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Kona: Volcano by Air & Land


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Kona: Volcano by Air & Land

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Departs:  Kona Airport, Kona Flight: 1hr 45min* / Total: 9hrs*



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


Paradise Helicopters’ 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 local 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 the volcano area, your pilot will take you to view what was the world’s most active volcano, and continue towards the crater that was previously Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō Vent. 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 Kau– home to historic farms, ranches, and famous black sand beaches. 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 expert interpretive guide, this tour reveals what it’s like to live on two active volcanoes.

  • Discover breathtaking views of Kilauea and the Kau coast and catch a glimpse of the Halemaumau Crater from a private view point on Mauna Loa
  • Tour a local farm, sample and shop for Hawai‘i Island grown treats like coffee, macadamia nuts, honey and chocolate
  • View Rainbow Falls from our private gazebo
  • Walk across a crystal-fine black sand beach as you search for basking sea turtles at Punaluʻu
  • Stroll through a native Hawaiian Rainforest at the Volcano Art Center, see locally made art, and learn about the latest eruption information
  • Explore a historic 165-year-old working ranch known for its sprawling view planes, native forest, and wildlife such as cattle, goats, sheep, and horses

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 International Airport in time to enjoy one of Hawai‘i’s famed sunsets.


  • 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


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

Private Tour
— Book the entire helicopter for this tour. Select at checkout.
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— Reserve a front row seat!
Window Seats
— Guarantee the best view for photos.
Carbon Offset
— 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 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, 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
  • Full price will be charged for cancellations and “no shows” unless we receive prior notice 48 hours in advance.
  • Recommend comfortable walking shoes, long pants, and a light jacket
  • More ground tour details  at
  • 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.


Limited Availability  & Departures

Book Early – this special tour is limited to one a day!

68 reviews for Kona: Volcano by Air & Land

  1. Mike (verified owner)

    We did the Volcanoes day tour in July 2019. Good planning and safety was evident at all stages, from initial booking to our ride back to the hotel. Rob was our brilliant pilot, and Joel was our guide on the ground. Both were helpful and informative, happy to respond genuinely to the no doubt often repeated gasps and questions of amazed guests. Suggest you book a window seat. Great trip!

  2. 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.

  3. Anthony T

    Amazing! Breathtaking! Best day of my life!

  4. Teresa White

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

  5. Barbara M.

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

  6. Nathan Wells

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

  7. Ryan

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

  8. Colin Karen

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

  9. Ross & Susan H.

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

  10. Alex&Erika Jones

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

  11. 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.

  12. Kevin

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

  13. Rose C

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

  14. Peter T.

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

  15. 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.

  16. John S. & Mark C.

    Saw everything. Did everything.

  17. Annette F.

    Absolutely perfect experience from start to finish. THE BEST!

  18. Tony F

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

  19. Daniel & Fatima

    Love, Love, LOVED IT!!! <3

  20. Carl H.

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

  21. Keith M.

    Amazing way to see the island! Super nice staff!

  22. Brock M.


  23. Christian A.

    Well worth the time and expense.

    The views from the air are unmatched.

    Can cover an incredible amount of the island!

  24. 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!

  25. Scott C.

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

  26. Julia

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

  27. 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!

  28. Amy H.

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

  29. 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.

  30. 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!

  31. 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!

  32. Johanne L.

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

  33. 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.

  34. Rhonda S.

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

  35. Daniel Y.

    Spectacular trip from a spectacular company.

  36. John and Kelly S.

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

  37. 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!

  38. Najeeb M.

    This trip was above my expectations. Simply wonderful..

  39. 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.

  40. Ozlem C.

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

  41. 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.

  42. G Ridgeway

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

  43. Jessica M.

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

  44. Helm Family

    Epic adventure, amazing staff & pilot!!

  45. Lynne & Jeff

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

  46. Michael M.

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

  47. John

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

  48. Iris & George N.

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

  49. Harjit G.

    Everyone was wonderful and made our experience beyond AWESOME!

  50. Daniel

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

  51. 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!!!

  52. Miraj P.

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

  53. 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).

  54. Ashley P.

    Amazing! Info Given was very Cool.

  55. Bob s.

    Tour was amazing. Pilot Dan was awesome.

  56. Frank & Eva

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

  57. Tim & Cathy B.

    Great package & guides. All staff is extremely friendly!

  58. 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!

  59. The K. Family

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

  60. Daniel B.

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

  61. Barbi

    Amazing. Great day trip. Best helicopter tour ever!

  62. Samantha

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

  63. Tanya B.

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

  64. Caroline W Seattle

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

  65. Angela

    Great Staff, Great Ride, Great Views

  66. 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!

  67. Francis of Texas

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

  68. Stefani T

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

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