprehensive about flying in such a small plane and I appreciated their obvious attention to detail with regard to safety as well as the fact that their planes are newer than most if not all of their competitors. That they operate a twin engine instead of single engine plane also afforded me a lot more peace of mind. I highly recommend taking at least one tour with Ali’i Kauai Air tours as it provides a broader context for hiking, snorkeling and other activities on the ground.
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