Fly on an open-door helicopter over smoldering fields of molten lava. Enjoy an exclusive landing at a tropical farm and swim at a private waterfall.
Depart from Hilo International Airport on a helicopter ride that will take you over Kilauea, the world's most consistently active volcano, where craters and vents regularly spew red-hot lava over the charred landscape. Fly with the doors off and look down through smoke below to witness this incredible natural display. After making an exclusive landing at a one of America's largest fruit farms, play in the cool waters of a massive, private waterfall. Here you'll have the choice to swim, kayak or try your hand at paddleboarding. Finish the day with a deli-style lunch out in the fresh island air.
Kayak or paddleboard rental
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Check-in at Paradise Helicopters Desk in Hilo International Airport
Doors-Off Helicopter Volcano Flight (45 mins)
Soar over the fields of Kilauea, where lava flows are frequently sighted and the open crater of Halemaumau regularly spits thick smoke into the sky. Feel the air on your face as the wind whips in the cockpit from open doors; nothing but sky and ground below you.
Landing at OK Tropical Fruit Farm (5 mins)
This private landing site offers scenic views and an exhilerating, VIP experience.
Swim, Kayak or Paddleboard at Private Waterfall (1 hr)
Refresh your body and mind with a dip in a clear pool fed by a 120-ft waterfall. Enjoy exclusive access, and the chance to try kayaking or paddleboarding while you play in the calm water. A quintessential Hawaiian experience!
Deli Lunch (40 mins)
Relax on a wooden deck overlooking the falls while you dig into a deliciously prepared deli lunch out in the fresh air and sunshine.
Drive Back to Hilo International Airport (45 mins)
Unwind from an exciting day on your drive back in a comfortable transport van to Hilo International Airport.
Price & Options
Additional charges may apply for guests weighing more than 250 lbs. This is due to weight balance requirements for the helicopter portion of the tour.
Although this tour does not include any heavy hiking, guests should be in good physical condition and be able to walk up to a half-mile continuously over uneven terrain.
Hats are not permitted on the helicopter flight. Phones, cameras, glasses and sunglasses must have a strap. (This is to prevent items from falling out of the helicopter during the flight.)
This activity is not wheelchair accessible.
Children 12 years old and above can participate in this activity.
Closed toe shoes
Wear swimsuit under clothing
Change of clothes
Sweatshirt / light jacket
Participants are required to sign a liability waiver at the time of check-in.
Minors are required to have a parent or guardian sign their liability waiver.
The activity schedule is subject to change or cancellation due to weather or traffic conditions.
The menu is subject to change without notice.
You will share the transportation with other customers.
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.
You can book a minimum of 2 and maximum of 12.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are lava sightings guaranteed?
Due to the dynamic and unpredictable nature of volcanic activity, lava sightings cannot be guaranteed.
Is swimming required at the waterfall?
No. If you would prefer to relax on the nearby rocks or go for a walk, you are more than welcome to do so.
How will we get back to Hilo Airport?
A passenger van will be ready to bring you back to Hilo International Airport after you finish eating lunch.
What is the lunch menu?
- Choice of Turkey, Tuna, Ham or Veggie Sandwich (or a Gluten-Free Salad)
- Potato Chips
- Fresh Baked Cookie
Any cancellations made within 3 business days of your activity (after 16:00:00 local time) will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.