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Kona: Sunset Experience


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Kona: Sunset Experience

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Departs:  Kona Airport, Kona Duration: 2.25 hrs*


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Narrated, Beach, Green Sand Beach, Black Sand Beach, Waterfall, Volcano, Rainforest


Our Sunset Experience is the perfect way to cap off a day in paradise. Depart from the Kona International Airport and head north in our comfortable Bell 407 tour helicopter. You will see the gorgeous beaches tucked away below lava fields along the Kona and Kohala Coasts. Next, you’ll venture to the far side of the Kohala Mountains, where a secluded and nearly inaccessible series of valleys awaits. Then, crest Mauna Loa, the world’s largest volcano. You’ll be amazed when viewing one of only four green sand beaches in the world! As you pass over Pu‘uhonua ‘o Hōnaunau, a place of refuge under ancient Hawaiian law, and Kealakekua Bay where Capt. James Cook first came ashore in the 1700’s, the sun begins to set.

This is truly one of nature’s best shows. The sky will turn shades of bright yellow, deep orange, burning red and, occasionally, brilliant purple. The photos you’ve seen will pale in comparison with the real thing, and you’ll understand why even locals pause what they’re doing and turn to the western skies most evenings. If you’re lucky, you’ll see a green flash on the horizon as the sun slips down below. Don’t forget to turn around, as the last rays of light illuminate the clouds behind you. Before dark, the colors will fade to delicate pastel hues, a gentle postscript for nature’s masterwork.


  • Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sat Evenings only 🙂
  • Kona and Kohala Coasts
  • Kohala mountains and valleys
  • Numerous waterfalls
  • Mauna Loa, the world’s largest volcano
  • Liquid hot magma
  • Black and Green sand beaches
  • Kealakekua Bay
  • The Sunset
  • The “Green Flash” when conditions are right


Make your tour epic with our exclusive and signature add-ons.

Private Tour
— Book the entire helicopter for this tour. Select at checkout.
Co-pilot seat
— Reserve a front row seat!
Window Seats
— Guarantee the best view for photos.
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— Green your seat by planting endemic trees in Hawaii.

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Tour Notes

For answers to common questions please read our faq.
* Total flight time typically varies by 1.9 – 2.35 hours.

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

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.

Activity Level

Easy: Suitable for adults, children and seniors.


Limited Departures

Afternoon departures only.

75 reviews for Kona: Sunset Experience

  1. Eddie

    Pilot was a 6!! What a fantastic experience! The island is like a movie set. So much to see! Huge waterfalls, tropical forests, deserts, coastlines and LAVA! Our pilot Jork was a great tour guide and made the trip unforgettable. Give him a raise!

  2. Mark Wriggle

    Still trying to decompress from the amazing tour. Had no idea the island was so extraordinary. Truly get the understanding of volcanic activity building the island. YOU…HAVE…TO…DO…THIS!!!!

  3. Maureen G.

    Amazing Pilot that provided a once in a lifetime experience. The views were breathtaking. It’s a must do while in Hawaii!

  4. Matthew & Taryn

    Awesome experience & Koji was funny 🙂

  5. Cynthia B.

    Thank you. Awesome Experience I will Never Forget.

  6. Brian & Dianne S.

    Awesome doesn’t even describe it! Man… wish my view from the office was this great. Thanks for the terrific memory!

  7. Trever

    We had a great time. Ryan was a great pilot and very knowledgeable about the entire island. Took my two kids 11 & 8 and they loved the ride and nerves faded quickly.

  8. Mihesh Patel

    Great experience! So good flying with Ryan! Definitely do the sunset tour!!

  9. Sirin of Los Angeles and Seattle

    Tremendous- the views were excellent, the narration helpful. Our pilot knew just where to fly us and show the sights. Not too short, not too long! Perfect.

  10. Joe A

    Amazing scenery. Great pilot who took his time to make sure we had a great time! Would highly recommend this flight to anyone and everyone! Fun, Fun,Fun! Let’s do it again!

  11. Catie & Nancy

    It was spectacular,thank you for the great times. PS-Co-pilot needs a joystick.

  12. Thomas

    Amazing! The entire crew was helpful, professional and friendly! Highly recommend your tour and service to everyone visiting the Big Island! Thank you! Mahalo!

  13. Chris & Rhea B

    It was great and Rhea got to sit up front . Thanks!

  14. D. Ring

    Very personable and informative. Great pilot!

  15. Chelsea G.

    Koji is awesome! I have done several helicopter flights and this one was by far the best!
    Thanks so much.

  16. Chris B.

    I don’t say this often but this was worth every penny.

  17. Roy & Dorthy W.

    The pilot always circled sites to enable people on both sides of copter to fully view everything-absolutely gave the best awareness of the island, definitely a must!!

  18. Cyril B.

    We chose you because Blue Hawaiian didn’t sound good and Paradise had good reviews.

    It was beautiful! I was a little worried that it would be a rushed experience but pilot Jork was great and took a lot of time to show us the great sights. Highly recommended

  19. Marni H.

    Overall, great experience! Love the waterfalls + Lava @ the volcano. I got sick w/ that said, staff was very accommodating. Sunset wasn’t amazing – but Paradise can’t control the weather and Jork gave us all “double sunset”.

  20. Marni Heinz

    Overall, great experience! Love the waterfalls + Lava @ the volcano. I got sick w/ that said, staff was very accommodating. Sunset wasn’t amazing – but Paradise can’t control the weather and Jork gave us all “double sunset”

  21. Vicki O.

    The waterfalls/lava everything was breathtaking. I got to check this whole wonderful experience off my bucket list!!

  22. Elena P.

    Awesome experience! Koji was fabulous! Entertaining, knowledgeable & professional- Jeri, we loved you! Strongly recommend this company!

  23. Hunter & Kim C.

    Amazing experience!

  24. Greg R.

    Awesome beautiful place and awesome pilot and crew.

  25. Adam R.

    Absolutely Awesome! Fantastic Pilot – Great soundtrack & great commentary!

  26. Conrad A.

    The tour was fantastic! What a way to see the island! A really friendly pilot and ground crew made us feel really welcome! A must!!!

  27. Luella C. & Donald W.

    Awesome! Great staff! The sunset tour is absolutely amazing! Will definitely return!

  28. Lidia & Carlos

    Amazing!!! Wonderful! 100+!!! A perfect and grand finale to our 2 week honeymoon in Hawaii! Thanks!

  29. Zoe

    Amazing experience, smooth ride, best view of the island.

  30. Ruth M.

    Top service! Your staff are a credit to up business, thank you!

  31. Courtney

    Awesome experience! Beautiful views and one of the most incredible experiences I’ve ever had!

  32. Michele G & Kim U.

    Amazing! One the top flights! True Magic!

  33. Ufferman family

    Jork was amazing! I was scared to fly and he made it easy! It was just a wonderful experience! We will return!

  34. Brenna

    This was amazing. Very educational and spectacular. 5 Stars!!!!

  35. Joe K.

    A most fantastic experience. Would recommend to anyone . It is a “must do”.

  36. Petra

    Incredible flight. Incredible pilot. Can’t wait to tell everyone

  37. Bob

    Everything we thought it would be and more

  38. Rylee

    The island was absolutely gorgeous and I had the best time. I personally am fascinated with nature and I think this was the best way possible to view the landscape of the island. A great experience (although I did get a little airsick). Thank you, Paradise Helicopters!!

  39. Tifani S

    Beautiful tour. I live here & never would be able to imagine the beauty as I just saw first hand! Mahalo

  40. Ryan

    Best ride in town!

  41. Ryan

    Best ride in town!

  42. Richa M.

    It was a mesmerizing experience. Ride thru the valley and the flowing lava was just amazing. Thanks for the experience, best was ending with sunset; that looks like lava in the sky.

  43. Paul, Shelly, & Jackie

    Great pilot! Great views! Very enjoyable experience! Would definitely recommend and would come again! Briana is a great hostess! Great personality! Explains well! Whole experience made our trip!

  44. Mike S.

    Well worth the money! Unbelievable views! Best way to see the it all!

  45. The Brunings

    Very smooth check in and departure. Pete was super informative and knowledgable – 5 stars!!! Cedrick, the ground crew, was efficient and super friendly!

  46. Andrew R.

    Excellent pilot really made the trip. Was knowledgeable, funny and safe. Also, well done with the song selections over the radio. Had a blast, thank you!

  47. Emma R.

    Dan was a fantastic pilot. Knowledgeable about the islands and a talented pilot. He changed the flight plans last minute to ensure a perfect flight. Also, the playlist playing throughout set the mood perfectly.

  48. Chris L.

    A fantastic experience! Great pilot and guide who was very knowledgeable. Great to work with even after we missed our initial flight! don’t miss the lava flows!

  49. Seth

    Awesome trip! Best way to see the island!

  50. Kevin K.

    Ground crew was spectacular – very pleasing and so nice. Would come back just because of them!

  51. Pam & Steve H.

    Thank you so much for a memorable experience!

  52. Stephen K.

    Wonderful trip we won’t forget! What a special memory for my daughter.

  53. Benjamin M

    Exhilarating ride with breathtaking views! Seeing this island from the air adds a unique perspective that is otherwise missed. Don’t hesitate!

  54. Cinnamon F.

    Thank you for a wonderful experience! The views were breathtaking and our pilot was top class!

  55. Kathy F

    Awesome experience!! Our pilot was great!!

  56. Di

    It was a fantastic journey. I think everything was so beautiful and also it is the most different way to see the volcano! 🙂

  57. Ness

    Enjoyed the flight. The diversity of the island is amazing! Marco is very knowledgeable, and the crew was very professional. Also, your website was easy to navigate.

  58. Dan

    Pilot was excellent, knowledgeable & entertaining. Fantastic trip. Thank you!

  59. Jessica

    Great flight, ginger snacks were helpful, was nervous but crew helped and Koji was calming and fun, got mind off nerves.

  60. Sammy

    An incredible way to see not just one part of the island, but all. I recommend the around the island tour to anyone interested in nature, Hawaii & fun.

  61. Daniel & Brandy Navarro

    Our Pilot was absolutely amazing. His stories and comments made the trip amazing!!! Would definitely do it on our next trip.

  62. Paul C.

    Trip of a lifetime!

  63. Eric S.

    Our initial booking wasn’t available but your team gave us great options. We loved it. Thank you to all. A great team.

  64. Ken N.

    Excellent flight, well worth doing! Would recommend to everyone!

  65. Nanci O

    Amazing! Very impressed. Koji was beyond expectations.

  66. Laura L.

    Very impressed w/ the professionalism of the entire crew. Our initial flight was cancelled due to poo weather but another tour was opened up the following day & we were able to enjoy the amazing sunset tour. Absolutely incredible! Craters, lava, rainbows & waterfall. Never thought it was possible to fly over the rain but Paradise tour pilot supreme Koji, made it all happen. Beautiful lifetime experience!!!

  67. Ellie & Will K.

    Amazing tour – saw many sites we wouldn’t otherwise see. Highly recommended! Joel was a fantastic guide. Was great, thanks!

  68. Linda S.

    Great experience. Smooth flight, informative pilot. Very friendly company.

  69. Dan

    The experience was even better than I had hoped for – and i had high hopes! Really great. Would definitely do it again.

  70. Heather F.

    Spectacular! Would recommend and also do it again! Special thank you to the pilot!

  71. larry

    Been on the island 2 weeks, driven all around it.. but to see it on the sunset tour SIMPLY AMAZING. ..

  72. Judy C.

    Wonderful first time helicopter flight, amazing!!!

  73. Ryan & Elizabeth from California

    Thanks so Much for taking care of us! We had a Great time!

  74. Jennifer from Texas

    Awesome Experience! Loved it!

  75. Michael B.

    Bravo to the team at Paradise!!! My wife & I have been coming to the Big Island for years but have stayed away from touring Kilauea because of the drive. But our neighbors talked us into joining them on the “Volcano by Air & Land Package” and we could not have been more pleased. It was a short drive to the airport from our condo in Kona and then we were airborne after a short safety brief. We saw numerous lava flows at Pu’u O’o and then stopped in Hilo to meet with a guide from Hawaii Forest & Trail. We toured the volcano we just flew over, grabbed a quick but satisfying lunch, and then went into some of the more unknown areas – led and explained by Chris the whole time. Things wrapped up at Kilauea and then we were back in Hilo for our second helicopter ride of the day. We saw BEAUTIFUL waterfalls over Kohala that brought tears to my wife’s eyes and then we were back in Kona in time for dinner. Overall, a true 6+ star experience that we will do again. Thanks again Paradise!!!!!

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