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Paradise Helicopters

Address: Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI
Phone Number: (808) 969-7392
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Ranked #20 of 59 Activities in Hilo
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Sun - Sat 7:30 am - 10:00 pm
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San Diego, California
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40 reviews 40 reviews
19 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

My wife and I recently flew with these folks - the doors off volcano tour. Hilo weather being what it is, I asked if they would still fly if the sights were not visible. They assured us that if it was not going to be a good flight, they would not fly. Lie that was indeed. Our flight consisted of... More 

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Seattle, Washington
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

My wife and I flew on the doors off volcano tour, back on DEC 4th. Let me start off by saying this was our 2nd helicopter tour in Hawaii (1st on the Big Isle), and apx. our 12th vacation trip to the Hawaiian Islands overall. That being said, I can assure the readers that we've taken numerous tours over all... More 

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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

I wasn't happy with the price, but I loved everything else about my experience with Paradise Helicopters. Showing up for an early morning flight, the group for our helicopters was quickly introduced to the locals beliefs about the volcanoes, given our safety instruction, and loaded onto the helicopter. Opting to do the doors off experience, one of the individuals on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

My husband and I took the “Doors off” tour with Paradise Helicopters and were piloted by Joyce. We both sat in the front, myself in the middle alongside the pilot, and my hubby at the "door". Initially I was quite disappointed in being given the middle seat, as I had read some reviews which indicated that this was a real... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

Many thanks to Paradise Helicopters. We had a a cool ride with doors-off on the quintessential hot rod helicopter- MD-500. Forget those doors, take em' off and soar like a bird. Our flight took us over hot lava fields which gives you an unforgettable view of the massive ancient and current flows. Banking the 500 hard you could feel the... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

Took the tour with these guys based on a recommendation from a friend. We had previously used Blue Hawaiian on Kauai and I was impressed by their helicopters. However, this is definitely the company to go with if you like adventure. We did the doors off tour with our pilot York. He was very imformative and was careful to show... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

If you can't be guaranteed the back seats DO NOT WASTE your $$$. Seat 1 and 2 both in front with the pilot so YES 3 people sitting up front and the pilot does need to have space. My husband and I were shoe horned into the front, I was in the middle and could not even sit back due... More 

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ParadiseHelicopters, Manager at Paradise Helicopters, responded to this review

Aloha and thank you for taking the time to review us. We're sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your front row seating. Many of our guests enjoy seeing how our pilots navigate and getting the expansive pilot's view of the lava. Our pilots try to position the helicopter to provide optimal viewing on each side of the aircraft.... More 

Kenwood, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
15 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Wowzer! What a wonderful flight we had! Perfect weather.. perfect flight! The volcano was something to watch up close! Mother Nature at best... book with them and you won't be disappointed! Dress warmly.. have straps for cameras.. no caps, purses, no flipflops

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Toms River, New Jersey
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Doors off. We saw waterfalls and and lots of Lava.Old and new.The weather was great that day also.The pilot was the perfect tour guide also, she said everything with a smile.

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Bala, Canada
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7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

we had done a helicopter flight in Kauai but with the doors off and over the current active vent this trip was amazing. We were totally focused on the recent activity and the active vent. We saw trees burning and red hot lava in holes along the way. The pilot was amazing and very respecful of the area and its... More 

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