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Kona: Volcano by Air & Land

4.98 out of 5 based on 63 customer ratings
(63 customer reviews)

$756.00

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Kona: Volcano by Air & Land

Flight

Departs:  Kona Airport, Kona Duration: 11 hrs*

Features

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Narrated, Landing, Beach, Waterfall, Volcano, Coffee, Rainforest, Hike, Food

Experience

Paradise Helicopter’s Volcano by Air & Land tour allows you to explore the Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park area in flight and on foot – including sinking your toes into a beautiful black sand beach and sipping on award-winning coffee.  This adventure departs from the Kona International Airport in an executive style Bell 407 helicopter.  En route to the Volcano area, you will overfly the world-famous Kona coffee district and skirt three of Hawai‘i’s towering volcanoes: Hualālai, Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa.

Upon arrival to Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, your pilot will search out the day’s activity – sometimes a burning forest fire, a stream or lake of glowing lava, or an entry into the ocean – usually only accessible from the air.

After the first part of your “air” experience, you will land in Hilo and meet your expert Hawaii Forest & Trail interpretive guide.  Travel through the remote and rugged landscape of Kaʻū — home to Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, historic farming plantations and the famous black sand beach of Punaluʻu. Discover how the powerful forces of nature have shaped the people and landscape of this dynamic region, Hawai’i’s largest land district.  The perfect blend of nature and culture led by an expert interpretive guide, this tour reveals what it’s like to live on two active volcanoes.

·  Discover all the “must see” spots within the Park; including Jaggar Museum, Nāhuku (Thurston Lava Tube) and Halema‘uma‘u Crater

·  Sample and shop for award-winning farm fresh coffee at Kaʻū Coffee Mill, along with other Hawai‘i Island grown treats like macadamia nuts, honey and chocolate

·  Walk across a crystal-fine black sand beach as you search for basking sea turtles at Punaluʻu

·   Immerse yourself in stories of Hawaiian legends and mythology, with a focus on Pele, Hawaiian goddess of fire, lightning, wind and volcanoes

·  Explore a lava tube and discover the mysteries of how these tunnels are formed

A picnic lunch is served during your adventure before you return to the Hilo Airport to take to the sky again.  Back in the air, you’ll take the leisurely route to Kona along the eastern and northern coasts. You will venture deep into uninhabited valleys that showcase Hawai‘i’s wild, untamed beauty. Water cascades down sheer valley walls, and surf pounds rocky cliffs and unreachable beaches.  Finally, watch the landscape shift again, as you fly over Pololū Valley, south to Kawaihae and over beautiful white and black sand beaches to make your way down the coastline and return to the Kona Airport in time to enjoy one of Hawai‘i’s famed sunsets.

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Sights

  • Explore the Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park area in flight and on foot.
  • Black sand beach
  • Volcanoes: Hualālai, Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa
  • Explore a lava tube
  • Kaʻū Coffee Mill
  • Pololū Valley

Tour Notes

For answers to common questions please read our faq.

* Total flight time typically varies by 1.7 – 2.1 hours.   Approx. 11 hours total, including check-in.

  • Approx. 2 hours* total air tour flight time in a Bell 407 helicopter
  • Approx. 7 hour guided tour of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, Kaʻū Coffee Mill, and Punaluʻu Black Sand Beach

  • Short hikes under 2 miles – rated easy to moderate
  • Ground transportation to and from Hilo airport and within Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park

  • Park entry fees, walking staffs, rain gear, warm wear, daypacks
  • Deli style lunch with assorted beverages
  • Please make reservations no less than 48 hrs in advance to confirm tour availability

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.

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Activity Level

Moderate: Must be able to walk over uneven terrain and short climbs.

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Reviews

An amazing experience! Filled with so much activity in one day. Thank you so much!
5out of 5
Nathan Wells
Best experience ever! Lovely crew and just all round awesome!
5out of 5
Ryan
Absolutely awesome trip. Saw volcanoes, lava flowing into the sea, whales and the valleys and waterfalls were spectacular.
5out of 5
Colin Karen
Awesome, great experience, friendly staff, great day! Will highly recommend to our family and friends in Canada.
5out of 5
Ross & Susan H.
Excellent tour, great bird, beautiful day! Thank you and Mahalo
5out of 5
Alex&Erika Jones
Every single person-check in, briefing, ground crew PILOT, were beyond incredible. Chris seriously made my experience unforgettable, and I am more grateful than words can convey.
5out of 5
Lisa K.
Awesome! Friendly staff- great pilot. would happily return!
5out of 5
Kevin
What an adventure. The view of the volcanoes cannot be matched on land. And the waterfalls! OMG
5out of 5
Rose C
Best experience of my life. Better than sitting on the pyramids in Egypt.
5out of 5
Peter T.
The best day of our lives. Ryan's well chosen music added a great documentation to the trip. A fabulous trip & wonderful pilot.
5out of 5
Marie J.
Saw everything. Did everything.
5out of 5
John S. & Mark C.
Absolutely perfect experience from start to finish. THE BEST!
5out of 5
Annette F.
Really worth while, great commentary, excellent skillful pilot. Best way to get an overall view of the island.
5out of 5
Tony F
Love, Love, LOVED IT!!! <3
5out of 5
Daniel & Fatima
"Volcano by Air and Land is a must do on the Big Island. Simply amazing!"
5out of 5
Carl H.
Amazing way to see the island! Super nice staff!
5out of 5
Keith M.
THE EXPERIENCE WAS PHENOMENAL. CHRIS WAS AMAZING. I'VE NEVER FLOWN ON A HELICOPTER BEFORE AND HE MADE THE FLIGHT AMAZING!! EVERYTHING WAS PERFECT!!
5out of 5
Brock M.
Well worth the time and expense. The views from the air are unmatched. Can cover an incredible amount of the island!
5out of 5
Christian A.
Best helicopter ride ever! We came here to celebrate my daughter's 18th birthday and had a fabulous adventure! I highly recommend this tour to everyone!
5out of 5
C Gracie A.
One of the best tours of my life. Danny showed us all his favorite secret spots. It was CHEEEEE-ono!
5out of 5
Scott C.
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48hr Reservations  |  Limited Departures

Please make reservations at least 48 hours in advance. This tour departs mornings.

63 reviews for Kona: Volcano by Air & Land

  1. 5 out of 5

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    An amazing experience! Filled with so much activity in one day. Thank you so much!

  2. 5 out of 5

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    Best experience ever! Lovely crew and just all round awesome!

  3. 5 out of 5

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    Absolutely awesome trip. Saw volcanoes, lava flowing into the sea, whales and the valleys and waterfalls were spectacular.

  4. 5 out of 5

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    Awesome, great experience, friendly staff, great day! Will highly recommend to our family and friends in Canada.

  5. 5 out of 5

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    Excellent tour, great bird, beautiful day! Thank you and Mahalo

  6. 5 out of 5

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    Every single person-check in, briefing, ground crew PILOT, were beyond incredible. Chris seriously made my experience unforgettable, and I am more grateful than words can convey.

  7. 5 out of 5

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    Awesome! Friendly staff- great pilot. would happily return!

  8. 5 out of 5

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    What an adventure. The view of the volcanoes cannot be matched on land. And the waterfalls! OMG

  9. 5 out of 5

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    Best experience of my life. Better than sitting on the pyramids in Egypt.

  10. 5 out of 5

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    The best day of our lives. Ryan’s well chosen music added a great documentation to the trip. A fabulous trip & wonderful pilot.

  11. 5 out of 5

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    Saw everything. Did everything.

  12. 5 out of 5

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    Absolutely perfect experience from start to finish. THE BEST!

  13. 5 out of 5

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    Really worth while, great commentary, excellent skillful pilot. Best way to get an overall view of the island.

  14. 5 out of 5

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    Love, Love, LOVED IT!!! <3

  15. 5 out of 5

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    “Volcano by Air and Land is a must do on the Big Island. Simply amazing!”

  16. 5 out of 5

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    Amazing way to see the island! Super nice staff!

  17. 5 out of 5

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    THE EXPERIENCE WAS PHENOMENAL. CHRIS WAS AMAZING. I’VE NEVER FLOWN ON A HELICOPTER BEFORE AND HE MADE THE FLIGHT AMAZING!! EVERYTHING WAS PERFECT!!

  18. 5 out of 5

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    Well worth the time and expense.

    The views from the air are unmatched.

    Can cover an incredible amount of the island!

  19. 5 out of 5

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    Best helicopter ride ever! We came here to celebrate my daughter’s 18th birthday and had a fabulous adventure! I highly recommend this tour to everyone!

  20. 5 out of 5

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    One of the best tours of my life. Danny showed us all his favorite secret spots. It was CHEEEEE-ono!

  21. 5 out of 5

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    Magical! Beautiful! Amazing! Chris IS AMAZING!!! The tour would not have been the same with out him.

  22. 5 out of 5

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    Excellent in every way!! Off the charts experience- I will be telling everyone if they go to Hawaii- they have to book w/Paradise Helicopters!

  23. 5 out of 5

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    Truly Amazing- lived up to the good reviews. Really knowledgeable pilot. Once in a lifetime experience!

  24. 5 out of 5

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    Great experience. Saw lava for the first time. The waterfalls were amazing. Wish I could do it all again. Would recommend this experience to anyone.

  25. 5 out of 5

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    Koji is the best! Amazing tour. He took care of everyone on board. And made sure we all got good views. Beautiful landing spot!

  26. 4 out of 5

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    Amazing Lava views. Pilot was extremely knowledgeable. Best way to see the beauty of the island. A must do when visiting! Troy is great!

  27. 5 out of 5

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    Wonderful Experience. I am afraid of heights but had no problem at all. Would recommend highly.

  28. 5 out of 5

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    The entire staff was very professional and informative. And very pleasant. Kalei made the flight great and he was informative. Views incredible- loved it.

  29. 5 out of 5

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    Pilot Kalei & the entire crew in Kona & Hilo were awesome. Great helicopter, great views!!

  30. 5 out of 5

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    Spectacular trip from a spectacular company.

  31. 5 out of 5

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    Amazing experience! Everyone was so professional and fantastic. Our pilot -Dan- made the flight a highlight of our honeymoon.

  32. 5 out of 5

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    So much fun, so informative and amazing views! Definitely glad we booked this trip instead of trying to drive- flying though the valley was EPIC!

  33. 5 out of 5

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    This trip was above my expectations. Simply wonderful..

  34. 5 out of 5

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    Amazing views & stories. This is the best & most convenient way of seeing so much of the island in 1 day. The entire staff is incredibly nice.

  35. 5 out of 5

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    It was completely & definitely awesome. Thank you soooo much.

  36. 5 out of 5

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    What an amazing experience! I can’t find words to describe what we saw! Our pilot did an incredible job showing us the sights, very impressive flying skills. I would do this again in a heartbeat.

  37. 5 out of 5

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    What an incredible experience! Our pilot went above and beyond to make our flight unforgettable. We will be back!

  38. 5 out of 5

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    Really great day!
    First class all the way.
    Thank you

  39. 5 out of 5

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    Epic adventure, amazing staff & pilot!!

  40. 5 out of 5

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    Excellent tour. Chris was very knowledgable.
    Loved every bit of it.

  41. 5 out of 5

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    Entire crew was Fab.
    Expedition crew was great too. (Hawaii Forest & Trail)
    Reccomend it all day long!

  42. 5 out of 5

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    Everything about this trip package was amazing! Pick up at hotel was convenient, pilot was amazing, park portion was also great. Excellent package!

  43. 5 out of 5

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    Everyone @ Paradise Copters were awesome. Our pilot chris was excellent! Our flight was smooth and the tour was very informative.

  44. 5 out of 5

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    Everyone was wonderful and made our experience beyond AWESOME!

  45. 5 out of 5

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    Best experience ever way beyond what I expected. Joel is super friendly + knowledgeable. Amazing pilot and very smooth ride!

  46. 5 out of 5

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    Excellent day both in the air and on land! Saw some amazing sights on all parts of the day! Glad we did the trip as wouldn not have been able to see the lava & waterfalls without it! Thank you!!!

  47. 5 out of 5

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    It was superb all around. Fantastically organized and great service.

  48. 5 out of 5

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    We had a great time! We really enjoyed all the information from Hoki (shuttle driver), Chris (pilot), and Frank (ground tour guide).

  49. 5 out of 5

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    Amazing! Info Given was very Cool.

  50. 5 out of 5

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    Tour was amazing. Pilot Dan was awesome.

  51. 5 out of 5

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    Fantastic, incredible, awesome, wonderful, greatest experience EVER!!!

  52. 5 out of 5

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    Great package & guides. All staff is extremely friendly!

  53. 5 out of 5

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    I love the trip. We got to see volcanoes, waterfalls and a variety of landscapes. Joel was such a good pilot and he gave us a comprehensive description of every spot we saw. Thank you!

  54. 5 out of 5

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    Full island experience – very comprehensive. EVERYTHING was great. Great hospitality from shuttle pickup to return. Would highly recommend!

  55. 5 out of 5

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    Went above & beyond my expectations. Will recommend to everyone.

  56. 5 out of 5

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    Amazing. Great day trip. Best helicopter tour ever!

  57. 5 out of 5

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    This was the most amazing thing ever. This was amazingggg! Darren was so great!

  58. 5 out of 5

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    Very professional business. Friendly staff – our booking was all completed over the internet – and was all organized when we arrived. Well done!!

  59. 5 out of 5

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    Amazing.Coolest thing I’ve ever seen.100% worth the money. Life changing.

  60. 5 out of 5

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    Great Staff, Great Ride, Great Views

  61. 5 out of 5

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    This trip was amazing! The waterfalls especially! Best tr Ive ever done! Darren was very knowledgeable and a skilled pilot. Thank you for the best ever!

  62. 5 out of 5

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    Thanks for the detailed description and enjoyable tour. We had a great time with combined air and land.

  63. 5 out of 5

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    I loved the volcano by land and air tour! They were very knowledgeable and provided a wonderful experience!

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