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Get views of the Big Island's volcanoes and waterfalls from the air on this 45-minute helicopter flight from Hilo. Fly over 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.
  • 45-minute Big Island helicopter flight from Hilo
  • 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

The guaranteed window seats mean you're sure to have fantastic views of several active volcanoes, rainforests 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 in to 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 in to jewel-toned pools. Your captain will narrate then entire 45-minute ride, and the 2-way headsets enable you to ask questions.
Land back at the airport after 45 minutes.

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, Apr 2018

It was beautiful the pilot was nice he even took a photo of us with our phones

, 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.

, 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.

, 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.

, 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.

, 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.

, Oct 2017

Fantastic! Our pilot Keith was an absolute professional ....made sure we got to see everything. Thrill of a lifetime!

, 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...

, Aug 2017

Wonderful pilot who told us a lot of facts and history about the volcanoes that he flew us over.

, Jul 2017

Wow! would strongly recommend doing this. The trip was very well organised and our pilot was very knowledgeable and clearly loves his job. Fantastic view of the lava in the crater and we were lucky enough to see lava on the surface and going into the ocean. The waterfalls was an added bonus.

, Jul 2017

Great adventure! Took my 87 year-old father and they were very accommodating with his physical limitations.

, Jun 2017

Fantastic! Pilot was friendly and very informative.

, May 2017

We took a four passenger helicopter tour and flew over coffee farms, waterfalls, active volcano craters, and saw the lava flow into the ocean. Our pilot pointed out everything and really took us low. The cascading waterfalls from the air was really awesome.

, May 2017

Great trip loved flying over the volcano the best way to see it, the pilot was very good with commentary and circled several times so we all got a great views of the crater and the lava flowing into the sea, the views of the water falls was OK but not spectacular

, Feb 2017

Unfortunately our time slot was given to a group from the cruise ship as they have priority for those time slots I guess since they have a limited time in port. I had booked several months in advance. The folks who had our time slot got their tour. Ours was called off due to weather.

, Jan 2017

An absolutely marvellous, unforgettable experience. Great pilot, great helicopter and unbelievable views. Would recommend this to anyone who wants to see the volcano and the exit of the lava to the ocean.

, Jan 2017

I liked the smaller helicopters because one can zoom around like a sports car. Also, each side can have doors off, so opportunity for great pictures and actually feel the heat from the volcanos. We went to several Viatar excursions this trip and the helicopter ride was definitely the best.

, Jan 2017

Worth every penny

, Jan 2017

The Best!

, Dec 2016

This was an amazing trip! The pilot flew us over Kīlauea and to areas of active lava flow, which made for great pictures! He also took us down to where the lava met the ocean. He told us about the volcano and the many eruptions that have occurred. He was very knowledgeable. Next, he took us to fly over the Rainbow Falls, which was really pretty. In all locations, the pilot made sure that both sides of the helicopter got to see the sites. The only caution I would give is, if you get air sick, make sure you let the pilot know. The corkscrew turns to get pictures of the sites can make you pretty sick. But I wouldn't let that stop you from taking the trip!

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