• Location: Hilo, Hawaii
  • Duration: 50 minutes (approx.)
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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)

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What You Can Expect

Volcanoes and Waterfall Extreme: 45-Minute Open-Door Volcanoes Helicopter Flight

45-Minute Open-Door Volcanoes Helicopter Flight

Customer Reviews

Loretta K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

This tour was amazing!

Kim S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

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.

Angela B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Our pilot Chris was very informative and pointed out everything of interest and history of the Island. We were too awestruck to speak.

weixing d

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Excellent experience and service!

Rafael Angel C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

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.

Diane R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

This was by far the highlight of our time on Hawaii. The views were amazing, and the flight itself was so fun. All ages enjoyed it....put this on your list of things to do on the big island!

Traci H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

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.

Katherine N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Open door helicopter rides are a must-try! Matt was a knowledgeable and fun pilot. It was amazing experiencing the wind, fresh air, heat from the volcano, and no windows with glare that affect your photos. So glad I got to sit in the co-pilot seat! Only complaint was that I couldn and #39;t get enough...

John C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

Had a great time and the views were amazing. Our pilot Paul was very knowledgeable about the area and history. Flying open door is the way to go, you can feel the heat coming up from the lava flows and volcano below. Paul circled the sites from both sides of the helicopter so everyone could get a good look at what was below. Great experience and I would highly recommend this adventure.

Deborah R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

Very easy to book tour. Staff at Paradise Helicopters were friendly and helpful, explaining what to do, especially the safety briefing. Pilot was excellent, pointing out unique spots at volcano and around Hilo. Definitely a great way to see Hawaii.

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