By Alyssa Mammano
What better way to get an all-encompassing lay of the land than an aerial ride through the world’s most stunning landscapes? Experience breathtaking views and vistas and even scope out the location for a new-build vacation home on any of these exclusive helicopter rides.
Great Barrier Reef, Australia
One of the most romantic scenic flights carries passengers to Australia’s world-famous Heart Reef, a naturally formed coral composition in the Great Barrier Reef. A journey over the world’s largest barrier reef culminates in a beachfront stopover on Heart Island near the heart-shaped reef where passengers can sail and snorkel. Explore this picturesque destination with the assistance of Hamilton Island Air for $999 per person.
Kowloon, Hong Kong
As the only hotel in Hong Kong with a helipad, The Peninsula Hotel offers an unparalleled journey over the UNESCO Geopark, a protected preserve by The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. This untouched plat of land can only truly be experienced from this vantage point, and an expert guide will teach of its cultural and geological importance. The UNESCO Geopark helicopter tour is offered to guests and public alike for about $650 per 15 minutes.
Amalfi Coast, Italy
For volcano buffs or those simply interested in breathtaking historic views, a helicopter tour of the volcanic island of Ischia, world-famous Mount Vesuvius and the remains of Pompeii and Herculaneum brings guests up-close and personal with the active volcano. Uninterrupted views of Naples and the Amalfi Coast and some of Italy’s most renowned attractions can also be captured along this ride. SAM Helicopters carries tourists over these historic destinations for $3,150 total for 50 minutes.
Royal Davui Resort, Fiji
A destination only for exclusive travelers, the Royal Davui Resort located on a 10-acre Fijian island is only accessible by one of the world’s most scenic helicopter rides. Launching from the capital of Nadi and traveling over rolling green pastures and clear blue waters, resort-goers take in unheard-of vistas for the one-hour ride before arriving on the island to be pampered with private plunge pools, spa treatments and fresh seafood. Island Hoppers handles the travel accommodations at $700 per person.
Columbia Mountains, Canada
Taking helicopter tours up a few notches for adrenaline junkies, Canadian Mountain Holidays offers a two-night escape complete with heli-skiing and heli-hiking. Guests are carried up a picturesque mountainside by helicopter and dropped off for skiing and hiking the peaks. The aircraft is the only source of travel for the weekend getaway, accommodating guests from the lodge resort up to each destination. A price tag of $1,730 per person includes stay, meals, equipment and guided tours.