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Volcano and Kohala Landing Helicopter Tour on the Big Island

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Kalaoa, United States

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English
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Soar over the rugged coastline, active volcanoes and cascading waterfalls of the Big Island on this unforgettable helicopter tour. Listen to expert narration from your pilot while soaking up incredible aerial views of smoking Kilauea Volcano and the magnificent mountains and sea cliffs of the Kohala Coast. Touch down on a lush and remote part of the island that most visitors never get to see, and enjoy your own private slice of paradise before taking to the skies again.
  • Helicopter adventure with a landing in a remote valley
  • Get amazing views of the Big Island of Hawaii
  • Soar over the active Kilauea volcano and look for flowing lava
  • See the lush Kohala Coast from the air
  • Land at a private landing site and enjoy free time in a remote tropical setting
  • Listen to descriptive narration from your professional pilot
  • HAI and ISBAO safety certified operator

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Take a helicopter ride to part of the Kohala Coast that most tourists don't get to see.
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Two-way headset communication with your pilot
Live commentary on board

Departure Point

73-200 Kupipi St, Kalaoa, HI 96740, USA

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Experience the spectacular scenery of Hawaii’s Big Island the way it was meant to be seen—from the air. Your adventure begins at Kona International Airport, where you’ll meet your expert pilot and climb aboard a luxury, 6-passenger Bell 407 helicopter. Slip on a two-way headset to communicate with your pilot throughout the flight and listen to narration about the sights below.

Soar over Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and its most famous feature, Kilauea Volcano. See evidence of the most recent eruption of Kilauea, which ranks among the most active volcanoes in the world. You might even see puffs of smoke and molten lava spewing from its crater. Gain a new perspective on the dramatic cliffs and waterfalls of the Kohala Coast, as well as lush inland mountains and valleys.

Touch down on a remote, rarely visited section of the island and enjoy free time to explore this secluded tropical paradise. After strolling and relaxing among your private slice of island heaven, climb back aboard the helicopter to continue your airborne tour of Hawaii’s highlights.

The tour concludes back at the Kona airport, where you can pose for pictures with your pilot and helicopter if you like.
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Current activity at Kilauea Volcano
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Amazing white and black sand beaches
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Current activity at Kilauea Volcano
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Kohala Coast
Hundreds of waterfalls, 2,000′ valley walls, 10 different climate zones!
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 6 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Due to weather, flights may be 100 to 120 minutes in length
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • All pilots and aircraft are FAA-certified
  • Helicopter holds 6 passengers; larger groups may be separated
  • Due to the current social distancing requirements for the state of Hawai'i, face masks are required for the duration of the flight
  • Learn about our elevated health & safety protocol to help observe the COVID-related requirements of social distancing and sanitization in our website
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • A visitor who has either quarantined for 10 days (showing an airline ticket with an arrival date 10 days prior to flight), or who can show that the pre-testing travel program accepted a negative test result from them.
  • A resident who has been on island for at least 10 days or who has had a negative COVID-19 test in the past 72 hours.
  • All guests weighing between 265 lbs – 300 lbs when weighed at check-in, will be assessed a Capacity Surcharge of $50 on our Hughes/MD 500 helicopter or $100 on our Bell 407 helicopter. They will be guaranteed a window seat.
  • We require that any guests weighing 300 lbs. or more purchase an additional empty seat to safely balance the aircraft. Upon check-in, we will weigh all passengers. They will be guaranteed a window seat.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Seating is assigned based on weight and balance following guidelines which have been approved by the FAA. We cannot guarantee seats as the weight of guests must be balanced within the aircraft.
  • A seat upgrade is not a guarantee; however, if you purchase a co-pilot and/or window seat upgrades, we will do our best to seat you in your purchased location. If we cannot accomodate a seat upgrade due to weight and balance requirements for your flight (or for any other reason), we will refund your upgrade purchase at check-in.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Paradise Helicopters

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Volcano and Kohala Landing Helicopter Tour on the Big Island ?
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Volcano and Kohala Landing Helicopter Tour on the Big Island ?
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Volcano and Kohala Landing Helicopter Tour on the Big Island ?
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Volcano and Kohala Landing Helicopter Tour on the Big Island ?
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Volcano and Kohala Landing Helicopter Tour on the Big Island .
What is the maximum group size during Volcano and Kohala Landing Helicopter Tour on the Big Island ?
This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Volcano and Kohala Landing Helicopter Tour on the Big Island .

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Highly recommended. Worth the price...
Ajitha S
, Mar 2018
Highly recommended. Worth the price. To be in between valleys and have waterfalls on both sides, landing on a no-man place, seeing volcano drain into ocean is one of kind experience.
Awesome tour but did not know I...
Krystyna L
, Feb 2018
Awesome tour but did not know I would be sick in the air. But I really did enjoy the scenery and the company.
Great way to see the island...
Michael W
, Nov 2016
Great way to see the island. Weather can affect flight and caused cancellation of our first scheduled flight. Flowing lava into the sea is very impressive view. Note that there are restrictions on how close helicopters can approach the eruptions in Volcano National Park. Facing backwards was not the best seat for viewing or photography. Mountains on north end of the island extremely impressive. Brief landing was plus for trip.
What a great experience! Our pilot...
Gary H
, Sep 2016
What a great experience! Our pilot, Troy was exceptional in telling the story of the Big Island. He took us up close and personal with the volcano and its amazing history. The flight into the green caverns was amazing. Absolutely the best way to start your stay on the Big Island.
Had a great trip. Well worth time and...
kathleen g
, Aug 2016
Had a great trip. Well worth time and money. Lots of fun, interesting, and beautiful sights.
Ryan our pilot was AWESOME!! This...
Rose M
, Jun 2016
Ryan our pilot was AWESOME!! This was our first time in a helicopter and have to admit we were a little nervous! No reason to be nervous at all! Such a smooth ride! Got to see so much of the island from a totally different view which was breathtaking! I think this was our favorite thing that we did all week and we did a lot! If you can do this one while you are there... DO IT!
We all enjoyed the guided tour and...
Anita H
, May 2016
We all enjoyed the guided tour and of course the view was excellent. We were lucky with a very clear day. My husband 85 had this on his bucket list. Well worth the cost. Thank you.
Friendly staff, smooth ride, and...
Samantha B
, Apr 2016
Friendly staff, smooth ride, and gorgeous views. What more could we ask?
Michael J A
, Nov 2015
SPECTACULAR!! AMAZING!! SUPERB!! Add about 30 more adjectives and you will get an idea of how fun this was. Our pilot, CHRIS, was a Marine helicopter pilot for a couple of decades, and took us up close and personal into the narrowest of canyons, with 4 waterfalls each a few hundred feet high flowing heavily, and we were right next to them. He landed us in the remote valley where King Kamehameha was hidden when he was a child from the rulers who were trying to kill him before he could claim the throne. We spent an hour having a picnic and hiking around. We made alot of memories on this flight, and cannot thank Chris and Paradise Helicopters enough. I would absolutely recommend everyone do this. There is a point where you are looking at the cost and going Thats a helluva lotta money for three hours but trust me, just do it. The money will come and go but the memories from this ride will last forever. A note of caution, this is a weather dependent thing - the island has almost daily rain on one side, and I would really recommend getting a clear understanding how it will work if you need to reschedule. We drew very lucky, huge rains the day before and after our ride, but spectacular clear skies were what we got. Sometimes you just get lucky, as I said. Also, my wife experienced nausea because she got the seat facing backwards in the copter. If anyone in your party is prone to sea/air sickness or motion sickness, let them know so they can do their best to minimize anything in that regard.
Had a great trip we did the 3 hour...
Gregory H
, Aug 2015
Had a great trip we did the 3 hour trip around the Big Island our pilot was professional and informed. Fortunately we had fairly good weather and the windward side we got to see great water falls and valleys. The landing in the outback was a minor disappointment we were high on a ridge and had great views but it was a clear cut area and hunting/ work camp. We did hike to the camp cabin was nice but not great. I would recommend this.

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