What makes for a truly memorable and breathtaking helicopter tour of the Big Island? Just ask our pilot Greg. It was his masterful flying and communication that made this by far the best heli tour ever (and I’ve been on quite a few).
As a Professor of Educational Psychology, I know a few things about how to engage learners Pilot Greg deserves an honorary PhD in Education. He was explicit about the rules with clearly-stated explanations about what was required, why, and how to use the various safety equipment. As we flew over the still simmering and smoldering volcano, he explained with pinpoint accuracy the history of the volcanic activity on the island, the series of recent volcanic events, and the current status of Mauna Kea. We saw the earth evolve with lava!
Greg punctuated the learning with chatting with the passengers. Myself, my friend from London, and two lovely nurse anesthetists from New Orleans. He fostered a true sense of group esprit de corps and we all found ourselves is perfect harmony.
The lively conversations never deterred from the sightseeing. Greg knew where to find whales and dolphins. When he spotted a boat on the northern side of the island, he explained that this was a sure indicator of unusually calm seas.
Eventually we landed in front of a very steep and majestic waterfall. As we walked about the small grassy/rocky area, the comradery was even more wonderful. Greg shared a bit about his family and the four passengers spoke about familiar themes that engaged the whole group. We took group shots and Greg shot a selfie of all of us.
Was the 2+ hour flight expensive? Absolutely. But it was replete with wonderful memories and new friendships. Make this investment in a lifetime memory.