Big Island Volcano Helicopter Tour -
With & Without Open Doors

A sea of red-hot lava from Kilauea Volcano
A sea of red-hot lava from Kilauea Volcano Kilauea Hawaii Volcano erupting at night White helicopter hovers above a river of red-hot lava Helicopter hovers above eruption during Hawaii Volcano Tour Hawaii Helicopter Flight  - view of Hamakua Coast Helicopter flight covers about steaming volcanic crater
Customer Review by Robin Mclean
Posted February 11, 2015
    5 Activity Rating
    5 Crew Rating

Don't advertise that customers will see flowing lava and close up waterfall views. The ride was excellent, but the buildup ended up with a letdown

Customer Review by Herbert Kalkitis
Posted June 13, 2014
    5 Activity Rating
    3 Crew Rating

We were on the POA cruise. The heli schedule ought to be coordinated w/ the ship's Volcanoes Tour so both can be accomplished in in the POA 1 day schedule in Hilo.

Customer Review by Mariann Ryan
Posted April 17, 2014
    4 Activity Rating
    5 Crew Rating

I didn't realize the open-door would send my hair to flying, or would be so cold. A heads-up on these two conditions would have made my tour much more enjoyable. My light jackey wasn't adequate, and I spent my time trying to hold my hair so I could see.

Customer Review by Rejean Lemieux
Posted March 12, 2014
    5 Activity Rating
    5 Crew Rating

I know we can read it but remember the people to weir sunglass

Customer Review by Brian Desmarais
Posted December 8, 2013
    5 Activity Rating
    5 Crew Rating
Customer Review by Tobias Bonomo
Posted October 3, 2013
    5 Activity Rating
    5 Crew Rating
Customer Review by Jack Kearney
Posted September 26, 2013
    4 Activity Rating
    4 Crew Rating

Becky could not hear pilot over her earphones

Customer Review by Amber Leblanc
Posted June 14, 2013
    5 Activity Rating
    5 Crew Rating

This was such a thrill. Captain Pete was the best. A Hawaii must!

Customer Review by Amanda M. Bohl
Posted May 31, 2013
    5 Activity Rating
    5 Crew Rating

Be realistic, there is not a ton of volcano activity, but this tour was still awesome and we got to see some lava as well as lava going into the ocean! Also, on the Big Island you aren't going to fly by any gigantic waterfalls, but we did see some that you can't get to otherwise. The best part was the cool helicopter, the thrill of the open doors and our guide/pilot "Marco" was very informative and answered our questions. I would certainly recommend this experience. And don't think they are kidding when they suggest a sweater or jacket, it's cold up there!

Customer Review by Mr. Andrew Davidson
Posted October 24, 2012
    5 Activity Rating
    5 Crew Rating
Customer Review by Samuel J. Jones
Posted October 23, 2012
    5 Activity Rating
    5 Crew Rating

This was a great helicopter tour. Our pilot, Joyce, was excellent! Paradise Helicopter took off on time and we had a great overall experience!

Customer Review by Jared Freeman
Posted March 23, 2012
    5 Activity Rating
    5 Crew Rating

Everyone at Paradise Helicopters was very nice.We saw live lava and felt the heat from the helicopter. This was a great time. I would definitely recommend this for anyone interested in seeing the lava from a above view.

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Big Island Volcano Helicopter Tour from Kona & Hilo

Signature & private helicopter flights to Kilauea Volcano from Kona and Hilo. See breathtaking waterfalls, active volcanoes, panoramic coastlines and wondrous mountain ranges the best heli tours Hawaii has to offer. The Big Island will reveal itself to you in ways you never imagined. Experienced guides show you the wonders of the islands, and happily answer any question you might have along the way.

Departure for Big Island Helicopter Tour from HILO

1-Fire & Waterfall Experience - 50 mins. Departing from Hilo Airport, you will fly over miles of tropical rainforest on your way to the latest activity of Kilauea Volcano. View the volcanic rebirth of the island as you witness first hand the awesome power of the volcano. On the return flight, you will cross the slopes of Mauna Loa to the Wailuku River, where waterfalls cascade into beautiful emerald ponds.

2-Doors Off Waterfall Flight - 60 mins.
Feel the heat radiated from the lava as you experience the volcanic activity first hand.... with no doors in the way. Then view the waterfalls above our historic Hilo town. This is an adventure of a lifetime for those looking for an exciting alternative. (We double dog dare you to try this one). Come join us with a doors off flight to feel the heat and experience the sensation of flight with an open cabin.

Schedule: 7days a week, year round
Craft: 4-passengers, all sliding window seats
Location: Departs Hilo Int'l Airport
Features: Two-way communication - speak directly with the pilot

Departure for Big Island Helicopter Tour from KONA

3-Hawaii Experience Tour - 2 hours
Ascend the slopes of Hualalai between Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea, or fly the southern route past Captain Cook and Kealakekua Bay, to witness Kilauea's current activity. Then fly north along the breathtaking Hamakua Coast into Waimanu Valley past lush tropical rainforests and emerald green valleys with incredible waterfalls cascading from the sky. Then leave the lush green behind as your flight takes you by the Kona Coast, where the resorts provide an incredible contrast to the stark lava fields and beautiful turquoise blue waters. Includes outstanding view personalized pilot briefing in our lounge.

4-Volcano Valley Landing Flight - 3 hours
Start your tour just as you would with the Hawaii Experience plus continue your adventure by the unforgettable Kohala Coast, where you will escape to your own private paradise. After seeing the creation of the island from above, what could be better than landing at a secluded location where you can unwind and experience paradise first hand. Enjoy the beauty of sheer valley walls, a running stream and the quietness of the island. Bring good walking shoes.


Schedule: 7days a week, year round
Craft: 6-passenger, all sliding oversized window seats
Location: Departs Kona Int'l Airport
Features: Executive seating (limo style)
Features: Two-way communication - speak directly with the pilot

Morning: (departing between 7am & 10:30am)
Midday:(departing between 10:30am & 1pm)
Afternoon: (departing between 1pm & 3:30pm) Times and availability are subject to change. Select your preferred time-frame and we will book you on the closest departure available. To specify more exact times or make special requests, use the Comment Box when checking out. All times and availability subject to change.

Note: All guests weighing between 250 and 300 lbs will be assessed a Capacity Surcharge (CS) of $50 for Kona and $25 for Hilo flights. Guests paying the Capacity Surcharge will be guaranteed a window seat. This is similar to preferred seating charge. All guests weighing over 300 lbs will be assessed a Capacity Surcharge of of 1 seat at regular price. The guest will be guaranteed a window seat and of the seat next to them. All guests weighing 350 and up are required to buy 2 seats. They will be guaranteed a window seat and an empty seat next to them.
Due to heightened security measures it is essential to have a photo I.D. Carry-on items are limited to essentials (i.e. medical needs). International guests will be required to present their passport and photo I.D.
Children 23 months and younger fly free!

What Customers Say:
"We had a great time on the Big Island tour today. The flight was awesome. The pilot, Koji, did a terrific job. He made sure folks on both sides of the helicopter saw the sights Pu'u O'o, lava flowing into the ocean, waterfalls, etc. It was our first time in a helicopter and it was a great experience.

"The reservationists were patient and informative. The folks at the terminal were helpful, supportive and very upbeat-they truly seemed excited for us. "We will be sure to spread the good word about your outfit. Thank you for making the experience positive, simple and memorable for us."
Flora and Howard Waltzer, New York

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Schedule: Daily
Check-in: Times Vary
Duration: 50 mins.
Location: Hilo International Airport - Paradise Counter
Transportation: Not Available

Volcano Helicopter Tour HILO

1-Hilo Fire & Falls
Children: (2 and Up)
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2-Doors Off & Waterfall Flight
Children: (2 and Up)
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Volcano Helicopter Tour KONA

3-The Hawaii Experience
Children: (2 and Up)
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4-Ultimate Big Island with Valley Landing
Children: (2 and Up)
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Big Island Volcano Helicopter Tour -
With & Without Open Doors Big Island Volcano Helicopter Tour with best open door Big Island helicopter tour. Enjoy volcano helicopter tour from Kona or Hilo on Big Island of Hawaii.
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