Wow! Went yesterday on the Big Island tour with my husband. Absolutely, hands down, the coolest thing I have ever had the pleasure of doing. Would give it five stars... Except the tour advertised as 2 hours flying time is actually 90 minutes flight time. And, we weren't told about the first-class option to get front seat views. For about $60 extra per person, we would have totally paid it to get front row seating! When you are paying over $1000 anyway for 2 people, what's an extra $100ish fee!
I have never been on a helicopter before, and this one was amazing. Quiet, steady, lots of windows, and the BI certainly provides the awe-inspiring scenery.
I am a slightly motion sick person, so I did take the advice of another review and took Dramamine. I am glad I did - the helicopter is steady and moves smoothly but turns a lot of circles over key sights so all passengers can get great views and photos. These little spins would have made me nauseous, so very glad I bought the Dramamine.
It was recommended to us to take the 7:30am tour, and I am glad we did. The clouds and haze forms over the Hilo side of the island and would have obstructed our extremely clear view we were fortunate to have in the morning hours.
This operator has a 100% safety record. Only flys Eco-star helicopters, which are the nicest version. It's certainly pricey at $510pp, but absolutely worth every penny.
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