Nicknamed the The Cadillac of helicopter tour companies, this tour company aims to provide each guest with a perfect flight ... More
Blue Hawaiian Helicopter Tours
Nicknamed the The Cadillac of helicopter tour companies, this tour company aims to provide each guest with a perfect flight experience. Each year, it is awarded a Five Star Diamond Award by the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences, proof that it has met its goal. Each helicopter is spacious and comfortable, offering 180-degree views. Tours include: Kilauea Volcano, lava fields, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park , the Hamakua coast, the Kohala coast and Waimanu Valley. Call for tour prices and reservations.
I have been to the island several times and have taken several helicopter tours. I believed they were all the same. They fly, they take you up and around and you return. Well those basics may be true but there is very much a difference between companies.
In the past, my flight has been rescheduled if the weather was uncooperative or the conditions lacked a quality view for a quality trip. After all that is what you are paying for -- lots of money to see a once-in-a-lifetime view of the island. And I have always received extraordinary service and narrative by the pilots BUT NOT WITH BLUE HAWAIIAN.
As can often be the case in Hawaii, the day of my flight it was rainy. I called to see if the flight would be rescheduled and was told no. So we showed up, checked in, weighed in, waited 45 or so minutes and then loaded up.
The first few minutes in the air were ok but as the chopper climbed all I could see out the window was grey clouds and rain. This continued for most of the flight. When the pilot dropped down out of the cloud cover, we could see SOME view but then it was back to the clouds. Yes, I briefly saw waterfalls. The sides of a few mtns. BUT it was a MAJOR disappointment. The entire NaPali coast was invisable including looking down to breaker beach - it really was a waste of time.
A few guests on the helicopter seemed to be happy to have flown in a helicopter for the first time but if only they knew what a quality, professional helicopter flight of the island was supposed to be like, they, like me, would have been sorely disappointed.
I complained when the flight returned, even showing the staff my cloud filled pictures - no response.
I wrote the company and complained again and they claimed it was a satisfactory flight. Could I see the ground? Sure when we took off and when we landed and for a few minutes, near the canyon. Did I experience very limited visability MOST OF THE FLIGHT? Yes I did. Did I look over shoulders and out the window to view grey matter most of the flight - YES I DID. The flight really sucked and when the conditions are that poor - you should reschedule people or give them an opt out option. It is completely unethical to take peoples money for what you offered me.
I went through my old records when I got home and realized last time I had flown with Jack Harter so when I return again next year, that is who I will fly with again and that is who I will recommend again and again.
Dont fly Blue Hawaiian unless you like to get ripped off.
My wife and I had a great time on our 1 hour helicopter ride around Maui. Our pilot, David, gave us interesting facts about the island. He showed us this one valley with waterfalls and spun the helicopter to give the other 4 passengers a 360 degree view and as soon as he finished there was this amazing rainbox right in front of us. It was like he created the rainbow for us! Blue Hawaiian was 100% professional and I would recommend this activity to anyone.
We took the long ride from Kona to get an overall view of the island and it was great (thanks to Toshi). Never been in a helicopter before so worried a bit about the ride -- it was almost smooth as silk. The views were nothing short of great. Having taken the deluxe tour in a van the day before (from Hilo) the trip filled in a lot of what cannot be seen from a road. Forget the money, go for it if you want to see the big island in a very short time.
First time in a helicopter so I have nothing to base the experience off of, but the trip was absolutely great. We took the one hour trip and next time I return I will definitely do the two hour. Blue Hawaiian is top notch from the ecostar helicopters which are amazing to the friendly staff, Jack was our pilot and he made the experience worth every penny.
If anyone is going to visit Hawaii I think that this tour with Blue Hawaiian is an absolute must. It is expensive but it is definitely worth it.
If you've been on helicopter tours on some of the other islands, perhaps especially Kauai, you might be disappointed with this one - Unless you really want to see the volcano. Helicopter is the best way to see the lava and eruptions, but it's $$$, and the ride is quite long to visit, at least from the Kona / Waikoloa side.
The scenery on the Big Island isn't nearly what it is on Kauai - lava, and then more lava, and oh yeah, some more lava. Coming round the top of the island there are some nice valleys / waterfalls, but this part of the trip seemed like more an afterthought than truly part of the experience.
Never been in a helicopter before and never thought I would be.
We left the airfield and went North to the Kohala coast. Waterfalls, some island history, a great pilot (thanks Toshi)
Next time we go it will be for two hours instead of one. It is pricey and so worth it.
Loved to get above the island to see from a different aspect.
Would have been better on a better lava day. Did not get to see anything that was awe-inspiring. Wife got sick on the ride, so maybe that took away from it a bit, but nothing some dramamine couldn't have cured.
Was an interesting experience, with a knowledgable pilot, but overall I think we just picked a bad day for it.
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