Caribbean Helicopters - Antigua a Bird's Eye View
Duration: Half Day
Situated in the middle of the Leeward Islands in the Eastern Caribbean, the stunning island of Antigua is blessed with some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. There are many different ways to explore the island but one of the most memorable has to be by helicopter. This exciting tour will reveal Antigua’s highlights from a unique bird’s eye perspective, providing breathtaking views of this idyllic tropical gem.
Prepare for spectacular panoramic views as your helicopter gently ascends above Antigua’s paradise coastline, hovering over miles of glorious white sandy beaches, peaceful coves, sparkling turquoise waters and deserted offshore islands. Get your camera ready for some fantastic photography opportunities as you skim along the shoreline, past historic harbours and landmarks, taking in the island’s most famous sights from one of the best imaginable viewpoints.
Dickenson’s Bay, English Harbour, Cades Reef, Falmouth Harbour, Shirley's Heights look-out, the rugged Half-moon Bay and the lush green forests of the volcanic Shekerly Mountains are just some of the tour highlights from the air. If you want something extra special, custom tours can also be arranged for you.
You can choose from several different flight options in Antigua, but one of the most memorable trips offers a rare opportunity to see an active volcano from a safe distance as you fly along the East Coast of the neighbouring island of Montserrat. Rising 3000 feet above sea level, the awe-inspiring Soufriere Hills Volcano dominates the island. After rumbling to life in 1995, it 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.
Entry to the “exclusion zone” is still forbidden today as the eruption continues on a much smaller scale, frequently emitting a combination of ash, smoke and steam which you will be able to see from the air. For this reason, the best way to observe the volcano safely is by helicopter. Abandoned villages, charred remains and the enormous Tar River Valley can also be viewed during the flight.
Over the years, this deep gorge and delta have formed as a result of pyroclastic flows – fast-moving currents of hot gas and volcanic rock. Before we head back, you will also see the windmills of St. George's Hill, 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, you can appreciate final views of the island and coastline before returning to base. Not to be missed during your holiday in Antigua, this unforgettable helicopter adventure offers one of the best opportunities to experience the Caribbean’s exquisite natural beauty.
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