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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: Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
Gladstone, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Incredible”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2013

We flew a commuter plane from Maui to Kona and booked a 3 hour helicopter tour over the big island. There are many options to choose from and we chose the one where the pilot landed in a remote valley for approx. 45 minutes. You could bring a snack and enjoy the scenery.

Our pilot - Koji was awesome and very knowledgeable. I was nervous about doing this, but he kept checking on me to make sure I was okay. The ground people were also very courteous and considerate.

Definitely worth taking a day trip over to Kona and doing a helicopter tour. Definitely worth the price and time.

Visited July 2013
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robparadise, Director of Business Development at Paradise Helicopters - KONA, responded to this review, September 23, 2013
Aloha,
Thank you for choosing us.
FYI your pilot Koji has over 10,000 hours flight time and counting.
Also he loves to fly.
We are pleased that you enjoyed your Air Adventure with us and hope to see you on a future visit to the Big Island.
mahalo,
rob
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Sydney, Australia
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“Paradise Helicopters from Turtle Bay, Oahu”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2013

Paradise Helicopters from Turtle Bay, Oahu - WOW! What an experience! Being a long-time Magnum PI fan, I was so excited to hear that Paradise were offering a Hughes 500D chopper flight painted up like TC's chopper from the series. It is personally signed by Larry Mannetti & Roger E Mosley (TC) - on the nose and in multiple locations inside the ship. I went for the "doors off" experience and man, what a thrill! From Sarah's expertise in flight safety when you first arrive at Turtle Bay through to Josh's incredible commentary and flight skills, this is a must-do experience to do on Oahu. Josh invited me to the cockpit after the 1 hour flight to take photos, his commentary is second to none, there is 2 way communication between passengers & the pilot, and overall I couldn't have been happier! I've done Makani Kai helicopter tours before and Paradise beats them hands-down in nearly every way. The only improvement I'd suggest is a video-recording of your flight. Overall, this has been my favourite experience on Oahu over the 3 visits we have made over the last 2 years - highly recommended, and if you're a Magnum PI fan it's a dream come true! As a side note, I learnt from Josh that MPI was the inspiration for him to get into chopper flying - awesome to meet a fan with the same passion I have!

Visited July 2013
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robparadise, Director of Business Development at Paradise Helicopters - KONA, responded to this review, July 23, 2013
Aloha,
So glad that you got to experience "The Chopper", the newest addition to our fleet. "The Chopper" is a meticulously restored replica of the helicopter used in the iconic 80's TV show, Magnum, P.I.. We were actually lucky enough to have Larry Manetti aka "Rick" and Roger E. Mosley aka "T.C." from the original series on hand for our launch event. Josh and Sarah have worked together for a while and are an awesome team. And yes, it is true that Josh was inspired to learn how to fly from watching Magnum, P.I. as a child. Thank you for your awesome review and because "The Chopper" will be there for a while, come back and see us again!
mahalo,
rob
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Edmonton, Canada
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“Amazing trip!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2013

On July 3, we traveled from Kona to Hilo to take a forty-five minute helicopter tour over the volcanoes on the Big Island of Hawaii. Paradise Helicopters checked us in and later advised us our tour was cancelled because of a medical emergency on a previous flight, due to a passenger’s illness. Of course we were not happy. On our way back to Kona we contacted the agent that booked our trip and she indicated she would look into the matter for us and get back to us. She did exactly that and advised us that Paradise would provide us a helicopter tour the following day from Kona (to eliminate another three hour drive each way to Hilo). The new tour was a more deluxe tour being two hours and now included a trip completely around the island, including many waterfalls on the north shore.
Our Pilot, Danny, was outstanding. You could tell that he loved the island and his expertise in flying the helicopter was unquestioned. He knew of our situation from the day before and provided us a trip that we will never forget. Every organization can at times not deliver on their service, however Paradise Helicopters went above and beyond in seeing that we were satisfied customers. We wholeheartedly recommend anyone going to Kona to use this company if booking a helicopter tour. The tour is phenomenal and the service provided was outstanding.
Thank you Danny and Paradise Helicopters for a wonderful trip.

Visited July 2013
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robparadise, Director of Business Development at Paradise Helicopters - KONA, responded to this review, September 23, 2013
Aloha,
We appreciate you kind words.
We are SOOO glad that we had a chance to reschedule your trip and that you enjoyed your Kona Air Adventure. We want all our guests to have the experience of a lifetime.
BTW
Danny is wonderful and like all our pilots loves to show off this amazing place.
Hope to see you on a future visit!
mahalo,
rob
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Naples, Florida
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“Favorite part of trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2013

Everyone told us to take a helicopter tour and they were right! The experience at Paradise Helicopters was excellent. My 10 yo grandson said it was his favorite part of our 9 days in Hawaii. The pilot explained things well and made sure everyone on board was able to see the sights. We flew over to the lava flowing into the ocean and the view was incredible. Next we saw coasts and waterfalls we would never be able to see any other way. We stopped in a remote canyon and walked through tropical rain forest and then returned. We highly recommend Paradise Helcopters. Try for the first flight of the day as the weather becomes more variable as the day progresses.

Visited June 2013
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robparadise, Director of Business Development at Paradise Helicopters - KONA, responded to this review, July 23, 2013
Aloha,
Glad to hear that you and your grandson had such a wonderful experience. A helicopter air adventure is something truly any one of almost any age can enjoy. We pride ourselves on all of our pilots not only having many hours of flight experience but also the knowledge and ability to narrate the experience. We appreciate your comment in regards to weather. Though it varies so much, we haven't quite figured that one out :). Hope to see you on a future air adventure!
mahalo,
rob
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“Loads of fun”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2013 via mobile

RLWhat an amazing time and they take such great care of their customers! The experience begins with them giving a safety briefing and handing out ginger candy to help with motion sickness, just in case. Then off to the helicopter for the guided tour. I was impressed with their ability to accommodate multiple languages, on person in our group spoke Japanese. All in all a great group of people.

Visited July 2013
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robparadise, Director of Business Development at Paradise Helicopters - KONA, responded to this review, July 23, 2013
Aloha,
Thanks for choosing us and leaving your review here. We're glad that you felt that we took great care of our guests. We want to make sure that every guest has an amazing experience, as we realize that this is often a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Glad you got to meet Koji who is not only a 10,000+ hour pilot, but a great bilingual tour guide as well. Again, thank you for your kind words. We hope to see you again on a future flight.
mahalo,
rob
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