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If ever there were a place to see by helicopter it’s the spectacular Big Island of Hawaii. Here on America’s largest island, the landscape ranges from snowcapped summits to crashing waves on the coast, and thundering falls through rich green rainforests to black-sand beaches and lava. On this VIP Big Island helicopter tour, which can only be booked on Viator, experience a whopping two full hours of jaw-dropping aerial views, and sip Champagne before soaring over the Big Island shoreline until sunset.

Highlights

  • 2-hour helicopter tour of the Big Island from Kona
  • Toast your adventure with Champagne before take-off
  • Admire amazing aerial views of the Big Island’s beaches, mountains and rainforests
  • Look down in wonder on Mauna Loa and Kilauea volcanoes
  • Watch the famous Hawaiian sunset as you fly above the island’s west coast
  • Helicopter is limited to just six guests, providing a small-group experience
  • This thrilling Viator exclusive is available nowhere else
  • HAI and ISBAO safety certified operator

What You Can Expect

Viator VIP: The Sunset Experience Helicopter Tour from Kona

Fly over Volcano National Park at Sunset

This exclusive Big Island helicopter tour begins at your hotel door, when you’re picked up in a comfortable van and transported to the Kona airport. It’s here you’ll enjoy your Champagne toast and also receive a fresh flower lei before boarding the awaiting helicopter.
Your tour begins as you soar above fields of jet-black lava outside Kona, which are punctuated by hidden, white beaches and impressively turquoise coves. Watch as the lava rock changes to pastures on the slopes of southern Kohala, which then give way to the verdant rainforest of the Hamakua Coast. Soar above valleys that once housed kings and are now only accessible by air, before flying past snowcapped Mauna Kea en route to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and famous Kilauea volcano. Since the sun will have faded behind the mountains by your arrival at Kilauea, you can make out the eerie, orange glow of Halema‘uma‘u Crater, which houses a bubbling lava lake a few feet below the surface.
As you fly south towards the island’s southern tip, your pilot talks with you via 2-way headset about Big Island history and legends, before soaring over the black-sand beaches of Punalu’u Beach Park. You’ll also get views of Papakolea, the famous green beach, before circling back north above the city of refuge at Pu’uhonua o Honaunau. By the time you fly over Kealakekua Bay, where Captain Cook was infamously killed in a skirmish with native Hawaiians, the sun will be setting on the western horizon and igniting a fire in the sky; it's an experience and a moment that’s completely amplified from hundreds of feet in the air. Who knows? From your vantage point, there’s even the chance you could see the 'green flash' when the sun finally fades out of view.
Finally, this spectacular Big Island helicopter tour lands back at the Kona airport, where you’re comfortably transferred back to your hotel.

Customer Reviews

Carie M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was the highlight of our trip! Great experience. Would highly te come d this experience!

Stan

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

A very good tour, incredible views. Highly recommend. The birds eye view of the current lava flow and the cone of the volcano was awesome.

Gloria F

4 star rating: Recommended January 2017

Jamie met us and took us to a private room where we sipped champagne and received a flower lei. Jorg, our pilot, gave us a safety talk.
The Big Island has some beautiful scenery. I especially enjoyed flying over the waterfalls, volcanoes, whales and macadamia nut plantation.
The Vog, volcanic smog, was quite thick and kept us from seeing some things clearly. I did get a good shot of the lava flowing into the ocean.
This tour was a birthday gift from one of my son's. Jamie and Kay, staff members for Paradise Tours, were very accommodating and made me feel special, giving me a birthday card at the end of the tour along with another glass of champagne.
The process of setting up the tour was easy and we were contacted several times, to reconfirm and answer questions.
A 6 seat helicopter is problematic as two of the seats face backward and the seats opposite are very close. The middle seat facing forward is not the best for taking pictures. These are my reasons for not giving them a five rating. Anyone with claustrophobic tendencies would not do well.

rodneynyland

4 star rating: Recommended October 2016

Saw many waterfalls, and lava.

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