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Kona: Volcano by Air & Land

$779.00

Rated 4.99 out of 5 based on 67 customer ratings
4.99 (67 reviews)

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Kona: Volcano by Air & Land

Flight

Departs:  Kona Airport, Kona Duration: 10hrs*

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. This adventure departs from the Kona International Airport in an executive-style Bell 407 helicopter. En route to the Volcano area, you will fly over 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 guide. Travel through the remote and rugged landscape of Ka‘ū–home to Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, historic farming plantations, ranches, and the famous black sand beach of Punalu‘u. Discover how the powerful forces of nature have shaped the people and landscape of this dynamic region, Hawaii’s largest land district. The perfect blend of nature and culture led by an interpretive guide, this tour reveals what it’s like to live on two active volcanoes.

  • Discover the all of the “must see” spots within the Park, including the dramatically changed Halema‘uma‘u Crater
  • Discover breathtaking views of Kilauea and the Ka‘ū coast, and catch a bird’s eye view of the Halema‘uma‘u Crater from a private view point on Mauna Loa
  • Sample & shop for award-winning farm-fresh co ee at Ka‘ū Coffee Mill, along with other Hawai‘i Island grown treats like macadamia nuts, honey, & chocolate
  • Walk across a crystal-fine black sand beach as you search for basking sea turtles at Punalu‘u.
  • Immerse yourself in stories of Hawaiian legends and mythology with a focus on Pele, Hawaiian goddess of lightning, wind, & volcanoes
  • Explore a historic 165-year-old working ranch known for its sprawling view planes, native forest, and wildlife such as cattle, goats, sheep & horses

Through detailed geologic and natural history interpretation, short walks and driving, you explore and learn about the world’s most active volcano. A picnic lunch is served during your adventure before you return to the Hilo Airport, full of wonder and a new appreciation for the natural world. 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 back 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 dangerously 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.

Sights

  • Hualālai, Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa & Kilauea Volcanoes by Air
  • Experience a Black Sand Beach
  • Local Ranch & Farm Visit
  • Native Hawaiian Rainforest Stroll
  • Private Gazebo View of Rainbow Falls
  • Kohala Valleys & Waterfalls by Air

Advisory

While we are flying all of our regular tours and charters, please understand that what you will see on our flights is highly dependent upon 1) the eruption, 2) the weather, and 3) the temporary flight restrictions in place.

While we are flying all of our regular tours and charters, please understand that what you will see on our flights is highly dependent upon 1) the eruption, 2) the weather, and 3) the temporary flight restrictions in place All of these vary from day to day and even hour to hour.

Please be assured that our pilots will do their best to navigate all conditions to deliver to you the safest and best viewing experience possible.

Check status of the eruption:
Lava Update  |  Tourism Authority  |  County Alerts  |  GIS

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Availability

Mon – Sat

Tour Notes

For answers to common questions please read our faq.
* total fight time typically varies from 1.7 – 2.1 hours

  • Approx. 2 hours* total air tour flight time in Bell 407 helicopter
  • Approx. 7 hour guided walking tour of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, Punalu‘u Black Sand Beach & Ka‘ū Coffee
  • Two-way communication between you, your pilot, and your group
  • Ground transportation available to and from the Kona Airport between Keauhou and North Kohala
  • Short walks 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
  • Recommend comfortable walking shoes, long pants, and a light jacket
  • More ground tour details  at hawaii-forest.com.
  • Tour length subject to change
  • Paid parking

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

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

Reviews

Thought it couldn't get better after the helicopter ride over the lava, then we did the afternoon ride and it was phenomenal. Kept being more & more impressed.
5out of 5
Sophie & Kate
Amazing! Breathtaking! Best day of my life!
5out of 5
Anthony T
Spectacular! Joel was a great pilot--fun, knowledgeable and personable!
5out of 5
Teresa White
I had an awesome trip! Saw lots I had only seen in pictures, and they are better in real life.
5out of 5
Barbara M.
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.
Magical! Beautiful! Amazing! Chris IS AMAZING!!! The tour would not have been the same with out him.
5out of 5
Julia
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!
5out of 5
Bonnie M.
Truly Amazing- lived up to the good reviews. Really knowledgeable pilot. Once in a lifetime experience!
5out of 5
Amy H.
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.
5out of 5
Scott S.
Koji is the best! Amazing tour. He took care of everyone on board. And made sure we all got good views. Beautiful landing spot!
5out of 5
Jeri & Jesse
Amazing Lava views. Pilot was extremely knowledgeable. Best way to see the beauty of the island. A must do when visiting! Troy is great!
4out of 5
Margaret G.
Wonderful Experience. I am afraid of heights but had no problem at all. Would recommend highly.
5out of 5
Johanne L.
The entire staff was very professional and informative. And very pleasant. Kalei made the flight great and he was informative. Views incredible- loved it.
5out of 5
Dave S.
Pilot Kalei & the entire crew in Kona & Hilo were awesome. Great helicopter, great views!!
5out of 5
Rhonda S.
Spectacular trip from a spectacular company.
5out of 5
Daniel Y.
Amazing experience! Everyone was so professional and fantastic. Our pilot -Dan- made the flight a highlight of our honeymoon.
5out of 5
John and Kelly S.
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!
5out of 5
Brian S.
This trip was above my expectations. Simply wonderful..
5out of 5
Najeeb M.
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.
5out of 5
Stephanie F. & Pete S.
It was completely & definitely awesome. Thank you soooo much.
5out of 5
Ozlem C.
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.
5out of 5
Jen & Rich F.
What an incredible experience! Our pilot went above and beyond to make our flight unforgettable. We will be back!
5out of 5
G Ridgeway
Really great day! First class all the way. Thank you
5out of 5
Jessica M.
Epic adventure, amazing staff & pilot!!
5out of 5
Helm Family
Excellent tour. Chris was very knowledgable. Loved every bit of it.
5out of 5
Lynne & Jeff
Entire crew was Fab. Expedition crew was great too. (Hawaii Forest & Trail) Reccomend it all day long!
5out of 5
Michael M.
Everything about this trip package was amazing! Pick up at hotel was convenient, pilot was amazing, park portion was also great. Excellent package!
5out of 5
John
Everyone @ Paradise Copters were awesome. Our pilot chris was excellent! Our flight was smooth and the tour was very informative.
5out of 5
Iris & George N.
Everyone was wonderful and made our experience beyond AWESOME!
5out of 5
Harjit G.
Best experience ever way beyond what I expected. Joel is super friendly + knowledgeable. Amazing pilot and very smooth ride!
5out of 5
Daniel
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!!!
5out of 5
C. Williamson
It was superb all around. Fantastically organized and great service.
5out of 5
Miraj P.
We had a great time! We really enjoyed all the information from Hoki (shuttle driver), Chris (pilot), and Frank (ground tour guide).
5out of 5
Brett and Angelica L.
Amazing! Info Given was very Cool.
5out of 5
Ashley P.
Tour was amazing. Pilot Dan was awesome.
5out of 5
Bob s.
Fantastic, incredible, awesome, wonderful, greatest experience EVER!!!
5out of 5
Frank & Eva
Great package & guides. All staff is extremely friendly!
5out of 5
Tim & Cathy B.
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!
5out of 5
Linge D.
Full island experience - very comprehensive. EVERYTHING was great. Great hospitality from shuttle pickup to return. Would highly recommend!
5out of 5
The K. Family
Went above & beyond my expectations. Will recommend to everyone.
5out of 5
Daniel B.
Amazing. Great day trip. Best helicopter tour ever!
5out of 5
Barbi
This was the most amazing thing ever. This was amazingggg! Darren was so great!
5out of 5
Samantha
Very professional business. Friendly staff - our booking was all completed over the internet - and was all organized when we arrived. Well done!!
5out of 5
Tanya B.
Amazing.Coolest thing I've ever seen.100% worth the money. Life changing.
5out of 5
Caroline W Seattle
Great Staff, Great Ride, Great Views
5out of 5
Angela
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!
5out of 5
Megan
Thanks for the detailed description and enjoyable tour. We had a great time with combined air and land.
5out of 5
Francis of Texas
I loved the volcano by land and air tour! They were very knowledgeable and provided a wonderful experience!
5out of 5
Stefani T

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67 reviews for Kona: Volcano by Air & Land

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sophie & Kate

    Thought it couldn’t get better after the helicopter ride over the lava, then we did the afternoon ride and it was phenomenal. Kept being more & more impressed.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Anthony T

    Amazing! Breathtaking! Best day of my life!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Teresa White

    Spectacular! Joel was a great pilot–fun, knowledgeable and personable!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Barbara M.

    I had an awesome trip! Saw lots I had only seen in pictures, and they are better in real life.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Nathan Wells

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

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ryan

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

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Colin Karen

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

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ross & Susan H.

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

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Alex&Erika Jones

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

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lisa K.

    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.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kevin

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

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Rose C

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

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Peter T.

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

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    Marie J.

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

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    John S. & Mark C.

    Saw everything. Did everything.

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    Annette F.

    Absolutely perfect experience from start to finish. THE BEST!

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tony F

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

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    Daniel & Fatima

    Love, Love, LOVED IT!!! <3

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    Carl H.

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

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    Keith M.

    Amazing way to see the island! Super nice staff!

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    Brock 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!!

  22. Rated 5 out of 5

    Christian A.

    Well worth the time and expense.

    The views from the air are unmatched.

    Can cover an incredible amount of the island!

  23. Rated 5 out of 5

    C Gracie 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!

  24. Rated 5 out of 5

    Scott C.

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

  25. Rated 5 out of 5

    Julia

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

  26. Rated 5 out of 5

    Bonnie M.

    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!

  27. Rated 5 out of 5

    Amy H.

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

  28. Rated 5 out of 5

    Scott S.

    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.

  29. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jeri & Jesse

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

  30. Rated 4 out of 5

    Margaret G.

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

  31. Rated 5 out of 5

    Johanne L.

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

  32. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dave S.

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

  33. Rated 5 out of 5

    Rhonda S.

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

  34. Rated 5 out of 5

    Daniel Y.

    Spectacular trip from a spectacular company.

  35. Rated 5 out of 5

    John and Kelly S.

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

  36. Rated 5 out of 5

    Brian S.

    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!

  37. Rated 5 out of 5

    Najeeb M.

    This trip was above my expectations. Simply wonderful..

  38. Rated 5 out of 5

    Stephanie F. & Pete S.

    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.

  39. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ozlem C.

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

  40. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jen & Rich F.

    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.

  41. Rated 5 out of 5

    G Ridgeway

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

  42. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jessica M.

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

  43. Rated 5 out of 5

    Helm Family

    Epic adventure, amazing staff & pilot!!

  44. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lynne & Jeff

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

  45. Rated 5 out of 5

    Michael M.

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

  46. Rated 5 out of 5

    John

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

  47. Rated 5 out of 5

    Iris & George N.

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

  48. Rated 5 out of 5

    Harjit G.

    Everyone was wonderful and made our experience beyond AWESOME!

  49. Rated 5 out of 5

    Daniel

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

  50. Rated 5 out of 5

    C. Williamson

    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!!!

  51. Rated 5 out of 5

    Miraj P.

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

  52. Rated 5 out of 5

    Brett and Angelica L.

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

  53. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ashley P.

    Amazing! Info Given was very Cool.

  54. Rated 5 out of 5

    Bob s.

    Tour was amazing. Pilot Dan was awesome.

  55. Rated 5 out of 5

    Frank & Eva

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

  56. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tim & Cathy B.

    Great package & guides. All staff is extremely friendly!

  57. Rated 5 out of 5

    Linge D.

    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!

  58. Rated 5 out of 5

    The K. Family

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

  59. Rated 5 out of 5

    Daniel B.

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

  60. Rated 5 out of 5

    Barbi

    Amazing. Great day trip. Best helicopter tour ever!

  61. Rated 5 out of 5

    Samantha

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

  62. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tanya B.

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

  63. Rated 5 out of 5

    Caroline W Seattle

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

  64. Rated 5 out of 5

    Angela

    Great Staff, Great Ride, Great Views

  65. Rated 5 out of 5

    Megan

    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!

  66. Rated 5 out of 5

    Francis of Texas

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

  67. Rated 5 out of 5

    Stefani T

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

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