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“Doors Off Volcano Tour”

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 199 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, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator
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“Doors Off Volcano Tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2013

Flying in a helicopter with the doors off is awesome enough. Flying in a helicopter with the doors off over a VOLCANO (even one that's just bubbling a little) pushes this tour over the top. 5 stars would go again.

Visited October 2013
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robparadise, Manager at Paradise Helicopters - KONA, responded to this review, November 6, 2013
Aloha,

Thanks for your response. We totally agree -- it doesn't get any better than flying in a helicopter with the doors off and literally feeling the heat from an active volcano!! We look forward to flying with you again -- perhaps over the US's tallest waterfall next time :)
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“Great Trip over Kailua - Kona, HA”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

My family and (sister, brother in law, two kids and I) took a two hour tour over Kailua - Kona, HA with Paradise Helicopters. The trip was Great. The personnel at Paradise Helicopters are friendly, professional and knowledgeable. Worth the money.

Visited August 2013
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robparadise, Manager at Paradise Helicopters - KONA, responded to this review, November 6, 2013
Aloha,

Thanks for your response. We totally agree -- it doesn't get any better than flying in a helicopter with the doors off and literally feeling the heat from an active volcano!! We look forward to flying with you again -- perhaps over the US's tallest waterfall next time :)
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Santa Rosa, California, United States
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“The only way to see the Big Island!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2013 via mobile

The staff were all friendly and very helpful. Koji is the best pilot and tour guide! He made sure we had the best experience he could offer and provided plenty of photo opportunities. Highly recommend a trip with this business.

Visited October 2013
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robparadise, Manager at Paradise Helicopters - KONA, responded to this review, November 6, 2013
Aloha,

Thank you for your review! We're so glad that you enjoyed your air adventure with Koji. He is an excellent pilot -- he's been flying the Big Island for 15+ years and loves to share the island from the air. We hope you'll come back and fly with us soon. Mahalo!
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“WHAT A RUSH”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2013

Something I have always wanted to do is ride in a helicopter. We read reviews and settled on Paradise "Doors off" helicopter ride over the volcano in Kona. Our family of four was flown by Zack - who happens to be a Seattle Seahawks fan and since we are from Los Angeles and without a pro-football team, we tormented him mercilessly. He is a great sport and soon realized he could teaze us too.

Anyway, the ride - it was AWESOME. You MUST do the doors off. I don't like heights but the way they strap you in and prep you made me feel very comfy. My wife and I sat in the back where it was very windy so don't plan on carrying on a conversation, even with the headphones and mic because mostly all anyone hears is wind. Even when Zack put the ship into a tight turn over my side it was fun and GREAT for pics. The volcano wasn't flowing but Zack managed to find some places where it was bubbling up and boy is the air warm over the volcano. The view are spectacular, the aircraft was beautiful, the staff we can not say enough nice things about them. They were entertaining, and very fun to hang out with while we waited for the helicopter to get checked out.

We had a GREAT time and recommend Paradise to EVERYONE!!!

Visited September 2013
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robparadise, Manager at Paradise Helicopters - KONA, responded to this review, November 6, 2013
Aloha,

Thank you so much for flying with us and taking the time to write a review. We're thrilled that you enjoyed the flight despite your hesitation about heights. All of our pilots and crew try to keep the atmosphere lively and enjoyable, and of course the volcano does the rest! We hope to see you next time!
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“Absolutely Incredible Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2013

My wife and I visited Kailua-Kona at the end of September, beginning of October 2013. We booked an the "Fly and Zip" tour with Paradise Helicopters and their partners at KapohoKine Adventures. This is the most amazing experience of my life and my wife has said the same. The scenery is simply breath-taking from takeoff to touchdown. To give you an idea of how the tour works from the Kona side of the island, we met at the Paradise location on/near airport at Kona International. We were greeted by Christine from Paradise who was very warm and welcoming, down to Earth and showed a true appreciation for us a customers and guests of "her island". We were quickly introduced to our pilot, Pete, who like Christine is very down to Earth, witty, funny and professional. The ground crew was just as courteous and professional.
Now the flight - We liftoff from Kona and piped through our headset we hear great music when we are not interacting with Pete or each other. We soon find that Pete has done a masterful job at clipping and mixing music in accordance to the sites we are approaching or departing. Each matches the scenery to a tee. We are soon over the volcanos, lava flows and great scenery from the Southern portion of the Island. After 50 minutes of flying we land at Hilo Intl. where again we are greeted by a great ground crew who escorts us to our awaiting shuttle for the Zip adventure.
After Zipping we are returned to Hilo Intl. where Pete has the chopper warm and ready. As we take off we head North out of Hilo toward the Waipio Valley. Again, Pete has treated us to some of the most impressive scenery on Earth as we enter the valleys and see the sea cliffs and waterfalls that are over 1500 feet high. The natural beauty of this area is hard to describe because it is so expansive and vast. To add to the scenery Pete again has perfectly timed clips of music to match the scenery in front of us.
The Zipping – We are shuttled from the airport to the KapohoKine storefront in Hilo. There we are greeted by a great staff and Brandon is our shuttle driver for the 20 minute drive to the Zip lines. Brandon provided great humor and wit as he described the scenery and landmarks along the way to the Zip lines. As we arrive at the Zip Lines we were greeted by our instructors Sam, Matt, and Alex. These three are some of the most professional people I have ever met and are very safety conscious in everything they do. We go through our safety briefing and the staff puts everyone at ease as we embark on the 8 line adventure. Oh what an adventure it was. It starts out slow enough on the first 2 “bunny lines” and then the scenery and intensity of the lines picks up. Again, you are seeing some of the most beautiful scenery on the island that is difficult to access other than by air or Zip line. The safety of the adventure was paramount to our instructors but the view and the thrill was incredible.
Thanks for the time of our lives….. Jeff and Nancy!

Visited October 2013
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ParadiseTeam, Manager at Paradise Helicopters - KONA, responded to this review, February 6, 2014
Thank you so much for your very kind and detailed review!!! We're happy to hear that this experience stands out as one of the best in your traveling endeavors. If you are ever on the Big Island, or Oahu again, don't hesitate to stop by and say hello...and have a cup of coffee on us!

Aloha and Mahalo,
Team Paradise
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