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“Exceptional view of lava flowing into the ocean” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Blue Hawaiian Helicopters - Hilo

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters - Hilo
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Ranked #8 of 43 Tours in Hilo
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Townsend, DE
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78 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Exceptional view of lava flowing into the ocean”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2013

After making reservations the day before, we drove from Kona to Hilo Airport. The airport is small, and the Blue Hawaiian Helicopter is conveniently located right in the main terminal. We chose the Circle of Fire plus Waterfalls tour, which is a 45-50 minute flight.

Our pilot, Julie, was extremely pleasant and provided lots of general information about the area, in addition to the volcanic activities. The flight begins with a quick look at a small waterfall, but viewing the lava flowing in several areas and then lava spilling into the ocean is well worth the trip. The pilot made several passes over the lava, so that everyone in the helicopter could get great views.

Overall, each member of the Blue Hawaiian Helicopter team worked together to make this a fun activity, while instilling the need to follow safety guidelines. On our flight, there were seven passengers, plus the pilot. The cost of the flight DVD was $25.00.

Visited January 2013
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Fort Worth, Texas
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“Awsome and fun!!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2013

My mother in law and I had a great time. Our pilot was very knowledgeable and made it great. We got cancelled the first time due to weather but the people tried really hard to fix the problem.

Visited January 2013
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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 236 helpful votes
“great experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2013

we did the circle of fire and water falls tour on Dec 19th and enjoyed it... only regret is that we were not covered by their video as the person in the front seat totally blocked us. otherwise we would have bought the video for an extra $45. however, our pilot Jeremy made the whole ride extremely entertaining, ensuring all of us caught the best views of the smouldering red lava in 3, 4 places in the crater... he addressed us by name and had a very interesting commentary going while manoeuvering the helicopter at all angles... saw a few water falls as well ....totally worth the money... for the 11am ride, reporting was at 10.15, we were there only by 10.30 as we were doing other sights... wished we had arrived early and grabbed the emergency exit seat in the front... but however, the pilot rode the helicopter at all angles and ensured good views for us in the back seat

Visited December 2012
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oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“do the whole island its a view you won't forget”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2013

Don't go cheap here. This is the island to do the helicopters. The view of the mountains was fantastic. Waterfalls to die for. Lava lava lava. Flowing into the ocean. Erupting at the volcano. Unbelieveable. Pilot was very nice. Remember to wear dark clothes if you want your pictures to come out. Anything light in color will reflect and screw up your pics. Hopefully you get the front two seats. Go on their better helicopter, its worth it.

Visited December 2012
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Oakland Park, FL
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“Way better than imaginable.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2013

The staff were very courteous, people friendly and knowledgeable. Tour was amazing, Pilot very helpful in answering many questions. Volcanoes were beautiful as were the waterfalls. No dislikes.

Visited December 2012
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