Antigua from the Sky - Helicopter Tours
Duration: Half Day
Situated in the middle of the Leeward Islands in the Eastern Caribbean, the beautiful island of Antigua is blessed with some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world. It’s hardly surprising that this is one of the Caribbean’s premier tourist destinations. There are many ways to explore the island but one of the most memorable is via helicopter. This exciting tour will reveal Antigua’s highlights from the air, giving you a unique bird’s eye perspective of this idyllic tropical gem.
Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of Antigua as your helicopter gently ascends above the island’s stunning coastline, over miles of glorious white sandy beaches, peaceful coves, sparkling azure waters and deserted offshore islands. Get your camera ready to capture the memories as you skim along the shoreline and hover over historic harbours and landmarks, taking in the sights from one of the best imaginable viewpoints. English Harbour, Rendezvous Bay, Cades Reef, Falmouth Harbour, Shirley's Heights look-out, Jolly Harbour and the lush green forests of the volcanic Shekerly Mountains are just some of the tour highlights.
You can choose from several different flights in Antigua, but one of the most memorable trips offers a rare opportunity to see an active volcano from a safe distance as we fly along the East Coast of the neighbouring island of Montserrat. Rising 3000 feet above sea level, the magnificent Soufriere Hills Volcano dominates the island. It rumbled to life in 1995 and has been active ever since, causing destruction to villages and forcing the southern half of the island to be evacuated due to its huge eruptions of lava, rocks and ash. It frequently emits a combination of ash, smoke and steam, which you will be able to see from the air.
Entry to the “exclusion zone” is still forbidden today, so the best way to see the volcano is by helicopter. Abandoned villages and the enormous Tar River Valley can also be viewed during the ride. Over the years, the deep gorge and delta have formed as a result of fast-moving currents of volcanic rock and hot gas, known as pyroclastic flows. Before we head back, you will also see the deserted W.H. Bramble Airport and the uninhabited city of Plymouth, the former capital of Montserrat. Please not that the tour route over the exclusion zone of Montserrat may vary depending on weather and volcanic conditions.
As we fly back to Antigua, appreciate final views of the island’s exquisite natural beauty from the air before returning to base. The memories of this magical tour will stay with you long after your holiday in Antigua has ended.
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