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Volcano and Kohala Landing Helicopter Tour on the Big Island from Kona

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Kalaoa, United States
Volcano and Kohala Landing Helicopter Tour on the Big Island from Kona

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icon3 hours  (approx.)
iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Soar over the rugged coastline, active volcanoes and cascading waterfalls of the Big Island on this unforgettable helicopter tour. Listen to expert narration from your pilot while soaking up incredible aerial views of smoking Kilauea Volcano and the magnificent mountains and sea cliffs of the Kohala Coast. Touch down on a lush and remote part of the island that most visitors never get to see, and enjoy your own private slice of paradise before taking to the skies again.
  • Helicopter adventure with a landing in a remote valley
  • Get amazing views of the Big Island of Hawaii
  • Soar over the active Kilauea volcano and look for flowing lava
  • See the lush Kohala Coast from the air
  • Land at a private landing site and enjoy free time in a remote tropical setting
  • Listen to descriptive narration from your professional pilot
  • HAI and ISBAO safety certified operator

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Take a helicopter ride to part of the Kohala Coast that most tourists don't get to see.
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Two-way headset communication with your pilot
Live commentary on board
100-120 minute flight
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Kona International Airport , 73-200 Kupipi St, Kalaoa, HI 96740, USA

Departure Point: Heliport at Kona International Airport Address: 73-341 Uu St, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

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9/15/2020 - 8/29/2023
Monday - Sunday:08:00 AM - 12:00 PM
This activity will end right where it started.
Experience the spectacular scenery of Hawaii’s Big Island the way it was meant to be seen—from the air. Your adventure begins at Kona International Airport, where you’ll meet your expert pilot and climb aboard a luxury, 6-passenger Bell 407 helicopter. Slip on a two-way headset to communicate with your pilot throughout the flight and listen to narration about the sights below.

Soar over Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and its most famous feature, Kilauea Volcano. See evidence of the most recent eruption of Kilauea, which ranks among the most active volcanoes in the world. You might even see puffs of smoke and molten lava spewing from its crater. Gain a new perspective on the dramatic cliffs and waterfalls of the Kohala Coast, as well as lush inland mountains and valleys.

Touch down on a remote, rarely visited section of the island and enjoy free time to explore this secluded tropical paradise. After strolling and relaxing among your private slice of island heaven, climb back aboard the helicopter to continue your airborne tour of Hawaii’s highlights.

The tour concludes back at the Kona airport, where you can pose for pictures with your pilot and helicopter if you like.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Kilauea
Current activity at Kilauea Volcano
Pass By:  
Kohala
Amazing white and black sand beaches
Pass By:  
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Current activity at Kilauea Volcano
Pass By:  
Kohala Coast
Hundreds of waterfalls, 2,000′ valley walls, 10 different climate zones!
  • 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
  • Due to weather, flights may be 100 to 120 minutes in length
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • All pilots and aircraft are FAA-certified
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • 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
  • 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.

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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 Volcano and Kohala Landing Helicopter Tour on the Big Island 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
See all safety measures taken by Volcano and Kohala Landing Helicopter Tour on the Big Island from Kona.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Volcano and Kohala Landing Helicopter Tour on the Big Island from Kona?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Volcano and Kohala Landing Helicopter Tour on the Big Island from Kona.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Volcano and Kohala Landing Helicopter Tour on the Big Island from Kona?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Volcano and Kohala Landing Helicopter Tour on the Big Island from Kona.

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star-3
Nice viewsKnowledgeable staff, pricy , unfair to sell the middle seat
Leila_G
, Jan 2022
The ride is nice only if you sitting by the window There is one middle seat in each flight that is not really fun, you can’t see well There is extra charge if you want the best seat which is the front seat beside the pilot , I think they also should reduce the price of the middle seat or stop offering it overall as whoever wants to travel the helicopter and pay this price , doing it to see the nice views so sitting at middle makes the experience really non fun
star-5
Incredible sights from above
Todd_W
, Dec 2021
Awesome experience. Page, our helicopter pilot was very knowledgeable and did a great job flying over the active volcano and turning around several times so both sides of the helicopter could see the lava. The Big Island is breathtaking and can’t be accessed by car in a lot of areas. You really can’t appreciate the island until you get into a helicopter to see it for yourself. Highly recommended this tour and company.
star-5
A Must If You Want To Really Experience the Island!
Keith_L
, Oct 2021
Taking this helicopter tour was one of the best decisions I've made in a very long time. I love experiencing as much as I can about new destinations I travel to, their culture, history, geography, etc. With the helicopter tour you see the island in ways you can't see with ground tours or trekking on your own. With a knowledgeable and easy-going pilot makes the experience better. It allows for an excursion that is unequal and memorable that will stay with you. I was able to see the lava bursts which is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I'll never forget. Then add the jaw dropping views of the coast makes this excursion a must for travelers to the island. I've already told my friends about it.
star-5
Highly recommended. Worth the price...
Ajitha S
, Mar 2018
Highly recommended. Worth the price. To be in between valleys and have waterfalls on both sides, landing on a no-man place, seeing volcano drain into ocean is one of kind experience.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Awesome tour but did not know I...
Krystyna L
, Feb 2018
Awesome tour but did not know I would be sick in the air. But I really did enjoy the scenery and the company.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Great way to see the island...
Michael W
, Nov 2016
Great way to see the island. Weather can affect flight and caused cancellation of our first scheduled flight. Flowing lava into the sea is very impressive view. Note that there are restrictions on how close helicopters can approach the eruptions in Volcano National Park. Facing backwards was not the best seat for viewing or photography. Mountains on north end of the island extremely impressive. Brief landing was plus for trip.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
What a great experience! Our pilot...
Gary H
, Sep 2016
What a great experience! Our pilot, Troy was exceptional in telling the story of the Big Island. He took us up close and personal with the volcano and its amazing history. The flight into the green caverns was amazing. Absolutely the best way to start your stay on the Big Island.
star-5
Had a great trip. Well worth time and...
kathleen g
, Aug 2016
Had a great trip. Well worth time and money. Lots of fun, interesting, and beautiful sights.
star-5
Ryan our pilot was AWESOME!! This...
Rose M
, Jun 2016
Ryan our pilot was AWESOME!! This was our first time in a helicopter and have to admit we were a little nervous! No reason to be nervous at all! Such a smooth ride! Got to see so much of the island from a totally different view which was breathtaking! I think this was our favorite thing that we did all week and we did a lot! If you can do this one while you are there... DO IT!
star-5
We all enjoyed the guided tour and...
anita_h
, May 2016
We all enjoyed the guided tour and of course the view was excellent. We were lucky with a very clear day. My husband 85 had this on his bucket list. Well worth the cost. Thank you.
star-5
Friendly staff, smooth ride, and...
Samantha B
, Apr 2016
Friendly staff, smooth ride, and gorgeous views. What more could we ask?
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
SPECTACULAR!! AMAZING!! SUPERB!! Add...
Michael J A
, Nov 2015
SPECTACULAR!! AMAZING!! SUPERB!! Add about 30 more adjectives and you will get an idea of how fun this was. Our pilot, CHRIS, was a Marine helicopter pilot for a couple of decades, and took us up close and personal into the narrowest of canyons, with 4 waterfalls each a few hundred feet high flowing heavily, and we were right next to them. He landed us in the remote valley where King Kamehameha was hidden when he was a child from the rulers who were trying to kill him before he could claim the throne. We spent an hour having a picnic and hiking around. We made alot of memories on this flight, and cannot thank Chris and Paradise Helicopters enough. I would absolutely recommend everyone do this. There is a point where you are looking at the cost and going Thats a helluva lotta money for three hours but trust me, just do it. The money will come and go but the memories from this ride will last forever. A note of caution, this is a weather dependent thing - the island has almost daily rain on one side, and I would really recommend getting a clear understanding how it will work if you need to reschedule. We drew very lucky, huge rains the day before and after our ride, but spectacular clear skies were what we got. Sometimes you just get lucky, as I said. Also, my wife experienced nausea because she got the seat facing backwards in the copter. If anyone in your party is prone to sea/air sickness or motion sickness, let them know so they can do their best to minimize anything in that regard.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-4
Had a great trip we did the 3 hour...
Gregory H
, Aug 2015
Had a great trip we did the 3 hour trip around the Big Island our pilot was professional and informed. Fortunately we had fairly good weather and the windward side we got to see great water falls and valleys. The landing in the outback was a minor disappointment we were high on a ridge and had great views but it was a clear cut area and hunting/ work camp. We did hike to the camp cabin was nice but not great. I would recommend this.
star-4
The pilot could of been more...
C M S
, Jul 2015
The pilot could of been more knowledgeable and informative
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
The helicopter tour was absolutely...
LeRoy C
, Jun 2015
The helicopter tour was absolutely fantastic. The staff was excellent and professional - very helpful from start to finish. Our pilot gave us great information, made us feel safe and gave us a smooth, beautiful ride. This was certainly the most exciting and memorable experience of our trip to Hawaii.
star-5
Great ride! we really enjoyed it all...
Leslie M
, Jun 2015
Great ride! we really enjoyed it all. Landing was fun for a quick sto over
star-5
Awesome...everything we expected and...
Joyce L
, Jun 2015
Awesome...everything we expected and more...we will do it again.
star-5
Amazing trip, amazing views, with...
William B
, May 2015
Amazing trip, amazing views, with expert narration!
star-5
It is a must for first timers to the...
Dean A
, Feb 2015
It is a must for first timers to the island. Incredible experience
star-5
We had a wonderful experience with...
Troy M
, Dec 2014
We had a wonderful experience with paradise helicopters! Marco was a great guide, the scenery was amazing. This is an incredible overall view of the big island that you will not experience from the ground. It was a great way to start off our 10 day Hawaiian adventure! Definitely worth the money. By the way, I was in the middle seat and still had an awesome view!

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