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Helicopter & Airplane Tours
Helicopter & Air Tours
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Explore Big Island by Air! Helicopter tours are the best way to see Hawaii and the only way to see most of the Big Island in one day. Take in the best views of the natural wonders of the island, soar over lava flows, sea cliffs, black sand beaches and waterfalls. Get great aerial views of Hawaii’s top attractions, including Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Waipio Valley, Mauna Kea, Kohala Waterfalls. Fly doors-on for a comfortable ride, or choose a doors-off flight for a more exciting flight.

Hawaii Activities has the best selection of top rated Big Island Hawaii Helicopter Tours. Find the best deals and discounts on helicopter tickets. Here’s your guide to help you find the best helicopter flights on the Big Island. We offer the most reputable Helicopter companies in Hawaii, including Blue Hawaiian Helicopters and Paradise Helicopters.


Frequently Asked Questions


What places will I see during my helicopter flight?

There are a variety of helicopter tour packages available with different flight itineraries. Some tours show you the entire island of Hawaii, or you can choose a tour that focuses on one section of the island. We made a list to help you choose your flight:


Hawaii Volcanoes National Park & Waterfalls (40 - 50 mins): Kilauea Volcano, 2018 eruption sights, Hilo Waterfalls, Hilo Town. Flight options are available from Hilo Airport.

Tour Options: Volcanoes National Park Doors-Off Helicopter Tour, Kilauea Volcano Helicopter Tour - Circle of Fire & Waterfalls Flight, Volcanoes National Park & Waterfalls Flight Doors-Off Helicopter Tour

Scenic North Kohala Coast (50 - 60 mins): 2500′ waterfalls and cliffs, Waipio Valley, Pololu Valley and Waimanu Valley, Black Sand Beach, Waikoloa and Hapuna. Flight options are available from Kona Airport, Waikoloa and Waimea.

Tour Options: Blue Hawaiian Helicopter Kohala Flight from Waikoloa, Paradise Helicopters Kohala Doors-on Flight from Kona, Paradise Helicopters Kohala Doors-OFF Flight from Waimea, Hawaii Helicopters Kohala Flight with Landing.

Circle Island (1h 45 mins to 2 hrs): See all 5 volcanoes (Kilauea, Kohala, Hualalai, Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa), Waipio Valley, Pololu Valley and Waimanu Valley, Black Sand Beach, Hilo, Waikoloa and Hapuna. Flight options are available from Kona Airport and Waikoloa.

Tour Options: Blue Hawaiian Helicopter Circle Island Flights from Waikoloa, Paradise Helicopters Circle Island Flights from Kona, Paradise Helicopters Sunset Circle Island Flights from Kona


Is there an advantage to a doors-off helicopter flight compared to a doors-on flight?

Doors-off helicopter flights provide a more exhilarating flight experience and the most ideal conditions for photography. Paradise Helicopters has the best doors-off helicopter flights in Hawaii. You can fly from Hilo to experience Volcanoes National Park Doors-Off Helicopter Tour or explore the beauty of Kohala Coast on a Kohala Valleys & Waterfalls Doors-Off Helicopter Tour.


Do any helicopter tours in Hawaii provide scenic landing opportunities?

Yes, Paradise Helicopters, Blue Hawaiian Helicopters and Hawaii Helicopters have incredible scenic waterfall landings at remote locations along the Kohala Coast. Big Island Hawaii helicopter flights with landings are available on Circle Island Flights and Kohala Coast flights only and they depart from either Kona or Waikoloa. The best flight options are: Paradise Helicopter Circle Island Flights (from Kona), Blue Hawaiian Helicopter Circle Island Flights (from Waikoloa), Blue Hawaiian Kohala Coast Flight(from Waikoloa), Paradise Helicopters Kohala Coast Doors-off (from Waimea), and Hawaii Helicopters Kohala Coast Flight (from Waikoloa).


Why should I include a helicopter ride on my trip itinerary?

A Big Island helicopter tour is an unforgettable experience and is the best way for you to see hidden places that are completely inaccessible by land. We advise trying to make your helicopter flight reservation at the beginning of your trip to Big Island, this ensures that you will have time to reschedule your flight if it were to be cancelled due to the weather. Book your reservation in advance since the flights sell out quickly.


How far in advance should I book my helicopter tour?

Helicopter tours are one of the most popular things to do on the Big Island Hawaii. We recommend booking your helicopter tour a few weeks in advance, before arriving at the island.


What is the best helicopter company on Big Island Hawaii?

We offer the best Big Island Hawaii helicopter tour companies that provide top-notch service and safety. They all provide the same flight routes but offer different departure locations. This makes it easier for you to choose a flight that departs near you.


Can I combine my helicopter flight with another tour?

Combine your helicopter flight with another top rated Big Island tour for a great savings! Combo tours are a great way to maximise your Big Island adventure with limited time.

Volcano Helicopter Flight & Volcano Land Tour

Volcano Helicopter Flight & Zipline

Circle Island Helicopter Tour & Kohala Rainforest Hike with Waterfall Swim


Cruise Ship Passengers

For those who would like to take a circle island helicopter flight, you would need to book for your first day at Kona. Paradise Helicopters has flights departing from Kona Airport. The Kailua Kona Pier is approximately 15 minutes from Kona Airport.

For those looking for a cheaper Big Island helicopter flight, a shorter duration flight over the Volcanoes National Park from Hilo is a great option. The Hilo Harbor is located approximately 10 minutes from the Hilo airport.

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Latest reviews of Helicopter & Air Tours

Unforgettable Experience

2021/10/09 Families MINY

This is the best way of seeing volcano and Hawaii, a once in a lifetime experience. Definitely recommend everyone to join.

Great tour and great people!

2021/10/02 Couples Art Goldberg

The coastal tour was perfect. The staff was all very friendly and helpful. Marco our pilot made everyone very comfortable and was a great tour guide and pilot. I highly recommend Blue Hawaiian Helicopters!

Awesome experience!

2021/09/17 Couples Pat from Houston

Pilot, Kai, was knowledgeable, friendly and great. Learned a lot!

Experienced Pilot and Check in staff - very friendly and knowledgeable,

2021/09/16 Couples pah

Experienced Pilot and Check in staff - very friendly and knowledgeable,
Both explained what to expect and what to see while on helicopter tour. Pilot has good knowledge of history of volcanos.. overall very good ride/t... more

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Great experience

2021/09/03 Couples GCaruthers

A helicopter tour of the big island is a MUST! Sunshine Helicopters did a great job. Very professional in every way and excellent customer service. Their location is a little challenging to find, but if you FOLLOW THE... more

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A different experience

2021/09/01 Families BigIslandEye

A lot of people will complain about this tour if they don’t see lava and that’s on them. If you need to see lava, do your research and book appropriately. I’m frustrated that we couldn’t see lava shooting into the sky bu... more

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Helicopter & Air Tours (Helicopter & Airplane Tours), Big Island tours & activities, fun things to do in Big Island | HawaiiActivities.com
Explore Big Island by Air! Helicopter tours are the best way to see Hawaii and the only way to see most of the Big Island in one day. Take in the best views of the natural wonders of the island, soar over lava flows, sea cliffs, black sand beaches and waterfalls. Get great aerial views of Hawaii’s top attractions, including Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Waipio Valley, Mauna Kea, Kohala Waterfalls. Fly doors-on for a comfortable ride, or choose a doors-off flight for a more exciting flight.