Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the 45-Minute Open-Door Volcanoes Helicopter Flight. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.
This was a wonderful experience. I booked my husband and I on a "doorless" flight. Despite my fear of heights, once I opened my eyes I enjoyed every moment. It may seem warm on the ground but without doors it gets very cold. Viator was good enough to call the night before and remind us about the jacket, it was about 90 on the ground....we had no intention of doing this. The staff and pilot, Joyce, were great. Joyce sensed my reticence and inquired about my state of mind...which helped. As I said, go for it.
Wow! Do this - you will not regret it.
The helicopter has 2 seats in the back, both with window seats but by all acounts are very windy and cold! We sat in the front where there are 3 seats and is slightly more sheltered. Anywhere you sit, it is amazing. You don't need to worry about sitting next to your partner, as there are 2 seats in back and 2 in front. The company you fly with is local.
We booked the 11:30 flight from Hilo and drove over Saddle Road in the morning, setting off about 7:45 from the Fairmont Orchid. We went to the tsunami museum before this and then drove to the airport. Don't let it worry you if you are based on the Kona side and have to drive across. After the tour we drove to the Volcanoes national park and then drove back round the southern side of the island to Kona.
The tour itself is totally amazing. It rained a little, but that just added to the experience. The flight is so smooth. My wife had never flown in a helicopter before. She was nervous because she hates rollercoasters. She couldn't believe how smooth the flight is. The pilot is really good fun and professional. The views are difficult to explain, but just mind blowing. You see so much in a short space of time!
It was absolutely amazing! The ladies in the greeting area, the ones who walked us to the helicopter, and the pilot were professional and timely. We highly recommend this flight.
While we were in Hawaii volcano activity was mostly in inaccessible regions, and the flight was the only way we could see a recent lava flow. The open door heli certainly added to the excitement of the trip, and made photo opportunities better. We would certainly recommend this trip
Absolutely top notch and worth every penny. The staff are very personable and friendly. Would recommend this trip to, anyone.
It was excellent. Our pilot was great. We recommended this to anyone thinking about it
Our open door helicopter ride over the volcanoes was brilliant.
The check in process good, the safety briefing was well done as was getting us into the helicopter, safely strapped in and off we went.
The lava was present, you could feel the heat as we flew in close over it and to see it us close was amazing.
Joyce our pilot was tremendous, she kept us informed with all sorts of useful information.
All in all a great trip to do and well worth it -
Viator.com bombarded me with so many e-mails after I booked the trip that I missed the e-mail saying they could not accommodate me. Two days after I booked the flight they e-mailed me saying the time I selected was unavailable. Two days! By that time I did not have web access. My son and I drove two + hours only to find out that we had to wait over four hours for our flight.
The flight was worth it and the company we book was very nice, but to waste four hours is unacceptable. When the tour company contacted Viator about this, they said nothing could be done. Apparently from the tour company this has happened more than once.
What a wonderful experience with no doors, very exciting would thoroughly recommend the trip
If you're going to do one tour on the big island, do this. It's exceptional. It's a thrilling way of seeing one of the most amazing sights on this planet. Dress warm, it gets cold up there!
It was amazing! We actually got to see two lava flows into the ocean and pools of lava formed while we were flying back, so we have pictures of that as well. I would definitely recommend the open door experience, but make sure you dress warmly and ladies, tie back your hair. It's very windy up there.
It was one of the highlights of our vacation. Loved every minute of it.
Would highly recommend it. Worth every penny!!!
Bill and Betty Ryckman
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