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Lava & Rainforests Helicopter Adventure from Hilo

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You will fly over Kīlauea, the most active volcano on earth.  However, the windward side also catches enough rain to make Hilo the wettest city in the United States. All this water fills tunnels that once flowed with lava, creating incredible rivers, pools and waterfalls all over East Hawai’i. Hilo’s lush rain forests, Mauna Loa’s vistas and the plunging Wai‘ānuenue (Rainbow Falls), so named for the rainbows you can see in the mist when the early morning sunshine hits the water.

For a guaranteed window seat, make sure to upgrade to the preferred seating option.
  • Take a scenic helicopter flight over the Big Island from Hilo
  • Fly over Kilauea, the Wailuku River, and the wettest city in the U.S.
  • Upgrade your tour to guarantee a window seat for the best views
  • Multiple departure times are available to suit your schedule
What to Expect
Make your own way to the airport in Hilo at least 45 minutes before your chosen departure time. Meet your FAA-certified captain-guide, climb into your 4-passenger helicopter, and get fitted for your 2-way radio headset. For those who want to see all the action, upgrade your tour to a guaranteed window seat in the helicopter. After takeoff, admire the lush scenery of the Big Island and fly over waterfalls and volcanoes, including the famous Kilauea. Listen to engaging commentary from your captain through the 2-way radio and feel free to ask any questions. Your tour concludes back at Hilo Airport.
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Important Information
Departure Point
2450 Kekuanaoa St, Hilo, HI 96720, USA
Departure Time
Mid-Morning - Window
12/16/2018 - 12/15/2019Monday - Sunday:07:00 AM - 05:30 PM

Morning - Window
12/16/2018 - 12/15/2019Monday - Sunday:07:00 AM - 05:30 PM

Afternoon Departure
12/16/2018 - 12/15/2019Monday - Sunday:07:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Two-way headset communication with your pilot
  • Live commentary on board
  • Food
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 5 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Due to weather, flights may be 100 to 120 minutes in length
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Wheelchair accessible - if assistance is required, passenger must provide their own caregiver
  • Capacity Surcharge: All guests weighing between 265 and 315 lbs will be assessed a Capacity Surcharge of $50. The guest will be guaranteed a window seat.
  • Guests weighing above 315 lbs. at check-in will be charged for an extra seat for weight and balance purposes. The rate of the extra seat will be determined by the specific tour that they are booked on. This cost is calculated by adding an additional seat to the one that has already been purchased.
  • All pilots and aircraft are FAA-certified
  • Dependent on aircraft, Helicopter holds 4 or 6 passengers; larger groups may be separated
  • For a guaranteed window seat, make sure to upgrade to the window seating option
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Please notify Paradise Helicopters Reservations Department if travelers have health restrictions or serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed September 14, 2019

We took off on an afternoon tour, even though the weather tried hard to interfere with our tour, Raliegh did an excellent job of making the best of every moment we had before the rain came down. The helicopter was comfortable and the pilot made...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Shelly W
Reviewed June 13, 2019 via mobile

This was an amazing experience ! Very professional company. It was a once in a lifetime experience. I can check it off my bucket list.

Thank elyseh
Reviewed June 13, 2019

This company can meet all your flight needs; shirts, glasses, videos. Hilo airport is easy to find and park. Sit in front if possible, as viewing from the back seats are side views only. Very pleasant, would do again.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Jul D
Reviewed May 8, 2019

We took an afternoon ride to see the lava flow and had a wonderful time. The helicopter is very comfortable and has large windows so you can see everything even if you are in the center seat. The pilot was great as well.

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Vinay R
Reviewed April 1, 2019

My first time in a helicopter and this was a ton of fun! We did the doors on option but now that I've been up, I think the doors off would have been great as well. There is not lava flowing on Hawaii right now...More

Date of experience: March 2019
2  Thank wildflowergirl
Paradise Helico... W, Front Desk Agent at Paradise Helicopters - KONA, responded to this reviewResponded June 6, 2019

Aloha wildflowergirl, We're so happy to hear that you guys enjoyed your time with us. The volcanic features on the Big Island are definitely a sight to behold! There's nothing quite like flying over an active crater and then enjoying the waterfalls in town. Experiencing...More

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January 13, 2019|
Response from alvnamy19 |
Two or 3 miles and taxi is best it only to airport and back. There is lots to see by car if you have some time.
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