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The Guide to Helicopter Tours in Fiji

© Chris McLennan – Tourism Fiji

Helicopter Tours in Fiji You Can’t Miss!

A flight over the Fiji islands means flying over white sandy islands centred with lush palm trees and scattered across the blue ocean. It means distinctively seeing coral reefs creating patterns across the sea. It means get up-close and personal with the larger islands’ mountain ranges cracked by magnificent waterfalls and tropical rainforest. Helicopter flights in Fiji tick all the boxes for romance, adventure and awe as you see a stunning side of Fiji only appreciated from the sky. So take a look at this quick guide to Fiji helicopter tours and start planning your own epic excursion.

Helicopter Tour Companies in Fiji

Check out the four helicopter companies in Fiji to choose from.

  • Island Hoppers – Nadi, Viti Levu
  • Heli-Tours Fiji – Denarau, Viti Levu
  • Pacific Island Air – Nadi and Denarau
  • Elite Aviation – Nadi and Denarau

For more information about each of those companies, head to 5 Breathtaking Scenic Flights by Helicopter in Fiji.

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Denarau Helicopter Tours

As one of the biggest tourist hubs in Fiji, Denarau Island is the most popular place to catch a helicopter tour over the Fijian islands. There are several operators with flights departing from Denarau for scenic flights over the Mamanuca Islands, as well as over the rugged interior of Viti Levu.

Denarau Helicopter Flights Over Denarau Island

One of your most affordable flights in Denarau is short flights over Denarau Island. Flights last approximately seven minutes – but don’t let that put you off. You’ll be surprised how much you will see from the sky.

Denarau Island flights not only give you a chance to see the luxurious array of Denarau’s five-star resorts from above, but clear days bring views all the way from the sandy-beached islands scattered in the Mamanuca Group all the way to Mt Evans in the heart of Fiji’s main island, Viti Levu.

If this is your first helicopter flight, or you want to do a heli flight on a budget, then Denarau Island helicopter flights are for you.

Check out the Denarau Heli Blast with Pacific Island Air on Viator or Tripadvisor for more details.

Denarau Helicopter Flights Over the Mamanuca Islands

The Mamanuca Islands are the closest group of islands to Denarau. They are also some of the best examples of your “paradise-like” tropical islands. Needless to say, they look spectacular with a birds-eye-view. A resort transfer via helicopter will naturally give you sensational views of the island, departing from Denarau. If you want to depart and return to Denarau, go on a flight with a set itinerary with companies such as Heli-Tours Fiji and Pacific Island Air (more info on Viator and Tripadvisor).

Alternatively, Pacific Islands Air offers a “Mystery Helicopter Flight” where flights can last anywhere between 20 minutes to 1h30min, taking you around the Mamanuca Islands as the helicopter drops and pick-up people at their resorts. It’s a more affordable helicopter flight over the Mamanuca Islands for the adventurous traveller.

Helicopter Flights Over Viti Levu

Fly from Denarau to the rugged heart of Viti Levu, Fiji’s main island, as you fly over the Mt Evans Range. See the mountain shaped like a sleeping giant, as well as waterfalls, rainforest and rugged mountain peaks. Flights over the mountains usually last about 20 minutes and you will receive commentary throughout your flight. Book your Viti Levu scenic helicopter tour with Heli-Tours Fiji and Pacific Island Air (on Viator and Tripadvisor).

For more ways to spend your time in Denarau, check out the 12 Amazing Things to Do ion Denarau Island.

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Nadi Helicopter Tours

As most travellers arrive in Fiji at the Nadi International Airport, the airport is a convenient place to start your helicopter flight in Fiji. First of all, helicopter operators based at Nadi Airport do transfers to island resorts. Second, many scenic helicopter tours also depart from Nadi, with accommodation pick-up included. Scenic tours take passengers over the Mamanuca Islands and inland over Viti Levu.

Nadi Helicopter Flights Over Viti Levu

Fly over the Mt Evans Range from Nadi to discover some of Fiji’s awesome mountain scenery, including waterfalls, towering cliffs and lush rainforest. Flights into the interior of Viti Levu are approximately 25 minutes long and are available as a Scenic Flight with Pacific Island Air (more info on Viator and Tripadvisor) or as a Scenic Tour with Island Hoppers.

Nadi Helicopter Flights Over the Mamanuca Islands

The Mamanuca Islands are less than 10 minutes away by helicopter, yet feel like a world away from the bustling city of Nadi. Either take a 25-minute scenic flight over the islands with Pacific Island Air (on Viator and Tripadvisor) or with Island Hoppers from Nadi Airport. A fun alternative is the “Mystery Flight” which both helicopters offer their own version of.

To combine both the tropical island and Viti Levu interior tours, try this Island Discovery Scenic Flight. Plus, get more Nadi inspiration from our 12 Awesome Things to Do in Nadi.

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Savusavu Helicopter Tours

[Update: Savusavu Helicopters is no longer operating. We will update this article if any other helicopter operators become available in Savusavu.]

If you’re staying on Fiji’s island-less-travelled, Vanua Levu, then you certainly won’t miss out on the scenic helicopter experiences. The helicopter tour company, Savusavu Helicopters, provides plenty of options for travellers to see the breathtaking coast of Vanua Levu from a whole different perspective. Choose from resort transfers and scenic flights. One of the most popular scenic flights is where the pilot will cater to what you want to see. Just ask.

Savusavu Helicopter Flights Over Savusavu

The main hub of Vanua Levu is lined by the stunning Balaga Bay and dotted with luxurious resorts well worth checking out from above. A 15-minute flight with Savusavu Helicopters will get you to see all the highlights of Savusavu.

Savusavu Helicopter Flights Over Vanua Levu’s Eastern Bays

Vanua Levu is lined with sweeping bays and coral reefs that are picture-perfect from a helicopter. This 15-minute flight will also take you over Salt Lake and Natewa Bay surrounded by vibrant rainforest.

Check out more ways to enjoy Vanua Levu in our 12 Amazing Things to Do on Vanua Levu.

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Unique Helicopter Experiences in Fiji

Fiji really knows how to give you a good time, so it’s definitely worth checking out some of the alternative helicopter experiences where the flight is only just a fraction of the adventure.

Helicopter and Quad Bike Adventure

Combine a quad biking tour in the highlands of Nadi with a breathtaking helicopter flight on this Endgame Heli Quad Combo Adventure with Pacific Island Air. Ideal for both first-time quad bikers and experienced adventure-seekers, this quad bike adventure takes you past pine forests, sugar cane fields and isolated Fijian villages. In one of the villages, you’ll enjoy a kava ceremony, a school visit and a quick lunch before jumping on a helicopter to see it all from above. Find out more about the experience on Viator and Tripadvisor.

Romantic Island Getaway

Organise something special to pop the question or treat her to an extra-special excursion on a private island getaway. Savusavu Helicopters offers flights from Vanua Levu to a secluded beach where sparkling wine and catering is provided. The experience lasts for about 1h30min. [Update: Savusavu Helicopters is no longer operating. We will update this article if any other helicopter operators become available in Savusavu.]

Or fly from Denarau or Nadi to the Malamala Beach Club with Pacific Island Air, where they can organise a banner with your message placed in the sand which is visible by air. You’ll then spend the day at the beach club complete with an infinity pool, snorkelling (gear and towels are provided), stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking,  lunch (which is included), or whatever it is you would like to do. Find out more on Viator and Tripadvisor.

For more romance in Fiji, check out the 10 Most Romantic Resorts in Fiji.


Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of Fiji Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in the South Pacific over 10 years ago with nothing but a backpack and a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to explore a paradise such as Fiji. She knows the islands inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience Fiji’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides.

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