Soar through the air with nothing between you and the radiating heat of an active volcano on a doors-off helicopter tour from Hilo. A must-do for adrenaline junkies, this aerial adventure takes you over the island’s volcanic landscape, so you can peer into craters and spot lava. Plus enjoy views of waterfalls and other natural features of the Big Island while aboard.
50-minute Big Island open-door helicopter flight from Hilo
Spend 45 minutes in the air above Hawaii's volcanic landscape
Feel the heat radiating from the lava of an active volcano
Admire the island's forests and tropical waterfalls from above
Choose between three departure times
Upgrade seating is available (additional fee)
Why Travelers Choose This Tour
This open-door helicopter tour flies so close to an active volcano that you'll feel its heat.
Everybody was really nice and professional. The pilot was wonderful. We weren't that lucky with the weather and didn't see as much of volcano activity as seen in pictures before this ride, however, the experience of riding on a helicopter was worth it. Next time I might consider getting more information on the rides, maybe spend more money and definitely get started earlier with planing as a lot was already booked when i looked into it.
I loved the doors off experience! Definitely something you should consider. The helicopter ride was much smoother than I expected. The harness and seat belt made me feel very secure so I was able to get some great pictures without the doors. The company recommended you dress for 50 degree weather so we were prepared for the cooler temperatures when in the air when the breeze went right through the back seats.
This was amazing from beginning to end!! No regrets at all. The pilot super cool, the views no way better and the experience was totally above expectations. The only thing is the pick up that we had to go to the airport directly because they couldn't pick us up at the cruise pier terminal and back.
Words cannot express how amazing this experience was! I am afraid of heights but was determined to go on a helicopter tour. This company explained everything, went over safety tips and completely put me at ease with their professionalism. The ground crew was knowledgeable and very helpful. I rented a GoPro for a very reasonable price, they gave me some tips and how to operate it. The flight was smooth. Flying over volcanoes was amazing, the pilot was very knowledgeable, unfortunately you are at the whim of the volcano. Not much lava to see but lots of steam. I was disappointed in the waterfalls we were shown...it was a series of falls in Hilo. I would've liked to have seen something a bit more extravagant or maybe fly over Kilauea, if that is allowed.
Fantastic!!! We loved everything about this helicopter tour. Got right up to active lava, and even got to witness a rare flow that had popped up above ground. Very knowledgeable pilot, we felt extremely safe and secure the entire time. This helicopter had 3 passengers up front, two in back. It gets very windy and chilly on this ride with the doors off, especially in the back. A light jacket and pants are a very good idea, even though you'll be sweating while you stand and wait to board. We would do this tour again for sure. Highly recommend.