Post # 1
My FI and I are headed to Kauai for our honeymoon in two weeks… and I’m wondering if I should try to convince him to do a helicopter ride. A lot of people have told me it is a “must-do” in Hawaii but honestly I never really thought about it because I knew we wouldn’t spend the money to do it.
Friday was the last day I’d see my boss before our wedding (he is going to be out of town for a while), and he gave me a wedding card with a check for $1,000 in it and told me he’d be upset if he finds out we didn’t blow it on something stupid for our honeymoon lol. He went to Kauai for his honeymoon and he said he wished that he and his wife had more money to take advantage of all the cool things to do there, so he really wanted us to have a memorable trip and not worry about money. So nice!
So now I wonder… helicopter? My FI is kind of against it because it is still so expensive and he’s just not wow’d by it… but he did say since he has flown in helicopters before he’d do it if I really wanted because he doesn’t want to stop me from experiencing it.
My big concern is motion sickness. I get sick on big airplanes, on boats, and whenever I ride in the back seat of cars. Has anyone with motion sickness ridden in a helicopter? How was it? Secondarily…. is a helicopter ride *really* worth all that money?
Post # 3
Well, if you get motion sickness in planes, boats and cars I doubt a helicopter will be much better.
Save your money, you’ll more than likely discover something you just *have* to try.
Post # 4
I see those helicopter rides on “The Bachelor” all the time, but they just don’t seem that appealing to me. Helicopter rides are really just for the views, and I think I would rather see the views from hiking up a mountain or something. I just feel closer to the awe of nature that way, if you know what I mean. For a splurge, I think swimming with dolphins would be totally awesome!
Post # 5
My brother and sister in law went to Kauai and did a helicopter tour and they said it was the highlight of their trip! If you can do a helicopter tour, do it on Kaui since there’s so many canyons and beautiful sights to see. My hubby and I went to Maui for our honeymoon and if we had the money for it, we totally would’ve done a Heli tour.
That being said, if you do get car sick easily, I can’t imagine a Heli would be any better. :-/ Maybe you can take something for anti-motion sickness?
Post # 6
Omg first of all, your boss sounds SO sweet and generous! That’s awesome! Okay, secondly, I’m using the power of google to live vicariously through you and come up with options for your honeymoon bonus! I haven’t been in a helicopter before, but I think in Hawaii it would be pretty cool to get a birds eye view of the volcanoes. Not sure about the motion sickness factor though…. What about a private luau or something?? Surfing lessons? Oooh ziplining!!! Private dinner on the beach?
I agree that you’ll likey find something you’ll be dying to do once you get there, so if you don’t figure it out now I wouldn’t stress. I’m sure there’ll be stuff that’s not advertised online that your hotel can recommend. I prefer the smaller locally based businesses anyway 🙂
Post # 7
I went to Hawaii many years ago and did a helicopter ride over the volcanoes/lava. I don’t remember all that much from the trip as a whole, but I remember the helicopter ride and it was awesome. Your boss is so generous by the way!!
Post # 8
We lived there and never did it but friends did. Everyone who did it loved it. If you think you’ll love it, you probably will. Everyone said it was well worth the $$.
Post # 9
We went to Kauai 2 years ago, and a few people told me I HAD to do a helicopter tour there. I ended up not doing it, cause I just couldn’t justify the cost…. and now I regret it. I would rather have ‘wasted’ the money and found out for myself if it didnt turn out to be worth it, or gone and discovered that its as amazing as they all told me. One of my coworkers said that he regularly does helipcopter tours all over, and Kauai is by far his favorite place to do it… according to him “if you were ever to do just one helicopter tour anywhere, do it in kauai.”
Post # 10
Thank you all so much for the responses! I haven’t been on much today (and might not be for the rest of the week) due to wedding prep… working on our playlists tonight 🙂
anywaaaays, yes, my boss is awesome. it is just he and i in the office, and he has 3 sons around my age so he kind of considers me like his daughter he says. he’s very generous! probably especially because he feels guilty he’ll be out of the country for my wedding.
i’m so torn about the helicopter! So many of you stated that you’ve been or heard it is AMAZING and thats what I’ve heard as well. I am just so nervous about getting sick. I have taken dramamine before and it doesn’t seem to work on me 🙁 I guess it prob wouldn’t be as amazing if I was puking.
@bakerella: hah you are too sweet! thanks for doing some research for us! My fi says the same thing… lets just go and see what strikes us. I think I’m okay with that plan I guess I just wanted to know if I should try to lobby for the helicopter. I was kind of unreasonably hoping that people would say “oh it is totally different than flying you’ll be FINE” because i really want to do it lol.
Post # 11
If you get sick, I’d skip the helicopter ride and spend it on something else – maybe swimming with dolphins or a really awesome spa day for the two of you…
Post # 12
I get sick in small planes and helicopters. It totally ruins it for me and I can’t enjoy myself. I say spend the money on zip-lining, ATV rides and other outdoor adventures. Maybe a private romantic dinner on the beach?
Post # 14
I just returned from Kauai and the helicopter tour of the Island was the “BEST” part of our vacation. It is amazing. I can get motion sickness on boats and I was actually fine in the helicopter. There are so many amazing things to look @ and the view is spectaular. We were on the fence as well but worked through the concierge @ The Westin in Princeville and we were able to do an hour tour for $375 for two people. I think the helicopter company was Sunshine out of Lihue. If you take it out of Princeville it will cost almost double.
Good luck and enjoy the island… It’s amazing!
Post # 15
I vote BIG yay. I got back from Kauai a couple weeks ago. We were thisclose to not doing the helicopter ride (because I am cheap AND terrified of things that sound dangerous), but our friends went the day before and raved about it so much that we went the following day. It was worth every penny. As my guidebook said, “Going to Kauai without doing a helicopter tour is like going to the Sistine Chapel and not looking up.” Of course Kauai is beautiful and you’ll appreciate it no matter what, but I didn’t realize how much we had been missing before we did the helicopter tour. I didn’t feel sick at all.
One of the most beautiful parts of the island is the Na Pali coast, and the only way to see it is by helicopter or boat. We did the no-doors ride with Jack Harter and I can’t speak highly enough. Maybe that helps with motion-sickness, too? You could always call them (Blue Hawaiian was the other company we looked at) and ask about motion sickness, like whether there’s a better place to sit or something. Some people recommend eating ginger candy beforehand. Regardless of what you decide, Kauai is amaaaaaazing and you will love every minute!!!
Post # 16
First, awesome boss!!!!
Second, I don’t have motion sickness but we did a helicopter ride for my husband’s surprise 30th and it was AWESOME. The view from up top is so magnificent, I can’t imagine how amazing it would be over the islands of Hawaii.
You can always take a pill prior for the motion sickness.
From the pricing of other Bees it doesn’t sound so expensive especially since you basically got a free 1K so I would totally do it! It’s your honeymoon and how often would you get a chance like that again!