|Above, Kilauea volcano from the air. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
|Above, during the tour. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
The drive's scenery was somewhat desolate, with ancient lava beds on both sides of the road and cinder cones.
We got to Hilo at around 10:00 and stopped for breakfast at a very good Mexican restaurant.
Following that, we headed to the Hilo International Airport to check-in with Blue Hawaiian Helicopters.
After check-in, we sat for a 20 minute orientation and safety video. When that was completed, we were handed life-preserving pouches and were escorted out to our helicopters.
|Above, we got to see some lava. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
I sat in the back of the helicopter.
|Above, along the Hilo coast. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
In minutes, the helicopter took off. This was our first time flying in a helicopter. We all enjoyed it.
While I enjoyed the viewed and the overall experience, I was disappointed that we only flew by one waterfall. The tour advertising touted volcanoes and waterfalls. But, we lucked out and saw some bubbling lava.
I ordered the DVD video of our tour. I was told it should probably arrive home before I do.
My grade: A-.