Montserrat by Helicopter

  • Port

    St. Johns, Antigua and Barbuda

  • Activity Level

    Moderate

  • Excursion Type

    All

  • Wheelchair Accessible

    NO

  • Cost

    USD USD USD USD

    Price over $151
  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    Approximately 2 Hours

  • Meals Included

    No

This is an exclusive opportunity to view Montserrat and to witness an active volcano from a safe distance, but close up.

Transfer ten minutes to a waiting private helicopter for a 45-minute, pilot-narrated flight to the Montserrat Exclusion Zone -- an area covering 30 square miles that is off-limits to both ground transportation and habitation. This makes the helicopter the only way to get an up-close look at the Soufrière Volcano. The volcanic Exclusion Zone covers the entire southeastern half of Montserrat, but there are various vantage points from where it is possible to view the volcano and the destruction it has wrought on the island. Learn about the island’s geological origins and history as you view the volcano, which rises to 3,000 feet above sea level and frequently emits a combination of ash, smoke and steam.

Survey the massive Tar River Gorge and Delta 1,000 feet below, which has formed as a result of pyroclastic flows. You’ll see what’s left of small villages devastated by past eruptions before touring the charred remains of Plymouth -- the country’s former capital, now uninhabited and in some places buried under 40 feet of ash. On the coast, observe the former location of the W.H. Bramble Airport, abandoned after the 1997 eruptions. Portions of this airport, including the runway were still visible until the partial dome collapse in 2010, which buried what was left.

Your tour ends back in Antigua with a bird's-eye view of your cruise ship.

Notes:

Route may vary due to weather and volcanic activity. Maximum weight is 230 lbs. Maximum height is 6’ 4". Actual flying time is approximately 45 to 50 minutes. Bring your passport, as you may need to clear both Antigua and Montserrat immigration.