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Experience Hawai'i Big Island Helicopter Flight from Kona

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    What to Expect
    It’s no secret that Hawaii is a particularly stunning piece of the Pacific Ocean, so see it from the best angle possible on a helicopter tour of the Big Island. This exciting two-hour tour from Kona will introduce you the Big Island’s beautiful and powerful features, including the active volcano of Kilauea, where if you're lucky, you'll see actual lava flow from the crater.

    Take off from Kona in a comfortable, low-vibration, six-seat Bell 407 helicopter, and soar south along the coast and then east to Kilauea in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. See the most recent volcanic activity and look for flowing lava before heading to the north end of the island.

    Climb between the volcanic peaks of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea, enjoying the fantastic views from the helicopter’s oversized sliding windows, perfect for taking photos. Revel in the beauty of ocean cliffs and tropical rainforests, where you'll dive between mist-shrouded peaks. Admire the cool mountain waterfalls and the deep green valleys of the Hamakua Coast before returning to Kona, where you can spot the million-dollar resorts that dot the coast.

    Your knowledgeable pilot will offer expert narration, which you’ll hear over your two-way headset. Ask questions and talk with pilot as you fly!

    Please note: due to weather, the flight can range from 100 - 120 minutes.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    73300-73200 Uu St, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA
    Departure Time
    We have multiple departure times to suit your sightseeing schedule.Check-in is 45 minutes prior to flight
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • 100-120 minute helicopter tour
    • Two-way headset communication with your pilot
    • Live commentary on board
    • Hotel Pick-up from select Kona Hotels ONLY
    • 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
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Due to weather, flights may be 100 to 120 minutes in length
    • 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 $100. 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
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • 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 4 weeks ago

    Had a great flight with these guys. Lucked out with awesome weather and was able to fly low mostly the whole flight. Our pilot Matt was great, we actually ended up shutting down our first helicopter on the ramp and hopping into a second one...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Keegan M
    Reviewed 4 weeks ago

    After a safety briefing at the Kona airport, we embarked on a 1 hr copter flight to Hilo, passing by Mauna Loa (active) and Kea (dormant with weather station) and over the amazing crater and lava fields of Kilauea. Our pilot, Rob, a veteran of...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank baileydoc
    Reviewed 4 weeks ago

    The 3 of us were first-time flyers and even though we have been on the Big Island of Hawaii island multiple times, we were able to view and experience so much more from the air than ever before on land. Take an early flight so...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank BecaBuel
    Reviewed September 3, 2019

    Pilots dialect was very difficult to understand, but I could deal with it ok. We really enjoyed the flight seeing the entire island, seeing the volcano’s current shape that showed the road that came close to the edge of the caldera had @ctually fallen in...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank C3345OCtimb
    Reviewed August 18, 2019

    This 2 hour tour of the island was fabulous! Everyone at Blue Hawaiian was safety minded, with specific guidelines to follow. Our pilot, Matt was informative and got up close to waterfalls, volcanoes and remote areas of the island. Front row seating was the best...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Lynda M
    Paradise Helico... W, Front Office Manager at Paradise Helicopters - KONA, responded to this reviewResponded August 27, 2019

    Aloha Lynda, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience flying with Paradise Helicopters. I'm not sure if Blue Hawaiian has a pilot named Matt, but Paradise Helicopters does and we will let Matt know how great of a job he's doing! Mornings...More

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    August 18, 2019|
    Response from TriumphTiger800XR |
    Better in the AM, the weather is generally calmer in the morning
    July 28, 2019|
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    Response from teresawU8124KA | Reviewed this property |
    There were 6 passengers on our helicopter tour and we each had plenty of room.
    Rebecca G
    June 20, 2019|
    Response from Condornarvik67 | Reviewed this property |
    I made my reservation at least 3 months in advance via their website. If I recall it will tell you how many seats are available for each time slot. You will have to pay the full amount up front when you make the... More
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