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Doors Off Lava and Rainforests Adventure

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    What to Expect
    This 40-minute Big Island helicopter ride meets at Hilo Heliport located at Hilo Airport 45 minutes before your flight time. Three different flight times are offered for your convenience — choose the one that best suits your plans. Please note this helicopter is open-door, meaning there’s nothing between you and the amazing Hawaiian sights.

    Take off from Hilo International Airport in a four-passenger Hughes 500 Helicopter, and spend almost an hour flying over this beautiful island. Soar above an active Hawaiian volcano. Get up close and personal with volcanic lava with nothing between you but air. This once-in-a-lifetime experience gets you as close as you'll ever want to be to a natural wonder so powerful and mighty.

    In addition to the volcano, fly over waterfalls and tropical rainforests. Listen to expert narration from your professional pilot on your two-way headset, and see great views of historic downtown Hilo on your return flight to the airport.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    2450 Kekuanaoa St, Hilo, HI 96720, USA
    Departure Time
    We have multiple departure times to suit your sightseeing schedule.Check-in: 1 hour prior to flight
    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 7 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
    • Due to safety concerns, customers are not allowed to bring any personal items on the flight
    • 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
    • Helicopter holds 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
    • 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
    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 7, 2019 via mobile

    We booked the Open Door helicopter ride and had an amazing experience. The views of Kilauea were epic!

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Cisco T
    Reviewed June 22, 2019 via mobile

    This was a wonderful experience. We wore long sleeves as recommended because it is cooler. So much to see! We went around the volcano several times!

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank 311nancye
    Reviewed June 19, 2019

    I had an amazing time on my Doors Off helicopter ride. The helicopter we were in was tiny but everything felt very safe. I got to sit in the front with the pilot and a separate couple sat in the two back seats. Having the...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank jenmoocat1
    Paradise Helico... W, Front Desk Agent at Paradise Helicopters - KONA, responded to this reviewResponded June 28, 2019

    Aloha jenmoocat1, Thank you so much for your review! We always appreciate feedback, as it helps us learn and grow from your experiences. We're glad to hear that you enjoyed your time with us here at paradise. Rob will be happy to hear that he...More

    Reviewed June 18, 2019

    First time flying in helicopter with the doors off and had a blast. The weather delayed us for a bit but we were underway. Got a great history lesson on the volcano and new flow from the pilot. The only downside was we only got...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank phongt662
    Paradise Helico... W, Front Desk Agent at Paradise Helicopters - KONA, responded to this reviewResponded June 28, 2019

    Aloha phongt66r, Doors Off is definitely an experience you'll never forget. There's nothing quite like feeling the wind blowing through your hair as you fly over a volcanic crater with no barriers. We here in Hilo have a great affinity for Rainbow Falls. However, we...More

    Reviewed June 7, 2019

    The tour itself was Ok, but not really worth the poor communication experiences we had with this company nor the price. The lava fields are better seen from the road. We used the guide book Hawaii the Big Island Revealed to choose our driving tours...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank Désirée M
    Paradise Helico... W, Manager at Paradise Helicopters - KONA, responded to this reviewResponded June 21, 2019

    Aloha Desiree M, First, we'd like to thank you for your review. These reviews help us understand what we can do better, and we always welcome constructive feedback. We sincerely apologize for the inconveniences you faced on the day of your tour. We do try...More

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    Sujane L
    September 15, 2019|
    Response from Désirée M | Reviewed this property |
    I took this tour. They could not guarantee an exact time when I booked it. I was eventually given a mid morning time but this was changed at the last minute, a few minutes before take off, to one much later in the day.
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