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Big Island Helicopter Tours - Waterfalls, Volcano & Lava Viewing (from Kona)

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See Big Island's waterfalls from a helicopter!

See all of the Big Island from above, on a circle island helicopter tour flying over Kilauea Volcano, stunning coastlines, and thundering waterfalls! Conditions permitting, witness lava flows and smoke from Hawaii's latest volcanic hot spots.

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This Kona helicopter tour showcases Hawaii's diverse landscapes with a helicopter flight over Kilauea Volcano's lava fields, air tour of Hawaiian waterfalls and deep valleys, white and black sand beaches and Kohala's jungle coastline, making it one of the best helicopter tours on Big Island. This is a great way to see lava in Hawaii, making it ideal for family adventures as well! Big Island helicopter tours from Kona are a great way to experience all of Hawaii's youngest island while enjoying the west-side resort area during your stay. With three unique packages to suit your needs, your Big Island helicopter ride is only a click away.
Aircraft Bell 407 - Most popular tour helicopter in Hawaii
Seating 6 passengers (3 front-facing, 2 back-facing & 1 next to pilot)
Visibility High (7 large windows on all sides)


Pro Tip: It's an awesome flight, but it's a long flight. If you are prone to motion sickness, consider taking a motion sickness preventative before you depart Kona Airport.

For other tips or questions, check out our FAQ section!
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Price
Volcano Kohala Landing (Approx. 3 hrs)
1 Select a date
2 Select the amount (# of participants, vehicles, hours, etc.)
Adult/Child (Age 2 & over)
USD 659.00
USD 659.00
Infant (Age 0-1)
free
free
Instant Confirmation USD 0.00 USD 0.00
USD 0.00
USD 0.00
Total:
*The price is subject to change depending on the start time or add-on(s) you choose.
Adult/Child (Age 2 & over)
USD 659.00
USD 659.00
Infant (Age 0-1)
free
free
GE Tax, Fuel Surcharge, & Capacity Surcharge included
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Start the tour just like the Hawaii Experience, but enjoy a bonus special pass through the beautiful and rural Kohala Coast. Fly close to the Kilauea Volcano before landing for one hour at the secluded Awini Point where you can unwind, take in the refreshing Hawaiian air, stroll through the beautiful valley, and soak in the sounds of nature.
  • Total flight time typically varies from 1.7 – 2.1 hours.
  • Approx. 1 hour on the ground with easy walks
    • Duration (incl. transportation): 4 - 5 hour(s)
    • Available: Daily
    • Pick-up: You can choose either Pick-up or Check-in (free).
    • Inclusion: Guide
    • Schedule
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    Starting time: 07:30 10:30
    Starting time: 07:30 10:30
    • 05:30-06:45 Check-in at Kona Airport
    • 07:30 Helicopter Tour (2 hrs)
      Sights includes:
      ・Search for the Lava Flow Activity at Kilauea Crater
      ・Amazing White & Black Sand Beaches
      ・Majestic Valleys, Cliffs & Waterfalls
    • Exclusive Landing at Kohala Valleys (1 hr)
    • 10:30 Check-out & Drop-off
    Add-ons:
    Window Seating + USD 50.00
    Paradise Helicopters Window Seating Sit right up next to the window and ensure you don't miss any of the amazing views on your flight. Note: Guests required to pay a capacity surcharge (265lbs & up) are already guaranteed a window seat.
    Window Seating + USD 50.00
    Paradise Helicopters Window Seating Sit right up next to the window and ensure you don't miss any of the amazing views on your flight. Note: Guests required to pay a capacity surcharge (265lbs & up) are already guaranteed a window seat.
    Co-Pilot Seat + USD 125.00
    Paradise Helicopters Window Seating Share the cockpit with the pilot, giving you maximum visibility from the front and side windows. Also great for aviation enthusiasts interested in getting a look at the helicopter's controls.

    Co-Pilot Seat + USD 125.00
    Paradise Helicopters Window Seating Share the cockpit with the pilot, giving you maximum visibility from the front and side windows. Also great for aviation enthusiasts interested in getting a look at the helicopter's controls.

    Package detail / Schedule
    Circle Island Experience (Approx. 2 hrs 15 mins)
    1 Select a date
    2 Select the amount (# of participants, vehicles, hours, etc.)
    Adult/Child (Age 2 & over)
    USD 599.00
    USD 599.00
    Infant (Age 0-1)
    free
    free
    Instant Confirmation USD 0.00 USD 0.00
    USD 0.00
    USD 0.00
    Total:
    *The price is subject to change depending on the start time or add-on(s) you choose.
    Adult/Child (Age 2 & over)
    USD 599.00
    USD 599.00
    Infant (Age 0-1)
    free
    free
    GE Tax, Fuel Surcharge, & Capacity Surcharge included
    • Map_Kona_Circle_Island_Experience
    Starting from Kona, fly past the coffee district and slopes of Mauna Loa to the southern-most town in the United States, Punalu‘u. Be amazed at exclusive views of Papakōlea, one of only four green sand beaches in the world, and explore the lava flow activity at Kilauea crater. Head east to the lush windward side and Hilo town and then witness the grandeur of the Kohala valleys and waterfalls.
    * Total flight time typically varies from 1.9 – 2.35 hours.
    • Duration (incl. transportation): 3 - 5 hour(s)
    • Available: Daily
    • Pick-up: You can choose either Pick-up or Check-in (free).
    • Inclusion: Guide
    • Schedule
    •  
    • Pick-up/Check-in
      Time & Location
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    • Drop-off/Check-out
      Time & Location
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    Starting time: 08:00 - 13:00 (Show details)
    Starting time: 08:00 09:00 10:00 11:00 12:00 13:00 (Hide details)
    • 06:30-07:30 Pick-up & Check-in
    • 08:00 Helicoter Tour - Volcanoes, Green Sand Beach, Valleys & Waterfalls (2 hrs 15 mins)
      Sights include:
      ・See All Five Volcanoes
      ・Papakolea, the Famous Green Sand Beach
      ・White & Black Sand Beaches
      ・Search for the Lava Flow Activity at Kilauea Crater
      ・Majestic Cliffs, Valleys & Waterfalls
      ・Kohala Coast
      ・Rugged coastlines
    • 10:15-11:30 Check-out & Drop-off
    Add-ons:
    Window Seating + USD 50.00
    Paradise Helicopters Window Seating Sit right up next to the window and ensure you don't miss any of the amazing views on your flight. Note: Guests required to pay a capacity surcharge (265lbs & up) are already guaranteed a window seat.
    Window Seating + USD 50.00
    Paradise Helicopters Window Seating Sit right up next to the window and ensure you don't miss any of the amazing views on your flight. Note: Guests required to pay a capacity surcharge (265lbs & up) are already guaranteed a window seat.
    Co-Pilot Seat + USD 125.00
    Paradise Helicopters Window Seating Share the cockpit with the pilot, giving you maximum visibility from the front and side windows. Also great for aviation enthusiasts interested in getting a look at the helicopter's controls.

    Co-Pilot Seat + USD 125.00
    Paradise Helicopters Window Seating Share the cockpit with the pilot, giving you maximum visibility from the front and side windows. Also great for aviation enthusiasts interested in getting a look at the helicopter's controls.

    Package detail / Schedule
    Hawaii Experience (Approx. 2 hours)
    1 Select a date
    2 Select the amount (# of participants, vehicles, hours, etc.)
    Adult/Child (Age 2 & over)
    USD 559.00
    USD 559.00
    Infant (Age 0-1)
    free
    free
    Instant Confirmation USD 0.00 USD 0.00
    USD 0.00
    USD 0.00
    Total:
    *The price is subject to change depending on the start time or add-on(s) you choose.
    Adult/Child (Age 2 & over)
    USD 559.00
    USD 559.00
    Infant (Age 0-1)
    free
    free
    GE Tax, Fuel Surcharge, & Capacity Surcharge included
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    Departing from Kona, experience the best of the Big Island en route to Kilauea volcano. Fly over the majestic mountain twins Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea or the slopes of Hualalai, past Captain Cook and Kealakekua Bay for some remarkable views. Continue along the Hamakua Coast into the beautiful Waimanu Valley and see for yourself the gorgeous, lush greenery of the Big Island!
    *Total flight time typically varies from 1.7 – 2.1 hours.
    • Duration (incl. transportation): 3 - 4 hour(s)
    • Available: Daily
    • Pick-up: You can choose either Pick-up or Check-in (free).
    • Inclusion: Guide
    • Schedule
    •  
    • Pick-up/Check-in
      Time & Location
    •  
    • Check-out
      Time & Location
    •  

    Starting time: 08:00 11:00 14:00
    Starting time: 08:00 11:00 14:00
    • 06:15-07:15 Pick-up & Check-in
    • 08:00 Experience Hawaii Helicopter Tour (1.75 ~ 2 hrs)
      Sights include:
      ・Five Major Volcanoes
      ・White & Black Sand Beaches
      ・Majestic Waterfalls & Lush Rainforests
      ・Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
      ・Search for the Lava Flow Activity at Kilauea Crater

      * Total flight time typically varies from 1.75 –to 2 hours.
    • 10:00 Check-out & Drop-off
    Add-ons:
    Window Seating + USD 50.00
    Paradise Helicopters Window Seating Sit right up next to the window and ensure you don't miss any of the amazing views on your flight. Note: Guests required to pay a capacity surcharge (265lbs & up) are already guaranteed a window seat.
    Window Seating + USD 50.00
    Paradise Helicopters Window Seating Sit right up next to the window and ensure you don't miss any of the amazing views on your flight. Note: Guests required to pay a capacity surcharge (265lbs & up) are already guaranteed a window seat.
    Co-Pilot Seat + USD 125.00
    Paradise Helicopters Window Seating Share the cockpit with the pilot, giving you maximum visibility from the front and side windows. Also great for aviation enthusiasts interested in getting a look at the helicopter's controls.

    Co-Pilot Seat + USD 125.00
    Paradise Helicopters Window Seating Share the cockpit with the pilot, giving you maximum visibility from the front and side windows. Also great for aviation enthusiasts interested in getting a look at the helicopter's controls.

    Package detail / Schedule
    Notes
    Restriction(s)
    • All Packages
      • This activity is wheelchair accessible.
      • Children of all ages can participate in this activity.
      • Guests should not have serious fear of heights (acrophobia).
      • All guests weighing between 265lbs (120kg) and 315lbs (142kg) will be assessed a Capacity Surcharge (CS). This fee is already reflected in the pricing section. Guests will be guaranteed a window seat.
      • All guests weighing between 316lbs (143kg) and above will be assessed a Capacity Surcharge of extra seat. This fee is already reflected in the pricing section. Guests will be guaranteed a window seat.
      • In compliance with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulation, Paradise Helicopters will weigh each individual when checking in at the Airport for safety and weight balance of the aircraft. Please provide accurate body weights for all passengers. Misrepresentation of body weight could result in denial of service without refund.
      • Wheelchair Accessibility: The vehicle used for pick-up transportation is not wheelchair accessible. However, guests who use their own transportation and check in can participate in the helicopter flight if they are able to board the aircraft on their own or have members of their party available to offer assistance. Additional assistance from the crew may be available. The airport facilities are wheelchair accessible.
    Required Items to Bring & Attire
    • All Packages
      • A valid government-issued photo ID
      • Camera
    Requirement(s) - Others
    • All Packages
      • Participants will be weighed upon check-in.
    Additional Note(s)
    • All Packages
      • The activity schedule is subject to change or cancellation due to weather or traffic conditions.
      • The activity provider does not assume any responsibility for your valuables and/or personal belongings.
      • Gratuity is not included in the price.
      • If you are driving on your own, you will be required to pay a parking fee.
    Activity provider
    FAQ
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    What kind of helicopter will be used?
    • The Bell Jet 407 is a 6-passenger aircraft and it has the fastest cruise speed of any helicopter on the islands and offers unsurpassed comfort and a virtually vibration-free ride. Its oversized sliding windows offer great picture taking views and it is capable of flying non-stop around the entire Big Island, giving you as much time in the air as time permits.
    Do I need a group to book, or can I book just myself?
    • Of course! If the date and time you select at checkout has open seats, you'll be booked to join a flight with other adventurers!
    What happens if the flight is cancelled due to weather?
    • If your flight is cancelled due to inclement weather or other unforeseeable circumstances, the tour provider will notify us of the cancellation and you will receive a full refund to your credit card.
    Please click HERE to send an inquiry about this activity
    Payment/Cancellation policy
    Payment type
    Credit card payment
    Cancellation Policy
    • Any cancellations made after 18:00 local time, 2 business days prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.

    After your booking is confirmed, be sure to print your voucher and bring it with you on the day of your activity.

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    Duration incl. transportation 3 - 5 hour(s)
    Availability Daily
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    LATEST 5-STAR REVIEWS

    by: Tracy O.
    The helicopter ride was amazing! We took the Circle Island tour. Colin was our pilot and he was really informative and made it a really fun experience. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this acti...more
    My husband and I loved this experience! It allowed us to see the other side of the island, which we would not have seen otherwise, and we got the best views of the volcano! I highly recommend thi...more
    by: Jianjun
    My wife and I are from China. This tour was so amazing. We saw so many great views from the sky.
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