Climb on in...fasten your seatbelt...put your headset on...and relax as the helicopter lifts off, taking you around the tall buildings and out to the greatest view imaginable of the Emerald Coast! Flying with Panhandle Helicopters is the best way to enjoy the beautiful water and gorgeous beach. Let your mind wander, as your eyes take in the breath taking sight of sugar white sandy beaches stretching out for miles and miles. Wave at your friends hanging over their balconies or playing on the beach as you cruise down the coastline, savoring the feeling of flight.Use our Panama City Beach travel itinerary planner to visit Panhandle Helicopter on your trip to Panama City Beach, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
At Panhandle Helicopters we offer seven different tours guaranteed to give you a unique view of the beach and a possible glimpse of our local marine life without emptying your bank account! Feeling romantic? Reserve the last ride of the day and cuddle up with your sweetheart in the back of the helicopter, to watch the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico.
Whether you are accomplishing a bucket List goal or out for a good adventure, the sky is the limit here at Panhandle Helicopters! Weʼre all about making great memories and sharing our love of flight with everyone. Our courteous and professional pilots ensure that even the most anxious passengers feel at ease and our modern helicopters are maintained to the highest of standards.
Panhandle Helicopters is ready to take you on an amazing adventure, with the most spectacular view of the beach and memories that will last a lifetime!
Intro: $40.00/person (5 miles)
Our intro ride is perfect for first time riders or for families with small children. This tour will fly you over the beautiful emerald coast water from the Panama City pier to the County pier and back. All of our scenic air tours will put a smile on your face. Approximately 5 minutes.
Miracle Strip: $55.00 (10 miles)
The helicopter will take you along the beach allowing you to see both city and county piers, over the Shipwreck Waterpark, and all of the hotels and beach life in between. Dolphins, stingrays, and sea turtles are common viewing on this tour so be sure to bring your video camera! Approximately 8-9 minutes.
Shark Run: $80.00 (16 miles)
One of our most popular tours, this exciting ride is designed particularly for those shark enthusiasts who want a bird’s eye view of the numerous sharks swimming below. Bring your camera to capture a variety of hammerheads, bull sharks, etc. feeding in their natural habitat. This tour leaves our guests with a new appreciation of what is really swimming among us. There are times when the marine life chooses not to cooperate with us. Our pilots are very experienced in locating and identifying the various marine life. Give us a call and we’ll be more than happy to tell you all about what we’re seeing now. Approximately 12-13 minutes.
Run to the Pass: $100.00 (22 miles)
Head east and take a trip to the Jetties, where multiple barges, commercial, and fishing vessels make there way from the Gulf into St. Andrew's Bay, West Bay, and the Grand Lagoon. Get a bird's eye view of Shell Island and the Hathaway Bridge as well. While traveling to the pass, see the entire coast line from Pier Park to St. Andrew's State Park, where a variety of marine life tends to play.
Approximately 15 minutes.
Shell Island: $125.00 (28 miles)
This is a combination of all of our tours plus much more. A passenger favorite, you will fly over 24 miles of emerald coast water viewing Historic St. Andrews State Park, the shipping channel, Grand Lagoon, and the ever popular Shell Island. There is an abundance of marine life around Shell Island along with sunken boats and man made reefs which serve as home for a variety of species of fish available for your viewing pleasure. You will be able to view the part of the beach that is only accessible by water or air. If you want the complete experience of seeing all of Panama City Beach, this is definitely the tour for you. Approximately 20-22 minutes.
Seaside: $150.00 (36 miles)
This tour caters primarily to our visitors staying in Seaside and along the 30A. Enjoy the stunning architecture of the communities of Rosemary Beach, Seacrest Beach, Alys Beach, Seagrove Beach and Seaside along with beautiful rolling dunes and lakes that stretch along the entire flight. Approximately 25-26 minutes.
Shell Island/Breakfast Point: $150.00 (36 miles)
A company favorite, this ride encompasses the Intro, Miracle, Run to the Pass, and Shell Island, with an additional trip to the north along the Grand Lagoon, past the Naval Ship Yards and Hathaway Bridge, as well as the marsh lands along West Bay and Breakfast Point. Approximately 25-26 minutes.
Panhandle Helicopter reviews
We had a special case with their Family of 4 deal. They accommodated us and it worked out great. We did the one a step above the shark tour - run to the pass. We saw a lot of sharks, turtles, and... more »
Arrived at Panhandle Helicopter and able to book Helicopter Ride at short notice (i.e. in the Sky within 15 minutes). Would like to thank Sadie who helped us into the Helicopter and Chynna (Pilot... more »
Very fun! The pilot and staff took the time to make my wife a little more comfortable about being off the ground for the first time! We enjoyed our flight and I'm sure we will be doing it again! Thank you for the fun experience!
Great trip, pilot was skillful and knowledgeable. She pointed out wildlife in the sea, even a lone manatee. Both of us enjoyed the trip.
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