Dramatic tour over the Exclusion Zone

Montserrat Travel Blog

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the last pyroclastic activity and mud flows reached the sea in January 2010
                  We were too lazy to get up at 4:00 am to catch the  Winair flight leaving Antigua to Montserrat at 6:30  and booked a tour from Jolly Harbour with Carribean helicopters.This tour is 45 minutes in duration and costs $ 240 U.S per person.It is the best way to see the volcano because the entire flying tour of Montserrat is over the Exclusion Zone,a dramatic area off limits to habitation and ground transportation.
                  After a quick safety briefing with a DVD in the office where we were given a life jacket and quickly driven to the helipad to fly a  Bell 206 B JetRanger.
the former capital Plymouth lies buried under layers of volcanic debris deposited by pyroclastic activity and mudflows.
Unfortunately we weren't in front and couldn't get the best panoramic views....However we both enjoyed this tour and got stunning views(it was the first Danielle's helicopter flight!).
                 We circled the volcano for around 20 minutes trying to understand the pertinent comments of our pilot via our microphones but I must admit that my eyes were concentrated but my old French ears were on holidays...
         
                  Flying back,our pilot attracted attention on several turtles swimming on the surface,but it was too late to see whales that come to give birth there in March and April.After flying over our resort,we flew over the manicured residential area and golf course of Jolly Harbour before landing.Definitely a tour to do,though expensive, if you are in Antigua!

http://www.fly-winair.com
http://www.carribeanhelicopters.com
http://www.visitmontserrat.com
                

               
     






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the last pyroclastic activity and …
the last pyroclastic activity and…
the former capital Plymouth lies b…
the former capital Plymouth lies …
mud and volcanic debris flows
mud and volcanic debris flows
Soufriere Hills Volcano
Soufriere Hills Volcano
Soufriere Hills,an active volcano
Soufriere Hills,an active volcano
Plymouth
Plymouth
Plymouth
Plymouth
Plymouth
Plymouth
Plymouths building
Plymouth's building
village around Plymouth
village around Plymouth
a lush,thick carpet of greenery
a lush,thick carpet of greenery
huge boulders
huge boulders
the new town in the north at Littl…
the new town in the north at Litt…
the new town
the new town
new buildings at Little Bay
new buildings at Little Bay
Danielle enjoying her microphones!
Danielle enjoying her microphones!
still alive!
still alive!
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