4.5 star rating: Recommended 54 Reviews

5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
  • Location:Hilo, Hawaii
  • Duration:50 minutes (approx.)

45-Minute Open-Door Volcanoes Helicopter Flight

Feel a Hawaiian volcano’s heat radiate from its crater as you experience live volcanic activity up close, with nothing between you and the lava! An open-door helicopter ride over a Big Island volcano is the adventure of a lifetime. After the lava warms you up, you’ll cool back down with breathtaking views of cascading waterfalls before soaring back to Hilo.

For a guaranteed window seat, make sure to upgrade to the preferred seating option.


  • Open-door helicopter flight over a volcano from Hilo
  • Spend 45-minutes in the air above magnificent Hawaiian sights
  • Feel the heat radiating from the lava of an active volcano
  • Get amazing views of the Big Island's lush forests and tropical waterfalls
  • Descriptive commentary from your friendly pilot

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

A once-in-a-lifetime experience! Feeling the heat of volcanic lava is incredible. Just be aware it's windy on the flight, so dress warmly and tie back your hair if you need to so you can enjoy the glorious views!

Recent Photos of This Tour

What You Can Expect

45-Minute Open-Door Volcanoes Helicopter Flight

45-Minute Open-Door Volcanoes Helicopter Flight

This 45-minute Big Island helicopter ride from Hilo isn’t your average helicopter tour. You won’t simply stare out of glass windows – this helicopter is open-door, meaning there’s nothing between you and these amazing Hawaiian sights (don’t worry, it’s safe!).

You’ll 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 and watch the lava flow to the ocean. Get up close and personal with volcanic lava, and feel its heat emanating from the crater, 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 magnificent.

In addition to the volcano, you’ll 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.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This was amazing, the staff was wonderful and very accommodating, we had to fly in two separate helicopters and they made sure we got a group picture with one. The flight was great would do it again if had the chance!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Excellent Flight. The only way to see flowing lava on the Island at the moment. Ground crew and Pilot were courteous, friendly and knowledgeable. If you want the full volcano experience this is a must do!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Small group. Very close to the action. Could feel the heat from the volcano! Pilot was very informative.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Our pilot was Pete. We had our two 17 year old granddaughters with us. It was an informative and highly visible trip of the volcano area. I would recommend this open door trip if you want an experience of smelling and seeing an active volcano.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Simply amazing, well worth it, you can feel the heat, yet it's cool and breezy. You are so close to the lava erupting, you can't see this any other way, so for us it was priceless. My 13 year old son was in awe.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Rachel, our pilot, was wonderful. Very informative and made sure everyone had a photo opportunity. Flying with the doors off is the only way to go! Up close and personal experience, a must adventure.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Amazing, I could feel the heat of the lava! I felt like I was on a National Geographic show! Expert pilot, we got all views of the lava activity, we felt like we could reach out and touch it! He was friendly and informative with lots of interesting information about the Hilo area, volcano activity, etc... well worth the money ...this was not a Disney ride!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Awesome, absolutely awesome and great crew too.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Rachel was a great pilot. I am usually afraid of heights, but I felt safe and secure with Rachel. She made every effort to see that we saw flowing lava and that both sides of the helicopter got a chance to photograph what we saw.

From USD $ 282.00

View price calendar

Low Price Guarantee

Select Travel Date

Flexible Date Guarantee

Enter Total Number of Travelers

What's this, and can I change it?

Please note: After your purchase is confirmed we will email you a link to your voucher.
What's this?

Tour code: 5120_H0004


Viator uses cookies to improve your experience on our website. Learn more about how we use cookies and how to change your cookie settings | Close message