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  • TSA
    29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We fly on Blue Hawaiian out of Waikola on the Big Island Spectacular tour. The tour was amazing yet pricey; however we felt it was worth the cost. Any tour is going to be an investment and if you are going to do it might as well go "all in".

    The tour is divided in 2 parts. The 1st part flies you around the volcanoes. Note - on most days wind, clouds, smoke may prevent you from seeing all the volcanoes. The day of our tour it was too smoky to fly over Kilauea which is OK as safety 1st!

    After flying over the volcanoes, which is amazing, you will be taken back to home base for refueling. Pro Tip - during refueling you get off the helicopter so good time for a bathroom break or to get a snack.

    The 2nd part of the Big Island Spectacular takes you to the East and North side of the Big Island. You will see green valleys, waterfalls and the coast. The highlight of the trip is when they land you in a (very) small grassy area at the base of a waterfall. Words cannot describe how amazing this is to experience. You get 20 minutes or so to walk around take pictures, etc.

    Bonus on our trip - there were LOTS of humpback whales. Our pilot fly us over the water and tipped the helicopter left and right so everyone could see the whales. We saw Mama whales and their babies playing in the water; must have seen at least a dozen whales. It was incredible!

    Pro Tips - Blue Hawaiian asks you to show up 1 hour before departure and respect the time it tales to get you ready to fly. Do not inconvenience your fellow passengers by being late. Flights are weight balanced; they weigh you when you get there (don't worry no one sees the weigh in); respect the fact in order to be safe, based on weight, you are placed in certain seats in the helicopter. Do not argue with the staff on where they want you to sit as safety 1st!! The staff does their best to keep groups together.

    3 seats in front with the pilot front left and 2 passengers. 4 seats in the back, 2 outside, 2 inside. The "inside seats" have great views so don't worry.

    The Blue Hawaiian staff & pilots at Waikoloa are fantastic! Janie (sp) was super accommodating and helpful. Our pilot was Kai and he was cool as could be making our flight smooth and safe. As mentioned, Blue Hawaiian's #1 priority s safety; they won't fly if they think it's not safe (which is great).

    Worth mentioning 1 more time; flying on a helicopter is a big investment. If you can afford it, step up for the Big Island Spectacular, it's worth the cost.
    Written 27 February 2024
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  • Nancy L
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was a very fun sunset cruise on a brand new catamaran with an awesome crew! They were fun, we saw many whales, and it was just a fantastic experience!
    Written 23 February 2024
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  • John P
    Surprise5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth every penny. We saw countless whales and the boat staff was very knowledgeable and attentive. Best whale watch we have ever been on.
    Written 7 February 2024
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  • Roshan Mathews
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It was a wonderful tour. David, our tour operator, was extremely knowledgable, and knew exactly what information would be the most interesting and fascinating for us. Within 11 hours, we covered most of the big island, and it never felt exhausting. Additonally, David created a lovely atmosphere in the group, where we got along really well, and ended up going for other activities too with people we met in this group. I will highly recommend this tour, especially if you are visiting the big island for the first time.
    Written 8 February 2024
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  • DayTrip29985311862
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Had a great time! Splurged for vacation and did the 50 minute Kohala coast adventure and got to see a beautiful lush part of the island that you can’t see from the car. Lots of beautiful waterfalls and had an informative pilot. Overall great experience! 😃
    Written 7 October 2023
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  • 1busyman
    138 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great flight and landing at the waterfall with our pilot, Koji. We did the Big Island Experience. Absolutely the best time we’ve had on a vacation. Everything was beautiful. Koji’s music playlist included Enya… and the Mission Impossible theme at takeoff. We saw volcanos, waterfalls, rainforest, savanna, some sort of Mars training facility ?!? and, of course, the ocean. Take time to thank Koji as he’s a wealth of knowledge for your flights. Thanks again, guys for a great time!
    Written 15 February 2024
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  • Terri M
    Wasilla, AK3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous time with 9 family members from 3 to 71. We saw whales, and loved the tropical fish and reef. Captain Mason and Dave were professional and entertaining. One of the highlights of our trip to Hawaii.
    Written 22 February 2024
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  • Adriana R
    2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It was a good self tour. Beautiful beaches and most of all the black sand beach. Also stop at a bakery called punalau. Overall the history and places was a wonderful experience.
    Written 25 July 2023
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  • william s
    Brea, CA3 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    I feel like this is a little over played. I caught 3 aquarium fish. I’d be a little embarrassed if I took a photo of them. The sophisticated fishing technique consists of throwing a bobber with a piece of frozen shrimp. Gear consists of the cheapest longs drugs/KTA tackle section variety (one rod still had the zip tie on thr handle. The secret spot is the boat launch- since everywhere was blown out with wind. The first hour was just casting once, snagging, then re-tying everything since I’d fling a cast and the knots would come undone and lose the rig, or snag and break. It wasn’t my casting as the breaking spot was a pig tail where the connection was on the braided line (and I wasn’t tying the knots) they didn’t have backup bobbers since losing one has never happened before?). The backup reel was badly backlashed (not my doing) . I was advised if i really want good shore fishing I’d need a 4wd as the best spots were elsewhere. If you’ve never fished before & not experienced it might be ok for you.
    Written 6 August 2023
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  • Daniel S
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant! This was our fifth time on Blue Hawaiian, however first time with the Kohala "Landing" feature. Cam was our pilot and what a magnificent job he did maneuvering the chopper through the stunning valleys and precision landing at the base of the waterfall. The interactive flight session and visibility through the panoramic windows was superb. This is a very romantic tour and one not to be missed seeing our beautiful Kohala Coast Line and seven valleys of majestic vistas. Alissa checked us in and Cam took excellent care of us and made sure we were happy and enjoying our tour with Blue Hawaiian. We had guests from Laguna Beach of which one was a first time helicopter flyer. They both were extremely impressed with the tour. Outstanding! Mahalo Nui Loa
    D.Schultz
    Kailua Kona
    Written 30 April 2023
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  • Joanne K
    Scottsdale, AZ32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Captain Chad and Ryan gave us a great fishing adventure! They clearly love the water and combine a friendly and fun demeanor with a quiet confidence that made us feel well taken care of. We caught mahi mahi and had it for dinner that night. Now this is living!
    Written 27 January 2024
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  • DennisZ1340
    St. Albert, Canada4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lawrence, the driver/tour guide/chef, was prompt, amicable, and a font of Island knowledge. The family at Kona Farm Direct coffee estate were gracious hosts and gave a great tour and demonstration of how a coffee farm does things, detailing how the season progresses and how they use grafting techniques to improve the viability of the plants. The meal was hot and tasty, as was the fresh coffee. We had the opportunity to mingle with the rest of the tour patrons.
    The journey to the staging area for viewing was fun and entertaining, but the one drawback was the one thing the company cannot control. The clouds didn’t clear and we couldn’t see any of the sky. That was disappointing, but mother nature will do as she pleases, and overall the tour was absolutely positive.
    Written 13 March 2020
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  • Paul Lucano
    Florida2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Steven was very professional. We enjoyed conversations with him. He was engaging and knowledgeable. he gave us good insights to the area. The minivan was nice and very comfortable. We know our return to the airport in a few days, will be just as nice. Thank you!
    Written 22 December 2021
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  • Terence T
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This private tour is highly recommended! Since the Kilauea volcano was active while we were there - the tour guide "Rebecca" contacted us the day before - to see if we wanted to get started later so that we could see the volcano at night. It was a wonderful suggestion! Rebecca picked us up from our hotel and immediately gave the kids a microphone so that they could do some karaoke as we got underway. They loved it! Rebecca was fully accommodating of our two boys and what they wanted to do and what would be fun for them. During the drive she played a podcast with some island history and with some island stories. There were a few things we couldn't squeeze in - there was so much to do! - but she provided us with details and even a contact so that we could return to see what we missed (which we did). Rather than to shuffle on and off of a tour bus - a private tour by way of a private car is the way to go. Highly recommended way to see the Big Island!
    Written 26 June 2023
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  • RehalGinger
    Boston, MA2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had an amazing time touring Volcano National Park with Rob. Splurging on this VIP experience was well worth it for our group of 8. Rob was full of information at every stop. Many times we even noticed visitors (not part of our tour) stopping to listen. Rob was incredibly patient, while making sure we kept a good pace ensuring we got to see as much as time would allow. The videos were also
    Written 25 April 2023
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