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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 24 customer ratings
(24 customer reviews)

$299.00

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Hilo: Volcanoes & Waterfalls Extreme

Flight

Departs: Hilo Airport, Hilo Duration: 45 min*

Features

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Narrated, Beach, Waterfall, Volcano, Rainforest, Doors Off

Experience

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!

Sights

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

Tour Notes

For answers to common questions please read our faq.

* 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

Activity Level

Easy: Suitable for adults, children and seniors.

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Reviews

We are sending feedback about our recent (4/22/2017) tour from Hilo. Every single item on the rating list gets 5 stars, more if I could. A helicopter tour has been on the bucket list for several years. To combine that experience with viewing emerging lava was wonderful. Matt was a thoughtful and experienced pilot, the ground crew were most kind and courteous, it was perfect! We are from New Jersey and found this tour by searching the internet and, of course, reviewed it on Trip Advisor. Most assuredly put these comments on your website, it was a terrific experience.
5out of 5
Joan and Fred Lanphear
Amazing!!!! I know I didn't thank Luka for the ride and for that I apologize! Thank you so much! This was my first helicopter ride so I thought why not and went without the doors. You will not be disappointed!
5out of 5
Tracy F
Loved the trip. Doors off is the only way to go!!!
5out of 5
Danette B.
Excellent Flight- Great experienced pilot. Saw lava breakout- Outstanding trip.
5out of 5
Edward B.
Excellent! All smiles, nice way to spend our 40th Anniversary.
5out of 5
Larry & Deanna
Amazing- my cheeks are still sore from smiling 🙂
5out of 5
Judy
Amazing! We've been on a helicopter tour 3 times but this was absolutely the best! Great doors off!
5out of 5
Robert
Would recommend to everyone. Best trip ever.
5out of 5
Scott
Great experience! First helicopter ride and you set the bar high!
5out of 5
Bob K.
Fly with doors off, it's the best! Nice weather. Great lava flows!! Nice waterfalls!
5out of 5
Sarah
Really loved this experience. Very professional from start to finish.
5out of 5
Gordon
Pete was a great pilot and tour guide we saw lots of lava. Paradise staff was great getting us an unforgettable adventure. Thanks!
5out of 5
Chuck Swanson
Awesome experience. ALL employees friendly and smiling!
5out of 5
Harrison's
So much fun, and the nicest staff!
5out of 5
Steve Rowland
Our pilot was so knowledgeable and friendly - He made the trip special. Ground crew also so friendly and helpful!
5out of 5
Donna F.
What a great time. Thank you for such a memorable experience.
5out of 5
Cory Dollear
One of the best flights I been on
5out of 5
Pete M.
Thank you! One more check on the bucket list we saw a lava flow!
5out of 5
Diana & Gary K.
Overall experience was very good. Ground crew were very informative. 100% satisfied with the entire experience.
5out of 5
Dale & Val Palmer
Thank you Jork. Great Flight!
5out of 5
Mick & Kathy White
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.
5out of 5
2boystravelling
I want to see again and I love this volcano eruption
5out of 5
Pragyan
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: http://transplantedtatar.com/2013/09/01/flying-over-lava/ I'd do it again, and would certainly choose the no-doors option.
5out of 5
Daniya T.
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.
5out of 5
B S
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Free round-trip transportation for tours departing from the Kona International Airport.

  • Free transportation is limited and based on availability.
  • Please reply to your confirmation email with a request for transportation and hotel name. Paradise Helicopters will confirm availability for your date via email and/or phone.
  • Pick up and drop off locations are limited to the Kona Coast including the Hapuna area – North and the Keauhou area South.
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24 reviews for Hilo: Volcanoes & Waterfalls Extreme

  1. 5 out of 5

    :

    We are sending feedback about our recent (4/22/2017) tour from Hilo. Every single item on the rating list gets 5 stars, more if I could. A helicopter tour has been on the bucket list for several years. To combine that experience with viewing emerging lava was wonderful. Matt was a thoughtful and experienced pilot, the ground crew were most kind and courteous, it was perfect! We are from New Jersey and found this tour by searching the internet and, of course, reviewed it on Trip Advisor. Most assuredly put these comments on your website, it was a terrific experience.

  2. 5 out of 5

    :

    Amazing!!!! I know I didn’t thank Luka for the ride and for that I apologize! Thank you so much! This was my first helicopter ride so I thought why not and went without the doors. You will not be disappointed!

  3. 5 out of 5

    :

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

  4. 5 out of 5

    :

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

  5. 5 out of 5

    :

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

  6. 5 out of 5

    :

    Amazing- my cheeks are still sore from smiling 🙂

  7. 5 out of 5

    :

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

  8. 5 out of 5

    :

    Would recommend to everyone. Best trip ever.

  9. 5 out of 5

    :

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

  10. 5 out of 5

    :

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

  11. 5 out of 5

    :

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

  12. 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!

  13. 5 out of 5

    :

    Awesome experience. ALL employees friendly and smiling!

  14. 5 out of 5

    :

    So much fun, and the nicest staff!

  15. 5 out of 5

    :

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

  16. 5 out of 5

    :

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

  17. 5 out of 5

    :

    One of the best flights I been on

  18. 5 out of 5

    :

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

  19. 5 out of 5

    :

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

  20. 5 out of 5

    :

    Thank you Jork. Great Flight!

  21. 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.

  22. 5 out of 5

    :

    I want to see again and I love this volcano eruption

  23. 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: http://transplantedtatar.com/2013/09/01/flying-over-lava/

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

  24. 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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