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Doors-Off Helicopter Lava & Rainforests Adventure from Hilo

Hilo, United States
Doors-Off Helicopter Lava & Rainforests Adventure from Hilo

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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.
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Two-way headset communication with your pilot
Live commentary on board
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Hilo International Airport , 2450 Kekuanaoa St, Hilo, HI 96720, USA

Terminal #2, near Hawaiian Airlines baggage claim

Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods.
1/13/2022 - 8/29/2023
Monday:08:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Tuesday:08:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Wednesday:08:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Thursday:08:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Saturday:08:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Sunday:08:00 AM - 02:00 PM
This activity will end right where it started.
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:  
Current activity at Kilauea Volcano
Pass By:  
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
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • All pilots and aircraft are FAA-certified
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult and can not sit by an open door.
  • Wheelchair accessible - if assistance is required, passenger must provide their own caregiver
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Please notify Paradise Helicopters Reservations Department if travelers have health restrictions or serious medical conditions
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 4 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Paradise Helicopters
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.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during Doors-Off Helicopter Lava & Rainforests Adventure from Hilo ?
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
See all safety measures taken by Doors-Off Helicopter Lava & Rainforests Adventure from Hilo .
What is the social distancing policy during Doors-Off Helicopter Lava & Rainforests Adventure from Hilo ?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Doors-Off Helicopter Lava & Rainforests Adventure from Hilo .
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Doors-Off Helicopter Lava & Rainforests Adventure from Hilo ?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Doors-Off Helicopter Lava & Rainforests Adventure from Hilo .

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I am scared of heights and flying but definitely enjoyed the tour!!
, May 2022
We had the opportunity to take this tour with doors on or off, and decided to do the doors off tour. It was rather windy when we took off, but our guide was amazing! While she has only been flying helicopters for 5 years, she was extremely knowledgeable about the various volcanic eruptions, how the island has been growing due to the various lava flows, and general information about the volcanic activity on the island. We ran into some rain on the way back, but the views were majestic. By the end of the tour, I was no longer scared of being in the helicopter and enjoyed the amazing views of the lava fields, shoreline and waterfalls. We even followed the chain of craters road for a bit, so we had an aerial view of the interior of non-active volcanos that others were viewing from ground level. This was definitely a bucket list item, because how often do you view an active volcano from a helicopter. Great tour!
Volcanic activity
, May 2019
Very good trip even though the eruption has ended. Seeing the path of the lava flows was pretty impressive.
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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...
, 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.
Wow! would strongly recommend doing...
Ann W
, 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.
Great adventure! Took my 87...
Sharon S
, Jul 2017
Great adventure! Took my 87 year-old father and they were very accommodating with his physical limitations.
Fantastic! Pilot was friendly and very...
Sally M
, Jun 2017
Fantastic! Pilot was friendly and very informative.
We took a four passenger helicopter...
, 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.
Great trip loved flying over the...
Paul M
, 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
Unfortunately our time slot was...
, 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.
An absolutely marvellous...
, 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.
I liked the smaller helicopters...
, 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.
This was an amazing trip! The pilot...
michelle m
, 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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