12 years old for Doors-Off, 7 years old for Doors-On
1 Hour
Lihue, Kauai
Available 8:00am to 3:30pm
Tour Times

On our aerial photography tour, you decide where to fly!

Choose your own highlights and concentrate the tour on areas of special importance to you. If you would like complete freedom to take incredible photos up close, this is the tour for you. Whether you’re an amateur photographer or a pro, you’re sure to bring home stunning shots of the island.

Our private photography helicopter tours of Kauai are for parties of one to two passengers with a minimum flight time of one hour. Capture breathtaking photos of the best sights on Kauai!

Photography Tour Highlights: 

  • Fully customized helicopter photography flight
  • You decide where to fly, choosing your own highlights. Concentrate on the areas that are most important to you!
  • The photography flight gives you complete freedom for incredible photo opportunities, including close-up shots!


  • Availability: Daily
  • Tour Time:
    • November-December: Available from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM
    • January-Onward: Available from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
  • Duration: 1 Hour


  • On a doors-on flight, we recommend that you wear dark outer layers to minimize reflection in the windows during photography. Because you are not exposed to the elements, whatever clothing you are comfortable with at sea level is adequate for your flight. 
  • An open-door experience is exciting and fun and we want you to enjoy your flight without being distracted by wind or chill. A warm outer layer that you can zip up, such as a windproof jacket, is ideal. 
  • If you are particularly prone to motion sickness, we do recommend that you prepare with oral motion‐sickness medication so you can enjoy your flight, free from worry. Please request an “Aloha Bag” from our pilot prior to takeoff or during the flight.


  • Minimum 2 passengers/ Maximum 3 Passengers (Single passengers are subject to cost of 2 passengers)
  • Total weight per person is restricted to 275 pounds per person and no more than 650 pounds as a group total. Seat assignments may be subject to weight and balance restrictions of the aircraft.
  • For groups of 3 passengers, no more than one person can be 200+ lbs
  • Weights will be taken at the time of check-in with all items going on the helicopter with you. Due to legal and safety reasons, if weight limits are exceeded at the time of check-in, we will not be able to accommodate the tour, and is non-refundable. NOTE: Seat assignments may be subject to weight and balance restrictions of the aircraft.
  • Minimum age is 7 years old for a doors-on tour and 12 years old for doors-off
  • All passengers must check-in with a valid photo ID 
  • Helicopters hold up to 3 passengers, reservations of 4 or more will be split between helicopters.
  • We strongly advise against wind-susceptible clothing such as dresses and hooded items. In winter, long pants are highly recommended.
  • To keep you and your belongings safe, we cannot permit any loose objects on your doors-off flight. This includes hats, visors, scarves, hair clips, and strapless sandals.
  • Eyeglasses are permissible. Hair that is long enough should be tied tightly with an elastic band. Any equipment must be secured to you via a strap.
  • Routes or flight times may vary due to weather conditions. Mauna Loa Helicopters reserves the right to cancel any tour due to unsafe weather. If cancellation due to weather occurs prior to the flight, any money collected will be refunded. If the flight has begun and must be canceled due to weather within 10 minutes of takeoff, the tour price will be refunded in full. If the flight has exceeded 10 minutes, the passengers will be refunded for the percentage of the flight that did not take place. The pilots do have all the way up until the flight time to make a weather decision. If cancelled due to weather per the pilot, rescheduling opportunities are based upon availability.
  • Customers who are sick inside the helicopter during flight will be charged a $100 cleaning fee.
  • Please note that all body parts must remain inside the helicopter for the duration of the tour. We do not allow “foot selfies” or similar on our tours for safety reasons.
  • Passengers who miss their scheduled flight time due to a late check-in will be charged a fee of $100 if they are able to reschedule.
  • The passenger’s ID must match the name of the credit card being charged. ID will be checked at the time of check-in. If ID does not match the credit card we will need a new card or we will not be able to fly the tour.

Location: Mauna Loa Helicopter Tours at The Harbor Mall*
Address: 3501 Rice St, Suite 1008, Lihue, HI 96766
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/fupHB6oig6DwLBNe9

*Do not report to the Airport for Check-in.

Check-in: All passengers must check in with a valid photo ID no less than 40 minutes prior to their scheduled flight time.
You will check-in at our office (located at the Harbor Mall) then you will need to have your own means of transportation to the airport for the tour.

Parking is FREE.

Special Notes:
Please arrive 40 minutes prior to your tour time.

Activity Company: Mauna Loa Helicopter Tours