Kilauea Volcano Reviews
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This was fantastic! we saw flowing lava and I have some great pics!! Well worth the money if you love volcanos.... and who doesn't
Review by Danny L, April 2013
Doing what: Volcano Helicopter Tour and Private Paradise Landing
our tour with Marco was absolutely first rate, fantastic!!! we loved every minute of it and his commentary was both amusing and informative. would highly recommend this tour to others and if we return to Hawaii would come back again. Sharon and Danny Lacey, Tasmania, Australia
Absolutely FANTASTIC!!! Mathew was the best guide ever. His knowledge, information and easy quips about the island, the volcanoes and the history of the people, kept us all informed, and sometimes laughing. Altho it did rain off and on, that did not deter our stops for sightseeing, walks and tours of interesting places. We highly recommend the TWIGHLITE TOUR as it give more of the visual aspects of the lava flows and steam vents. we WOULD do the same tour again should we visit the big island another time.
Loved the music on board, the commentary was wonderful. Randy was laughing hysterically most of the time because he was having so much fun. Your people are all charming and considerate. Your desk guy even drew us a map to get to Saddle Road at the end of the tour. Nothing but good, professional work by all involved. We were well cared for from start to finish. The flight itself was AMAZING. Thank you!
Seeing the lava glow was impressive. Fun and educational.
I would give customer service, and the entire staff, the highest possible rating. Our day should have been a disaster. Our hotel sent us to the wrong side of the Island, and my fiance broke her shoe, right before we were about to start our ride. Customer service saved our trip by switching us with another family so we had time to drive around the Island, and the receptionists lent my finance the sandles off her feet so my fiance could ride in the helicoptor. Every one from the pilot, to the ground crew, to customer service was extremely kind and helpful. My only complaint is that the lava flow shown in the advertising greatly exaggerates the amount of lava flow that is currently on the island.
This was a fun flight with amazing views. Seeing an active volcano from the air is incredible though the most beautiful parts were the lush sea cliffs and Waipio Valley. With current volcanic activity, this is the best way to see actual lava, especially going into the ocean. Alternative is to take a boat and the seas are apparently pretty choppy there though we didn’t take the boat. Note that 2 seats in the helicopter are rear facing so if you are prone to air sickness you may want to request not having those seats. I sat up front and had a great view but my fiance sat in a rear facing seat and didn’t feel terrific though she still enjoyed the views. 2 hours is a bit long all in one go. In hindsight I’d recommend paying a little more and doing the version that includes a stop midway at a secluded waterfall. Getting out to stretch would have been a nice break.
Review by Anonymous, April 2013
Doing what: 2-Hour Big Island Helicopter Flight from Kona
This helicopter tour is one of two ways to watch lava spew from active volcanoes and crash into the southeastern shore of the Big Island, creating magnificent plumes of white smoke. Truly an amazing view. This comprehensive aerial tour of the Big Island gives you the lay of the land while hovering over waterfalls, valleys, shorelines and (of course) Volcanoes National Park for plenty of picture-taking opportunities. This is a private tour that maxes out at 6 passengers, plus a pilot who points out the significant sites as he cruises along - sometimes as low as 1,500 feet. Tip: This is a two-hour long helicopter ride so if you prone to air-sickness, make sure to be prepared with medication before hand!
Great trip! Smooth flight, lots to see and learn. Very knowledgable and professional pilot made this excursion a highlight of our first trip to Hawaii. I highly recommend Paradise Helicopters!
This was a wonderful learning day! Our guide, Christina, was so knowledgeable. She is a college biology teacher (Dr.) and gave us so much information. The trip was well organized, meals and snacks were wonderful. We liked having only 8 in the group. We learned so much about volcanoes, rainforest (with a walk through), lava tubes (another walk through), lava beds, dessert and history of the area!
This helicopter flight was brilliant! These flights only take 4 passengers, ensuring everyone gets a great view, and you see so much of the coastline, and bubbling pools of lava from above that you could never see on foot.
It was overcast and misty when we flew, and initially I was disappointed, but it acctually assisted in seeing the vibrancy of the lava, and we used the mist as our ceiling, and got some great photos.
Going over farmland and the Rainbow Falls was a nice end to the tour, and our pilot was great, giving us insights here and there about the various sites.
I would recommend this to anyone who wants to see more of the Hilo end of the Big Island, truly fantastic!!
Marco was a wonderful pilot and gave us a wonderful view on all sides of the helicopter. I was nervous about the helicopter ride, but he soon set me at ease and it was a wonderful experience. Can't wait to go again! Wanda Dodge
Good flight to top with amazing sites of volcano erupting - then glowing into the ocean - and the emense falls ..
Crew very safety conscious
Pilot rearranged us to fit better
This is an all day tour, but what an experience! Hawaii forest and trail offered a top notch experience. Our guide Gene was great. He knew his way around the park and provide insight to what we were seeing and history behind the volcano. It was an experience we will never forget.