In case for some strange reason you don’t know, Kīlauea violently erupted May 3,2018 and opened two dozen lava vents causing massive destruction. It wasn’t until early August that the eruption almost completely ended. Needless to say, the Kīlauea part of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park was closed to the public, and it wasn’t until November 2018 that parts of the park have re-opened. Trails are still in the progress of being repaired. That being said, we booked our Hawai’i Island/Maui vacation in June not knowing if or when the lava would stop. Flash forward to November 2018, the flow has stopped, but that doesn’t mean our helicopter tour was a bust.
Only has tours on Kaua’i and the Big Island, unfortunately. They are based out of Kaua’i and always put safety first. They also happen to be one of the longest-running helicopter tour companies on the island, which means they have a fantastic success rate and they know what they’re doing. Their staff is friendly, their pilots are carefully recruited and very knowledgeable. Their website is easy to navigate making the online booking process incredibly easy. Once you book your tour, you will receive a confirmation email, in that email, you will have an online waiver to fill out. It will also provide useful information for your flight such as what to wear, and what you can and cannot bring on the helicopter.
AFTER THE TOUR
Once you make it back to Hilo, you are carefully unloaded from the helicopter and have the opportunity to take a picture in front of the helicopter. It was incredibly windy, and my hair was not cooperating so don’t judge the picture, and yes, I did crop my parents out, they don’t care to have their pictures all over the internet but don’t worry, I still have the original image with all of us in it. Once back inside, you hand over the lifejacket, and that is the end of your excursion with Safari.
I wish Safari Helicopters offered tours on Maui and O’ahu as well, I’ve enjoyed both tours we’ve done with them. The windows on the helicopter are made for viewing not necessarily photography, but I’ve gotten some fantastic pictures with little to no glare, unlike tours I’ve done with other companies. If you’re looking to do a helicopter tour on Kaua’i or The Big Island, check Safari first to see if they offer what you’re looking for. Chances are the answer is yes, and you won’t be disappointed with the results.
Have you been on a helicopter tour with Safari? If so, which island and tour did you do? Let me know in the comments below.