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Hilo: Lava & Rainforests Adventure


5.0 (13 reviews)

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Hilo: Lava & Rainforests Adventure


Departs:  Hilo Airport, Hilo Duration: 40 min*



Narrated, Beach, Black Sand Beach, Waterfall, Volcano, Rainforest


The Lava & Rainforests Adventure showcases the story of how Hawai‘i is inextricably linked to the elements. You will fly over Kīlauea, what was the most active volcano on earth, and continue towards the crater that was previously Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō Vent. The windward side also catches enough rain to make Hilo the wettest city in the United States. All this water fills tunnels that once flowed with lava, creating incredible rivers, pools and waterfalls all over East Hawai’i. View Hilo’s lush rainforests, Mauna Loa’s vistas and the plunging Wai‘ānuenue (Rainbow Falls), so named for the rainbows you can see in the mist when the early morning sunshine hits the water. Choose the Lava & Rainforests Adventure to see the volcanoes and waterfalls inaccessible by any other means!


  • Current activity at Kilauea Volcano
  • Tropical rainforests of Puna
  • Waterfalls of North Hilo




Check-in: 1-hour prior to tour


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Tour Notes

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* Tour Duration typically varies from 35 – 45 minutes, all of which is flight time.

Two-way communication between you, your pilot, and your group
Warm clothing suggested as flight is cool and windy
All cameras including cell phones must have straps
No hats permitted on flight
Closed-toe shoes required
Self-Pay parking

Activity Level

Easy: Suitable for adults, children and seniors.


13 reviews for Hilo: Lava & Rainforests Adventure

  1. Tom Knutila

    My daughter and I did the “doors off” version. Doors off was her idea. Seeing what the new lava flows left was an amazing sight. Waterfalls a bonus. Flight itself was worth the cost. Pilot Charlie knowlege and skill obvious- one hard turn and dive was awesome. Great photos with no glass in the way. Highly recommend Paradise.

  2. Carol Watt

    This was a great trip. The pilot was very informative and made sure to tell us well in advance that he was turning which really helped me keep my motion sickness under control. Beautiful views it was an Excellent way to see the volcanoes & waterfalls. I would highly recommend this to anybody and everybody.

  3. Keith W

    My wife and I enjoyed the most amazing ‘doors off’ flight over the lava fields especially banking over and looking straight down into the volcano and seeing the lake of molten lava (you can feel the heat). The staff at Paradise were all so friendly and helpful, thanks to Chris – our pilot!

  4. Doug

    Joel was excellent, seems like he really enjoys his work & conveys this to guests. Would highly recommend this to anybody and everybody. Absolutely excellent.

  5. Unknown

    Excellent way to see the volcanoes & waterfalls. JOEL our pilot went out of his way to accommodate all passengers.
    The view of active lava flow & full flowing waterfalls were awesome and inspiring. Well done team “Circle of Fire” what a magnificent adventure for us all.

  6. Susan F.

    Great trip! We saw everything, lava and waterfalls. I appreciated the contact. I was called about comfort and fit & to confirm.

  7. Lisa C.

    It was an amazing experience. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable. I would recommend this company to anyone. Thank you!

  8. Steve S.

    Brilliant flight. Comfortable, cool cabin, amazing visibility of bubbling lava… hot!!

  9. Claire

    It was an amazing experience and the staff were very friendly and helpful.

  10. Steve R.

    Ryan made the trip- showed a passion for his work. All staff were outstanding.

  11. Solomon T.

    The flight was exciting and completely fulfilled my expectations.

  12. Tina Otten

    Awesome! Amazing family experience. Our children are 7,9,&11 and felt safe! Wonderful pilot who took the time to explain all of the sights.

  13. Unknown

    Just a fantastic trip. Very professional and well organised in all aspects. Highly recommend!

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