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“Helicopter Happiness”
Review of Island Hoppers

Island Hoppers
Ranked #6 of 25 Transportation in Nadi
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Owner description: Island Hoppers is Fiji’s premium air transport service specializing in efficient and reliable helicopter and fixed wing aeroplane transfers for passengers to maximize their “Island Time”. For more than 35 years Island Hoppers has been operating in Fiji and has built up a wealth of knowledge of Fiji and its 330 Islands. Our “Resort Express” service meets and greets all passengers at Nadi International airport. Passengers are driven to our private lounge less than a minute from the international terminal. Sit in the comfort of our air conditioned lounge and relax with a cold drink before enjoying a scenic flight over the Mamanuca’s to your island destination or further to the Coral Coast, Pacific Harbour, Yasawas, Northern Islands and beyond. Whether you choose to fly by Helicopter or Plane, Island Hoppers offers seamless transfers in minimal time.
Reviewed 7 February 2018

We were going to one of the islands for a family vacation. the choices were ferry (3.5 hours) or seaplane or helicopter (both about 20 minutes). The helicopter was the choice for us - fantastic views, immersive experience with the sounds of the helicopter, headsets so you could speak to each other and the very friendly pilot, and just incredible views 1,000 feet about the sea, reefs and islands. 5 adults and 1 baby, all too easy. The service was truly top notch. We were met at the arrivals hall, bags and everything loaded into the courtesy minibus and driven over to the Island Hopper departure lounge. A quick weigh-in of each of us and each bag, safety lecture and all sorted. Be warned, there are weight limits - 15kg per checked luggage and 10kg per carry on back-pack. Extra bags or over weight can be sent on the next helo or on the ferry for a charge ($10/kg) but 25kg a person is a lot so you can manger. the costs are about double the ferry costs but well worth it. And the baby is free if under 24 months. If you wanted to have a special trip to anywhere, a secluded island for 2, they can do it. They were very relaxed, professional and accommodating. Great team and great experience.

Thank Relaxing-Jim
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SHLO69, Director of Sales at Island Hoppers, responded to this reviewResponded 25 February 2018

Thank you relaxing-jim for sharing your experience. We appreciate your time and business.

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Reviewed 28 January 2018

The scenic tours provided by Island Hoppers are fun, beautiful, and a great way to see Fiji from a bird’s eye view.

My wife and I decided to do this helicopter tour on a whim, because we had several hours before our hotel check-in and we needed something to fill the time. Island Hoppers was very flexible, and we were able to tag-along on a ride with other passengers to their island resorts as we did sightseeing. This gave us a breathtaking view of Nadi and the surrounding area as well as large parts of the Mamanuca group of islands.

The helicopter experience was new to both my wife and I, but it isn’t intimidating and Island Hoppers makes the whole process very easy. Each passenger is outfitted with headphones and a microphone to communicate over the noise of the propeller (as seen in movies). This allows the pilot to relay information and fun facts to the passengers along the ride. The windows are large so it’s easy to take in the environment, and even though there were other people sitting nearby it felt like a fairly intimate experience. The ride itself is smooth, and it’s amazing how agile and nimble the choppers can be during takeoffs and landings.

As for the scenery? The skies were clear, the water was blue, and the weather was perfect. Gorgeous.

We flew over several islands, and stopped at another to drop off resort guests. The overall round trip felt like 20-30 minutes, but we didn’t time it and I don’t remember specifically. It felt short, but I don’t think we would have preferred it to be any longer.

Since the trip, I’ve looked at their website and noticed that they have some pretty amazing day trips listed (at pretty steep prices to boot), so I would consider those if we ever visited again. I can only imagine the excitement of visiting “Castaway Island” (where the Tom Hanks movie of the same name was filmed) or the romantic seclusion of having a “Private Island for the Day”.

All-in-all, it was a fun ride and a great way to kill time, but not something I would do again unless it was for one of the adventurous day trips.

Thank Tom_Mielke
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SHLO69, Director of Sales at Island Hoppers, responded to this reviewResponded 30 January 2018

Bula Tom and thank you for your very detailed review of Island Hoppers and your scenic tagalong tour.
Next time you do come to Fiji try one of our day trips as this is the best way to experience the many different resorts Fiji has to offer. Fiji has so many options available for every traveller on different budgets. Hope to see you again.

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Reviewed 13 January 2018

We had a great trip with Island Hoppers. The pilot was very informative and showed the mamanuca islands to us. Great trip so far!

Thank Hussein M
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SHLO69, Director of Sales at Island Hoppers, responded to this reviewResponded 17 January 2018

Vinaka Hussein M for sharing your experience with other Tripadvisor readers, thank you!

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Reviewed 24 October 2017

Booked our transport thru Island Hoppers to get us from Nadi airport to the Sheraton on Tokoriki Island. Our flight arrived at 5am and the shuttle driver from Island Hoppers picked us up at 6am to take us to the lounge until our charter was ready. We originally were booked for a noon transport but they were able to get us taken to our resort around 9:30am which I greatly appriciated.

The lounge is decent size with comfortable couches and free water. We had no problem relaxing while waiting.

Our pilot was amazing. He was so nice and pointed out all the sights as we flew along. He really made our experience excellent. It was so much fun and I will definitely use Island Hoppers again if we come to Fiji again. Top notch service.

Thank Benjamin B
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SHLO69, Director of Sales at Island Hoppers, responded to this reviewResponded 30 January 2018

Thanks Benjamin for taking the time to write a review on your experience of our Resort Express Service to Sheraton Tokoriki. We hope to see you as a return customer soon.

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Reviewed 12 July 2017

This was our second trip to Savusavu but first time riding on Island Hoppers for flights and we will definitely be booking them again. Right from the start of the service all of the staff were so friendly and efficient. We were greeted by the pleasant and helpful driver as soon as we entered the arrivals hall. From there we were driven 1 minute to Island Hoppers private check-in lounge - air-conditioned, modern & comfortable with complimentary refreshments. The lovely girls at the lounge had us checked in and ready to be taken to the meet the plane within minutes. We were taken through a security check in the terminal and then boarded "our plane" - it was just our family on board which felt really special - the cheerful pilot explained that this can often happen.
The plane itself is "cosy" and seemed fairly new - they provided us with earplugs but we didn't find it too noisy at all.
After a beautiful flight we landed smoothly in Savusavu, greeted again by another friendly smiling staff member and were whisked away to our resort.
We flew back with the Fiji domestic airline and the difference in the level of service and comfort was HUGE.
The entire experience with Island Hoppers was professional, happy and seamless, all of which contributed positively to our holiday. We will absolutely insist that our agent use Island Hoppers over the others for our Fiji holiday transfers and we have already enquired as to booking their helicopter charter in November!!

Thank MissTrip99
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SHLO69, Director of Sales at Island Hoppers, responded to this reviewResponded 23 July 2017

Bula MissTrip99, Thank you for your very detailed experience travelling with Island Hoppers to Savusavu in the beautiful North. We do offer a premium service and aircraft to ensure a smooth flight. Glad to hear you were offered earplugs, we do have these on board every flight for those passengers that wish to use them. We look forward to welcoming you back to Fiji in November!

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