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See spectacular lava! Three tours get you close to the action. Learn more

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Kona: Sunset Experience

5 out of 5 based on 71 customer ratings
(71 customer reviews)

$639

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Kona: Sunset Experience
$639

per person

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$639

per person

Sunset Experience

DEPARTS: KONA
DURATION:  2.25 hours
AVAILABILITY:  MON, WED, THU, SAT

DEPARTS: KONA —–/—— DURATION:  2.25 hours  —–/—–  AVAILABILITY:  MON, WED, THU, SAT 

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The 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’ll 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. Next, crest Mauna Loa, the world’s largest volcano, most recently active just 30 years ago. With the sun now behind the mountain, you’ll be able to better spot the glowing lava, as well as the magma lake within Halema‘uma‘u Crater.  You’ll see Punalu‘u black sand beach and Papakōlea green sand beach, two of the most strikingly beautiful and exotic 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. 

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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.

DEPARTURE TIME & LOCATION

 

Afternoon departures
Paradise Helicopters, Kona Airport

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Included in this adventure

 

  • Approx. 2.25 hours* total air tour flight time in Bell 407 helicopter

* total flight time typically varies from 1.9 – 2.35 hr

 

Sights

 

  • 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

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.

71 reviews for Kona: Sunset Experience

  1. 5 out of 5

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    Thank you. Awesome Experience I will Never Forget.

  2. 5 out of 5

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

  3. 5 out of 5

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    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.

  4. 5 out of 5

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

  5. 5 out of 5

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    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.

  6. 5 out of 5

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    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!

  7. 5 out of 5

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

  8. 5 out of 5

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

  9. 5 out of 5

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

  10. 5 out of 5

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    Very personable and informative. Great pilot!

  11. 5 out of 5

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

  12. 5 out of 5

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

  13. 5 out of 5

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    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!!

  14. 5 out of 5

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    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

  15. 5 out of 5

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    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”.

  16. 5 out of 5

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    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”

  17. 5 out of 5

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

  18. 5 out of 5

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

  19. 5 out of 5

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    Amazing experience!

  20. 5 out of 5

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    Awesome beautiful place and awesome pilot and crew.

  21. 5 out of 5

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

  22. 5 out of 5

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    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!!!

  23. 5 out of 5

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

  24. 5 out of 5

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

  25. 5 out of 5

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

  26. 5 out of 5

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

  27. 5 out of 5

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

  28. 5 out of 5

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    Amazing! One the top flights! True Magic!

  29. 5 out of 5

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

  30. 5 out of 5

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

  31. 5 out of 5

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

  32. 5 out of 5

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

  33. 5 out of 5

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    Everything we thought it would be and more

  34. 5 out of 5

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    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!!

  35. 5 out of 5

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

  36. 5 out of 5

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    Best ride in town!

  37. 5 out of 5

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    Best ride in town!

  38. 5 out of 5

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    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.

  39. 5 out of 5

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    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!

  40. 5 out of 5

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

  41. 5 out of 5

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

  42. 5 out of 5

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    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!

  43. 5 out of 5

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    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.

  44. 5 out of 5

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    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!

  45. 5 out of 5

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    Awesome trip! Best way to see the island!

  46. 5 out of 5

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

  47. 5 out of 5

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    Thank you so much for a memorable experience!

  48. 5 out of 5

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

  49. 5 out of 5

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

  50. 5 out of 5

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

  51. 5 out of 5

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    Awesome experience!! Our pilot was great!!

  52. 5 out of 5

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

  53. 5 out of 5

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    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.

  54. 5 out of 5

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

  55. 5 out of 5

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

  56. 5 out of 5

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    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.

  57. 5 out of 5

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

  58. 5 out of 5

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    Trip of a lifetime!

  59. 5 out of 5

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

  60. 5 out of 5

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

  61. 5 out of 5

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    Amazing! Very impressed. Koji was beyond expectations.

  62. 5 out of 5

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    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!!!

  63. 5 out of 5

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

  64. 5 out of 5

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

  65. 5 out of 5

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

  66. 5 out of 5

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

  67. 5 out of 5

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

  68. 5 out of 5

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    Wonderful first time helicopter flight, amazing!!!

  69. 5 out of 5

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

  70. 5 out of 5

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    Awesome Experience! Loved it!

  71. 5 out of 5

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    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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