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Kona: Big Island Expedition


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Kona: Big Island Expedition


Departs:  Kona Airport, Kona Flight: 1hr 45min* / Total 10hrs*



Narrated, Harbor, Beach, Black Sand Beach, Waterfall, Volcano, Coffee, Rainforest, Food


Our Big Island Expedition offers you a chance to see Hawai‘i Island’s most stunning scenery, as well as delve into the island’s rich history and culture in historic Hilo town. We offer full- and half-day excursions that allow you to see the island from the air and land in Hilo to explore the windward side. You will depart from the Kona International Airport in a Bell 407, Hawai‘i’s premier touring helicopter, on the same route as the Experience Hawai‘i. You will fly over the Kona coffee district, the slopes of Hualālai, and Mauna Loa on your way to Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. As your air tour guide, your pilot will take you to view what was the world’s most active volcano, and continue towards the crater that was previously Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō Vent. Then, you will head north along the island’s rugged coastline, seeing jagged cliffs, and lava fields give way to hundreds of waterfalls and rich vegetation.

You will then touch down in Hilo. From here, you can take the complimentary ground transportation to the downtown area for a self-guided walk to the farmers market, Pacific Tsunami Museum, Lyman Museum, unique shops, and other points of interest. Or, you can choose to venture out on your own. ‘Akaka Falls, the World Botanical Gardens, ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center, and Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park are all within driving distance. At the end of your excursion your helicopter awaits to take you on the second half of your air tour. You’ll visit lush rainforests and the incomparable Kohala valleys. The views here are spectacular and often the favorite hidden gem discovered by our guests. Rounding out your trip, you’ll get a birds-eye view of iconic beaches, including Hāpuna Beach and Kua Bay, which are consistently voted as the best in the world.


  • See current activity at Kilauea Volcano
  • Amazing white and black sand beaches
  • Hundreds of waterfalls
  • 2,000′ valley walls
  • Breathtaking coast lines
  • 11 different climate zones


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Tour Notes

For answers to common questions please read our faq.
* Total flight time typically varies by 1.7 – 2.1 hours.Entire excursion: approx. 10 hours, including check-in.

  • Full Day Tour. See more of the island in a day than some see on many trips by car!
  • Approx. 8 hours in Hilo
  • Return ground transportation between Hilo Airport and downtown Hilo (optional)
  • Sub-compact car rental (optional, for an additional fee)

For air adventures departing from Kona, we offer free pick up and drop off to locations along the Kona Coast from the Hapuna area to the North and the Keauhou area to the South. To request free round-trip transportation, reply to your confirmation email with your request and provide a hotel name. Paradise Helicopters will confirm availability for your date via email and/or phone. (Based on availability. Limitations may apply. May not be combined with other offers).

Activity Level

Easy: Suitable for adults, children and seniors.


Awesome experience! Couldn't have asked for more. 5 stars!
5out of 5
Randy B
Wonderful will recommend you to all!
5out of 5
Jim Cowan

$650 per guest
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Toll-Free: 866-876-7422
Local: 808-969-7392

Book Early – this special tour is limited to one a day!

If you are booking less than 48 hours in advance, please call to confirm availability.

All tours are open to the public and are sold by the individual seat. Make your tour PRIVATE by booking all 6 seats on the aircraft.

All staff & guests are required to wear masks. Learn more about our elevated health & safety protocol in response to COVID-19.

2 reviews for Kona: Big Island Expedition

  1. Randy B

    Awesome experience! Couldn’t have asked for more. 5 stars!

  2. Jim Cowan

    Wonderful will recommend you to all!

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