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Volcano Helicopter Tour & Kohala Landing with Waterfall Swim

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Soar over Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in search of active lava, then land in Kohala for a relaxing nature hike to a flowing waterfall.


Combine the primal forces of fire and water in a tour that brings you the best the Big Island has to offer, with an unforgettable flight over lava fields among Hawaii's famous volcanoes, such as Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa and Kilauea, followed by a hike through the green woodlands of Kohala where you will find a stunning waterfall. Bring a swimsuit if you plan on going for a dip under the rush of water, and don't forget your camera. Take a day to experience the full diversity of the Big Island's landscape.


  • Guide

  • Ground transportation between tour locations

  • Walking staff

  • Rain wear

  • Daypack

  • Beverages

  • Lunch
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Volcano Helicopter Tour & Kohala Landing with Waterfall Swim

Duration: 8:30 - 11 hour(s)
Available: Daily
Pick-up: Available
Inclusions: Guide / Ground transportation between tour locations / Walking staff / Rain wear / Daypack / Beverages / Lunch
  • 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.

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  • 06:30-05:30

    Pick-up & Check-in at Kona Airport

  • 07:15

    Helicopter Flight (1 hr 15 mins)

    Sights include:
    ・Kona Coffee District
    ・Hawai‘i’s towering volcanoes: Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa
    ・Deep Lush Green Valleys
    ・Tropical Rainforests
    ・Volcanoes National Park
    ・Search for the Lava Flow Activity at Kilauea Crater

  • 09:00

    Guided Hike in Kohala (1 hr)

    Narrated Easy to Moderate 1-mile hike

  • 10:00

    Kohala Waterfall Swim & Adventure (1 hr)

    Refresh yourself with a swim at a tropical waterfall!

  • 11:00

    Scenic Picnic Lunch (1 hr)

    Enjoy your lunch with views of soaring sea cliffs and remote valleys!

  • 12:00

    Return Hike (1 hr)

    Narrated Easy to Moderate 1-mile hike with several short climbs

  • 13:00

    Explore Hawi Town (1 hr)

    Shop or enjoy local ice cream in historic Hawi town!

  • 14:00

    Drive Back to Kona Airport (45 mins)

  • 15:00-15:15

    Check-out & Drop-off

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  • Participants must be able to walk over uneven terrain and climb short distances.

  • 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.

  • Guests with neck, back or joint problems are not permitted to participate in this activity.

  • This activity is not 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
  • A valid government-issued photo ID

  • Bottled water

  • Walking shoes

  • Comfortable clothing

  • Clothing that can get wet

  • Clothing that can get dirty

  • Hat

  • Sunglasses

  • Camera

  • Towel

  • Wear swimsuit under clothing

  • Sunscreen

  • Insect repellent

  • Sweatshirt / light jacket

Requirement(s) - Others
  • Children under 3 years old must be carried in a backpack carrier for ground portion of the tour.

  • Participants will be weighed upon check-in.

  • 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.

Additional Note(s)
  • The length of the tour is subject to change.

  • 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.

  • The tour guide has full discretion to refuse service to customers based on attire, behavior, physical fitness and condition.

  • Gratuity is not included in the price.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of helicopter will be used?

The Bell Jet 407 is a six-passenger aircraft known for having the fastest cruising speed of any helicopter on the islands, offering unsurpassed comfort and a virtually vibration-free ride. Its over-sized windows are great for picture taking, and its large fuel capacity allows for extended, non-stop flights.

Are lava sightings guaranteed?

Although your pilot will make every effort to find active lava flows during your helicopter tour, volcanic activity is an unpredictable natural phenomena and cannot be guaranteed. Nevertheless, Kilauea is the most active volcano in the world, so the chances of seeing red-hot emerging lava are high.

What is the lunch menu?

Your choice of either turkey, ham, tuna or veggies on a sandwich or in a wrap. Lunch is served with soda or juice, and includes chips and cookies on the side.

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Cancellation Policy

  • Any cancellations made within 2 business days of your activity (after 18:00:00 local time) will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.

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