The island state of Hawaii was one of the last to join the Union, and these island chains prove highly popular for domestic American tourism today. Being far out in the Pacific Ocean, Hawaii even feels like another country at times, and its exotic tropical wildlife and setting capture the imagination. Tourists visiting this state may explore it in all sorts of ways, from taking a boat ride to watch the dolphins swim to snorkeling with the wildlife in shallow waters. Meanwhile, interested tourists may choose a sightseeing adventure from high above, and an Oahu helicopter tour is always a possibility. The best helicopter tours in Oahu give the tourist group a fine panorama of this island, and such helicopter tours may be booked ahead of time online. Booking Oahu helicopter tours ahead of time may be a good idea during the state’s busy season for tourism, to ensure that someone can get a slot during their stay at Hawaii. What else is there to know about visiting this state, and domestic American tourism in general?
Americans and Vacations
Whether going on Oahu helicopter tours or going ice fishing in Alaska or visiting the Floridan or Californian beaches, Americans love to go on vacations. Nearly all American employees today, around 96% of them, agree that taking vacations is important to them. After all, a vacation to a new and fun place is a fine way to unwind and relieve the tension and stress of everyday life, and most Americans tend to take vacations at least 50 miles away from where they live (and Hawaii is bound to qualify for that). This means that the American domestic tourism industry is a big one, and it supports many jobs ranging from aircraft crews to hotel staff to tour guides and beyond, and in fact this industry is growing steadily. And of course, Hawaii ranks as one of the most popular places to visit for this domestic tourism, and Hawaii welcomed a record 9.3 million guests in 2017 alone (even more than in 2016). And as of 2016, there were some 220,000 tourists in Hawaii at any given time. Suppose someone in the “Lower 48” wanted to visit this island chain of a state. Will an Oahu helicopter tour be their best bet?
Going on an Oahu Helicopter Tour
Not everyone is visiting Hawaii’s waters and snorkeling with the fish and coral reefs there. Other tourists choose to fly aboard a helicopter, and there are plenty of these aerial vehicles to be found in the American civilian sector. Helicopters are useful for many kinds of work, ranging from search and rescue efforts to news crews to tourism and sight-seeing, and that can certainly happen at a popular state like Hawaii. To begin, an interested tourist may look online well ahead of time, especially if they are planning on visiting during Hawaii’s busy season. There, the guest may look for open slots for a helicopter tour and book one as they like. In some cases, these tours may be booked to coordinate with the tourist’s existing vacation plans, but in other instances, maybe the entire trip is based around that helicopter tour. The latter may give the guest more flexibility in which helicopter tour slots to book. A search such as “available Oahu helicopter tours in June” may be a fine way to do this, or “Hawaii helicopter tour bookings for a party of four.”
Once the tour group is at the air base, they may choose to look over the helicopters there and also ask to see the various pilots’ credentials, to find one they like the most. Everyone may then board the helicopter, and each person will have their own headset so that they can hear each other over the noise of the helicopter. This is useful for hearing what the tour guide is saying during the flight. And of course, the passenger bay doors will be closed to prevent anything or anyone from falling out. If bad weather is predicted, the helicopters may stay grounded to prevent any risky flights, and the tourists may have to ask about rescheduling or refunds if this happens. Otherwise, they may get a great panoramic view of Oahu and hear all about local history and nature.