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Circle Island Helicopter Tour - Waterfalls, Volcanoes & Lava Viewing (from Kona)

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See all of the Big Island from above, on a circle island helicopter tour flying over Kilauea Volcano, stunning coastlines, and thundering waterfalls!

Description

Five major volcanoes, breathtaking mountain ranges, stunning white and black sand beaches, lush waterfalls, 2,000 valley walls, dramatic coastlines and 11 different climate zones, this is what we call the Hawai'i Experience! It is impossible to view all of it from the ground, but in a six-passenger Bell 407, Hawai'i's premier tour helicopter, you can experience the grandeur of the Big Island's diverse natural landscape from a bird's eye view.

Includes

  • Guide
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Volcano Kohala Landing (Approx. 3 hrs)
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Start the tour just like the Hawaii Experience, but enjoy a bonus special pass through the beautiful and rural Kohala Coast. Fly close to the Kilauea Volcano before landing for one hour at the secluded Awini Point where you can unwind, take in the refreshing Hawaiian air, stroll through the beautiful valley, and soak in the sounds of nature.

  • Total flight time typically varies from 1.7 – 2.1 hours.
  • Approx. 1 hour on the ground with easy walks
  • Duration: 4:30 - 5 hour(s)
    Available: Daily
    Pick-up: Available
    Inclusions: Guide
    Add-ons:
    • Window Seating +

      Sit right up next to the window and ensure you don't miss any of the amazing views on your flight. Note: Guests required to pay a capacity surcharge (265lbs & up) are already guaranteed a window seat.

    • Co-Pilot Seat +

      Share the cockpit with the pilot, giving you maximum visibility from the front and side windows. Also great for aviation enthusiasts interested in getting a look at the helicopter's controls.

    Schedule

    Starting time: 07:30 - 10:30 (Show more)
    • 06:45-05:30

      Check-in at Kona Airport

    • 07:30

      Helicopter Tour (2 hrs)

      Sights includes:
      ・Search for the Lava Flow Activity at Kilauea Crater
      ・Amazing White & Black Sand Beaches
      ・Majestic Valleys, Cliffs & Waterfalls

    • Exclusive Landing at Kohala Valleys (1 hr)

    • 10:30

      Check-out & Drop-off

    • 09:45-08:30

      Check-in at Kona Airport

    • 10:30

      Helicopter Tour (2 hrs)

      Sights includes:
      ・Search for the Lava Flow Activity at Kilauea Crater
      ・Amazing White & Black Sand Beaches
      ・Majestic Valleys, Cliffs & Waterfalls

    • Exclusive Landing at Kohala Valleys (1 hr)

    • 13:30

      Check-out & Drop-off

    Adult/Child ( Age & over ) From Infant ( Age & over ) Free
    Circle Island Experience (Approx. 2 hrs 15 mins)
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    Starting from Kona, fly past the coffee district and slopes of Mauna Loa to the southern-most town in the United States, Punalu‘u. Be amazed at exclusive views of Papakōlea, one of only four green sand beaches in the world, and explore the lava flow activity at Kilauea crater. Head east to the lush windward side and Hilo town and then witness the grandeur of the Kohala valleys and waterfalls.

    * Total flight time typically varies from 1.9 – 2.35 hours.

    Duration: 3 - 5 hour(s)
    Available: Daily
    Pick-up: Available
    Inclusions: Guide
    Add-ons:
    • Window Seating +

      Sit right up next to the window and ensure you don't miss any of the amazing views on your flight. Note: Guests required to pay a capacity surcharge (265lbs & up) are already guaranteed a window seat.

    • Co-Pilot Seat +

      Share the cockpit with the pilot, giving you maximum visibility from the front and side windows. Also great for aviation enthusiasts interested in getting a look at the helicopter's controls.

    Schedule

    Starting time: 08:00 - 13:00 (Show more)
    • 07:30-06:30

      Pick-up & Check-in

    • 08:00

      Helicoter Tour - Volcanoes, Green Sand Beach, Valleys & Waterfalls (2 hrs 15 mins)

      Sights include:
      ・See All Five Volcanoes
      ・Papakolea, the Famous Green Sand Beach
      ・White & Black Sand Beaches
      ・Search for the Lava Flow Activity at Kilauea Crater
      ・Majestic Cliffs, Valleys & Waterfalls
      ・Kohala Coast
      ・Rugged coastlines

    • 10:15-10:30

      Check-out & Drop-off

    • 08:30-07:30

      Pick-up & Check-in

    • 09:00

      Helicoter Tour - Volcanoes, Green Sand Beach, Valleys & Waterfalls (2 hrs 15 mins)

      Sights include:
      ・See All Five Volcanoes
      ・Papakolea, the Famous Green Sand Beach
      ・White & Black Sand Beaches
      ・Search for the Lava Flow Activity at Kilauea Crater
      ・Majestic Cliffs, Valleys & Waterfalls
      ・Kohala Coast
      ・Rugged coastlines

    • 11:15-11:30

      Check-out & Drop-off

    • 09:30-08:30

      Pick-up & Check-in

    • 10:00

      Helicoter Tour - Volcanoes, Green Sand Beach, Valleys & Waterfalls (2 hrs 15 mins)

      Sights include:
      ・See All Five Volcanoes
      ・Papakolea, the Famous Green Sand Beach
      ・White & Black Sand Beaches
      ・Search for the Lava Flow Activity at Kilauea Crater
      ・Majestic Cliffs, Valleys & Waterfalls
      ・Kohala Coast
      ・Rugged coastlines

    • 12:15-12:30

      Check-out & Drop-off

    • 10:30-09:30

      Pick-up & Check-in

    • 11:00

      Helicoter Tour - Volcanoes, Green Sand Beach, Valleys & Waterfalls (2 hrs 15 mins)

      Sights include:
      ・See All Five Volcanoes
      ・Papakolea, the Famous Green Sand Beach
      ・White & Black Sand Beaches
      ・Search for the Lava Flow Activity at Kilauea Crater
      ・Majestic Cliffs, Valleys & Waterfalls
      ・Kohala Coast
      ・Rugged coastlines

    • 13:15-13:30

      Check-out & Drop-off

    • 11:30-10:30

      Pick-up & Check-in

    • 12:00

      Helicoter Tour - Volcanoes, Green Sand Beach, Valleys & Waterfalls (2 hrs 15 mins)

      Sights include:
      ・See All Five Volcanoes
      ・Papakolea, the Famous Green Sand Beach
      ・White & Black Sand Beaches
      ・Search for the Lava Flow Activity at Kilauea Crater
      ・Majestic Cliffs, Valleys & Waterfalls
      ・Kohala Coast
      ・Rugged coastlines

    • 14:15-14:30

      Check-out & Drop-off

    • 12:30-11:30

      Pick-up & Check-in

    • 13:00

      Helicoter Tour - Volcanoes, Green Sand Beach, Valleys & Waterfalls (2 hrs 15 mins)

      Sights include:
      ・See All Five Volcanoes
      ・Papakolea, the Famous Green Sand Beach
      ・White & Black Sand Beaches
      ・Search for the Lava Flow Activity at Kilauea Crater
      ・Majestic Cliffs, Valleys & Waterfalls
      ・Kohala Coast
      ・Rugged coastlines

    • 15:15-15:30

      Check-out & Drop-off

    Adult/Child ( Age & over ) From Infant ( Age & over ) Free
    Hawaii Experience (Approx. 2 hours)
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    Departing from Kona, experience the best of the Big Island en route to Kilauea volcano. Fly over the majestic mountain twins Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea or the slopes of Hualalai, past Captain Cook and Kealakekua Bay for some remarkable views. Continue along the Hamakua Coast into the beautiful Waimanu Valley and see for yourself the gorgeous, lush greenery of the Big Island!

    *Total flight time typically varies from 1.7 – 2.1 hours.

    Duration: 3:30 - 4 hour(s)
    Available: Daily
    Pick-up: Available
    Inclusions: Guide
    Add-ons:
    • Window Seating +

      Sit right up next to the window and ensure you don't miss any of the amazing views on your flight. Note: Guests required to pay a capacity surcharge (265lbs & up) are already guaranteed a window seat.

    • Co-Pilot Seat +

      Share the cockpit with the pilot, giving you maximum visibility from the front and side windows. Also great for aviation enthusiasts interested in getting a look at the helicopter's controls.

    Schedule

    Starting time: 08:00 - 14:00 (Show more)
    • 07:15-06:15

      Pick-up & Check-in

    • 08:00

      Experience Hawaii Helicopter Tour (1.75 ~ 2 hrs)

      Sights include:
      ・Five Major Volcanoes
      ・White & Black Sand Beaches
      ・Majestic Waterfalls & Lush Rainforests
      ・Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
      ・Search for the Lava Flow Activity at Kilauea Crater

      * Total flight time typically varies from 1.75 –to 2 hours.

    • 10:00

      Check-out & Drop-off

    • 10:15-09:15

      Pick-up & Check-in

    • 11:00

      Experience Hawaii Helicopter Tour (1.75 ~ 2 hrs)

      Sights include:
      ・Five Major Volcanoes
      ・White & Black Sand Beaches
      ・Majestic Waterfalls & Lush Rainforests
      ・Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
      ・Search for the Lava Flow Activity at Kilauea Crater

      * Total flight time typically varies from 1.75 –to 2 hours.

    • 13:00

      Check-out & Drop-off

    • 13:15-12:15

      Pick-up & Check-in

    • 14:00

      Experience Hawaii Helicopter Tour (1.75 ~ 2 hrs)

      Sights include:
      ・Five Major Volcanoes
      ・White & Black Sand Beaches
      ・Majestic Waterfalls & Lush Rainforests
      ・Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
      ・Search for the Lava Flow Activity at Kilauea Crater

      * Total flight time typically varies from 1.75 –to 2 hours.

    • 16:00

      Check-out & Drop-off

    My wife and I are from China. This tour was so amazing. We saw so many great views from the sky.

    Jianjun

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    Notes

    Restriction(s)
    All Packages
    • All guests weighing between 265lbs (120kg) and 315lbs (142kg) will be assessed a Capacity Surcharge (CS). This fee is already reflected in the pricing section. Guests will be guaranteed a window seat.

    • All guests weighing between 316lbs (143kg) and above will be assessed a Capacity Surcharge of extra seat. This fee is already reflected in the pricing section. Guests will be guaranteed a window seat.

    • In compliance with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulation, Paradise Helicopters will weigh each individual when checking in at the Airport for safety and weight balance of the aircraft. Please provide accurate body weights for all passengers. Misrepresentation of body weight could result in denial of service without refund.

    • Wheelchair Accessibility: The vehicle used for pick-up transportation is not wheelchair accessible. However, guests who use their own transportation and check in can participate in the helicopter flight if they are able to board the aircraft on their own or have members of their party available to offer assistance. Additional assistance from the crew may be available. The airport facilities are wheelchair accessible.

    • This activity is wheelchair accessible.

    • Children of all ages can participate in this activity.

    • Guests should not have serious fear of heights (acrophobia).

    Required Items to Bring & Attire
    All Packages
    • A valid government-issued photo ID

    • Camera

    Requirement(s) - Others
    All Packages
    • Participants will be weighed upon check-in.

    Additional Note(s)
    All Packages
    • The activity schedule is subject to change or cancellation due to weather or traffic conditions.

    • The activity provider does not assume any responsibility for your valuables and/or personal belongings.

    • Gratuity is not included in the price.

    • If you are driving on your own, you will be required to pay a parking fee.

    Booking Requirements (# of participants, vehicles, hours, etc.)
    • You can book a minimum of 1.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What kind of helicopter will be used?

    The Bell Jet 407 is a 6-passenger aircraft and it has the fastest cruise speed of any helicopter on the islands and offers unsurpassed comfort and a virtually vibration-free ride. Its oversized sliding windows offer great picture taking views and it is capable of flying non-stop around the entire Big Island, giving you as much time in the air as time permits.

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    Reviews

    My wife and I are from China. This tour was so amazing. We saw so many great views from the sky.

    Jianjun

    I did this tour on my 60th birthday. It was the best experience of my life! The helicopter pilot, Marko, was knowledgeable as wel...l as entertaining. We saw the amazingly varied terrain of the Big Island but the best was seeing the Kilauea Caldera and lava pool as well as places where the lava was slowing flowing. The Kohala area was unbelievably beautiful. A bonus - the great coffee made by Marko at the midway stop. I would highly recommend this tour especially if your time in Hawaii is limited and you want to see it all in comfort. more

    MT Travelers

    This was wonderful! Would definitely recommend to all visiting the Big Island, best way to see the whole island.

    Chloe

    We took the 2 hour Hawaii Experience tour and we were very pleased. The cost was not much more than the 50 minute volcano tour an...d we saw active lava tube, waterfalls, and a view of the island that we would have not experienced any other way. Our pilot Joel was very accommodating and made sure that the flight experience was enjoyed by everyone on board. I highly recommend this tour to anyone who wants to see all of the Big Island!!!!!!! more

    Robert H

    The helicopter ride was amazing! We took the Circle Island tour. Colin was our pilot and he was really informative and made it a... really fun experience. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this activity to anyone. more

    Tracy O.

    My husband and I loved this experience! It allowed us to see the other side of the island, which we would not have seen otherwise..., and we got the best views of the volcano! I highly recommend this excursion with Circle Island Helicopter Tours. more

    Shannon

    I loved that I could upgrade and guarantee a window spot for this tour. I got some great photos. I would recommend this as an exci...ting way to view the volcanos! more

    Bill C

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