We had booked to do the White Island tour by boat, but the trip got cancelled at the last minute due to the weather. We thought long and hard about doing the helicopter flight because of the extra cost, but in the end decided that as we had already travelled half way round the world, we had come too far to miss the visit to the Island!! The flight did not disappoint, it was by far the BEST way to see the volcano and explore the island. After a scenic 20 min flight out to the island, we landed and had about an hour to explore this amazing place all to ourselves. Dan (originally from Sussex) was our pilot for the trip, who proved to be very funny and knowledgeable about the island and really nice guy who made the trip really special for us. As there was only the three of us on the island, it was great to be able to take photo's without crowds of tourists getting in the way, a real bonus. It's hard to put into words what it feels like to step onto a live volcano, seeing the huge plumes of smoke and gasses, feeling the raw power of the earth beneath your feet, but it trully was the most amazing experience of our lives!!!! This is definately one of those 'things to do before you die' experiences. LOVED IT!!
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