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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. Upgrade to guarantee a ‘window’ seat.


  • 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 lush forests and tropical waterfalls from above
  • Enjoy commentary from the pilot
  • HAI and ISBAO safety certified operator

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

Volcanoes and Waterfall Extreme: 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

David G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Fantastic experience

Brian J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great tour and and a great guide, who fully explained everything make the trip well worth while

David B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

100 worth doing! Lava was flowing really well for us and was able to get great photos. Waterfalls looked amazing also. Highly recommend no doors.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Pretty epic!

Jean-Pierre F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016



5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Once in a lifetime experience. Everyone involved was very professional and had our safety utmost in mind. Our pilot gave everyone a chance to see the views from all angles. I would definitely recommend a medium heavy jacket. I only had a very light one on and got a little chilly. I also wore long jeans and shoes and socks. I saw several in line waiting who had only sandals and shorts on and felt a little sorry for them. The views were absolutely amazing and I would highly recommend this tour to anyone! The doors off made it really wonderful. If you are debating between doors off or not, do it!!!

Renae T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Very exciting. feel the heat and smell the sulfur. Truly amazing!


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.

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