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There is no tour in the Florida Keys quite like our Ultimate Island Helicopter Experience. For 30 minutes, you and your group will get the chance to see a unique perspective of Key West and the diverse natural areas that surround our historic little island. You not only get to see historic famous landmarks such as the Southermost Point and the Truman Annex from up in the air, you also get an exclusive look at the mangrove islands just to the north of Key West (what we call the Key West Back Country).
This is the best way to really get a feel for what Key West and the Florida Keys are all about - a mixture of history, culture, fun, an authentic love for nature, and an unparalleled desire for unforgettable moments. We are confident that our Ultimate Island Experience will easily become one of the highlights of your Key West vacation.
We work with a talented and enthusiastic team of professional and FAA certified pilots. Our crew is knowledgeable of Key West and are eager to share that knowledge with you. We fly up to the skies in our Robinson R-44 helicopters, specifically designed to provide a smooth and easy ride. These helicopters are used all throughout the country for sightseeing tours very much like our very own. These helicopters can hold up to four people, so in addition to our pilot, you and two of your friends will soon get the chance to see Key West like very few visitors ever get to see Key West.
We fly 7 days a week from 10am to sunset. To better serve our customers, we open earlier on days that cruise ships are in port. If you are interested in taking a tour outside of our normal business hours, please contact us and we will accommodate you the best we can!
We prefer at least 24 hours notice, but if you call, we'll do what we can to make it happen!
Wear comfortable clothing. T-shirts with shorts and sandals seem to be the most popular attire in Key West!
Absolutely! We are more than happy to accommodate children of all ages. We allow children under 24 months to sit on a parent’s lap, long as the maximum weight limit is not exceeded. Children 24 months and older will be given their own full seat for the duration of the tour.
Of course! We encourage all passengers to bring cameras. The helicopter cockpit provides a great photographic opportunity! In the Robinson R-44, every seat is a window seat! Cameras with wide-angle lenses tend to work the best within the cockpit. Tele-photo lenses are also great for taking close-up photos of the marine life below. We provide affordable photo packages with GoPro's and Video Cam.
Any loose articles in the cockpit create a potential risk, therefore, for your own safety, we have a strict no bag policy in the helicopter. Only small medically necessary bags are allowed. All other bags must be stored in our storage bins on the ground. This includes all camera bags. We find that it works better to have your camera out and at the ready from the start of your tour than to have it tucked away when that perfect picture moment comes along.
Yes. The maximum weight per seat or per person is 300 lbs. The maximum passenger weight per the entire flight is 550 lbs.
All flights require a two person minimum. Single riders are allowed, but require payment for two seats.
Please arrive 10-15 minutes prior to your scheduled flight. Limited FREE parking is available at Landmark Aviation.
As our tour groups are small and our seating limited, we must implement a 24 hour cancellation policy. If for any reason you decide to change or cancel your reservation, you must notify us at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled flight. Cancellations and no-shows within 24 hours of scheduled flight are non-refundable.
Weather in Florida is highly unpredictable, however, most afternoon showers don’t last more than 10-15 minutes at a time. In the event that weather disrupts your scheduled flight and we are not able to reschedule you for another time or day, we will, of course, issue you a 100% refund.
We recommend that our passengers limit their alcohol consumption to a minimum prior to their departure. We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone based on our observance of any peculiar behaviors or attitude. Although Key West is one of the most alcohol-friendly towns in the nation, our first priority is the safety of our passengers and our pilots.
This is a scenic tour, not a thrill ride. It is extremely rare for passengers to experience motion sickness from any of our tours. Flights are smooth, and turns are slow and gentle.
All of our tours are operated with a Robinson R-44. The R-44 is a four seat light helicopter produced by the Robinson Helicopter Company in California, USA. It is considered to be one of the safest helicopters in the industry, and, with its outstanding safety record, is the number one choice used for sightseeing operations around the world.
All of our pilots are FAA commercially rated and have passed rigorous FAA certifications, company testing, and recurrent training to be your tour pilot.
Our customer’s safety has always been our highest priority. We are proud to say we have a 100% perfect safety record and we take all possible precautions to ensure that it stays that way!
It is your responsibility to make sure you are aware of and understand all restrictions pertaining to this tour before booking online or over the phone. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are medically qualified and within any limits listed below in order to participate in this activity. No refunds will be given to those who reserve a spot and can not participate due to the restrictions listed below. For more information please read our cancellation policy and terms and conditions page or call our staff with any questions regarding your ability to participate.
Key West Vacation is always interested in your tour experience with us. We hope you enjoyed your tour and love to hear comments.
I have been to the Bahamas many times, but Ultimate Island Helicopter Experience is one of my favorite trips! It includes everything that everyone should do here. As a Bahamas veteran, I can say only the best about this experience!
Thanks to the professional guides! I was a bit worried about kayaking because I had never done it before, but the instructions were great and I had such a good time!
The best way to discover nature! ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)