These are a couple of pictures of the family in the plane as we were taking our aerial tour around Kauai, HI.
There was a company on the island called Air Ventures Kauai that offered pretty reasonable rates on airplane tours. My wife, Yami, also wanted to go to an authentic Luau being that this was our first trip to Hawaii. Fortunately, this tour company had worked out a combo deal with the most authentic Luau on Kauai, The Smith Family Garden Luau. So we booked the combo deal and went to the Lihue Airport for our tour. The airplane was a Australian made airplane Called a GA-8 Airvan. The plane sits a total of 7 people including the pilot. Oddly enough this plane has the exact same engine as 24MT. The following is a video of the plane (N721AV) as it started and took another tour group up just before we were scheduled for our tour on the same plane:
We finally got to go on our aerial tour and the views were breathtaking. The following are some photos of the tour.
|Here we are on Crosswind shortly after takeoff.|
I had no idea how many movies had been filmed here on this island. The Tour pilot showed us many sites where movies were shot and pointed out the specific scenes of those movies or shows. Below are some of those sites.
|This is the beach where Harrison Ford Crash landed his Dehavilland Beaver in the movie Six Days Seven Nights. You can see the beach in the movie trailer, click the link.|
|This is the Waterfall that the Helicopter passed in the arrival scene in Jurassic Park. You can see this waterfall in the link to the movie trailer when the founder of the Park arrives at the Jurassic Park. Click the link and you will see|
|Click the trailer link for Fantasy Island here.|
|You can also see this coast on the opening credits to Fantasy Island.|
The Pilot then took us to what he referred to as the Hollywood of the Hawaiian Islands. This town was called Princeville. He pointed out Pierce Brosnan's House. It was pretty nice. The house is demonstrated below. It is the one with the tennis court and the orange/red roof.
|Pierce Brosnan's House|
|As you can see the surf is pretty rough|
|Waimea Canyon is Called the "The Grand Canyon of the Pacific"|
Well, the tour soon came to an end and I was happier than a Pig in poop. That was the best way to see the island short of becoming a Survivor contestant. Yami really enjoyed the tour, but my kids quickly got bored. Talk about spoiled kids who are so used to flying that it is no big deal for them. Well, my daughter Angella seemed to stay pretty alert.
|Happier than a pig in poop mode.|
|Oh yeah, little David can't seem to contain his enthusiasm here.|
|Hmmmm, money well spent on this tour ticket?!|
|This is part of the Koloa Landing Wyndham Grand Resort where we stayed during our trip. We were in the building in the right lower portion of the photo.|
This time of year in Hawaii is whale season. The humpback whales that are usually around Alaska come down to this neck of the woods during the winter. I guess you could say that they swim south for the winter.
|Beautiful Humpback whales|
Well all good thinks must come to an end and soon enough we were on final approach into
Lihue Airport (PHLI)
Well that was our Aerial tour around Kauai. Hope you liked it. Feel free to comment.