Helicopter ride in St Lucia

May 28th, 2013 in Uncategorized

When we arrived in St Lucia we had to travel for 2 hours to our hotel on a mini bus, the journey wasn’t great and quite a few people ended up being sick. We were not really expecting all the narrow and windy roads and all of the stopping and starting from the traffic. We also witnessed two crashes on route, which apparently was normal. By the time we got to the hotel, after popping many motional sickness pills, let’s just say none of us were in the best of moods.

 On our last day in St Lucia we decided to travel in style to the airport. I mean, why wouldn’t you take a helicopter to the airport and travel for 15minutes instead of two hours, if the option was there? It was also a great blogging opportunity!

As we arrived at the open space with our helicopter in front of us I didn’t feel too nervous, it was only when we got inside and I realised how small it actually was did I start to feel a bit on edge. 

I was sitting at the front of the helicopter and as we started to take off all I could hear being repeated in the headphones was “don’t take off, transmission failure.” The pilot was still taking off and I was very confused as to what was going on and thought that these messages were coming from the head office. The pilot was still taking off so I assumed that the information was for another helicopter; I still was quite nervous and was just praying that our helicopter was going to get to the airport safely. 

Once the engine failure messages stopped coming through the headphones I started to relax and enjoy the incredible views. 

It started to rain and then the sun came out again which meant we were lucky enough to see a rainbow! 

When we landed at the airport, I turned around and explained to everyone how worried I was that we were getting messages about how we shouldn’t have taken off. It was only then that I realised it was the boys playing tricks on us and making jokes through the headphones. I’m guessing the pilot was used to people playing around with the headphones inside the helicopter because he wasn’t phased at all!

I have to say it was an incredible experience and if you get the oppourtunity to take a ride in a helicopter, go for it!