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“Doors Off”

Paradise Helicopters - KONA
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Viator VIP: The Sunset Experience Helicopter Tour from Kona
Ranked #26 of 199 Tours in Kailua-Kona
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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
Edmonton, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Doors Off”
Reviewed February 10, 2014

Did the doors off tour. Helicopter is the only way to really see the volacano and lava as the volcano is not very active at present so anyone driving to the Volcano Park will only see smoke - helicopter is the way to go. The only down side was the radio communication system did not work properly so no one in our group of 4 could communicate with or hear our pilot consistantly. With the doors off it gets windy inside so be sure to bring a jacket. We were not warned of this when we booked but were lucky that we had jackets in the car.

Visited February 2014
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ParadiseHelicopters, Manager at Paradise Helicopters - KONA, responded to this review, February 17, 2014
Aloha 295kri and thank you for your review! Thanks for taking the time to tell us about the issues the windiness caused for you. Of course, we can't completely mitigate the fact that it is a bit blustery up there with the doors off -- and anyway, it's part of the fun! - but we will certainly review with our reservationists to make sure they are letting people know to dress warmly. Mahalo again.
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Sydney Australia
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“Thanks Pete!”
Reviewed February 8, 2014 via mobile

Wonderful flight. Not a lot of lava today but got a nice view of hilo, rainbow falls and the big volcano from a very comfy helicopter. Definitely pay for preferred seats and choose up front with doors off. So good!!!

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ParadiseTeam, Manager at Paradise Helicopters - KONA, responded to this review, February 11, 2014
Thanks for your review, aerobixangel! We're so glad you enjoyed flying with us and having Pete as your pilot...We're blessed to have some awesome pilots aboard. We hope you'll fly with us again soon!
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Houston, Texas
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“ Be ware of the wait time in Hilo”
Reviewed February 4, 2014 via mobile

Nice but too long. We went on the combination helicopter and zip line tour with Viator. Both tours were wonderful but the time between ending the zip line and waiting to go back to Kona on the helicopter was way too long--3 hours, and there is nothing to do in hill.

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ParadiseHelicopters, Manager at Paradise Helicopters - KONA, responded to this review, March 12, 2014
Mahalo for your response gbwcs. We are glad you enjoyed the HeliZip experience but are sorry for the wait you experienced between the zipline and the second part of the helicopter tour. You've raised an issue that thankfully we're aware of due to recent customer feedback like yours. We're happy to report that this issue is largely resolved and that the wait times in Hilo will be minimized with our new schedule. When/if waits do occur in the future, we are also developing suggested activities in downtown Hilo in order to take fuller advantage of the short time down there. Due to feedback like yours, and the changes they bring about, we're confident that future guests will no longer face this inconvenience. Again, we appreciate you taking the time to bring it to our attention.
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Cannon Beach, Oregon
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“45 minutes of Paradise!”
Reviewed February 3, 2014

My wife and I called their Hilo airport location and were in the air about one hour after calling! The staff at Paradise Helicopters were brilliant doing an outstanding job making us feel both welcome and in very safe hands. We scored a nice deal on a 45 minute, front seats - door-off flight with their pilot Peter. Nice new headsets with push to talk meant us 4 passengers and the pilot were able to talk at will. Peter was a font of knowledge and answered all our questions and gave us a useful commentary of what we were looking at. I've been a passenger in many helicopters over the years but never felt to be in so capable hands. We saw several outcrops of active lava and lots of steam and such - all in this was well-worth the time and little money it cost.

Visited February 2014
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ParadiseTeam, Manager at Paradise Helicopters - KONA, responded to this review, February 4, 2014
Mahalo for your review! We're glad you took advantage of the push-to-talk system. Our pilots (Peter included) are a wealth of knowledge, aside from being very capable. We hope you come back to "feel the heat" again!
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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“Hilo Helicopter Ride”
Reviewed January 29, 2014

My friend and I convinced my parents to accompany us for a doors-off helicopter ride from Hilo over the volcanoes and waterfalls. Even though my mother is afraid of heights, she counted this as the highlight of her Hawaiian vacation. Nowhere else did we get to see lava pools, multiple waterfalls, and a whale breach from the air! It was definitely colder than I thought, though the friendly staff did warn us when we called to make a reservation. Pete, a former pilot in the armed services, told us about the volcanic history - though we were probably too busy looking at the amazing scenery to pay close attention.

Visited January 2014
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ParadiseTeam, Manager at Paradise Helicopters - KONA, responded to this review, February 4, 2014
Thanks for your review! We're glad to hear you enjoyed Pete's commentary, even if the scenery does tend to steal the show :)
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