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Helicopter Sunset Experience Tour from Kona

Kalaoa, United States
  • 2 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


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 jaw-dropping aerial views and sip Champagne before soaring over the Big Island shoreline until sunset.
  • 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's Included

  • 2-hour helicopter flight
  • 2 way communication between you and the pilot
  • Pilot commentary
  • Parking Fees

Departure & Return

Departure Point

  • Kona International Airport
    73-200 Kupipi St, Kalaoa, HI 96740, USA

Departure Time

Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods.
9/15/2020 - 8/19/2023
Wednesday:04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

Return Details

This activity will end right where it started.

What To Expect

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.

Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (Pass By)

A Place of refuge under ancient Hawaiian law.

Kealakekua Bay (Pass By)

Location where Captain James Cook first came ashore in the 1700s.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 6 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Wheelchair accessible - if assistance is required, passenger must provide their own caregiver
  • Helicopter holds 6 passengers; larger groups may be separated
  • All guests weighing 270 lbs or more when weighed at check-in, will be required to purchase an additional empty seat less 15% before fuel surcharge to safely balance the aircraft. They will be guaranteed a window seat.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Seating is assigned based on weight and balance following guidelines which have been approved by the FAA. We cannot guarantee seats as the weight of guests must be balanced within the aircraft.
  • A seat upgrade is not a guarantee; however, if you purchase a co-pilot and/or window seat upgrades, we will do our best to seat you in your purchased location. If we cannot accomodate a seat upgrade due to weight and balance requirements for your flight (or for any other reason), we will refund your upgrade purchase at check-in.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Helicopter Sunset Experience Tour from Kona?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Q:What is the social distancing policy during Helicopter Sunset Experience Tour from Kona?

A:The policy on social distancing is:
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Helicopter Sunset Experience Tour from Kona?

A:The policy on staff health & safety is:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands

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Jamie met us and took us to a...
Gloria F, Jan 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.
This tour was the highlight of our...
Carie M, Jun 2016
This tour was the highlight of our trip! Great experience. Would highly te come d this experience!
A very good tour, incredible views...
Stan, Dec 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.
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Marco_P, Jul 2019
O passeio foi maravilhoso. Toda a equipe da Paradise foi atenciosa e muito simpática. O piloto que conduziu o Tour, demonstrou perícia e competência durante todo o passeio. Houve apenas uma relativa frustração em não contemplar a "Lava do Kilauea", mas é óbvio que isso não tem influência alguns da empresa, pois depende exclusivamente de fatores naturais. Mas o passeio não é só sobre o Vulcão. As paisagens naturais no decorrer do percurso, compensam por si só o passeio. Foi sensacional.


Product code: 5120VIP