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Waterfalls & Kilauea Volcano Doors-Off Helicopter Tour (from Hilo)

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A Big Island volcano tour from the sky!

Hop aboard a doors-off helicopter and fly over Kilauea in Volcanoes National Park! See the volcano and lava structures with unobstructed views that you can get nowhere else. After your Hilo volcano tour, scour the Big Island for towering waterfalls!

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Take the ultimate Kilauea helicopter tour during your visit to the Big Island and experience a birds-eye view of the rugged east-side of the island, home to the active Kilauea Volcano! Set out with Paradise Helicopters from Hilo Airport and take to the skies, where you can safely see lava on the Big Island and pillars of smoke from Volcanoes National Park, all with unobstructed, panoramic views from a doors-off helicopter! This Big Island helicopter tour will also give you the chance to discover popular waterfalls in Hawaii, as well as a few hidden ones.
Aircraft Information:

Name: Hughes "Magnum" 500
Capacity: 4 Passengers
Seating: Guaranteed Window Seats! With only four seats, all passengers are able to sit near a window; 3 out of the 4 seats are next to a window. The seat located between the pilot and seat 2, has a view of the spectacular landscape through the windshield.
  • Awesome – the sports car of helicopters!
  • Known as the "Magnum P.I." helicopter, its quick maneuverability and smooth ride produces an exciting helicopter experience.

  • Exciting Doors-off Helicopter Flight!
  • Current activity at Kilauea Volcano
  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
  • Tropical rainforests of Puna
  • Waterfalls of North Hilo
  • Plunging Wai‘ānuenue, as known as the "Rainbow Falls"
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Popular! Doors-Off Flight [40 mins]
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Adult/Child (Age 2 & over)
USD 324.00
USD 324.00
Adult (265-315 lbs)
USD 374.00
USD 374.00
Adult (316 lbs & over)
USD 561.95
USD 561.95
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*The price is subject to change depending on the start time or add-on(s) you choose.
Adult/Child (Age 2 & over)
USD 324.00
USD 324.00
Adult (265-315 lbs)
USD 374.00
USD 374.00
Adult (316 lbs & over)
USD 561.95
USD 561.95
GE Tax, Fuel Surcharge & Capacity Surcharge included

Save up to 3% (until 2020/05/31)

Adult/Child (Age 2 & over)
USD 314.00
USD 314.00
USD 324.00 3%off
USD 324.00 3%off
Participation period: 2020/03/03 - 2020/05/31
Experience the excitement and heat in flight with an open cabin. This doors-off helicopter tour of the Hawaii Island lets you feel the heat radiating from the freshest lava flows and experience volcanic activity with no doors in the way! The most exciting helicopter flight on the Big Island!

* Tour Duration typically varies from 35 – 45 minutes, all of which is flight time.
  • Duration: 2 hour(s)
  • Available: Daily
  • Pick-up: Not available
  • Inclusion: Guide / Doors-off experience / 40-min helicopter ride
Package detail / Schedule
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  • Check-in
    Time & Location
  • Check-out
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Starting time: 07:30 - 17:30 (Show details)
Starting time: 07:30 08:30 09:30 10:30 11:30 12:30 13:30 14:30 15:30 16:30 17:30 (Hide details)
  • 06:30 Check-in at Hilo Airport
  • 07:30 Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Helicopter Tour
    20181003_41 Fly over Volcanoes National Park, scour Kilauea crater from the sky in search of lava and witness otherworldly landscapes like the incredible 8-mile river of frozen lava from Fissure 8, one of the most active fissures of the entire Kilauea eruption, to the Pacific Ocean.
  • Keep flying toward Hilo
    Along the way, view Mauna Loa’s vistas, the beauty of lush Puna rainforests, and the newest black sand beaches.
  • Waterfall & Rainforest Air Tour
    159017 Soar over the dense rainforest north of Hilo in search of waterfalls, includiong the plunging Rainbow Falls. You'll see the incredible moving contrast with the intense power of Kilauea Volcano. With no windows to look through, there is no better way to discover the diversity and beauty of Hawaii.
  • 08:10 Check-out
    • This activity is wheelchair accessible.
    • Children of all ages can participate in this activity.
    • Guests should not have serious fear of heights (acrophobia).
    • Wheelchair Accessibility: Guests 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. Please contact VELTRA customer service for more information. 1-808-690-9990
    • Seat assignments are based on everyone’s weights, heights and the balance of the helicopter. By maintaining proper weight and balance in our aircraft we can provide guests with a safe, smooth and comfortable Experience on Paradise Helicopters.
    • 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) regulations, 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.
    • For safety reasons, only one child will be allowed on the helicopter at a time. Children must be seated away from the doors in the center seat of the helicopter.
    • Children under the age of two (2) fly free when seated in the lap of a paying adult. Proof of age is required for lap children under two (2). Children two(2) years old and over require an individual full-fare seat.
Required Items to Bring & Attire
    • Printed VELTRA voucher
    • A valid government-issued photo ID
    • Wear whatever is comfortable for you. If you are going to take pictures, darker colors are better because it reduces the chance of reflections in your photos.
    • Warm clothing suggested as flight is cool and windy.
    • All cameras including cell phones must have straps.
    • No hats permitted on flight.
    • Closed-toe shoes required.
Requirement(s) - Others
    • Please call the activity provider the day before your activity (no later than 18:00 local time) to reconfirm your booking. Your voucher has the necessary contact information listed.
    • Participants will be weighed upon check-in.
    • You must have a printed copy of your VELTRA voucher to present upon check-in. You will not be able to participate in this activity if you only have a digital copy on your mobile device.
Additional Note(s)
    • 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.
    • This activity may be changed or canceled for your safety, medical issues or comfort.
    • Gratuity is not included in the price.
    • If you are driving on your own, you will be required to pay a parking fee.
    • In the event that your pilot needs to cancel for safety due to weather, your flight will be rescheduled. If a reschedule is not possible, you will receive a full refund.
    • If you are prone to motion sickness, take motion sickness preventatives before you fly.
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If I don't get a window seat, what will the visibility be like?
  • The helicopter is built specifically for touring so visibility is great wherever you are seated. Solo travelers will most likely get a window seat unless weight balance makes this impossible. For couples, it is easy to look over your partner from the inner seat.
Do I need to provide our exacts weights even if we don't exceed the weight limits?
  • Yes, the aircraft must be balanced in order to take flight. Providing incorrect weights can cause complications during check-in.
Is there a safe place to store my belongings while on tour?
  • Yes, there are lockers available free of charge that are large enough to hold several handbags. The key is kept by the staff at the base while you enjoy your flight.
How far in advance should I book this activity?
  • We recommend booking at least 1-2 weeks in advance. If you have very specific schedule requirements and are not flexible, please book sooner. Last minute availability is often possible, but limited.
What type of helicopters are used?
  • Hughes 500: A 4-passenger aircraft flown for the Hilo Fire & Falls and Doors Off Experience flights that depart from Hilo, this offers a more personalized flight and you are always guaranteed a window seat. Known as the "Magnum P.I" helicopter, its quick maneuverability and smooth ride gives visitors an exciting and memorable helicopter ride.
Can I bring my camera?
  • Yes, you may bring your camera and the neck strap. The bag must be locked at the office.
Should I fly with doors on or off?
  • Whether to take a doors on helicopter tour or a doors off helicopter tour in Hawaii is a matter of personal preference and who you will be traveling with.

    Families with young children will probably want to consider a doors on flight, as a doors off flight will limit seating options for young children. (Children under 8 are not permitted on doors off flights, and only one child between 8 and 11 is allowed per helicopter when the doors are removed.) A doors on flight, however, has no such age restrictions and can accommodate families with kids of any age.

    As for preferences, while a doors off helicopter tour provides a more exciting and visceral experience, the intensity of the wind may be unpleasant for some, and the noise level may prevent you from hearing audio narration clearly.

    A doors on flight lets you experience the tour in a more comfortable environment.

    Both are great choices, depending on the type of experience you are hoping to have.
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Payment/Cancellation policy
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Cancellation Policy
  • Any cancellations made after 17:00 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.

From USD 314.00
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(99 reviews)

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Duration 2 hour(s)
Availability Daily


Both above and below the clouds we flew
by: GingerBeardNYC
We intend to do this everywhere we travel now. We loved it that much.
by: Theron
Rob was an excellent pilot. Everything was well organized and went smoothly. The view was awesome. Could have stayed up there all day.
The cool thing about this helicopter flight is that you get to see a lot of volcanoes national park in a relatively little amount of time. Especially since the lava wasn't flowing a lot that day, flyi...more

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Waterfalls & Kilauea Volcano Doors-Off Helicopter Tour (from Hilo)