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Sunshine Helicopters Big Island

#4 of 10 Tours in Waimea
Certificate of Excellence
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Address: 62-100 Kaunaoa Dr, Kamuela, Waimea, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743-9749
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+1 808-882-1851

In an industry that demands the best Sunshine Helicopters delivers! On the...

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 windows, pilot-to-pax intercom and a 3-Camera Sky-Cam Video System recording your Actual Flight. Sunshine customized the standard factory interior with business and first class seating to further enhance passenger comfort and visibility. Two wonderful tour options to choose:Kohala/ Hamakua 30 minute flight. Explore the steep ocean cliffs and hidden valleys of Waimanu, Pololu and Waipio, alive with dozens of roaring waterfalls. This area of the Big Island is rich in history and holds some of the most spectacular vistas in Hawaii.For the adventure seekers wanting to see a Live Volcano. Our 1 hour 45 minute flight covers it all, including the sights of the Kohala/ Hamakua tour with added scenery of the Volcanic Landscape of Kilauea Volcano

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Helicopter over volcano's

This was fantastic. I went with my teen daughter. Nerves were there untill take off when it was all smooth riding. The booking staff to the captain were fantastic and informative... read more

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was fantastic. I went with my teen daughter. Nerves were there untill take off when it was all smooth riding. The booking staff to the captain were fantastic and informative. Great sights over volcano's and waterfalls and was amazing.

Thank Idsy
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Reviewed 24 March 2017 via mobile

Took us about 90 minutes to tour the mountains, volcano, lava flows, valleys, waterfall cliffs, rain forest, grasslands and home. Pilot was good at describing highlights and made multiple passes over everything worth seeing. This tour is an hour north of the Kona airport on the grounds of the Hapuna Prince resort up a long hill after the resort entrance.... More 

Thank FasteddieAZ
Farmington, Iowa
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 15 March 2017

Husband And I did this helicopter ride in the Big Island... We paid extra to get front seats. Just ran across the receipt.. $850.00 Terrible.. The pilot would not speak to us even thought we had headsets. I asked what direction we were going... He replies. You got to talk louder than that. I was in the middle right beside... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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13 reviews
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Several trips to Hawaii but never did the helicopter thing until now. Don't pass on this. Ian our pilot was a joy, great information and the views of the volcano, lave flows and canyon fly-in is an absolute must.

Thank davidbA2659GC
Orland Park, Illinois, United States
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

Actually didn't want to do the helicopter tour. My husband wanted to do it. Pretty expensive. But it was fantastic. Saw so much! We had a beautiful day. The pilot was great, funny & very knowledgeable. It was a great experience & I was so glad we did it. Much better than ride to Hana!!

Thank Mary D
Long Island, New York
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305 reviews
175 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

Scenic views of the volcano, small lava flows, the steam vents (saw a mini smile in lava) and the waterfalls canyon. They go by weight so the seat behind the pilot and next to it suck as most of your better views for pictures are on the right side or if your seated in the front. Again, the pictures are... More 

Thank MIZT13
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15 reviews
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Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

This was a do not miss experience with pilot Ian a brilliant and informative guide. We experienced views which cannot be seen at ground level The sighting of active lava and valleys will remain with us forever We came from Australia and it was worth every cent The ground staff were friendly,helpful and greeted you with a smile Thanks Leo... More 

Thank Eel123
Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 6 March 2017

The view from a helicopter of the Kilauea volcano, the lava flow into the ocean and the waterfalls on the north coast is incredible and we highly recommend it! Our pilot, Ian, was very knowledgeable and personable and made the tour enjoyable. He was able to provide excellent views from both sides of the helicopter and kept everyone happy. For... More 

Thank Bob K
Schiller Park, Illinois
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11 reviews
Reviewed 22 February 2017

First they are safety conscious which is very satisfying for someone that does not like to fly to begin with. The operations staff were very good. The pilot knew all the things any tourist would like to see when the come to the big island. A very good value and a way to really appreciate Hawaii for all its beauty.

Thank bigrunsaturday
Spencer, Iowa
1 review
Reviewed 16 February 2017

My wife and I took the Volcano Deluxe Tour and we were very pleased. Ian was our pilot and he made sure we could see the lava at the ocean entry point and also did some extra circling at a surface flow on the pali that was spectacular. We opted for the First Class Seating in front (which is a... More 

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