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Julie B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

This tour was amazing!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

Fantastic tour. Everyone was lovely to deal with, our helicopter pilot Caption Redbeard (alias Scott) was brilliant. We loved every minute of the helicopter ride over the volcanos and his knowledge was invaluable. Then a wander around Hilo, some lunch and then up to the ziplines. What a buzz. The guys Matt, Chris and Gavin rocked the lines, everything was fun, safe and the views were AWESOME! Had a ball. Everything was on time, we were looked after from the minute we touched down in Hilo until the time we flew back to Oahu! Thanks to everyone for a brilliant day - one we will remember for ever.

Mishira D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2014

The helicopter tour was amazing and our tour guide John was the BEST!! The zipline was SO much fun too! Everybody involved in the day of activity was simply amazing, from our drivers who picked us up to our tour guides down to support staff. Everybody was amazing, friendly and professional.

Melanie N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2014

This was a fabulous package and a great company to book with. It's a bit costly but was worth treating my two daughters and sister to our first time on the wonderful Big Island. Rick was our esteemed pilot - an ex Marine, we felt totally safe during our flight. He was very informative and open to all our questions. The zipline was great! The young staff were all very professional and extremely efficient - this was all our first time and we all had a blast! I've recommended this company to everyone I've talked to about this vacation.
Thanks for a wonderful experience!

A Nichole E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

Wow! This was an amazing trip from start to finish! The helicopter tour was phenomenal and the zipline was fun too. However, the best part was probably our pilot Dan who talked with us throughout the entire helicopter tour showing us so many wonderful things and explaining them so well (we had two children with us). He listened to our interests and focused the tour on those. It was a fabulous day - one none of us will ever forget. Well worth every penny!

Katina C S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

Must do on the Big Island! Danny was our helicopter pilot and was very knowledgeable about the island ! Zip lining was by far a wonderful experience with our great guides Alex,Chris, and Matt! If you don't do this tour you will truly miss an experience of a lifetime !

Katina C S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

Far most the best experience on the island. Our helicopter pilot Danny was wonderful on showing us what all the Big Island has to offer . He made sure everyone had a great view no matter where you were sitting. Our zip lining guides Chris,Matt and Alex made it memorable!

Brenda W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2013

OUTSTANDING! Super fun crew and beautiful landscape that you zip thru. Waterfalls, deep gorges and lush valleys. Awesome experience.

Garry H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2013

Brilliant. You get a fantastic 2.5 hours time in the air; seeing the entire island (in 2 seperate flights which provides a nice break in flight times). The zip line was also a load of fun. Only advice: after the zip-line you're in Hilo with no specific agenda for a few hours before the 2nd leg of the flight. So I suggest you investigate options and plan something to do (even if only foregoing the zip-line lunch and having a nice meal/late lunch somewhere in Hilo)

Katherine A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2013

This was our first trip to Hawaii and This Adventure Was Worth Every Single Penny. The Paradise Helicopter Pilot, Marco, was excellent, discussed everything, from what we were seeing and the locations' history. Minor turbulence was experienced once, but nobody was worried. The KapohoKine Adventure Tours took us to the 5th longest Zipline in the world. Amazing Ride and Super Safe Guides on the Lines! Greatly appreciated. The little kids (61lbs) with our group were so comfortable with the guides they were not afraid and even went down the lines first! When they didn't make it to the platform, the guides were retrieving them in moments. The Guides also were knowledgeable about the area and the history of the Big Island.

Absolutely a must do!! You will see some of the most amazing waterfalls and breathtaking views. Next time I come to the Big Island - I am Doing This Same Trip AGAIN!!

James W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2013

The Heli ride over the volcanoes and down to the water was awesome,
then off to Hilo to zipline.
Ziplines 1st few warm you up runs a little short but final
three runs awesome.
The Heli ride back around the cliffs once in a lifetime view for sure.
Thx all in all was fun.

Gillian P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2013

We had a wonderful, exciting time on both adventures!!!! The staff was very knowledgable and the safety regulations were followed to a tee. I'd definitely recommend this trip to all my friends. The final zipline is a half a mile long over a beautiful canyon and waterfall. Gorgeous and thrilling!

Leanne R

4 star rating: Recommended
April 2016

Loved it. Helicopter was incredible. Zipline was lovely contrast. Saw other side of the island.

James A C

4 star rating: Recommended
July 2013

The helicopter tour was fun and informative. We wished the helicopter would have taken us closer to the lava for better pictures. Our pilot was great!

With the exception of the van ride to the site, the zipline was the highlight of our trip. Guides were outstanding! They were an impressive group of young men who were well trained and obviously enjoyed what they were doing for a living. The entire experience was well done. Relaxed but effective safety instruction upfront. Never felt unsafe. Fun. We rented the Go Pro camera which captured the afternoon on video.

Orlando B

3 star rating: Worth doing
September 2013

The helicopter ride and the zipline was AMAZING!!. Marco the pilot was incredible!! The only issue I have is that we were in Hilo (after the zipline adventure) waiting for our return for more than 4 hours. There should be a warning stating that this might happen so we can plan ahead (taking bathing suits or making other arrangements)

Harold R

3 star rating: Worth doing
June 2013

I thought the helicopter ride was by far the better part of this two part combo activity especially flying above the lava flow - pretty cool experience. I think it was a pretty expensive trip and I'm not sure I would do it again because of that price. The ziplines were pretty good and the guides were fun overall. The problem was it that we were left in Hilo for about 4.5 hours with nothing to do other than walk around. Not too much to do in Hilo without a car. The helicopter pilot was out giving tours to the cruiseline guests all day so that when it was time for our return trip to Kona he was pretty tired - not as enthusiastic - but still a very beautiful ride.

Lamis O

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
August 2014

This tour was amazing!

Rheba L

1 star rating: I do not recommend this
August 2014

I'm giving this a one star because I would HIGHLY advise to not book this tour, or if you do be warned that it is not a "9 hour" tour, but 13 hours plus. Honestly the helicopter ride was amazing, the zip lining was ok..... But my biggest problem is that you fly across the whole island, you fly over Hilo, and then after the helicopter ride what do you do? You get in a van and drive all the way back to Hilo. 1) you have to go make additional stop on the way there and on the way back to multiple hotels to get people which is understandable, but after doing it, it really just takes that much longer to drive to and from all of the stops along the way. 2) Getting back in a van to drive all the way to Hilo for zip-lining and driving back is at least a 5 hour drive, so be ready to spend most of your day in a van or car if you drive yourself. Another issue is with the zip-lining. There are only 8 lines, and they are even tandem which is great. However, you don't go very fast on these lines, and it took a **very** long time to get through only 8 lines.... I would have to admit that one or two of the lines had great views, but the other six are really nothing special.

As my final thought on this trip. The worst part of being in a van for over 6 hours during the total trip was that at the end of the day we stopped at a hotel in Waikoloa which is where my wife and I wanted to be that evening for an event that was going on. However, since we were in a van and did not drive ourselves, and the fact that this was not "9 hours" as advertised we got back so late to Kona that we missed the event in Wikaloa that we really wanted to go to because we did not want to get back into a car and drive another 45 minutes back.

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