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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.

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Highlights

  • 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!

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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

Greg

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Quit an adventure without the doors. I highly recommend this to those who have taken closed door helicopter tours. This is a different experience.

Sandra B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Absolutely amazing, cannot recommend this highly enough, definitely an experience of a lifetime!

Joel W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

We scheduled a 45 minute door less helicopter trip over the active volcano. Wow! This was clearly the highlight of our vaction! The entire staff was great. These people really know their stuff. A call the day before helped us know what to wear, bring, and not bring. We received a warm welcome, followed by an intelligent briefing, and then out to the copter. Our pilot Brian was awesome, constantly making sure we all could see, were comfortable, and felt okay. The pilot did a great job finding great stuff for us to see including a fairly large eruption with red hot lava spewing out. The pilot was really knowledgeable about the volcano and the lava flows so we learned a lot as well. All through the flight, the pilot kept turning the copter so everything could be seen from both sides. As we opted for the doors off trip, there was nothing between us and the volcano or lava flows so our visibility was spectacular. My photographs are unbelievable making this the best trip ever.

Margaret Jean M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Very exciting way to view the Big Island..Staff was prompt and courteous. Pilot JORK was cheerful and made you feel that he was part of your group...very informative...Only one thing, I wish that we would have flown over some water since we were required to wear water life vests.

Lisa M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

This is absolutely the best way to see the island. We booked thru viator because we got a great deal. Great tour and great staff!!

Frank J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Excellent

Ken U

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great experience! One of our trips highlights.

Hanumantharao D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Good

Tiffani A

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!!

Andrew I

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!!

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