Experience Hawai'i Big Island Helicopter Flight from Kona 86 reviews
Big Island of Hawaii, United States

  • Operates Daily - 2 hours
  • Refundable
  • Printed Voucher/E-Voucher
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What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Activity Highlights
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Pass By: Volcano National Park, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii, HI

Take off from Kona in a comfortable, low-vibration, six-seat Bell 407 helicopter, and soar south along the coast and then east to Kilauea in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Pass By: Kilauea, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii, HI

This exciting two-hour tour from Kona will introduce you the Big Island’s beautiful and powerful features, including the active volcano of Kilauea, where if you're lucky, you'll see actual lava flow from the crater.

Pass By: Mauna Loa, Volcano, Island of Hawaii, HI

See the most recent volcanic activity and look for flowing lava before heading to the north end of the island.

Pass By: Mauna Kea Summit, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI

Climb between the volcanic peaks of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea, enjoying the fantastic views from the helicopter’s oversized sliding windows, perfect for taking photos.

Pass By: Waipi'o Valley, Island of Hawaii, HI

Revel in the beauty of ocean cliffs and tropical rainforests, where you'll dive between mist-shrouded peaks.

Pass By: Hamakua Coast, Highway 19, north of Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96727

Admire the cool mountain waterfalls and the deep green valleys of the Hamakua Coast before returning to Kona, where you can spot the million-dollar resorts that dot the coast.

Activity Details
Get breathtaking views of Hawaii from the air! On this deluxe, two-hour helicopter tour of the Big Island, you’ll take off from Kona and fly above spectacular waterfalls, along the coastline and over the Waipio and Waimanu valleys. Soar above rainforests, macadamia nut orchards and live volcanoes. Enjoy executive seating in a Bell 407 helicopter.

For a guaranteed window seat, make sure to upgrade to the preferred seating option.
Departure & Return
Departure Point73300-73200 Uu St, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA Departure Time 9/15/2020 - 8/10/2022
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:08:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Sunday:08:00 AM - 03:00 PM
ReturnReturns to original departure point
What's Included
  • 100-120 minute helicopter tour
  • Two-way headset communication with your pilot
  • Live commentary on board
  • Hotel Pick-up from select Kona Hotels ONLY
  • Food
  • Gratuities
Additional Information
  • 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
  • Due to weather, flights may be 100 to 120 minutes in length
  • Wheelchair accessible - if assistance is required, passenger must provide their own caregiver
  • All pilots and aircraft are FAA-certified
  • Helicopter holds 6 passengers; larger groups may be separated
  • Due to the current social distancing requirements for the state of Hawai'i, face masks are required at all times
  • 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
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • 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.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • 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.
  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for anyone over 5 years old, unless a medical condition prevents it. If COVID-like symptoms are observed, temperature may be taken and we may reschedule your flight. paradisecopters.com/health-and-safety
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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  • Being picked for co-pilot was a great experience. It was so beautiful to see everything from that view. I did get a little sick feeling towards the end, im glad I didn't eat before we went.

  • We had a great time would highly recommend it. We will use this company next time we are in town Ryan did a great trip

  • Beautiful weather for an afternoon flight. Pilot Ryan was great and very informative. Smooth ride for our first flight ever. Beautiful views of the volcanos, waterfalls and northern beaches. Highly recommend.

  • Well worth the money! Ryan was the helicopter pilot and provided a wealth of information on the surrounding area and great views of the waterfalls and volcano. The volcano is a must see!

  • The tour was great! We saw so much stuff. Dan was our pilot and I felt so comfortable. The ride was smooth and he showed us some incredible views! Spend the money and do the longer tour! So worth it! The ground crew was great as well!

  • The experience was awesome. I recommend that everyone should do this tour and make sure it is on their bucket list.

  • You should always listen to your pilot, when he says the clouds will clear they do! You don't need flowing lava to make this trip exciting. Hovering over gas and steam vents lets you know there is still plenty of activity just below the surface. The trip up a narrow valley to see a waterfall was exhilarating.

  • Fantastic tour saw so much from helicopter that you had no way of seeing on ground. Pilot very informative great tour would recommend

  • What a great experience from all aspects. From Ashleigh at reservations, to Jezelle at pre-flight to our amazing pilot, Matt! My kids enjoyed the views and stories about the volcanoes, waterfalls, towns and even the hidden bomber. Worth every penny for a lifetime of memories!

  • Excellent pilot!

  • We can't say enough how much we loved our flight!! Everyone at Paradise Copters was professional and informative!! Our pilot Ryan was so knowledgeable about the Big Island, telling us about its history as we fly betw Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea, heading towards SE area of the island. He flew us close enough while at a safe distance for some incredible views of the ongoing Kilauea volcano eruption. Even though the cloud ceiling was low, Ryan was also able to get us some incredible views of the NE and north coastline of Big Island, pointing out numerous waterfalls and crop fields. We highly recommend Paradise for any helicopter tours you may want to do.

  • My first helicopter ride. Wow, what an amazing way to see the island. The weather was perfect and the views were amazing. We did get to see a little flare up of some lava on Maona Kea. Definitely an experience you should do once in your life.

  • This really was a great tour. Koji, the pilot, did a fantastic job with his commentary and wonderful manoeuvres to maximise scenery and photo opportunities. I had done one other helicopter tour over another island in Hawai'i. This one was superb and probably hard to beat. Strongly recommend this!

  • This was amazing. Absolutely loved the flight over the island to see the changes from one side of the island to the other. Fascinating to see the lava trails, some smouldering trees and then the lush green on the other side of the island. Felt very safe with our pilot

  • This was brilliant - completely round the island, over Mauna Loa and past Mauna Kea - with excellent clear views of the tops! Then off to the active volcano, Kilauea - a look at the lava flows, the active crater and where lava boils into the sea! After this, we went off and did the scenic valleys and waterfalls - it was excellent. The pilot was exceedingly good, making sure that he showed everything to both sides of the helicopter by flying in and out - wonderful! It was definitely worth paying for the extended flight - a short one would not have taken us to see the whole island and would not have been a fraction as good. A once in a lifetime experience that did not disappoint!

  • I was incredibly nervous for this trip, as I hate heights and my stomach tends to get a bit nervous during flights! This trip was AMAZING! You essentially get to see everything you possibly would want to see, from a view that not many people can say they have seen. Our pilot was amazing, and reviewed details of our trip before taking off. Once we were loaded into the helicopter, we were off for an adventure of a lifetime! My fiancé and I would recommend this tour to everyone, although it is pricey, you will not be disappointed!

  • I would recommend this Helicopter flight to everyone Great experience

  • I am lucky enough to have had numerous helicopter experiences so I am well placed to testify to how good this is! Troy is a fantastic pilot and guide and the perspective this gives you on overlapping lava flows and the lava lake through to the absolutely extraordinary valleys in Kohala is really only able to be seen from a chopper like this.

  • This was such an amazing trip! So glad we went o. It.

  • Our pilot was as excited as we were to see the lava from the volcanoes, even though he had probably seen it many times. Pricey, but worth it!

  • Excellent I have been on a few helicopter rides on the island but this one was by far the best . My mom is 89 years old and she was very impressed with the knowledge of the pilot about the island and the history. I would highly recommend this helicopter ride and the staff was 100 also like to thank Paradise Helicopter and the owner for a great day.

  • What a fantastic trip, a highlight of our Hawaiian holiday

  • You may be hesitant to do this because of the cost, but it is well worth it! An amazing experience. Our pilot, Jork, was friendly, informative, and always willing to go back around again for another look! Seeing Kilauea from above was unforgettable. We were also fortunate to see the lava spilling into the sea. The coastline and the valleys with incredible waterfalls were majestic as well. We even saw whales along the coast. HIghly recommended.

  • This was worth every nickel, you see more of Hawaii in two hours then anyway else. Getting to look down into the volcanoes was awesome. Really learn to appreciate our Earth seeing all the different things that are happening to it right from a short distance above.
    Mother Earth at it's best, and we got to see it up close

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