See spectacular lava! Three tours get you close to the action. Learn more

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See spectacular lava! Three tours get you close to the action. Learn more

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Hilo: Volcanoes & Waterfalls Extreme

5 out of 5 based on 22 customer ratings
(22 customer reviews)


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Hilo: Volcanoes & Waterfalls Extreme

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Volcanoes & Waterfalls Extreme

DURATION:  45 minutes

DEPARTS: HILO —–/—— DURATION:  45 minutes  —–/—–  AVAILABILITY:  daily

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Feel The Heat!  Take a ride in our Hughes 500 helicopter with no doors, and find out for yourself why the Travel Channel calls this the “hottest helicopter ride on Earth!” Kīlauea Volcano has been continuously erupting for 30 years, and even at 500 feet above the flowing lava and open vents, you will feel waves of hot air rolling off the subsurface flows, which can reach temperatures of 2,000 degrees! Along the way, cool off as you soar over Hilo’s lush rain forests, 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. 

 There’s no better vantage point than a helicopter, and there’s no bigger thrill than leaving the doors behind so there is nothing between you and the sights!  


Morning and afternoon departures
Hilo Airport

Driving Directions

Included in this adventure

  • Approx. 45 minute* tour in MD500 helicopter

* total flight time typically varies from 40 – 50 minutes


  • Warm clothing suggested as flight is cool and windy
  • All cameras including cell phones must have straps
  • No hats permitted on flight


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


Easy:  Suitable for adults, children over 8-years old and seniors.


  • Two-way communication between you, your pilot, and your group
  • Fully narrated tour
  • All taxes and fuel surcharge included

Please check in for your flight 45 minutes prior to departure.
Passengers over 250 lbs may be subject to weight restriction fee.


22 reviews for Hilo: Volcanoes & Waterfalls Extreme

  1. 5 out of 5


    Loved the trip. Doors off is the only way to go!!!

  2. 5 out of 5


    Excellent Flight- Great experienced pilot. Saw lava breakout- Outstanding trip.

  3. 5 out of 5


    Excellent! All smiles, nice way to spend our 40th Anniversary.

  4. 5 out of 5


    Amazing- my cheeks are still sore from smiling 🙂

  5. 5 out of 5


    Amazing! We’ve been on a helicopter tour 3 times but this was absolutely the best! Great doors off!

  6. 5 out of 5


    Would recommend to everyone. Best trip ever.

  7. 5 out of 5


    Great experience!
    First helicopter ride and you set the bar high!

  8. 5 out of 5


    Fly with doors off, it’s the best! Nice weather. Great lava flows!! Nice waterfalls!

  9. 5 out of 5


    Really loved this experience. Very professional from start to finish.

  10. 5 out of 5


    Pete was a great pilot and tour guide we saw lots of lava. Paradise staff was great getting us an unforgettable adventure. Thanks!

  11. 5 out of 5


    Awesome experience. ALL employees friendly and smiling!

  12. 5 out of 5


    So much fun, and the nicest staff!

  13. 5 out of 5


    Our pilot was so knowledgeable and friendly – He made the trip special. Ground crew also so friendly and helpful!

  14. 5 out of 5


    What a great time. Thank you for such a memorable experience.

  15. 5 out of 5


    One of the best flights I been on

  16. 5 out of 5


    Thank you! One more check on the bucket list we saw a lava flow!

  17. 5 out of 5


    Overall experience was very good. Ground crew were very informative. 100% satisfied with the entire experience.

  18. 5 out of 5


    Thank you Jork. Great Flight!

  19. 5 out of 5


    Take the doors off tour for a great experience. The pilot was professional and found what lava was flowing to give us a great experience.

  20. 5 out of 5


    I want to see again and I love this volcano eruption

  21. 5 out of 5


    We loved our No Doors Volcanoes & Falls tour. This was our first helicopter ride, so we weren’t sure what to expect. We were given great directions to the Hilo International Airport by email, good advice on what to bring (it is cold up there, so definitely wear long pants, socks, and a long-sleeve jacket), and staff were friendly and informative.

    There were only four passenger spaces on our helicopter, and no bad seat (you get assigned to your seat according to weight). The views are spectacular, and the pilot did an excellent job of making sure everyone got to see the same view from several perspectives. As long as you had your camera strapped, you could take pictures.

    The pilot was knowledgeable and told us about the landscape below. We flew over macadamia farms and on to the lava flows of the Kilauea Volcano. It is hard to predict what the flows will look like on any given day, but we were fortunate to see some molten lava streams, and it was breathtaking to watch them flow into the ocean. When we circled over the lava, you could feel the heat, an unforgettable sensation! (So glad we chose the no-doors option!)

    On the way back, you get a great view of Hilo’s harbor and a glimpse of the Rainbow Falls.

    Here’s what we saw on our tour:

    I’d do it again, and would certainly choose the no-doors option.

  22. 5 out of 5


    With the doors off, we got some awesome snapshots of the lava from above! Was so amazing to feel the heat of the lava…. This tour is totally rad – a must see for anyone visiting the Big Island.

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