Private Air Tour of Kauai

Kauai Air Tour by Biplane

Our YMF-5 WACO BIPLANE is specifically designed to carry a pilot and two passengers. While the pilot operates the controls from the rear cockpit, our passengers sit side-by-side in the cozy, yet comfortable OPEN cockpit. Each passenger has the option of wearing the nostalgic cloth helmet and goggles should they wish to.  You will also enjoy two-way communication with your pilot with top of the line Bose noise cancelling headsets.

Take the “Ride of a Lifetime” with SNOOPY and WOODSTOCK

Depart the Lihue Airport and fly over the sunny south shore, Kipu Kai (nicknamed the Baby Napali Coast), the 5-Star Grand Hyatt Hotel, the legendary Shipwreck Beach, Poipu Beach, Lawai Beach (where the home of Tattoo and Mr. Roarke in the hit TV series Fantasy Island is located), the Spouting Horn, and over to Hawaii’s largest coffee plantation (Kauai Coffee). On to Hanapepe Valley where Manawaiopuna Waterfall is located which is also known as the Jurassic Falls, Olokele Valley, and Waimea Canyon (the Grand Canyon of the Pacific).

Descending over open fields to Polihale Beach (the largest beach in Hawaii at 16 miles long) and covering the Sacred NaPali coastline. The 21 mile long Napali Coast consists of the Nualolo Valley (where up to 5,000 ancient Hawaiians lived up until 200 years ago), the Cathedrals of Honopu’u, the Honopu’u Arches (where numerous Hollywood hits were filmed), Kalalau Valley and Beach, and over to the lush Hanakapi’ai Valley with its cascading 3,000′ waterfall over to the secluded Ke’e beach located at the end of the road.

Pass by the northernmost point in Hawaii, Kilauea Lighthouse, and see the sacred nesting spots of the Nene (Hawaiian goose). Soar up the Kilauea River with its mesmerizing waterfall as you head up the lush Hanalei Valley and experience its jagged 4,000′ cliffs. You will then continue on over the ridge of Mt. Waialeale Crater viewing more waterfalls than you can count and on to Kilohana Crater (the secondary volcano that helped to create Kauai).

Fly down the Wailua River (the only navigable river in Hawaii), Fern Grotto and Sleeping Giant with its ancient Hawaiian legends. Pass by Coco Palms where Elvis made the romantic movie “Blue Hawaii”, then along the Gold Coast of Kauai and over popular hotels and beaches. Fly over rustic Kapa’a Town and the pristine Keali’a Beach. Glide along the Anahola Mountain range and view King Kong’s profile. Then head down Wailua Beach, over Kauai Beach Resort, Kauai Beach Villas and View the Wailua Golf Course as you head back to the Airport. Just before landing you will see Hanamalu Beach Park where they filmed “6 Days, 7 Nights” starring Harrison Ford.

This tour is perfect if you want to experience the “ride of a lifetime” on Kauai!

Common Questions about the Kauai Air Tour by Biplane

What is the difference between a helicopter tour and an airplane tour?
We are both regulated by the same FAA routes. We both fly between 500' AGL to 1,500' AGL and our flights are usually smoother because we fly above the valleys and canyons. We offer extra-large window seats fat no extra charge for all passengers, unlike helicopters which have three middle seats. We also have a more lenient weight restriction of 350lbs per passenger on the GA-8 Airvan, and 270lbs per passenger on the Cessna .The Biplane limit is 500lbs total for two passengers; however, you must be able to sit confortably side-by-side in the 35 inch cockpit.  On helicopter flights, passengers must pay an additional charge if they weigh over 230lbs. Our tours are a full 60 minutes long unlike helicopter tours which are between 45-52 minutes of flying time. We are the most cost-effective way to see the island.

Do you offer transportation?
Yes, we provide complimentary transportation for cruise ship passengers, to and from the ABC Store at Anchor Cove Mall and Harbor Mall, upon request.

What type of clothing should I wear on the open cockpit Bi-Plane ride?
We recommend you wear comfortable clothing. If you feel comfortable on the ground you will feel equally comfortable in the airplane.

Are taxes and fuel surcharges included in the price?
Yes, taxes and fuel surcharges are included in the Big Kahuna Air Tour , Private Cessna Tours, as well as our Ride of a Lifetime Biplane Tour

What if the weather is bad? Do we get a refund?
Should your flight be delayed or canceled due to inclement weather, we will make every effort to reschedule you. In the event that rescheduling is not possible, you will receive a refund. We recommend you book your tour to fly early in your stay. We definitely do not want you to miss seeing our beautiful island from above.

Are pilot gratuities Included?
Although gratuities are not included, it's always appreciated and customary to tip your pilot.

Will I see as much from the airplane as in a helicopter?
You will actually see more of the beautiful island of Kauai because you will get a panoramic view, unlike helicopters flying below the ridge lines which may obstruct your view. Our tours are a full 60 minutes in length unlike most helicopter tours which average approximately 48 minutes.

Will I see everything in your tour description?
Every attempt will be made by our pilots to cover each site described, weather permitting. Pilots will adjust their flight path for wind and weather and may include alternate sites. You will have the very best air tour of Kauai possible on the day of your tour! However, your safety and comfort come first!

How is your safety record?
We have a perfect safety record with no accidents or incidents.

How long has AirVentures been in business?
We have been "Flying with Aloha" since 2004!

What should I wear?
We recommend you wear comfortable clothing. If you are comfortable on the ground you should be equally comfortable in the airplane.

Should we bring a camera?
Yes, we encourage passengers to bring their cameras. You will achieve beautiful photos with any lens. We can also mount your Go-Pro on the exterior of our airplane for a fee of $25.00, should you desire it.

What is the best tour?
Every Kauai air tour we offer encompasses the entire Island. You will experience Jurassic Falls, Waimea Canyon, Napali Coast, Kilauea Lighthouse, Hanalei Valley, Waialeale Crater, Wailua Falls, Opaekaa Falls, Kilohana Crater and much, much more. Our most popular tour is the Big Kahuna Tour because it is our most cost-effective tour.

How many passengers does the biplane accommodate?
Our open-cockpit biplane holds two passengers with side-by-side seating forward of the pilot.

Cancellation Policy

A 48-hour cancellation or change of tour notice is required for all airplane tours. If for any reason you decide to cancel or change your reservation, you must notify us 48-hours prior to the tour date/time. Cancellations, changes, or no-shows within 48-hours of the tour are not refundable and will be charged in full. Routes and flight patterns subject to change due to weather conditions.

Reservation Policy

Total fares include applicable taxes and fees. Any child under 24 months of age is welcome as a lap child at no charge. Children 24 months and over require an individual full-fare seat. There is a 350 pound per passenger weight limit. Your credit card will be charged at time of booking.

Kauai Air Tour Reviews

“Unforgettable Experience” My husband talked me into doing this air tour. I'm not the most adventurous person, and this seemed pretty adventurous to me. I'll admit I was nervous, but after five minutes in the air I knew this would be a tour I'd never forget. It was amazing...

— Samantha A

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“Bi-Plane was Amazing” The weather was "off and on rain" - so we weren't sure how it would turn out. It was AMAZING! Pilot was really engaging - and he was able to navigate around the weather to make it 10+++ ! The Island was gorgeous - we saw the outer edges of the island all...

— Sherry B

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