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Review of Blue Hawaiian Helicopters - Hilo

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters - Hilo
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Ranked #8 of 43 Tours in Hilo
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Brookhaven, PA
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48 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Would Do Again”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2009

We did the Circle of Fire plus Waterfalls. Will was our pilot. He was the same pilot who flew in the Travel Channels 1000 Places to See Before You Die Hawaii episode. Awesome tour. This was my first helicopter ride. I took plenty of Dramamine and ate some ginger before the ride. I didn't get nauseated until there were about tem minutes left of the 50 minute tour which is pretty good for me. We flew over some waterfalls which was pretty cool. Got to see some lava and some lava flowing into the ocean. That was the highlight of the flight for me. He gave a great tour.

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“The Grandeur of the Volcanic History of the Big Island from the Air”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2009

One gains a new respect for how "young" the Big Island is and the scope of the past volcanic history from the air. You shouldn't expect to see spouts of red lava shooting into the air which is rare, but a glimpse of red and the smokey gases from so many spots near the volcanic national park.

We taken various copter tours more than 6 times on the islands. Blue Hawaiian seems to have well maintained equipment, pilots who seem to know their craft and their tour, and well maintained ground facilities which reassure the guests that this is not a fly by night company operating from the back of car.

Our pilot, Will Curry, is a long-time, local resident. He even pointed out his home on the tour. He was a military vet of copters. He was very entusiastic and carried a personal photo album in the copter of some of the sights we were enjoying from the air.

The adnvertised waterfall portion of the tour was OK. Seeing where many of the lava flows were, the cutoff communities, the vents and skylights, the lava hitting the water.... very nice.

Blue Hawaiian flies only the popular A-Star copter from Hilo. I noticed their Waikoloa air field had the newer Eco-Star which is much more comfortable (spacious with better seating). The A-Star is fine and we've flown it before.

The question: Is it worth the price? The only con I've ever had with Blue Hawaiian is that they sometimes tour when it is "safe," but you don't as much as you've paid for. Book direct online and save 12% or so. We've had good tours with Blue Hawaiian on Maui, Jack Harter on Kauai, Interisland on Kauai, Makani Kai on Oahu and now would add Blue Hawaiian out of Hilo. It's NOT a must do on the Big Island, but we have a new appreciation for the size and grandeur.

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United States
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134 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“the best way to see the big island”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2009

This was an awesome morning! We took the 2 hour big island tour and it was worth every dollar. Jason was our pilot and we were told by others on our flight that he came highly recommended by the concierge at the four seasons--he was personable, knowledgeable, even had music to accompany the flight--all around, great fun, and truly interesting. You see things you'd never witness in a car, including lava, waterfalls right up close, etc. Do it!

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king george,va
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“Great trip, annoying vog”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2008

This company is great. Organized, professional, fun. The trip was great. The trip is part National Geographic, part roller coaster, part Wow, part beauty. All in one it is great. I had the worst seat in the copter and could see fine. None of the four of us had been in a copter and we had various degrees of nerves... but no worries, it was nothing but fun. We would all do it again in a heartbeat. I would love to do it on a day like when we flew out with incredible clarity. We had to make due with loads of vog. In fact they canceled the flight after ours. Still we had a great time and saw a lot. Including magma down in the vents and lava flowing into the sea creating steam clouds. The most entertaining part was a valley north and east of waipio with shear cliffs like something from jurassic park.

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Central CA
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224 reviews
66 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
“Great helicopter tour on the Big Island”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2008

We booked the Circle of Fire plus Waterfalls tour out of Hilo. The tour flew us over the volcano and we could see red lava in some areas. The pilot also took us to the coast where the lava flowed into the ocean which was a pretty explosive sight. A lot better than seeing it from far away in the National Park. We also flew by some nice waterfalls. The ride was very smooth and the tour guide was experienced and knowledgeable. We felt very safe and it was the best experience we had on the Big Island.

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