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Sunshine Helicopters Big Island

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Big island helicopter ride

What can I say, fantastic! Took a 90 minute tour of the big island. We got way close to the volcano... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Al S
Big island helicopter ride

It was an amazing ride. We took off with our pilot Chris. He was very knowledgeable. He had many... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Waikoloa, Hawaii
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In an industry that demands the best Sunshine Helicopters delivers! On the Big Island we only fly the New WhisperSTAR, by far the most advanced technological sightseeing helicopter ever built! All forward facing seats, More interior room, Large...more
62-100 Kaunaoa Dr, Kamuela, Waimea, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743-9749
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Reviewed 6 days ago

What can I say, fantastic! Took a 90 minute tour of the big island. We got way close to the volcano then I expected we could! Ian, our pilot, was great, very informative and knowledgeable. In addition, he was a great pilot the entire ride...More

Thank Al S
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was an amazing ride. We took off with our pilot Chris. He was very knowledgeable. He had many years of flying experience so we felt safe with him. He showed us beautiful waterfalls, active volcano and lava flowing from the fisher, and many more...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Saw the volcano lava spewing into the ocean, valleys and waterfalls up close. Very smooth ride, good customer service.

Thank Bindiya K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our family of 5 did the volcano deluxe tour today. Of course our main goal was to see the erupting volcano and Kīlauea didn’t disappoint. We had great views of the fissure and entry point into the ocean. Ian, our pilot, made sure we did...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

OMG this is a once in a life time experience. The company was so professional and the tour started the minute you are picked up. The guide (Derek) who drives the bus has such great knowledge of Big Island and the trip to the helipad...More

Thank cathyb0yce
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had an amazing tour with pilot Chris who was knowledgeable about the Big Island, waterfalls, canyons and of course, the volcanoes. We almost skipped the tour given the price $$$$ and figuring our 3 young children would not appreciate it but in the end...More

Thank sd1515
Reviewed 3 June 2018 via mobile

TIP: Book your tour during the beginning of your stay on the island. Because safety is their priority (which I'm grateful for), they will cancel/reschedule flights if weather isn't safe for flying. Our first flight was cancelled and fortunately we were able to squeeze onto...More

Thank Sehealy
Reviewed 29 May 2018

Ian was the pilot for a wonderful helicopter tour of the Big Island. Sunshine operates a professional, well thought out tour of the Island. From the active lava flows to the awesome water falls, we felt safe and comfortable. I would highly recommend the company...More

Thank PeggyVolkmann
Reviewed 1 May 2018 via mobile

Went on the volcanoes and waterfall tour with Bo. He was really knowledgeable about the volcanoes and various lava flows, and pretty much anything he was asked about the Big Island. I really enjoyed his passion for his job and he seems to have a...More

Thank chromaticbirds
Reviewed 28 April 2018

We had a choice of three companies and chose Sunshine Helicopters and were very pleased with the choice, mainly because: 1. The helicopters are designed for tours and aerial viewing 2. We could pay approx US$100 extra per person to sit in the front two...More

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Response from cathyb0yce | Reviewed this property |
We booked the Big Island/Volcano deluxe that lasted 2 hours and covered both the volcanoes and the waterfalls. We spent ample time over the lave and tracking the lava river to the sea and flew over waterfalls on the way out... More