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  • Location:Kona, Hawaii
  • Duration:14 hours (approx.)

Big Island Adventure Combo: Helicopter, Zipline and Lava Tour

Experience Hawaii’s most impressive natural wonders by land and by air on this unforgettable Big Island adventure! Soar above a tropical river gorge on an 8-track zipline course that includes one of the longest lines in Hawaii, and fly over Mauna Loa and Kilauea volcanoes on a thrilling helicopter ride. Explore Hawaii’s explosive history with a guided trek through Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, and enjoy dinner with a glass of wine or wine tasting . Numbers are limited to 12 for a more personalized adventure.

Highlights

  • 14-hour Big Island combo tour from Kona
  • Enjoy a thrilling 8-line zipline course through the lush rainforest
  • Fly over Hawaii’s famous volcanoes, including Mauna Loa and Kilauea, in a helicopter
  • Tour Hawaii Volcanoes National Park with a ranger-trained guide
  • Have dinner inside the park at the historic Volcano House
  • Picnic lunch, light snacks and water included
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 people ensures a more personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

Big Island Adventure Combo: Helicopter, Zipline and Lava Tour

Fly over Volcano National Park

Immerse yourself in Hawaii’s natural attractions on this full-day, action-packed adventure. The day begins with pickup from your Waikoloa or Kona hotel and an approximately 1.5-hour drive around the island toward Hilo. Stop briefly at KapohoKine Adventures store to pick up any gear, provisions or souvenirs you may want. (Snacks and beverages will also be provided throughout the day.)

At the zipline base camp near Hilo, prepare for the action with a safety briefing and slip on a provided hard hat, harness and gloves. When you’re ready, fly across an 8-line course that spans a series of tropical river gorges and waterfalls from a height of 160 feet (49 meters). Experience the rush of one of Hawaii’s longest ziplines — a monster cable that stretches a heart-pounding 2,400 feet (700 meters) long.

Recharge with a picnic lunch before heading toward the Hilo heliport, where you’ll climb aboard a comfortable helicopter and slip on a two-way headset to hear your pilot’s narration throughout the flight. Soar over Hawaii’s pristine rain forest dotted with shimmering cascades, including Rainbow Falls, and get a breathtaking perspective on the craters of Mauna Kea and Kilauea. If you’re lucky, you may see puffs of smoke and oozing lava as you fly over Kilauea — one of the world’s most active volcanoes.

Back on solid ground, travel to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park for a tour of lava fields, steam vents and ancient calderas led by a ranger-trained guide. Get a ground-level perspective on Kilauea and Mauna Loa (the largest volcano on Earth) and learn about the Big Island’s volcanic history at the Jaggar Museum.

Finish your action-packed day with dinner at the historic Volcano House — Hawaii’s oldest hotel. Enjoy gourmet regional cuisine right inside the park with a view that overlooks the sputtering Halemaumau crater. (See Itinerary below for a sample dinner menu.) You may be treated to a fiery lava show as the sun sets on another day in Hawaiian paradise. After your meal, relax on the return drive to your hotel.

Itinerary

Sample Dinner Menu (subject to change)
Choice of included beverage
Iced Tea
Hot Tea
Coffee

Choice of one main course:
Grilled Herb Chicken: Served with garlic mashed potatoes, sauteed local kale from Johnson Farms, and a lemon macadamia nut butter sauce
Coconut Crusted Fried Mahimahi: With jasmine rice, stir fried bok choy, and a ginger mango sauce
Island Tofu and Vegetable Stir Fry: Served with coconut jasmine rice and fresh pineapple

Keiki Choice (kids choice):
Hot Dog: all beef frank on a Punalu'u Bake shop roll, served with french fries
Pasta: Waimea tomato marinara sauce or butter and cheese
Pizza: Pepperoni or three cheese

Customer Reviews

Susan G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

WE had the most wonderful time. We will tell all our friends from Jacksonville Florida to take this trip. Our guide Glen was fantastic. Thank you all.

waughab

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

We were a group of 4 adults - first time for zipliners - it was great! Loved the helicopter ride and the lava tour. The guides were exploding with valuable information about the area and the island. All had great presentation skills.

Rosalie G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

MUST DO when on the Big Island! Best zip-line ever and who can say they saw actual lava flowing! I have moderate motion sickness but the helicopter ride was amazing and so much smoother than I expected. You are also well fed throughout the day: lunch, snacks and dinner

Diane M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This tour day was long and amazing! The helicopter and zipline crews were very professional and I felt very safe. The lava tour was excellent. Everything ran smoothly. The driver for the day was very informative. A great way to see and do a lot if you have limited time on the island.

Chris G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

great stuff. a long day full of adventures. lots of things that were great. the tour guides esp ken for the volcano tour at the end of the day.

highly recommend

yu kennth l

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

It is the best day I had in Hawaii so far. Got clear skies during Helicopter flight and saw some minor volcanic activity. Awesome areal sight of the lava field. Zipline was the best. Our guides, Dishman, Alex and Rudy were hilarious. They cant stop talking and cracking jokes, yet safety and our enjoyment was always on their mind. We zipped long lengths and over great landscapes. Evening visit to Volcanoes National Park was excellent. Had a great experience on the sulphur field and great view of the glowing magma above the crater. IMy thanks to the zipline crew and our tour guide Glenn. i will do this activity again if I get the chance!

Cameron U

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This tour was absolutely amazing and as described. Our awesome guide, Glenn, had so much knowledge of the island and Hawaiian culture. He made sure we were comfortable and well-fed, with plenty of snacks and beverages in the van. We were fortunate to have a small group of four, so we had plenty of room in the in the large, well-air-conditioned van. As we were a small group, we were afforded extra time to stop at local highlights, such as Rainbow Falls and shopping in Hilo. The crew at the ziplines made safety their 1 priority, having us pause a few times to due high winds. The photos I viewed of the ziplines prior to the tour did not do it justice. The backdrop is much more beautiful and high up with the many, many waterfalls and ocean views. The crew interacted well with the group and kept us entertained. Lunch mid-way through was so good with local fruits. The helicopter tour went off without a hitch. The views were spectacular. Flying over the volcano felt like flying over another planet, as the landscape was unlike any other I had seen. We were fortunate to see several lava pools and charred trees from the recent flow . My only complaint about the flight was that it was quite warm in the helicopter. The walking tour of the park was leisurely and much cooler, with beautiful flora and fauna and amazing views of the volcano. Being able to walk through the lava tubes was definitely a highlight for me. Dinner at the Volcano House was very good as well. We all had the coconut-crusted mahi-mahi and paired it with Coconut Porter. We had ample time for photos and shopping afterwards. Then on to view the glowing Kilauea Caldera at sunset. A bit crowded but worth it see that ominous red glow. As a 1st timer to Hawaii this tour was everything I wanted and worth every penny.

Joseph L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This tour is fabulous. We've been ziplining before and this is by far the best set up we have ever been on. The helicopter ride was a great opportunity to view the lava fields. Our tour guide was Glenn and he was A-MA-ZING! His enthusiasm and knowledge about the Big Island and Hawaii's history made the entire day very enjoyable. We definitely recommend this tour it is well worth the money. If possible, definitely request Glenn for your guide.

Dan E USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Our driver was very excited about her job and knew a lot of information about different things. The zipline was so much fun. I was anxious at first, but was so much fun. The guys at the zipline were fantastic. We got a lot information, had a couple of little short hikes in Volcano park and a lovely dinner at the volcano house. We were able to see the crater glow in the evening, amazing. The only disappointment was that our helicopter flight was canceled due to weather at the last second. No one's fault, but disappointing not to get to fly over the volcano. We were refunded quickly for the helicopter part of the trip as we could not reschedule due to our schedule.

Shirley United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

We had a great time. Our tour guide Barry was extremely knowledgable about all aspects of Hawaiian culture. Tim our helicopter pilot made sure people on both sides of the helicopter got to see the sites. The people running the zip line were great. I considered skipping this. I'm glad I didn't.

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