Anybody that’s spent any time on St Thomas or St John has surely looked up to see the iconic yellow helicopters of Caribbean Buzz. Looks like a great way to see the islands, right? So we decided to get some information and share it with you!
Caribbean Buzz Helicopters is more than a helicopter tour operation. So we sat down with Charlotte, of Caribbean Buzz, to hear about their range of services and tours, including charters, day trips, Helicopters-Adventures, weddings, corporate experience, aerial filming and even flight training!
SJVR: Like so many people … I’ve seen your familiar bright yellow helicopters flying over St John, US Virgin Islands and wondered what it must look like from that height. Can you tell us something about your helicopter tours, destinations and pricing?
CB: [Charlotte] We are limited by your imagination and will work with you to make a unique memory. Otherwise, our basic tour is 30 minutes. This takes you across St. Thomas, North show of St. John, West end Tortola, Jost Van Dyke and adjoining islands, back to St. Thomas. We can customize what you see during 30 minutes: you tell us what you want. We can land on most of the the islands in the BVI (still trying to find a decent spot on Cooper Island), and also fly to Vieques, Culebra, Puerto Rico, St Marten, Anguilla, St Barts, and other down island destinations.
SJVR: How many passengers do your helicopters accommodate?
CB: We have 2 three passenger helicopters, Robinson 44 Clipper II, and an Airbus H145 which can seat 8 passengers.
SJVR: If the weather is bad, what happens to my tour?
CB: We give you a call and based on availability for both parties try to reschedule the flight or push it later in the day. We want everyone to have a great time!
SJVR: Can you share a few memorable guest flights?
CB: [Charlotte] Ha! We maintain the privacy of all of our clients. But,, since you ask; we’ve had some very funny marriage proposal flights. We were once tasked to make a scavenger hunt across a deserted island and the last clue led to the engagement ring that was buried in the sand. We were very worried that the ring would disappear before it was found! Or one time we flew a few pro basketball players and weren’t quite certain they would fit. They showed up and their feet were so big they almost couldn’t get through the door!
SJVR: It sounds like fun! I’m interested in a Day Trip; but I don’t see any pricing on your website. How much do these trips cost … and how do I make a reservation?
CB: The cost of trips range based on what exactly you would like to do, our minimum is a 30 minute tour for 550.00 USD for the 3 passenger helicopter. Day trips start at around 2100.00 USD for the smaller helicopter. Rates are per helicopter not per seat.
SJVR: [Charlotte] thanks for your time and sharing your unique island service with our readers.
Caribbean Buzz Helicopters is the only FAA approved helicopter co. in the USVIs and BVIs. Their team consists of highly experienced pilots. Caribbean Buzz operates Robinson 44 and H145 helicopters. The R44 accommodates 3 passengers plus pilot. The H145 accommodates 8 passengers plus pilot. And you can relax and enjoy your flight – their pilots have over 25,000 flight hours accident, incident and violation free!
Considering a unique perspective on Paradise or a WOW-me proposal/engagement or wedding? Give Caribbean Buzz a call. And set that memory in motion…
Caribbean Buzz Helicopters
8202 Lindbergh Bay
St. Thomas USVI
You can send them an email or call to book.
And they also have a contact form on our website.
T: +1 (340) 775 7335
T: +1 (347) 284 6335
F: +1 (340) 774 7133
[Cover photo: Don Hebert]