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This really was a great tour. Koji, the pilot, did a fantastic job with his commentary and wonderful manoeuvres to maximise scenery and photo opportunities. I had done one other helicopter tour over another island in Hawai'i. This one was superb and probably hard to beat. Strongly recommend this!
This was amazing. Absolutely loved the flight over the island to see the changes from one side of the island to the other. Fascinating to see the lava trails, some smouldering trees and then the lush green on the other side of the island. Felt very safe with our pilot
This was brilliant - completely round the island, over Mauna Loa and past Mauna Kea - with excellent clear views of the tops! Then off to the active volcano, Kilauea - a look at the lava flows, the active crater and where lava boils into the sea! After this, we went off and did the scenic valleys and waterfalls - it was excellent. The pilot was exceedingly good, making sure that he showed everything to both sides of the helicopter by flying in and out - wonderful! It was definitely worth paying for the extended flight - a short one would not have taken us to see the whole island and would not have been a fraction as good. A once in a lifetime experience that did not disappoint!
I was incredibly nervous for this trip, as I hate heights and my stomach tends to get a bit nervous during flights! This trip was AMAZING! You essentially get to see everything you possibly would want to see, from a view that not many people can say they have seen. Our pilot was amazing, and reviewed details of our trip before taking off. Once we were loaded into the helicopter, we were off for an adventure of a lifetime! My fiancé and I would recommend this tour to everyone, although it is pricey, you will not be disappointed!
I would recommend this Helicopter flight to everyone Great experience
I am lucky enough to have had numerous helicopter experiences so I am well placed to testify to how good this is! Troy is a fantastic pilot and guide and the perspective this gives you on overlapping lava flows and the lava lake through to the absolutely extraordinary valleys in Kohala is really only able to be seen from a chopper like this.
Our pilot was as excited as we were to see the lava from the volcanoes, even though he had probably seen it many times. Pricey, but worth it!
Excellent I have been on a few helicopter rides on the island but this one was by far the best . My mom is 89 years old and she was very impressed with the knowledge of the pilot about the island and the history. I would highly recommend this helicopter ride and the staff was 100 also like to thank Paradise Helicopter and the owner for a great day.
You may be hesitant to do this because of the cost, but it is well worth it! An amazing experience. Our pilot, Jork, was friendly, informative, and always willing to go back around again for another look! Seeing Kilauea from above was unforgettable. We were also fortunate to see the lava spilling into the sea. The coastline and the valleys with incredible waterfalls were majestic as well. We even saw whales along the coast. HIghly recommended.
This was worth every nickel, you see more of Hawaii in two hours then anyway else. Getting to look down into the volcanoes was awesome. Really learn to appreciate our Earth seeing all the different things that are happening to it right from a short distance above.
Mother Earth at it's best, and we got to see it up close
What a blast! Our pilot, Ryan, was awesome!! He explained where we were headed before we took off with a map of the island. He played great music that matched the ride. Professional and funny. Because of the weather winter in Hawaii he modified our trip--yes, he let us know that in advance--he took us to the north coast for the waterfalls, too many to count. He made sure that everyone got to see the sights no matter what side of the helicopter you were on. Not only did we get to see fantastic views of the island, we saw whales too! Great experience, yes, I'd go back in a heart-beat.
An amazing tour of the island. Being able to see the island from the air and follow the lava flows from the volcano to the ocean and see how they are building new land in front of our eyes was just amazing. And then flying from the volcanoes over and into the forest and seeing in such a short time the changing beauty of the island was just breathtaking. Highly recommend this trip.
Louis S Australia
Our pilot was ex military and flew the aircraft brilliantly. The 2 hour flight was fantastic and we spent a good time over the volcanos, turning around so that all passengers got a good view and able to take some good photos whatever side of the aircraft you were sitting. Seeing the lava entering the sea was good as was the flight up the coast and into the valleys. The entire flight was smooth and the weather on the day was very clear and fine. We flew back to Kona down the coast and you could see all the major resorts from the air. The driver who collected me arrived on time and drove very well and was very knowledgeable about the area and could answer any questions you had. I had the same driver on the return journey and was able to continue our conversations. A great time was had and I would highly recommend this trip. Great was to see the Big Island.
A true once-in-a-lifetime experience that exceeded our expectations. Great helicopter, great pilot, great ride!!
Wonderful trip. We have done helicopter tours several times in various places, but this one ranks on top, on par with Grand Canyon. The weather was rainy on the Volcanoes, so we followed the coast. The lava flowing into the sea and the flight over the cascades in the valleys were awesome.
This helicopter tour was a once in a lifetime event! Fabulous scenery, smooth helicopter flying and friendly staff. Wonderful experience! Thank you!
it was above expectations, the pilot was great very informative and answered any and all questions. OMG the views were amazing. Thank you for a wonderful birthday. I would go again !!!!!
Beautiful views and a fantastic flight. Organisation was efficient from pick up to drop off and we really enjoyed the pilots attempts to chase the lava down so we could get the best photographs.
Took a two hour helicopter ride with Paradise Helicopters. They operate out of Kona airport. If you contact them when in your resort you may be able to persuade them to send a complimentary cab for you - we found this out when we spoke to our hotel staff and this saved us about 100 dollars - so worth a phone call. The trip was excellent - the pilot was amusing and I felt safe at all times. The scenery was stunning and I would recommend this trip to anyone. It may seem expensive but it is worthwhile. definitely worth upgrading to a guaranteed window seat - and wear dark clothing as the windows can pick up reflections which can hamper photography.
Amazing trip! I'm so happy we decided on the 2-hour ride as I feel this was the perfect amount of time to explore the island.
Frank L United States of ...
The flight was fantastic. I lucked out and sat in the co-pilot seat, so I had a great view of everything along the way. We basically flew around the island. We were able to see some lava flows, but that isn't always the case. The flows weren't nearly as good as some of the pictures you may have seen online, but it was still great to go around the island and see some awesome sights.
We had an amazing experience viewing the big island from above. The ground staff was efficient and informative, making our pre flight check in a smooth experience. Our pilot was informative, courteous to his passengers needs and requests. The view of the volcanos, valleys, ocean and different towns of the bid island were breathtaking. I would recommend paradise helicopters to anyone considering a helicopter tour of the island!!!
What an amazing tour!!! the volcano and the lava was spectacular but the real treat is the valleys and waterfalls. The staff from the office team to the fantastic Pilot Dan really made this the highlight of our Honeymoon.
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