Hilo: Volcano by Air & Land
One of Paradise Helicopters’ most popular tours, the Volcano by Air & Land, is now available with departures from Hilo! Combine the excitement of a doors-off flight with unobstructed views and an in-depth ground tour of areas surrounding Kīlauea Volcano.
Start with the only doors-off helicopter flight over the volcano on Paradise Helicopters’ Doors-Off Lava & Rainforests Adventure tour, where your pilot will search out the day’s activity.
After the first part of your air experience, you will land in Hilo and meet your expert Hawaii Forest & Trail interpretive guide. Travel through the remote and rugged landscape of Ka‘ū – home to historic farms, ranches, and the famous black sand beach of Punalu‘u. Discover how the powerful forces of nature have shaped the people and landscape of this dynamic region, Hawai‘i’s largest land district. The perfect blend of nature and culture led by an expert interpretive guide, this tour reveals what it’s like to live on two active volcanoes. A picnic lunch is served during your adventure before you return to the Hilo International Airport.
Current activity at Kilauea Volcano
Tropical rainforests of Puna
Waterfalls of Hilo
Discover the all the “must see” spots within the Park including the dramatically changed Halemaumau Crater
Discover breathtaking views of Kilauea and the Kau coast and catch a bird’s eye view of the Halemaumau Crater from a private view point on Mauna Loa
Sample & shop for award-winning farm fresh coffee at Kau Coffee Mill, along with other Hawaii Island grown treats like macadamia nuts, honey, & chocolate
Walk across a crystal-fine black sand beach as you search for basking sea turtles at Punaluu.
Immerse yourself in stories of Hawaiian legends and mythology with a focus on Pele, Hawaiian goddess of fire lightning, wind, & volcanoes
Explore a historic 165 year old working ranch known for its sprawling view planes, native forest, and wildlife such as cattle, goats, sheep & horses.
Limited – One Tour Daily.
1 hour prior to tour
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* Tour Duration runs about 9 hours, of which 35-45 minutes is flight time.
Doors-off or Doors-on experience
Two-way communication between you, your pilot, and your group
Wear comfortable walking shoes, long pants, and a light jacket
All cameras including cell phones must have straps
No hats permitted on flight
Lunch, beverages and towels provided
Short walks under 2 miles – rated easy to moderate. Can be foggy and misty.
Ground transportation to and from Hilo airport
Includes: all access fees, coffee and macnut tasting, deli lunch, waters, assorted beverages, chips, sweet treat, and use of walking staffs, rain gear, warm wear, daypacks
Please make reservations no less than 48 hrs in advance to confirm tour availability
Moderate: Guests on this tour should not be physically challenged or unable to walk short distances of 2 to 3 miles on uneven terrain. We sometimes encounter cool, wet or muddy conditions.