Andrew wanted to go on a helicopter tour. I was reluctant, so I wasn't about to book it before we left. Instead, at Turtle Bay Andrew inquired our first day we were there. We actually couldn't get it scheduled until after we had checkout out the next day. I imagined it to feel like a carnival ride -- I was expecting g-forces. Nope, it wasn't any different than flying.
In this view, you can see Turtle bay on a peninsula. Turtle bay to the north and a public swimming beach to the south. We snorkeled at this beach on the first day, but didn't take any pictures. We surfed in north bay as well. Our room was on the turtle bay side.
The view of the mountains was spectacular!
According to a Huffington Post Article, "The Haiku stairs on Oahu -- also known as the Stairway to Heaven -- is the one hike to rule them all. Amidst the lush Koolau mountain range, the 3,922 steps lead up to the stunning Puu Keahiakahoe summit. The stairway was originally wooden and was installed during World War II so the military could access a radio station antennae 2,000 feet up the mountain. In the 1950s, the stairs were replaced with steel steps that led to a newly established Coast Guard navigation station. The navigation station has been closed since the 1980s and the hike is also off-limits now; a security guard sits at its entrance for most of the day and the Honolulu Board of Water Supply -- which has jurisdiction over the hike -- requires that anyone who goes up it sign waivers and present a $1 million liability insurance policy."
This is Gilligan's Island -- where they taped some of the footage for the show. It was a favorite show of mine growing up.
The Arizona Memorial from above
Sharks Cove from above. We snorkeled there -- that is where the underwater pictures of the turtle came from. See how it looks like a shark bite? Nah, me either....
Back safely on the ground! In the Magnum PI helicopter. It has been totally redone since. There was also a "doors" off ride. I don't know if I would have had the nerve to do that -- but I can see where the photography would be better without the glare from the glass. Here's a prime example of the glare.
Hawaii is beautiful from every vantage point... on the ground, under the water, and in the air.