Kona: Kohala Coast Waterfalls & Remote Hike
Fly with Paradise to the Kohala Valleys to hover amidst the breathtaking 2500’ waterfalls and sheer cliff faces. En route, you will witness dramatic lava fields from the 1801 Hualalai eruption and the 1859 Mauna Loa eruption, which traveled over 31 miles before reaching the now world-famous Kohala Coast. Dotting the shoreline along the way, you can pick out one of the few pristine white or black sand beaches including Mahai’ula, Kiholo, Anaeho’omalu and Hapuna – to visit during your stay! Upon arriving to the lush landscape of Kohala, your pilot will not only show you its rugged coastline, home to dramatic valleys, but will also educate you about this region’s significance in Hawaiian history as the birthplace of Hawai’i’s famous alii, Kamehameha the Great.
Mid-flight your aircraft will touch down at a remote location deep in Kohala Mountains to explore and enjoy a moderate 0.5 mile pilot-led hike through a Guava (waiwi) forest. The meandering trail immerses you in the flora and fauna of Kohala and surprises you with a dramatic coastline vista, offering views of the Mokupuku island formations and waves crashing along the rugged north shore of Hawaii Island. All the while you will learn about the culture and diverse natural habitat of this untouched serene location that most people never see. After your refreshing hike, take to the air again, to view the drastic landscape change from windward to leeward, and the world-famous white and black sand beaches and resorts of the Kohala Coast en route to back to Kona.
Departing from the Kona International Airport, this 60-minute tour is a great choice for guests wanting to see the beauty of Kohala, without sacrificing beach time for drive time.
- 2500′ waterfalls and sheer cliff faces
- Frozen lava flows, Kona and Kohala
- Shorelines and black sand beaches
- Waterfalls and rugged coastlines
- Lush landscape of Kohala
- Birthplace of Kamehameha the Great
- Guava Forest
- Landing and hike to beautiful lookout point
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- Approx. 1 hour on the ground for a moderate hike
- Approx. 1 hour flight time
- Please wear long pants, a light jacket and closed-toe shoes.
For air adventures purchased directly from Paradise Helicopters, 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).
Moderate: Ideal for active adults and active children over the age of 8.
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. For the ultimate in social distancing, you can purchase six seats and choose to only fill five of them with members of your party, leaving the front seat with the pilot unoccupied. Our Bell 407 model aircraft offers separate air flow systems for the cockpit and main guest cabin. Our custom cabin partitions prevent airflow between cockpit and main cabin which ensures your party remains segregated from our pilot. Seating Diagram
Learn more about the other features of our elevated health & safety protocol in response to COVID-19.