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Island Express Helicopters

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1175 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90802-6332
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Reviewed August 2, 2018

We make the fly from Long Beach to Avalon. We have some weather issues / delays and these folks handled the situation perfectly, a safe journey Very nice people an a nice waiting lounge in Long Beach, very safety conscious, because we are a party...More

1  Thank Alvaro A
Reviewed July 8, 2018 via mobile

They don't accommodate to your needs at all. Terrible customer service, had a hard time rescheduling our ride, because of which we had to cancel rest of our activities in catalina island. In the end, we ended up not doing the helicopter ride but getting...More

1  Thank _AnjulSh
Reviewed June 7, 2018

We took the helicopter from Long Beach to Avalon. Only takes 15 min. Excellent customer service, nice waiting lounge in Long Beach, very safety conscious, windows in helicopter provide nice wide view for all. Saw dolphins along the way too. Pilot answered all our questions....More

Thank Cheryl K
Reviewed April 9, 2018

We flew to Catalina, stayed 3 nights, then flew back. The helicopter is expensive, but you don't do it every day, so on a special occasion it's worth it.

Thank rayu
Reviewed January 25, 2018 via mobile

Had some weather issues / delays and these folks handled the situation perfectly. Made what could have been a deal breaking delay into a safe journey, and much faster than the boat. Beware of the luggage limitation, 25 pounds, which is stated on their website....More

1  Thank WillametteWill
Reviewed September 21, 2017 via mobile

From the moment I picked up the phone (Theresa: wow, you're great! Thank you!), to the moment I queried about a possible change of plans (Theresa: great again!), through to my warm welcome from Angel (he was great), and all the way to meeting pilot...More

3  Thank Ron O
Reviewed September 17, 2017 via mobile

For a quick weekend getaway. . We chose island express helicopter to get there. Our dog . Happy' first helicopter ride!! We inquired prior to the trip if he will be allowed on board. .. yes as long as he's inside dog carrier and with...More

Thank garsilee
Reviewed August 20, 2017 via mobile

My Aunt and sister came to visit for the weekend and they wanted to check out Catalina Island. We arrived at the office to check in and get weighed for the trip. After check-in we were going to walk over by a cruise ship that...More

Thank Brett W
Reviewed August 17, 2017

Brilliant means of getting to the island. Arrive like a rock star! Pilots can be fun or quite. We had both! When they're fun they are really fun!

1  Thank Philip B
Reviewed August 1, 2017

Flying to the Island versus taking the boat was well worth the money. 15 minutes a beautiful view and no sea sickness. I loved the flight, we saw a beautiful pod of dolphins, and the pilot was fabulous. The entire experience was fantastic and I...More

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March 3, 2018|
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Response from garsilee | Reviewed this property |
Are you planning a visit to Los angekes? Then you can book a round trip island exoress for a day trip to catalina island Its a very short ride from long beach . ( where island exoress is located).
March 30, 2017|
Response from garsilee | Reviewed this property |
You can leave the car in the lot where island express office. theres no charge. . There is also structure parking also for queen mary tour and for guests on carnival cruises I would recommend to park outside the office of... More