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Sunshine Helicopters Big Island

#4 of 9 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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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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Schiller Park, Illinois

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Schiller Park, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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.

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Spencer, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was quite and experience. We have been to the Big Island 4 times but never done a helicopter ride because of the price and being a little scared. It was very cool. The views of the lava were amazing! The pilot was fantastic! Very experienced and made us feel safe and comfortable. A very memorable trip! However, it is... More 

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Waikoloa, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Totally amazing took for 5 year old son with he had a blast got to see the Lava shooting into the ocean and the O MY GOD water falls in Waimanu valley on the Hamakua/Kohala coast. Great pilot and staff so friendly This is a must do on the Big Island!!!!

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Bangor, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you do nothing else, Take a helicopter ride with Sunshine helicopters (reserve front seat!!). Ian was our pilot. a prior military pilot..black hawk, I believe. Absolutely amazing. BEYOND amazing. we were taken to the beautiful mountains, volcanos, along the coast, through the rain forest. Prior sugar cane fields. The cattle farms, on and on and on....AND we saw lava...not... More 

1 Thank Mainah65
Holladay, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

These guys were so well organized and helpful. Tim was our pilot was patient and knowledgeable and gave everyone in the copter great views. If you visit the island and really want to see all there is to see, you've got to do a helicopter tour. We got great views of the three big volcanos (Mauna Kea, Mauna Lani, and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

My husband wanted us to take this ride I was a little skeptical coz its expensive!! But this turned out to be one of our favorite part of the vacation. Each one of us came back with our own special memory For my husband it was the magnificent view of the waterfalls and go my into the valley reminded him... More 

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Naperville, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

We were picked up straight from our resort into the shuttle. We were swept away into the chopper after a safety speech, and life jackets securely fashioned. The ride was beautiful, and the commentary from Tim was remarkable, as he was sharing personal experience, and recommended where to go and how good the food was there. We went to the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

We toured the Big Island and got a much greater understanding of Hawaii because of it. The tour lasted 1 1/2 hours and covered almost the whole island. The views were magnificent. Our pilot was very experienced, which calmed my wife's nerves, having spent 20 years in the Air Force. He also knew the Island well and could answer any... More 

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Overland Park, Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016 via mobile

Recently travelled with Sunshine Helicopters on their 6 passenger copter over to Volcano National Park, then up the coast line. Our pilot was very well trained and had many years of experience flying copters. The trip was excellent with views inside of two craters. We got so close that we could actually see the fire inside the craters! We then... More 

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