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“Great one hour helicopter tour”

Hamilton Island Air
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Owner description: Hamilton Island Air - The Heart of the Great Barrier ReefHamilton Island Air provides guests with an exceptional range of helicopter and seaplane tours from Hamilton Island, encompassing the beautiful Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef. Our most popular destinations are the iconic Whitehaven Beach and the world famous Heart Reef. We operate a fleet of modern luxury helicopters and seaplanes to provide the ultimate 'once in a lifetime' experience.
Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

They took us out for a 55 minute tour in a raven 44. This helicopter has three passenger seats and a pilot seat. It cruises at about 105 kn. Our pilot Daniel was great!!! He was an excellent pilot and a great educator. He taught us about the islands and the reef. Seeing the great barrier reef from the air was extraordinary. The islands are beautiful. Whitehaven beach is extremely impressive. Make sure you take the 55 minute tour that covers the reef and not the one that stops at the beach. You really want to see the reef from the air. In addition if you pay half price for the third seat you can do a private tour if you are a couple. This also means that one of you can sit in the left front seat and take great video and photos.

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Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

Our first visit to Hamilton Island. Decide to take seaplane tour first and flew to Great Barrier Reef for aerial tour of reef and then landed at Whitehaven Beach and stayed for about 1 hour. Excellent knowledgeable pilot and try to
take the DeHavilland a great seaplane. Helicopter tour
landed at Great Barrier Reef and we went snorkeling.
Again, very knowledgeable and professional pilot who
helped us with our snorkeling gear. Take latest afternoon
flight and you have the diving barge and reef all to yourself

Thank robbiemcewan
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Reviewed 3 March 2018

We took the hour plane ride to view the scenery, Great Barrier Reef, heart reef and white haven beach. Spectacular and wonderful way to see the beauty. Recommend a snorkel or scuba visit to the reef, but as plane ride was indeed over the top!

Thank HWB
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Reviewed 1 March 2018 via mobile

Finally today we got lucky and could go on our chopper tour to the Great Barrier Reef with snorkelling!
It was really unforgettable,
First is the view of the Barrier Reef from the sky that is absolutely breathtaking and then the snorkelling (wonderful too!)
If you can afford it you should go for it: money very well spent.

Thank Travelaround59
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Reviewed 12 February 2018

We booked onto the Cruise Whitsundays boat tour to Reefworld and were planning to take a flight over Heart Reef once we arrived at Hardy Reef. My husband asked the Hamilton Air chap on the boat (as he travels on the boat selling flights) if we were guaranteed a window seat as we didn't want to pay to see the reef and be sat in the middle of the helicopter. My husband was promised that one of each 'couple' was guaranteed a window seat and on this basis we booked the flight. When we came to board the helicopter the pilot and another guy put two women in the front and then their partners were then in each window which meant two couples had front and window seats and we were sat in the middle. We tried to tell one of the guys that we had been promised a window seat and he told us to sort it out ourselves with one of the guys in the window. I politely asked him if he would move and he refused as he was upset that he wasn't sat next to his wife! So, we were left stuck in the middle of the helicopter having been told to sort the seating out ourselves.

My gripe is that the guys loading should have asked the other guy in the window to move rather than leaving to to me as I'm sure he would have taken more notice of them than a random fellow tourist.

We have been on quite a few helicopter flights and fully understand that they have to be carefully weighted and that dictates where people can sit. However, on this occasion it clearly didn't matter who was sitting in one of the window seats so the dispatcher could have told the chap to move. We are used to dispatchers/pilots telling people where they should sit, not leaving it to the paying passengers to sort out as clearly there are selfish people who don't care about others.

Although we enjoyed the flight it left us disappointed and we were hoping to speak with the chap on the boat however once the flights were done and we were all back on the boat (and he didn't have to sell any flights) he was nowhere to be seen. It would have been nice of him to ask if we had enjoyed our flight but he clearly wasn't interested.

This has made us more wary now of helicopter flights, and taking what we are told as the truth. I am leaving this review to warn others that if you want a window seat you might not get it.

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