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Kona: Circle Island Experience

4.99 out of 5 based on 73 customer ratings
(73 customer reviews)

$599

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Kona: Circle Island Experience
$599

per person

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Kona: Circle Island Experience
$599

per person

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$599

per person

Circle Island Experience

DEPARTS: KONA
DURATION:  2.25 hours
AVAILABILITY:  daily

DEPARTS: KONA —–/—— DURATION:  2.25 hours  —–/—–  AVAILABILITY:  daily

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Hawai‘i Island really is a “Big Island” and you want to see it all! Why spend your whole vacation in the car, when you can get the lay of the land by air?  Paradise’s Circle Island Experience is the only helicopter tour in Hawai‘i that ventures south to encompass the entire island, and it does so in just over two hours!

Starting from Kona Airport at the island’s western-most tip, your pilot leads you past the Kona coffee district and slopes of Mauna Loa to the southern-most town in the United States, Punalu‘u.  You’ll be amazed by our exclusive views of Papakōlea – one of only four green sand beaches in the world!  Next, explore the lava flow activity at Kīlauea crater and, if Madame Pele is willing, catch a glimpse of the molten heart of Hawai‘i  in the form of red, hot lava. Then, turn to the east, the island’s lush windward side and Hilo town.  Notice how now water flows where lava once did, gushing out of sheer cliffs through lava tubes, creating hundreds of waterfalls, and nourishing the rich vegetation.  The grandeur of the Kohala valleys and waterfalls of the north are sure to catch your breath, as are the white sand beaches on your return to Kona.

DEPARTURE TIME & LOCATION

Morning and afternoon departures
Paradise Helicopters, Kona Airport

Driving Directions

Included in this adventure

  • Approx. 2.25 hours * total air tour flight time in Bell 407 helicopter
  • Two-way communication between you, your pilot, and your group

* total flight time typically varies from 1.9 – 2.35 hours

SIGHTS

  • Circumnavigate the entire island!
  • See all five volcanoes
  • Waterfalls
  • 2,000-foot deep valleys
  • White, black and GREEN sand beaches
  • Rugged coastlines
  • Dramatic waterfalls
  • Lava flow activity at Kīlauea crater
  • Rain forests
  • Kohala’s  lush valleys
  • See 11 of the planet’s 13 climate zones

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY LEVEL

Easy:  Suitable for adults, children, and seniors.

INCLUSIONS

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

TOUR NOTES

  • Please check in for your flight 45 minutes prior to departure.
  • Passengers over 250 lbs may be subject to weight restriction fee.
  • For answers to common questions please read our  faq

Free round-trip transportation for tours departing from the Kona International Airport. Click here for details.


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.
  • Exceptions and other restrictions may apply.
  • Free transportation only applies to Air Adventures purchased directly from Paradise Helicopters.
  • May not be combined with other offers.

73 reviews for Kona: Circle Island Experience

  1. 5 out of 5

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    That was the BEST! Ryan was tremendous.

  2. 5 out of 5

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    Awesome experience! Very smooth flying and the pilot did an awesome job!

  3. 5 out of 5

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    Fantastic Experience!!!

  4. 5 out of 5

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    Great experience! Pilot Koji was great. Overall it was so cool seeing the island from a different perspective since I was born and raised here!

  5. 5 out of 5

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    We felt welcome and valued as customers. Enjoyed Ryan’s music and friendly commentary.

  6. 5 out of 5

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    Initial Booking- 5 stars
    Check in- 5 stars
    Your flight- 5 stars
    Your pilot- 5 stars
    Ground crew- 5 stars
    Overall Experience- 5 stars
    FANTASTIC!!

  7. 5 out of 5

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    Everything about the tour was great – from check-in to landing. The pilot was very friendly and pointed out all of the interesting sights! Wish we had more time to do it again!

  8. 5 out of 5

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    Thank you so much. That was so amazing. Best experience & would highly recommend to anyone.

  9. 5 out of 5

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    Once in a lifetime adventure! will recommend it to all my customers.

  10. 5 out of 5

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    Great trip. Thought I might be afraid in helicopter but I was very comfortable.

  11. 5 out of 5

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    Our pilot was amazing. Beyond friendly and takes pride in what he does. We appreciated him very much.

  12. 5 out of 5

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    Jork’s tour is fun and engaging! Loved it so much, I came back for a second tour in four days i will definitely be back!

  13. 5 out of 5

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    An excellent way to begin our day. Seeing the beauty of the island from the air was fantastic@ The narrative about what we were seeing was good. We would definitely do it again!

  14. 5 out of 5

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    Chris was a great pilot and friendly tour guide! Thanks for the great flight!

  15. 5 out of 5

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    Was an awesome experience. The waterfalls were spectacular. It was a different perspective than you can get on any other tour. Well worth every penny!

  16. 5 out of 5

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    Thank you so much for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Those waterfalls were breathtaking and the active volcano was more than we could ask for. Truly a unique experience

  17. 5 out of 5

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    Great time- Really worth spending the bucks. Awesome waterfalls, valleys. Chris was great- safe, informative pilot.

  18. 5 out of 5

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    Our pilot was a 10! Ryan was so awesome! Super informative, and loads of fun. We would do this a million times over!!

  19. 5 out of 5

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    Dan was amazing! Views were breathtaking!

  20. 5 out of 5

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    Entire staff was incredible and Dan went above and beyond to give our entire party great info and views!

  21. 5 out of 5

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    Ryan did an exceptional job. Music, tour and knowledge well versed and very enjoyable throughout the tour! Thank you!

  22. 5 out of 5

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    -Great service, very fun.
    -On-line reservation system is great.

  23. 5 out of 5

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    Sensational Experience.
    Joel was a pleasure-
    informative, pleasant +
    good on the controls.
    Thank you.

  24. 5 out of 5

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    Rob was great; just the right amount of commentary. Circle tour was a wonderful way to see the island. Lava was AMAZING!

  25. 5 out of 5

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    What an amazing experience !!! Thanks Danny, everything was incredible!!! One experience of a lifetime!!! I hope I can fly with you guys again in the future!

  26. 5 out of 5

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    An Amazing experience from the reception, to take off, the trip, to our send off. Amazing people, Amazing Experience!!!

  27. 5 out of 5

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    Excellent! From booking to Landing! Great Staff!

  28. 5 out of 5

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    Absolutely incredible! The view of the crashed plane and stop at the waterfall was unbelievable. Thank you so much!

  29. 5 out of 5

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    Most amazing flight i’ve ever had. This check mark is my bucket list check for seeing real lava! I can’t come up with anything bigger and better to say. AMAZING!!!

  30. 5 out of 5

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    amazing- Joel was great, knowledgeable, friendly.

  31. 4 out of 5

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    This was great! Such a beautiful day and experience. Pilot was so informative:) Thank You!

  32. 5 out of 5

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    Fabulous trip. Pilot was very informative & felt really safe. amazing views from front seat. Feel like I have had a great view of Hawaii from the air.

  33. 5 out of 5

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    My first time on a helicopter and I am 63! I was a bit nervous at first, but it soon faded away. What an amazing, beautiful day!!

  34. 5 out of 5

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    Koji was awesome and the views were amazing!!! I would recommend this to anyone.

  35. 5 out of 5

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    Awesome! Great to see so many waterfalls and parts of the island only accessible from the sky!

  36. 5 out of 5

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    Loved the trip!
    Amazing Experience!
    Waterfalls and lava (check)

  37. 5 out of 5

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    Amazing crew and experience!

  38. 5 out of 5

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    Such a fun experience! All of the workers here are so friendly and helped make this a great experience!

  39. 5 out of 5

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    Thank you so much! This is the best trip so far and Kalei is truly talented in getting us the best views! Mahalo! Super friendly ground crew and impressively professional with Aloha spirit!

  40. 5 out of 5

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    Wonderful flight & wonderful pilot! Smooth ride & perfect scenery! Thank you! Thank you!

  41. 5 out of 5

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    The experience was great! Excellent staff and attention to detail and service! Cedrick (in Kona) and Briana (in Hilo), were very nice and engaging. Pete, our pilot, was very interactive and informative. I will definitely recommend you!

  42. 5 out of 5

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    Circle Island Experience was amazing. Koji was a great pilot and host. All staff were helpful with our reservation. The lava, valleys, waterfalls, beaches were all incredible!

  43. 5 out of 5

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    Everything was great, flawless from booking to flight experience.

  44. 5 out of 5

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    Wonderful view of beautiful Hawaii!

  45. 5 out of 5

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    Absolutely fantastic! Marco did an amazing job! Thank you so much for making my trip to Hawaii super special!

  46. 5 out of 5

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    Koji was amazing. We saw everything he told us we would see. AMAZING TRIP

  47. 5 out of 5

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    Thanks for making our Big Island experience a great one – thanks to Koji for spending extra time to make sure we saw EVERYTHING

  48. 5 out of 5

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    The pilot, Dan, was wonderful! He gave us a spectacular tour which blew my mind! We saw lava flow, black sand beaches, white sand, and a few whales! It was the best spent money!

  49. 5 out of 5

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    Great tour! Saw the island in a unique way only Paradise Helicopter tours can offer.

  50. 5 out of 5

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    Best part of our vacation.

  51. 5 out of 5

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    Phenomenal experience! Thank you for an awesome flight!

  52. 5 out of 5

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    It was so wonderful -Alana

    Joel excellent pilot
    Ground crew excellent

  53. 5 out of 5

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    Awesome! Driving doesn’t touch it!

  54. 5 out of 5

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    Thank you so much! Best experience of my whole life!

  55. 5 out of 5

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    Daniel was amazing – very friendly and informative.

  56. 5 out of 5

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    One of the best experiences of my life!

  57. 5 out of 5

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    Absolutely incredible and will go down as highlight on all my vacations.

  58. 5 out of 5

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    This was the best experience!! WE had a blast and will remember this forever! Thank you our pilot was the best!!

  59. 5 out of 5

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    Incredible experience from start to finish. Best way to see and learn about the island.

  60. 5 out of 5

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    Amazing! Next time I call shot gun!

  61. 5 out of 5

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    Thank you for a fun & breathtaking tour. I now understand the passion my dad had for helicopters – it’s like touching the sky! Thank you!

  62. 5 out of 5

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    Incredible views with an expert pilot. Did Molokai last week. This exceeded that ride! Thank you.

  63. 5 out of 5

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    Great experience, very friendly staff! Thanks so much!

  64. 5 out of 5

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    Very Friendly Team. Thanks for everything. Mahalo

  65. 5 out of 5

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    Absolutely FANTASTIC !!! Brought tears to my eyes. Such BEAUTY. No improvements.

  66. 5 out of 5

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    Best trip of our life! Thanks

  67. 5 out of 5

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    I 100% recommend Paradise to everyone who is thinking about taking a helicopter tour!! My husband and I took the Big Island experience on October 25, 2014 and it was breathtaking!! Our pilot, Dan, was terrific. He was very experienced and extremely knowledgeable about the island. The ground crew was wonderful and really helpful. I’m in a wheelchair full time, but had no issues at all getting into and out of the helicopter. We are so glad that we took the tour! Highly recommend!! You won’t be sorry that you did.

  68. 5 out of 5

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    The experience was fantastic! The crew was welcoming, informative, helpful, and provided a wonderful flight! Highly recommended!

  69. 5 out of 5

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    Wow! I have been on several great helicopter rides but this was the best!

  70. 5 out of 5

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    Awesome! No way we could have seen the Big Island in its entirety without this helicopter tour.

  71. 5 out of 5

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    Pilot was excellent & flying over the volcano was great. The flight through the valley was definitely the highlight. I had an amazing time & will recommend this to everyone.

  72. 5 out of 5

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    Trip was great, wonderful view, would highly recommend it.

  73. 5 out of 5

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    Seeing the entire island in one day was super appealing. Pilot Danny was really great! There’s incredible variation in terrane. The blue ocean water and where it intersects land at beaches, cliffs, or rocks was particularly beautiful form the air. We even saw whales!

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