I am not easily “wowed”, even though I do appreciate many of mother nature’s miracles.
Helicopters are not really my thing (Nepal/Everest flashbacks), so when I found the only biplane certified to fly over the Napali Coast I knew this was my big adventure ticket while visiting the gorgeous island of Kauai. (And the price tag surprisingly didn’t break my already dwindling savings account)
With only 6 seats, everyone was guaranteed a window view and our navigator was a very enthusiastic retired commercial airline pilot. The next 90 minutes we soared over landscapes out of a fairytale, as picture perfect as you could ever imagine with ridges carved out by thousands of years of erosion. My eyes were peeled for waterfalls cascading over cliff sides from recent rains, as the center of the island is one of the wettest regions in the entire world.
As we finally reached the edge of the island and followed the stunning coastline, we spotted migrating whales and numerous surfers waiting for the perfect wave. And the cobalt blue waters were jaw dropping.
Besides a little bit of motion sickness sinking in, I really didn’t want the ride to end. Up amongst the clouds, all my everyday worries faded away and I could really appreciate my surroundings from a whole new perspective.
This was definitely a once in a lifetime ride and will be hard to top.