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Lava & Rainforests Helicopter Adventure from Hilo - Private Tour

Hilo, United States
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icon45 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Get views of the Big Island's volcanoes and waterfalls from the air on this helicopter flight from Hilo. Fly over the rain forest, lava flows, craters, and the Wailuku River. Upgrade to guarantee a window seat for the best views. Multiple departure times are available to suit your schedule.
  • See some of the biggest and most active volcanoes in the world
  • Enjoy lush Hawaiian scenery
  • Talk to your pilot on two-way radios
  • HAI and ISBAO safety certified operator

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Upgrading to a window seat means you're sure to have fantastic views of several active volcanoes, rain forests, and plenty of waterfalls. And being able to talk to the pilot via 2-way radio makes it easy to ask questions.
Make your way to the airport, located at 2450 Kekuanaoa St in Hilo, at least 45 minutes before your booked departure time. Multiple departure times throughout the day are available to fit your schedule. 

Climb into the Hughes 500 helicopter with your FAA-certified captain and guide, buckle in, and put on your 2-way radio headset. Make sure to upgrade to a guaranteed window sea when booking for the best possible views. 

Take off and fly over the island's waterfalls and volcanoes, including one of the world's most active volcanoes, Kilauea. As you fly over the Wailuku River, see a series of waterfalls cascading into jewel-toned pools. Your captain will narrate then entire ride and the 2-way headsets enable you to ask questions.

Land back at the airport to conclude your tour.
Pass By:  
Mt. Kilauea
Current activity at Kilauea Volcano
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Rainbow Falls
Waterfalls of North Hilo
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Pe'epe'e Falls
Waterfalls of North Hilo
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Wai'ale falls
Waterfalls of North Hilo
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What is the maximum group size during Lava & Rainforests Helicopter Adventure from Hilo - Private Tour?
This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

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Volcanic activity
, May 2019
Very good trip even though the eruption has ended. Seeing the path of the lava flows was pretty impressive.
It was beautiful the pilot was nice he...
Marquita B
, Apr 2018
It was beautiful the pilot was nice he even took a photo of us with our phones
Totally awesome experience! First...
, Mar 2018
Totally awesome experience! First time in a helicopter. The pilot was great! Sean described all the various scenery well. He was very polite. i loved the seeing the flowing lava and the waterfalls were beautiful.
Was a long day, but a great way to...
Tyrone M
, Feb 2018
Was a long day, but a great way to see the Island. The guide was super knowledgeable, friendly and inspired us with not only stories about the Island but the wider Pacific and Polynesian culture.
Amazing flight. We had the doors...
David A
, Jan 2018
Amazing flight. We had the doors off and while there was no big eruptions during our time, you could certainly feel the heat of the volcano below. We flew really close to the crater and you could see the hot lava bubbling. Our pilot flew over the old lava flows going down the mountain into the ocean. All the activity that has happened in the past was amazing to see it all first hand and from above was awesome. We flew over the waterfalls on our way back to the helipad. Fantastic experience that we would not get to have in New Zealand. Recommend to all. Great 45 minutes of our holiday. Doors off a must, well worth it.
Good pilot. Fun helicopter...
, Nov 2017
Good pilot. Fun helicopter experience. Interesting info. Unfortunately, the lava flow had stopped going into ocean the week before. My wife was seasick from the cruise and could not make the trip. I am still working with the company to see if there can be a re-imbursement. Hard to get a doctor's note for this one so I hope they will work with me. I will update everyone to see if I can give the company a great rating for flexibility/customer service.
The ride was nice, but it's hit or...
, Oct 2017
The ride was nice, but it's hit or miss with lava flowing. Don't expect to see lava bubbling out of the ground. The pilot was knowledgeable and gave us plenty of photo opps. The waterfall portion was not that impressive because you are high above the waterfalls so you can't experience their real beauty.
Fantastic! Our pilot Keith was an...
, Oct 2017
Fantastic! Our pilot Keith was an absolute professional ....made sure we got to see everything. Thrill of a lifetime!
Great trip, but unfortunately...
, Aug 2017
Great trip, but unfortunately volcanic activity differs from the spectacular photos of red hot bubbling out of craters that you see on documentaries etc., but definitely the best way to see the volcanoes of the Big Island. Great company, good trip...
Wonderful pilot who told us a lot of...
Anitha M
, Aug 2017
Wonderful pilot who told us a lot of facts and history about the volcanoes that he flew us over.

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