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Experience the best of Volcanoes National Park with this adventurous Big Island helicopter tour, where you can easily see lava, steam and cinder cones while circling above the volcano, and then touch down nearby to explore the park’s volcanic formations on foot. Throughout the day, expert pilots, guides, and drivers will accompany you to discuss the park’s history and legends, as well as the fascinating natural geology that changes by the day. To guarantee a helicopter seat by the window seat, upgrade to the preferred seating option for an unobstructed view.

Highlights

  • Full-day guided tour of Hawaii’s volcanoes by helicopter, coach and walking tours, from Kona
  • Fly in a luxury helicopter over sites that are otherwise inaccessible
  • Get aerial views of lava flows and Hawaii’s natural beauty during your round-trip helicopter flight
  • Explore Volcanoes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site and International Biosphere Reserve
  • Learn about the natural and geologic history of Hawaii
  • See the renowned coffee plantations of Kona from the air

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What You Can Expect

Volcano by Air and Land: Helicopter, Coach, and Walking Tour of Volcanoes National Park from Kona

Molten Lava on the Big Island flowing into the ocean.

Your Big Island helicopter tour begins at the Kona airport, where you’ll meet your pilot and board a luxurious Bell 407 helicopter. Fromthe moment you lift off from the airport pavement, you’re instantly surrounded by fields of black lava that give way to sandy white coves, and the turquoise shoreline flecked with white waves is a stark contrast to the sea of black lava that’s seemingly frozen in time. Through the helicopter’s comfortable two-way radio set, your pilot is able to explain the surroundings and tell stories of sights down below, and you can also ask questions or just marvel at the coast at your feet.
While en route to Volcanoes National Park, you’ll fly over three of Hawaii’s tallest mountains: Hualalai, Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa volcanoes loom stoically just out the window. As you descend the east flank of Mauna Loa volcano, the steam and 'vog' from Kilauea volcano will gradually come into view, and your pilot will assess the mountain’s activity and find a spot where the volcanic action can only be seen from the air. Watch below as the landscape steams and sends puffs of smoke towards the sky, and, if you’re lucky you’ll even get the chance to see lava spilling directly into the sea. Next, fly to Hilo for a quick touchdown before boarding a comfortable coach, which will transport you to Volcanoes National Park to explore Kilauea on foot. This volcano has been erupting since 1983, and, on easy walks of up to two miles, your guide will help you navigate the rainforest that clings to the volcano’s slopes, and take you through the Thurston Lava Tube that weaves through a volcanic tunnel. 
Over a picnic lunch at a scenic lookout, hear legends of how Kilauea volcano is home to the Hawaiian fire goddess, Pele. Once you’ve finished hiking the trails and exploring the mountain on foot, you’ll drive back to Hilo for a scenic flight home along the Hamakua Coast.

Customer Reviews

Norman W Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

If you are in two minds as to whether or not to do this tour - DO IT! It's worth every cent! Extremely
well organised.

Daniel S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Was every single penny worth. The two guides are very competent,they know what they tell.
The flights are the best I ever had,the pilot was very professional

Jennifer H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This was an excellent experience. Everyone involved in the planning and execution of this trip were both professional, knowledgeable, and personable. Wonderful tour filled with learning and a great time. Would highly recommend this tour. Well worth the money.

Sandra

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This trip was the best part of my week on the Big Island. We were so fortunate to experience the Joel team! Our pilot Joel was so awesome, as was our ground tour guide Joel!!! The pictures we were able to take will make our memories of this special day last forever! Thank you both for such a wonderful day!

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