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Helicopter Lava and Rainforests Adventure from Hilo

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Helicopter Lava and Rainforests Adventure from Hilo

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icon55 minutes to 1 hour  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


A must-do for adrenaline junkies, this aerial adventure takes you over the island’s volcanic landscape, so you can peer into craters and spot lava. Plus enjoy views of waterfalls and other natural features of the Big Island while aboard.
  • Big Island helicopter flight from Hilo
  • Soar above Hawaii's volcanic landscape
  • Admire the island's forests and tropical waterfalls from above
  • Choose between three departure times
  • Upgrade seating is available (additional fee)
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Two-way headset communication with your pilot
Live commentary on board

Departure Point

2450 Kekuanaoa St, Hilo, HI 96720, USA

Terminal 2

Departure Time

9/15/2020 - 10/5/2022
Monday:09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Tuesday:09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Wednesday:09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Thursday:09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Friday:09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Saturday:09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Sunday:09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • 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 safety concerns, customers are not allowed to bring any personal items on the flight
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Wheelchair accessible - if assistance is required, passenger must provide their own caregiver
  • All pilots and aircraft are FAA-certified
  • Due to the current social distancing requirements for the state of Hawai'i, face mask will be required at all times while on the aircraft.
  • Learn about our elevated health & safety protocol to help observe the COVID-related requirements of social distancing and sanitization on our website
  • A visitor who has either quarantined for 10 days (showing an airline ticket with an arrival date 10 days prior to flight), or who can show that the pre-testing travel program accepted a negative test result from them.
  • A resident who has been on island for at least 10 days or who has had a negative COVID-19 test in the past 72 hours.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Helicopter holds 6 passengers; larger groups may be separated
  • All guests weighing between 265 lbs – 300 lbs when weighed at check-in, will be assessed a Capacity Surcharge of $50 on our Hughes/MD 500 helicopter or $100 on our Bell 407 helicopter. They will be guaranteed a window seat.
  • We require that any guests weighing 300 lbs. or more purchase an additional empty seat to safely balance the aircraft. Upon check-in, we will weigh all passengers. They will be guaranteed a window seat.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • 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.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 36 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Paradise Helicopters

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Helicopter Lava and Rainforests Adventure from Hilo?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Helicopter Lava and 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
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What is the social distancing policy during Helicopter Lava and Rainforests Adventure from Hilo?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Helicopter Lava and Rainforests Adventure from Hilo.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Helicopter Lava and Rainforests Adventure from Hilo?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Helicopter Lava and Rainforests Adventure from Hilo.
What is the maximum group size during Helicopter Lava and Rainforests Adventure from Hilo?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 36 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Helicopter Lava and Rainforests Adventure from Hilo.

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152 Reviews

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, Sep 2021
I took my son for his 10th birthday to look over the volcanoes. No activity as far as lava goes, but it was absolutely stunning to look at all the different volcanoes and waterfalls! Pilot was very informative and funny! Thank you for a great adventure!
Book early to avoid being cancelled
, Sep 2021
Great trip. Was difficult to book. Through website since we were confirmed then canceled. Had to book a second time with a different company. That trip was confirmed then put on hold pending other people needed to book in order to have enough seats filled on the flight.
It was nice 👌
, Sep 2021
Well we went on a day that it was raining 🌧 so I feel like it was cut short .. other than that it was b.e.a-utiful .. **Oh and also being in the middle seat is not fun .. maybe only use that for kids .. just my thought.
Too melow of a ride
, Sep 2021
This is my 3rd helocopter ride on the islands. First 2 were definatly worht the money . This trip was completely different. We didnt go low except for take off and landing. If your looking for a melow view from 3000' this is for you. If your looking for a helocoptor adrenaline ride this is not for you
100% recommended great way to see the island
, Aug 2021
Great tour very interesting and amazing information provided! We had the most fun and also learn a lot
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First Volcano Flight
, Aug 2021
Seeing the landscape from the air. Looking down into the volcano. Seeing the waterfalls from above was awesome.
Great Volcanic Tour
, Jul 2021
The Pilot was an excellent guide, giving us great information and insights into the volcanic activity. We had copious clouds, and were not able to venture to the water falls, which was disappointing, as I had always dreamed of seeing those.
Highly recommended if you have limited time on the island
, Jul 2021
Excellent! So worth taking the helicopter tour over the Park! It allows you to fly over the waterfalls and the volcano craters! weather was beautiful, the pilot had interesting information to share and kept us entertained! Highly recommended if you don’t have much time to spend in the island so you get to see all the beautiful sceneries! Highly recommended!
The coolest thing I’ve ever done.
, Jun 2021
This helicopter tour was quite possibly the coolest thing I have ever done. I got to sit up in the front with the pilot and man oh man what a rush! There wasn’t any visible lava when we went, but the views of the calderas were gorgeous regardless and our pilot (Page) was knowledgeable and friendly. The check in process was a breeze and I felt safe and in good hands the entire time. I’m looking forward to the next time!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Aloha Alexis, Mahalo for taking the time to review your experience with us out of our base in Hilo - this is certainly one of the most exciting experiences and we're stoked to hear that you loved every bit of it. Our Pilot Paige is one of the best in the industry and we're proud to have him in our 'Ohana. Mahalo nui loa & A hui hou (until we meet again)! Paradise Ohana
Just do it!!
, Apr 2021
Had a great time with our tour. We saw exactly what we thought we would. Even molten lava! Our pilot and ground crew were awesome!

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