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Safari Helicopters

2220 Kekuanaoa St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
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Outstanding, excellent. Kilauea eruption.

We took the scheduled 1:25 pm flight on Saturday June 16. Richard, our pilot, was exceptional. He... read more

Reviewed yesterday
c7alt
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NY
Incredible volcano flight!

We took a helicopter ride of a lifetime! Embracing the current activity of the volcano we got as... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
j0shj18
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Gold Coast, Australia
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2220 Kekuanaoa St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
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Reviewed yesterday

We took the scheduled 1:25 pm flight on Saturday June 16. Richard, our pilot, was exceptional. He got us as close to fissure 8 and ocean entry as was safe and legally allowed. He is very experienced and we felt very comfortable. The flight was...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We took a helicopter ride of a lifetime! Embracing the current activity of the volcano we got as close as safely possible. Our pilot gave us a smooth flight and expert commentary on the scenery. Highly recommend this company!

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Reviewed 3 days ago

The helicopter flight is nowadays the only way to see the eruption, as all roads are closed and the lava is inland. The pilot is excellent and did his best to dodge the clouds around the eruption. The view is excellent but the photos I...More

Thank SOKepler
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Murphy-Safari, General Manager at Safari Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Aloha, Thank you for your time you took to give us a review. We appreciate your patronage, and hope that you had a great time with us. We hope you will think of us on your next visit to the islands. Safari Helicopters

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Reviewed 4 days ago

This was a truly amazing once in a lifetime experience. We decided to splurge on this since we couldnt go into the park and don'tregret it one single bit. Our pilot was Richard and he was very knowledgeable about the area and volcanic activity. While...More

1  Thank UtahPeterson
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Murphy-Safari, General Manager at Safari Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Aloha Peterson, It was a pleasure having you with us, and showing you the beauty this island has to offer. Of course our hearts go out to those affected by the recent volcanic activity. We wish them all the best and hope for safety for...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Really enjoyed this tour out of Hilo. The views were phenomenal, especially all the new lava flow from fissure #8. We saw lots of lava flow and homes that we're left stranded between the flows. We also saw some waterfalls. Highly recommend.

1  Thank Charlotte B
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Murphy-Safari, General Manager at Safari Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Aloha Charlotte, Thank you for the high praise and recommendation. We appreciate you and all our supporters, and we hope you enjoyed the tour as much as we did having you along. See you next time, Safari Helicopters

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

A once in a lifetime experience! We cannot say enough good things about our pilot, Kyle. He explained everything on the ground. He was also very empathetic towards the people who’ve lost everything. And, he was able to explain to us dates, timelines, the animals...More

Thank mountainholmes
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Murphy-Safari, General Manager at Safari Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Aloha, We appreciate your review of our tour. We will pass on your kind words to Kyle, we are very lucky to have him on the team. The lava has created a lot of destruction and our hearts go out to those effected. We hope...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

At such an amazing time in Hawaii, it was truly awesome to fly over fissure 8 and see the beauty and devastation caused by Kilauea. Excellent flight, knowledgeable and helpful pilot and a comfortable flight with really good visibility from any seat. Highly recommended.

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Murphy-Safari, General Manager at Safari Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Aloha Alison, It was our pleasure having you with us. We hope you will think of us again on your next visit. Safari Helicopters

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We booked our flight with Safari well before the recent activity started so it was a bittersweet activity for us in the end. We came to Hawaii with the volcano flight as our #1 thing to do. While it was amazing and exceeded our expectations...More

Thank geoffjohns2016
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Murphy-Safari, General Manager at Safari Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Aloha, It was our pleasure, we are just very glad that you were able to see this once in a lifetime event. Our hearts do however go out to those impacted by the recent activity. Thank you again, Safari Helicopters

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a flight with Safari yesterday which was recommended by some fellow kiwis we came across who had done the flight days earlier, to be honest I had not heard of this company prior even when I was searching for heli tours on Big...More

1  Thank Melody0562
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Murphy-Safari, General Manager at Safari Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Aloha Melody, It was our pleasure taking you up. Just so you know we are one of the original operators of helicopters on the island. We have been in business over 30 years, and we love what we do. We thank you for your feedback,...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I will start by saying the tour was great and we did see the lava shooting up as well as the lava entry into the ocean. There are 6 passengers, two up front with pilot and four in the back with a little more limited...More

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Murphy-Safari, General Manager at Safari Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Aloha, Thank you for choosing us. You offered some great insight into our operation, so thank you for sharing. We hope the rest of your holiday was just as exciting. We hope to see you again on a future tour. Safari Helicopters

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milespointstravelkom
23 April 2018|
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Response from Murphy-Safari | Property representative |
Aloha, Thank you for reaching out to us. Unlike other places in the world our weather is not as predictable as morning and evening say like Florida. The weather will vary from day to day. You should plan your tour... More
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JanelleSlade
4 October 2017|
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Response from Murphy-Safari | Property representative |
our deluxe tours are Sunday - Saturday 8:20- 5:30 Weather permitting.
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Yes you can bring a camera or use your phone up to you. If you choose to bring a camera we ask that you leave the straps and lens cap in the office or your car. We don't allow you to have a camera bag either, this is all... More
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