I did extensive research before visiting Kauai and one activity was consistently recommended: helicopter tour. After comparing reviews of various tour companies I settled on Blue Hawaiian. I found a great deal online for $161/person on the Eco-Star tour. An experienced pilot guided the 55-minute ride in an American Eurocopter ECO-Star helicopter. The pilot, Kevin, provided historical background as we got up-close to the most remote regions of the “Garden Isle.” The helicopter donned floor to ceiling glass with a maximum capacity of six passengers. Kevin was energetic and knowledgeable, while encouraging interaction from us on a two-way radio. He also made sure to circle each landmark to give everyone a chance to experience the amazing panoramic views. I learned more in the one-hour tour than I did studying tour guides. With only 10% of the island accessible by car, a helicopter tour is the ideal way to gain a true appreciation for the islands geographical brilliance.