Going on a Hawaiian Helicopter Sight-Seeing Trip? Consider These Tips

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With 8 main islands and a small inlet, Hawaii is definitely one of the best beach getaways in the world. And what better way to check out the sights and enjoy the glorious landscapes than going on a helicopter sight-seeing excursion with your loved ones? A helicopter tour is the best way to make your Hawaiian vacay memorable, more so if you are taking the whole family with you.

Of course, certain factors have to be considered before booking a helicopter tour in Hawaii. The limited space, the weather, as well as the drop off points, should be taken into consideration when planning a trip. In today’s post, we are listing down all the important details you have to consider before a helicopter trip in sunny Hawaii:

Consider the Local Holidays

Some service providers are not in operation during special events, such as local holidays. As such, plan your vacation well and finalize the date of your vacation. The last thing you want is to waste a great day of touring because the helicopter tour is closed during the holidays. You can go online, learn more about the local holidays and plan your vacation’s schedules around them.

Get the Best Deals

Who can’t say no to a great package, a discounted tour, and other incentives? Most helicopter tour companies do offer deals, promos, discounts, or even all-in packages occasionally. Some tours are also paired up with other activities, such as a day in the museum and other local attractions. To get the most out of your money, always be on the lookout for better deals. Do not pounce on the first offer you get because you might miss better deals during your search.

The Length of the Tour

How many sights do you want to see? Depending on the number of attractions you want to check out, a typical helicopter tour should last about 10 to 15 minutes for short trips and 30 minutes for longer trips. You also need to plan at what point in the day you like to travel. For example, the sun can be quite strong during the afternoons in Hawaii, so it is best to avoid times of the day when the sun is at its highest point in the sky.

Don’t be Late

Consider where the starting point of the tour is, the heliport. You want to arrive early so you can make the tour in time. Some heliports can be congested especially during peak seasons. To prevent delays, make sure the tour will fit your overall plans. You don’t want to be marked as a “no-show,” and waste money.

Developing a Plan B

Sometimes things do not go as planned no matter how much you tried to stress over the little details. Some things just cannot be controlled, such as the weather, sudden issues with the helicopter, and so on. So make a point to develop alternative plans ahead of time. First, consider the climate, at least three days ahead of your tour. If you start noticing dark clouds or rain a few hours before the tour, call your service provider and let them know about your concerns. Ask the agency if the tour is still on as scheduled. Most tour companies are happy to provide refunds in case the tour gets canceled. You can also re-schedule your tour until the weather improves.