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Emerald Bay Helicopter Tour of Lake Tahoe

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South Lake Tahoe, United States

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Number of travelers
2 Adults3 Adults0 Infants1 Infant2 Infants
Free Cancellation
up to 24 hours in advance
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icon10 to 12 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English


Weight limits apply: Maximum per-passenger weight is 250lbs. Maximum weight of all passengers combined must not exceed 500lbs. Passenger weights must be accurately provided at time of booking. Groups reaching a combined weight of 500 lbs will be subject to a weight check upon arrival for their flight. Any individual weighing 300 lbs or more will not be permitted to fly per the limitations of the aircraft. Any cancellation of a planned flight due to weights exceeding the maximum allowable aircraft weight (individual or combined) will be charged at full price. Showcasing beautiful Fallen Leaf lake, Cascade Lake, Taylor Creek, and Pope Beach, this tour heads to breathtaking Emerald Bay. Surrounded by granite cathedrals and fed by Eagle falls, the lake's only true bay is named for its emerald green waters.
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Helicopter tour of Emerald Bay
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Departure Point

1901 Airport Rd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Maximum weight per person is 250 pounds (113kg)
  • Wheelchair accessible, please advise at time of booking if wheelchair assistance is required. Please call tour operator prior to flight to arrange this. A full refund will be given if disability cannot be accommodated.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Maximum combined passenger weight is 500lbs per flight and strictly enforced
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Tahoe Helicopters

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Emerald Bay Helicopter Tour of Lake Tahoe?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Emerald Bay Helicopter Tour of Lake Tahoe.
What is the policy on sanitization during Emerald Bay Helicopter Tour of Lake Tahoe?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Emerald Bay Helicopter Tour of Lake Tahoe.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Emerald Bay Helicopter Tour of Lake Tahoe?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Emerald Bay Helicopter Tour of Lake Tahoe.
What is the maximum group size during Emerald Bay Helicopter Tour of Lake Tahoe?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 3 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Emerald Bay Helicopter Tour of Lake Tahoe.

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  • "We did the Emerald Bay tour and although it’s short, it’s completely worth it and the views are incredible!" See review


63 Reviews
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Reviews by Viator travelers

Showing 1-10 of 63 reviews
, Jun 2021
Excellent service. We couldn’t make it the day before due to strong winds. Marius, the pilot called to reschedule the next day. Great experience, we saw south Lake Tahoe from above.
Great staff
, May 2021
Great tour friendly staff will try again next visit the view from the helicopter definitely a sight to see
Super flying experience!
, May 2021
Just the experience of flying in a helicopter was wonderful, and the pilot was friendly and very time we will take a longer flight.
Amazing experience
, May 2021
The pilot was professional. The landing was soft, it was a great first time experience for my wife and I
If you’re going to Lake Tahoe I highly recommend you get a tour like this
, May 2021
Very friendly and helpful staff. My friend and I had a great tour of Lake Tahoe and we loved it. You don’t realize how big or beautiful it is until you see it from the air.
Fun in the sun
, May 2021
This was my wife and I 14 year anniversary and my birthday trip. We set out to do something new it was a blast. We are looking for the next trip to take it out longer.
Amazing experience
, May 2021
They were friendly. The flight was amazing & the Scenery was beautiful! This was an amazing experience! Would going again in a heart beat.
Great experience!
, Apr 2021
The view was amazing! The pilot was very friendly and informative of the Lake Tahoe area. Would definitely recommend this view of Tahoe from above.
Viator not responsible
, Apr 2021
Using Viator messed me up big time !!! I am a big guy about 285 lbs. The Viator website asked my weight and I was honest. At No Time did Viator alert me to the 250 lb weight limit of the helicopter operator. I even over stated the weight of my partner. Imagine my embarrassment when I had to step on the scale and told I couldn't go on the helicopter. So then my girlfriend, who is terrified of heights, had to decide whether to go alone or just skip it. The actual helicopter operator said this is a regular occurrence with Viator and they know all about the weight limit and don't inform customers like me. At the end, my G.F. went and had fun but I won't use Viator again.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Please accept our apologies. We have been in contact with Viator again regarding this issue.
14yr Anniversary
, Apr 2021
Best experience ever! Great job to the pilot!! I have been recommending this tour to anyone to would like to visit Lake Tahoe!

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