Antigua: Helicopter flight to Montserrat Volcano

This is a unique, rare and exclusive opportunity to visit and tour Montserrat, and to witness an active volcano from a safe but close up. Whilst the volcanic Exclusion Zone covers the entire south-eastern half of the island, as well as extending four kilometers off-shore along the eastern coast to what is known as the Maritime Exclusion Zone, there are various vantage points from where it is possible to view the volcano and the destruction it has wrought on the island. Visitors can learn about its geological origins and history as well as view the volcano from safe locations around the island. You will met at the ship by your tour guide and driven to the helicopter pad 30 minutes away from St John’s. Here you will board your awaiting private helicopter for a fully narrated and truly memorable and unique Montserrat Volcano tour. On this 45-minute, pilot-narrated flight, you will fly to Montserrat to tour its “Exclusion Zone,” an area covering 80 sq. kms made off-limits to both ground transportation and habitation. This makes the helicopter the only way to get an up-close look at the Soufriere Hills Volcano. The volcano 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 found 1,000 feet below, which has formed as a result of pyroclastic flows. You’ll witness 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 seaside, 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 of February 11th, 2010, which buried what was left. Your adventure ends back in Antigua with a bird’s eye view of your beautiful SeaDream yacht!

Notes Route may vary due to weather and volcanic activity. The max weight to participate is 230 lbs per person, max height is 6’ 4”.  Actual flying time is approximately 45 to 50 minutes. It is essential you bring your passport as you may need to clear both Antigua and Montserrat immigration. A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures and some have limited capacity. All adventures and prices in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Not all of the land adventures shown will be offered on all voyages and departure times are subject to change. Final pricing and departures times will be published onboard.

Duration 2.5 hours

Price 379 USD