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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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  1. No.1
    Join the expert pilots of Blue Hawaiian Helicopters for unique aerial views on this safe and comfortable Big Island helicopter tour. See the path of the recent lava flows in Puna, craters of Kilauea Volcano, or cascading waterfalls in Hilo.
    Accessible

    From USD269.00

    12%
    OFF
    Daily
    1.5 - 2 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  2. No.2
    Book Hawaii's best helicopter tour! Fly over 3 volcanoes: Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa & Kilauea. Get an up-close look at the craters & lava flows. Discover the magnificent beauty of Kohala waterfalls & sea cliffs. Waterfall Landing upgrade available.
    Pick-up Provided
    Accessible

    From USD599.00

    Daily
    3 - 4 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  3. No.3
    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!
    Accessible

    From USD324.00

    Group Discount
    Daily
    2 hour(s) (morning, afternoon, evening)
  4. Experience panoramic views of the Big Island's natural landscape on the verdant east side. Soar over Hamakua Coast & land at the base of a stunning waterfall.
    Pick-up Provided
    Accessible

    From USD405.00

    27%
    OFF
    Daily
    2.5 - 4 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  5. Embark on a sunset helicopter journey to some of the Big Island's most famous sights, such as the Place of Refuge, including a volcano pass for lava viewing.
    Pick-up Provided
    Accessible

    From USD639.00

    Group Discount
    Daily
    3.5 - 5.5 hour(s) (afternoon, evening)
  6. See the best of the Big Island by air and land, with this complete tour package that includes two helicopter flights and a guided sightseeing tour. See Kilauea Volcano, Waterfalls, Punaluu Black Sand Beach & more!
    Pick-up Provided
    Meal Provided

    From USD787.00

    Group Discount
    Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat
    11 - 13.5 hour(s) (morning)
  7. Fly with Blue Hawaiian Helicopters for spectacular aerial views of the Big Island. See the beauty of the Kohala valleys, majestic falls & towering sea cliffs!
    Accessible

    From USD309.00

    Daily
    2 hour(s) (afternoon)
  8. See all of the Big Island from above, on a circle island helicopter tour flying over Kilauea Volcano, stunning coastlines, and thundering waterfalls! See the island's most popular attraction in a single flight departing from Kona Airport.
    Pick-up Provided

    From USD559.00

    Group Discount
    Daily
    3 - 5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  9. Fly over the Big Island by airplane to see Hawaii's most scenic sights in an unforgettable air tour! See epic views of Kilauea Volcano, Waipio Valley, waterfalls, black sand beaches, and more in a stable flight with guaranteed window seating!

    From USD397.00

    Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat
    2 - 2.5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon, evening)
  10. Hop aboard a Big Island helicopter tour and fly over Kilauea in Volcanoes National Park! See the spectacular landscape sculpted by lava as you fly over the park, circling around points of interest. Then, search for towering waterfalls in Hilo!
    Accessible

    From USD274.00

    Group Discount
    Daily
    2 hour(s) (morning, afternoon, evening)
  11. Fly from Kona Airport to Hilo town, on this round-trip helicopter tour featuring the sights of Hilo from the sky, and sightseeing on land!
    Pick-up Provided

    From USD599.00

    Group Discount
    Daily
    11 - 14 hour(s) (morning)
  12. Fly with Paradise to the Kohala Valleys to hover amidst the breathtaking 2500’ waterfalls and sheer cliff faces. Departing from the Kona International Airport, this 60-minute tour is a great choice for guests wanting to see the beauty of Kohala.
    Pick-up Provided
    Accessible

    From USD375.00

    Group Discount
    Daily
    (morning, afternoon, evening)
  13. Experience the Big Island's only "doors-off" helicopter tour that flies over Kohala! See towering waterfalls and beautiful valleys in the lush eastern coast of the island, while having unobstructed views from the air on your doors-off flight!
    Accessible

    From USD324.00

    Group Discount
    Daily
    2 hour(s) (morning, afternoon, evening)
  14. Join Paradise Helicopters & Hawaii Forest & Trail on the most complete island tour of Hawaii. Soar over volcanoes, valleys & waterfalls. Land in Kohala for a nature hike, swim in a waterfall and enjoy a scenic picnic lunch before exploring Hawi Town.
    Pick-up Provided
    Meal Provided

    From USD838.00

    Group Discount
    Daily
    8.5 - 11 hour(s) (morning)
  15. Fly from Kona Airport over volcanoes, waterfalls and green mountains on a thrilling helicopter tour and stop for ziplining through a lush forest or tropical garden.
    Pick-up Provided
    Meal Provided

    From USD773.00

    Group Discount
    Daily
    8 - 13.5 hour(s) (morning)

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