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Paradise Helicopters

Address: Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI
Phone Number: (808) 969-7392
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$233*
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79%
Ranked #86 of 246 Sightseeing Tours in Hilo
Type: Helicopter tours, Sightseeing Tours
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Type: Helicopter tours, Sightseeing Tours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Sydney, Australia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

To see some of the spectacular scenery of Hawaii, a helicopter trip is a must. We were recommended Paradise Helicopters and we were not disappointed with the service, the flight and the pilot. We were disappointed that the weather was rather average on the day we booked and there were nothing we could do about that! The safety briefing was... More 

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Kelowna, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

The doors-off volcano and waterfall tour was great fun. The office staff and pilot were friendly and professional. The pilot manoevered to ensure everyone got the best views. Attention to safety was excellent. Highly recommended.

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St. George, Utah
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Took the Circle of Fire trip. We chose the doors off option. WOW! No clouds the day we went so, Pete our pilot, flew right over the volcano. We got close enough to see the new red lava flow, feel the heat and smell the sulfur. A helicopter with the doors off is the only way to see the volcano!... More 

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Hague, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Best way to see the volcano, feel the heat, smell it, see the lava. We took the small helicopter with doors off and it is absolutely the best possible view as compared to the larger helicopters, especially with our doors off. Our pilot was Reece (from New Zealand) and his narrations as we flew around the volcano are very informative... More 

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2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

This review does not comment on the views we saw on Jan 5, 2015 which was very disappointing, but how Paradise is not the company to go with if you want to take decent photos. We took the doors off tour on Kauai the day before with Mauna Loa Helicopter, it was jaw-dropping. Originally I contacted Jack Harter, the other... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

My boyfriend and I ventured to Hilo to take the Doors-Off Lava and Waterfall tour with Paradise Helicopters. It is safe to say that this was an exhilarating tour. Our pilot, Reese, was confident and professional. It is clear that he is very experienced flying his bird and thoroughly enjoys his work. He also did a great job at being... More 

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Rochester, New York
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

We flew out of the Hilo Airport. The people were great, from front desk, to ground crew, to pilot. Saw many interesting things from a really unique perspective. Our only regret was that we were not able to fly over any of the current "hot" lava flows and did not get as close to Kilauea as we otherwise would have... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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44 reviews 44 reviews
28 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Great way to see volcano, did doors off with 3 of us, other companies would not fly unless they could fill 4th seat,. Staff friendly and helpful, especially pilot who made sure he circled both ways to ensure all seats had a good view. Our teenager rated it as the highlight of his trip. Only improvement would be advice given... More 

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Seattle, Washington, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Weather was perfect, pilot was great and kept us constantly informed what we were seeing. Amazing view of Sacred Falls (I had been to the pools years ago but seeing it from the air I had know idea the falls were so tall) We followed the Stairway to Heaven from the bottom to the top flying just above the stairs....flew... More 

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27 reviews 27 reviews
23 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Imagine getting close to the beating heart of a dragon. That's exactly what it felt circumnavigating the Pu'u O'o crater with the doors off. Amazing. Incredible. Unforgettable! Great for aerial photography, too. Also got to see (from afar due to a no-fly zone) some steam/smoke from the lava flowing into Pahoa. Very professional, safety-first crew and fantastic two-way communication with... More 

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