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“Totally worth it”

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters - Hilo
Ranked #9 of 43 Tours in Hilo
Certificate of Excellence
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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44 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Totally worth it”
Reviewed January 29, 2012

My husband was very dubious of this tour, in part due to the pretty hefty price tag. After the flight, however, he couldn't stop talking about it! We saw lava in three different locations, and the views from the helicopter couldn't be seen any other way. In fact, while we were there, helicopter tours were the ONLY way to see lava.

In addition to the great views, our pilot (Roger) was very nice. He encouraged the whole group to talk so that we felt involved in the experience, instead of just passive observers. Our flight left a bit late due to some scheduling snafu, so Blue Hawaiian Helicopters gave everyone on the flight free copies of the DVD of the flight. The DVD has a very "home video" feel (certainly not high def!) but it is really fun to watch it and relive the flight.

I'm so glad that we did this trip, and that we did it with Blue Hawaiian. Everyone we interacted with was friendly and knowledgeable, and the helicopter (an Ecostar) was comfortable and had plenty of windows. Definitely do this!

Visited January 2012
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Brisbane, Australia
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46 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Do It!”
Reviewed January 10, 2012

We did our ride over the Big Island. Get value for money and our pilot Rodger was very informative.

Visited January 2012
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Minneapolis
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“The highlight of our trip to the Big Island !”
Reviewed January 1, 2012

This would have been a great tour no matter what, but our pilot Shane made it outstanding. We saw amazing lava activity and Shane made several passes so we could see everything happening live--a large section of tube broke away while overhead revealing an even larger lava pit giving us a great show. He was very detailed in his knowledge of the island, he is very skilled and we felt very safe at all times. We felt it was very worth the price, we saw the 'whole' island and learned A LOT. Highly recommend and will do so again on other islands.

Visited December 2011
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California
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11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Must do !!”
Reviewed December 29, 2011

We took the Circle of Fire and Waterfalls trip from Hilo, which is about a 50 min ride. This was the first helicopter trip for our family. It was a great experience. Ethan, our pilot, was very friendly and was very knowledgeable about the area. We flew over the Kilauea crater, where we were able to see some magma shelves and also were treated to the great sight of lava entering the ocean. Thanks to the weather, we also were able to get a great view of the Rainbow falls.

Visited December 2011
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Carmel, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great Experience”
Reviewed December 25, 2011

I bouught my daughter and grandson a trip over the volcano on an echostar. They said they had a great time. Price was reasonable and dvd of trip was also reasonably priced. It looked and felt like a real professional operation.

Visited December 2011
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