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“No Door Ride” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Paradise Helicopters - KONA

Paradise Helicopters - KONA
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$299.00*
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Volcanoes and Waterfall Extreme: 45-Minute Open-Door Volcanoes Helicopter Flight
Ranked #25 of 198 Tours in Kailua-Kona
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Paradise Helicopters - Hawaii's Most Unique Helicopter Experience! Enjoy the Hawaii few people ever witness on our one-of-a-kind air adventures departing out of Kona & Hilo on Hawaii Island, Lanai and Oahu. Whether flying Doors-Off over the volcano to feel the heat of the lava, hovering beside a 2000 foot waterfall, landing for stunning views on an epic ridge top, or photographing the remote beauty of Hawaii’s rare rain forest valleys, black and GREEN sand beaches – our Hawaiian helicopter tours offer a diverse set of adventure options to suit every need! This is one flight you will be sure to remember for a lifetime.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
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“No Door Ride”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2013

Our family of 4 adults took this rather expensive ride of 40 minutes. I am small (123#) and took the middle seat next to my sister who is same size. The pilot said I was moving into him and suggested I move the other way. Not wanting to push my sister out the" no- door" ( though they do have seat belts), I crossed my arms and held my legs together with my crossed arms for the most uncomfortable ride.
Personally, I wanted it to over asap. I thought our pilot was dull and could barely hear a word he said, except for the part about the "move away". He seemed bored and pre-occupied with other thoughts. However, to be fair, the others in our group did enjoy the flight, but then they sat with room to spare. The middle seat (#1) is really for a child, or someone who weighs less than 100 pounds. Also, the long wait in the holding area seemed to cut into our air time and we did not get the full 45 min, of which I shall not complain!

Visited March 2013
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robparadise, Director of Business Development at Paradise Helicopters - KONA, responded to this review, May 28, 2013
Aloha,
This is not the experience that we want any of our guests to have. Can you please contact me directly at rob@paradisecopters.com so we can further this matter?
mahalo,
rob
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Brooklyn
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“The Best”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2013

Paradise has permission to fly at 500 ft. above sea level, so when you want to see lava flowing into the sea or feel as though you can reach out and touch the tops of trees and brush the ferns with your finger tips, you want these guys! Professional, knowledgable, capable pilots and the ability (for more money) to land on a valley floor and walk around. Terrific! Worth every penny!

Visited March 2013
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robparadise, Director of Business Development at Paradise Helicopters - KONA, responded to this review, May 17, 2013
Aloha,
Thank you for choosing to fly with us.
We are glad that you enjoyed the tour.
We enjoy the ability to share our island with others in a close up fashion, we feel it adds much to the experience.
Mahalo,
rob
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Saskatoon
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“Great Experience!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2013

Awesome way to see the whole island! Our pilot was excellent, very personable and gave us lots of great information. You can see volcanoes, valleys, waterfalls and much more that you could never see any other way! Beautiful scenery, just a great couple of hours. I would highly recommend seeing the island this way. Although quite pricey, it is worth it!

Visited February 2013
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robparadise, Director of Business Development at Paradise Helicopters - KONA, responded to this review, May 17, 2013
Aloha,
Thanks for flying with us!
We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the Volcano & Valley tour, it is a pleasure to show people the sites on the island.
We are glad to hear that you had a good experience with the pilots, a lot of our guests enjoy the ability to ask questions during the entire flight. We will pass on your regards.
Mahalo,
rob
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Nebraska
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“ABSOLUTELY BREATHTAKING”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2013

Jesse was our pilot, he was very informative. He made sure that both sides of the helicopter could see everthing. Even though not garenteed cause we cant predict mother nature, we were able to watch molten lava enter the ocean, we seen several volcanos, hundreds of waterfalls, one 2,000 ft. which he was able to get very close to. I would reccomend this place over any other.

Visited March 2013
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robparadise, Director of Business Development at Paradise Helicopters - KONA, responded to this review, May 17, 2013
Aloha,
We are glad that you enjoyed the Volcano & Valley Landing tour. We enjoy the ability to share the different parts of our beautiful island with others.
We are glad that you liked the waterfalls, they are very beautiful.
Thank you for choosing us.
Mahalo,
rob
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Fontana, California
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“The best thing we have done in Hawaii and will do it again.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2013

We did a lot of things in our recent trip to Hawaii. The two things I will always remember was the Arizona memorial and the Paradise helicopter tour. Hats off to out pilot Mark, he was very good.
You will see things only this tour will show you. We took the 2 hour tour with Valley landing and it was more than worth the price. You see lava flows, volcanoes, crashed WWII bomber and get a whole new perspective of the big island. We spotted whales on the way back to the heliport and our pilot Mark turned and let us get a little whale watching in as a bonus.

Visited February 2013
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robparadise, Director of Business Development at Paradise Helicopters - KONA, responded to this review, May 17, 2013
Aloha,
We are glad that you enjoyed the Volcano & Valley landing tour, it is a tour which is exclusive to Paradise, and we enjoy being able to show people the dichotomy between parts of the island.
We are always glad to have the privilege to share with people our beautiful island, and the interesting places which you can see on it.
Mahalo,
rob
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