Here is a selection of the most recent reviews of the Fire and Falls Helicopter Adventure from Hilo submitted by actual travelers. Read what travelers liked, what they loved, and what they thought could be improved.
Our lady pilot explained everything very well and made sure everyone had a chance to see the lava flow and waterfalls from both sides of the helicopter. She even went by the cruise ship so that we could get some aerial shots of it.
A great experience!
This was fantastic! we saw flowing lava and I have some great pics!! Well worth the money if you love volcanos.... and who doesn'tReviewed by: Annette C, USA, May 2013
Helicopter trip was good but not great like I was expecting. We did see a lot of steam and one very small red spot of lava. the ocean entrance was just steam rising up, nothing like the pictures seen. The waterfall was an afterthought and quite ordinary as it was in the distance. Have been on helicopter trips elsewhere that where much better. Visiting the volcano park was far more interesting .Reviewed by: meg, June 2013
Realizing the check-in person at the counter, the pilot, and the ground crew people serve many passengers a day, day after day, the overall experience felt like just another ho hum day on the job for the Paradise personnel. But for us, the anticipation was for a very special, once-in-a-lifetime, bucket list type of adventure. The trip itself was safe and wonderful. The volcanoes, the falls, albeit from a rather high elevation, were amazing to see. However, the elderly couple seated up front with the pilot were quite disturbed that the passenger door had been removed and were unable to take photos for fear of falling out. Of course they were securely strapped in, but uncomfortable throughout the flight. So . . . on a return to Hilo, we would probably explore one of the other helicopter companies for a repeat sightseeing experience.Reviewed by: Michael C, April 2013
Weather was not ideal and pilot was good but not that informative. Exciting as a first helicopter ride but overall, just so-so.Reviewed by: nancy s, June 2013