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Iolani Air Tour Co.

73-300 U'u Street, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740
800-538-7590
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Ranked #28 of 173 activities in Kailua-Kona
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Tours
Owner description: Now Really See Hawaii! Fly over the Big Island- Fiery Volcanoes! Towering Waterfalls! Crystal Blue Seascapes! Iolani Air provides a safe, smooth,... more » Owner description: Now Really See Hawaii! Fly over the Big Island- Fiery Volcanoes! Towering Waterfalls! Crystal Blue Seascapes! Iolani Air provides a safe, smooth, geographic showcase with personal window seats for better viewing. Nice to know this "once-in-a-lifetime" experience doesn't have to take a life time to pay for either. That's right. Overfly untouched Hawaii without overspending. Since we are located at two Big Island Airports, Kona and Hilo, great choices include the Hilo Lava Plane-our one hour, great priced Volcano & Waterfall flight and the Kona Lava Plane-our version of the 2.5 hour Circle Island Tour as well as the popular, exclusive Kona Deluxe Tour for Two. What's in a name? Iolani is ancient Hawaiian for "Exalted Hawk". It is actually two Hawaiian words joined together. Io (pronounced "ee-oh") is the native Hawaiian Hawk. Lani means heaven. To see the Iolani flying overhead means good fortune. « less
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Vancouver, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Our family of four did a volcano tour with pilot Dale out of Hilo and we loved every moment. Dale was very professional and obviously very experienced. The sights were magnificent. We would not hesitate to recommend Iolani Air and pilot Dale!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

One of the best tours of my life. Amazing staff, amazing service and the pilot Tim was very knowledgable and funny. We were going to consider a helicopter tour but this was way better value for our money. Best part was that it was a private tour meaning we could do and see anything we wanted. We spotted our resort... More

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

We took the Kona Deluxe Tour for Two. I was concerned bec my partner had a cam walker/boot (she broke her leg a month before our trip) and we are big people. Helicopter tours charge more for that 'extra baggage.' When I called Iolani, Chris suggested we meet him at the plane to make sure there was enough room and... More

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Gainesville, Virginia
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

As a first time visitor to the Big Island....this is the best way to understand and capture the size and diversity of the this Island. The service was outstanding....from the safety brief to keeping the turbulence to a minimum...(that on-shore breeze gotta go somewhere....) I would recommend doing the circle island tour....It gives you perspective and focus on the time... More

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Rockaway NJ
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

We had planned our 12 day "Holiday Vacation" in Hawaii many months in advance of our 12/16/2013 departure from Northern NJ. Part of our experience was to be the "Iolani Air Tour Company" "Deluxe Tour for Two". That would just be myself, my wife and the pilot in a small airplane. It would be about a 2 1/2 hour air... More

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Pinehurst
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

Dale, our very safe pilot, gave an exemplary tour of the island to wife and I and it was a memorable occasion to see the Big Island from 1 - 3.5 thousand feet at a leisurely paced.....included the Kohala coast, Waipio Valley, Hilo, Kilauea, Black and Green Sand beaches, Cook Monument and Kona. Would recommend to anyone and considering fuel... More

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London, England, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

Can't recommend this more highly. Was an incredible was to see the island and of course the volcano. Kevin was a fantastic guide. The plane was a fantastic experience in itself. And the views were spectacular. I don't often give such immensely positive reviews but Iolani deserves it. Do this.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

Hi, We were referred to Iolani by Ellen from Wings over Kauia which was most helpful in booking early from Australia. Following discussions with friends, who were surprised we were not travelling to Maui, we requested an extension to the normal circumnavigation of the Big Island by chartering the flight to fly over the extinct Volcano Haleakala on Maui, to... More

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Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

My wife & I enjoyed the flight around the Big Island tremendously, the pilot was knowledgable and easy to get along with and did what he could to show us the best of Hawaii. We particularly enjoyed finding the lava flow and circling around it several times at low altitude. The only things we were not able to see was... More

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Sydney
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

The staff were friendly and informative. Felt safe at all times during the flight. Unfortunately Kevin the pilot didn't hear us during the flight to answer any questions. Kevin gave us a good view from both sides on our 2 passenger 2 1/2 hour flight. Harry on the desk was helpful. Perhaps the only other thing I would change would... More

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