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Kona: Experience Hawai'i Big Island Helicopter Tour
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Kona: Experience Hawai'i Big Island Helicopter Tour

By Paradise Helicopters - KONA
Recommended by 94% of travelers
94% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
About
Prebook to secure your place on a Hawaii Big Island helicopter tour from Kona at a time that suits you. With your seat guaranteed for the longer-than-typical trip, you’re free to just look forward to the experience. Then, admire the volcanoes, rainforests, waterfalls, and resorts from above as your pilot provides live commentary. A choice of departures, select Kona hotel pickup, and optional window-seat upgrades provide extra flexibility and comfort.

Ages 2-120, max of 6 per group
Duration: 2h
Start time: Check availability
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Live guide: English
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Highlights
  • Soar over Hawaii’s Big Island during a longer-than-typical helicopter tour
  • Book ahead to clinch a seat for a flight time that fits your schedule
  • See volcanoes, forests, falls, and cliffs accompanied by live commentary
  • Includes select Kona hotel pickup, choice of times, and window-seat upgrades

  • 100-120 minute helicopter tour
  • Two-way headset communication with your pilot
  • Live commentary on board
What's not included
  • Parking Fees


Start:
  • 73-341 Uu St, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Infants must sit on laps
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 5120_H0005

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Due to weather, flights may be 100 to 120 minutes in length
    • Wheelchair accessible - if assistance is required, passenger must provide their own caregiver
    • All pilots and aircraft are FAA-certified
    • Helicopter holds 6 passengers; larger groups may be separated
    • All guests weighing 270 lbs or more when weighed at check-in, will be required to purchase an additional empty seat less 15% before fuel surcharge to safely balance the aircraft. They will be guaranteed a window seat.
    • Seating is assigned based on weight and balance following guidelines which have been approved by the FAA. We cannot guarantee seats as the weight of guests must be balanced within the aircraft.
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Most travelers can participate
    • A seat upgrade is not a guarantee; however, if you purchase a co-pilot and/or window seat upgrades, we will do our best to seat you in your purchased location. If we cannot accomodate a seat upgrade due to weight and balance requirements for your flight (or for any other reason), we will refund your upgrade purchase at check-in.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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    How much is Kona: Experience Hawai'i Big Island Helicopter Tour?
    Kona: Experience Hawai'i Big Island Helicopter Tour price starts from $659.00. Discover and book Kona: Experience Hawai'i Big Island Helicopter Tour on Tripadvisor
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    Kona: Experience Hawai'i Big Island Helicopter Tour is hosted by Paradise Helicopters - KONA. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Paradise Helicopters - KONA on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Kona: Experience Hawai'i Big Island Helicopter Tour on Tripadvisor

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 5120_H0005

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    Itinerary
    • You'll start at
      73-341 Uu St
      73-341 Uu St, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA
      See address & details
    • Pass by
      Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
      Kilauea
      Mauna Kea Summit
      Waipi'o Valley
      Hamakua Coast
    • You'll return to the starting point
    About the operator
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    • Paradise Helicopters - KONA
      1,291
      Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
      Joined in December 2006
    • BrittaJ606
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      great tour of the lava fields from Hilo
      Tour was amazing, We had booked the doors off tour but, unfortunately that chopper was not available. We were refunded the difference with no problems. The staff was great, views awesome of the lava fields
      Written April 10, 2024
    • monicamP5336KL
      0 contributions
      2.0 of 5 bubbles
      You're lucky if you even receive a courtesy reminder!
      2 points for Max, our pilot. We really wanted to enjoy this tour. But the lack of communication and rescheduling just spoiled it for us. We had scheduled weeks in advance for the Doors Off Lava and Rainforest tour out of Hilo on the Thursday during our stay in Hawaii. We arrived to the Big Island Wednesday evening and at that point in time, after checking multiple times in the few days leading up to the flight, our tour was still not "confirmed" (not enough passengers). While trying to get our rental car, we called again and they were finally able to confirm our tour for the next day. They advised to be there 45 minutes early, our tour was scheduled for 1pm. The next day we left the hotel and started the drive, which was an hour and a half or so. About 45-1 hour into the drive we received a voicemail (must have lost service along the way) stating that they were going to have to cancel the tour due to a storm. My Fiancé called to confirm the cancellation and see about rebooking. At that time they were able to offer Friday or Saturday, we chose Saturday as we already had other plans Friday. As an aside to this, we spoke to someone on Friday that lived in Hilo and they said the weather was beautiful all day Thursday with the exception of a quick rain late morning. Again, they were not able to confirm the tour yet as there were not enough passengers for that time slot. On Friday, by ~1pm (less than 24 hours to booked time) we had not received any confirmation from Paradise, so we called them. The lady that answered said she would need to speak to the Operations manager and mentioned something about the helicopter possibly needing service, said she would call back in 5 minutes. A few hours go by and no call, so we, again, called them back. Again they were going to have to cancel the tour and mentioned that they may cancel the rest of the weekend "due to more storms". At this point it just seemed like they were making giving us the run around and trying to get us to schedule a different tour so we wouldn't cancel all together. They offered to move us to a tour out of Kona, as we were leaving on Sunday, this was our only real option other than cancelling all together, so we accepted. They did credit us the difference of the cost of the tours (Kona tour was cheaper) but it ultimately was not what we really wanted to do. We arrived for the tour 45 minutes early as advised, at that time our helicopter had not yet returned from it's current tour. We checked in and waited around, our time (xxxx pm) came and went. The helicopter finally arrived, 35 minutes after our tour was scheduled to depart. After a few minutes of waiting for the previous tour to complete and pilot/crew to prep the helicopter, they took us out to get us ready. At this point they assigned seats by weight (weight taken at check-in). I was assigned a seat next to the window on the rear row and my fiancé, whom was the shortest person in the tour by a wide margin, was assigned the middle rear seat next to me. While it was nice to sit next to her, she didn't get to see much of anything the entire tour (other than straight out the window, though most items of interest were almost directly below), so she was extremely disappointed and feels like she definitely didn't get her money's worth. While I understand the need for safety and balancing the seating arrangement likely maximizes the safety effort, I can't imagine that switch her with one of the other taller girls on the tour (both had window seats) would have had much of a negative impact to balance/safety. Aside from the scheduling issues, having to change tours and my fiancé's seating arrangement, our pilot Max did a great job flying and seemed very knowledgeable with the various things he was showing us and explaining.
      Written March 21, 2024
    • dannylC9976UM
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      High in the sky
      Worth every dime ! We were on the Island 2 weeks and did a lot of tours and activities. The chopper was by far the highlight of our trip. Great time, we will definately do this again !
      Written March 10, 2024
    • Scott C
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Worth the time and money.
      The entire staff that welcomed us, Doug and Lauren and our pilot, Max, were so friendly and helpful. The weather was perfect and all the waterfalls were active. What a wonderful way to see the island, learn the volcanic history and catch the sight of whales.
      Written February 29, 2024
    • 230richard
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Oahu Fun!
      OMG! This is truly a top 5 experience for my wife and I. Our pilot Tyler was very knowledgeable and did a great job. Hope to do it again!
      Written February 27, 2024
    • dannylC9976UM
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Best Tour on the Island
      This tour was amazing! The views were beautiful. Our pilot, Max, was knowledgable and experienced. We took a lot of tours on this trip and this was, by far, the best. I highly recommend Paradise Helicopters!!
      Written February 24, 2024
    • margiew585
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Paradise helicopters
      It was amazing!! Our pilot was knowledgeable and personable!! I loved the perspective from the sky! Would recommend highly!
      Written February 19, 2024
    • Sherpa02274239429
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      👍👍👍
      Only way to see any activity when the volcanic activity is dormant. Highly recommend! Staff/crew very knowledgeable and accommodating
      Written February 14, 2024
    • 637kellyf
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Spectacular views from up above!!
      Absolutely gorgeous views!! Great time length. Tyler was a fantastic pilot. He took safety procedures very seriously, very knowledgeable about the island and the history. Fun, unforgettable experience
      Written February 3, 2024
    • 637kellyf
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Must do Helicopter Tour
      Absolute epic tour. Such stunning views. Tyler was a great pilot. He was so informative. Safety was a number one priority and ensuring that I had a wonderful tour.
      Written January 28, 2024
    • Jet03051753154
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Must experience!
      This was my husband & I’s first time traveling in a helicopter. We did the volcano doors-off experience and WOW was it amazing! We stayed in Kona, drove to Hilo for our helicopter tour at 11am. Be aware when you originally book your tour, the day and time could change due to the cabin capacity of the chopper and weight limits. We had an issue that because our helicopter was small for our tour, there were some cabin and weight restrictions and because it was just the two of us, they were waiting to see if another couple would be able to attend the same tour but weight restrictions wouldn’t allow it. In order to keep our date and time, we paid an extra $170 for the other empty cabin seats but we didn’t mind that for the private and intimate aspect of our tour and the convenience to keep our originally scheduled date and time. Just be aware! I wasn’t surprised by this though as I made sure to read all the information posted on their website and on my booking ahead of time. On our flight, my husband and I weren’t able to sit next to each other, again because of weight/cabin restrictions, but I didn’t mind too much once we were up in the air and we got some pretty cool selfie shots anyways! My husband sat up in the cockpit and I was directly behind him in the passengers seat. I would highly recommend that you READ ALL THE INFORMATION on their website before booking so there aren’t any surprises and be sure you call 3 days in advance if your booking is not confirmed due to the amount of people or weight restrictions for the tour you choose. This will set up your experience up for success! Tyler was our pilot; he was very informative and a fabulous tour guide! Although we had some cloudy weather by the time we made it over to Kīlauea, he navigated us around the clouds as safely as possible to get some great shots of the volcano. I highly recommend this tour and this company for your Hawaiian experience! There’s no better way to see a volcano and appreciate the geology of the land than by air with a great guide explaining everything that you’re viewing and this tour and pilot did just that!
      Written January 27, 2024
    • Anastasia08
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      See the whole island in a short time!
      From booking, to communicating before the flight, to the actual flight, Paradise Helicopters run a tight ship! The booking process directly with them over the phone was seamless, their operators/staff are wonderful! Our original booking fell on a day with very poor flying conditions, but the staff communicated with us prior to the original departure as well as throughout the following days and we were able to move our flight to a better day later in our vacation. The check in process was smooth with safety briefing and route review with our pilot Tyler (or Taylor). The crew then loaded us up on a helicopter and off we went. We did the Circle Island Experience, which is a 2-hour flight with a refueling “layover” in Hilo. On this tour you get to see everything there is on the island – Kona coast, Sough Point, the Volcano, waterfalls, and valleys of Kohala coast and if you are lucky whales. Tyler was a great, fun easy-going personality, gave us some insight into the island’s geology, history, fun facts and did a wonderful job at making sure both sides of the helicopter got to see the same views. Overall, although long, it was a smooth enjoyable flying experience. If you want to see the whole island in a short time this is the way to do it!
      Written January 21, 2024
    • tcc0563
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing views of Hilo that you can't get by driving, walking or hiking! Absolutely amazing crew & experience! Worth it!!
      Allan did a amazing job flying us on Saturday, 13 Jan 24! He took us over the Hawaii National Valcano Park, over Akala Falls, Rainbow falls and down the coast of Hilo Bay! It was great getting to know him and talking story with him about the military branches and how he served in the Marine Corps! Dave and I were so happy to be able to go on this flight and enjoyed every minute of the flight! Thank you so much for the unforgettable experience! Mahalo to the Ground Crew as well! She was just as wonderful and made the flight so smooth! We will remember this for the rest of our lives!
      Written January 14, 2024
    • Theresa G
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Volcanoes, waterfalls and whales
      Excellent experience all around. Each contact was great and helpful. We did an almost 2 hour flight and it was beyond what I expected. Safe flight with a fun and informative pilot. I would highly recommend if it’s within your budget.
      Written January 5, 2024
    • balagepi
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Incredible door-off experience
      Incredible door-off flight over the lava fields and coasts (not listed among the options here on TripAdvisor reviews). Very professional, safety in-mind operations, taking care of the pax from the first second on. Mahalo, many thanks for this experience!
      Written December 31, 2023
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    Ctbliss
    Salt Lake City, Utah, United States10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2024 • Family
    Ten times more to see than on Kauai. Thanks Max for the flight, adventure and informative tour. Great experience with family.
    Written February 29, 2024
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    CARRIE K
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very nice excursion booked directly. We were visiting on a cruise so liked the options for times and that the timing sllowed us to do more than one thing in town that day.
    Written February 18, 2024
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    Vacation11657240929
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2023 • Family
    Amazing views and a beautiful clear day. The ride was awesome and the guide provided some educational detail along the way although he kept it simple. We did not fly over the volcano - I suppose there are rules but he didn't explain why. You can actually get closer and see it better from land if you drive to the park. Disappointed that we missed the eruption of 6 weeks earlier in June.
    Written July 24, 2023
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    VARock
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful customer service!! We had to rebook multiple times due to travel issues. The Paradise team was understanding and helpful as we looked for alternatives. So appreciated after challenges with the airlines!

    Our pilot Connor was great! He had great information to share, including snorkel and restaurant recommendations. He ensured both sides of the helicopter saw the sights. Amazing views of areas that are inaccessible & cool to see places we had already explored from the air. Ground crew were knowledgeable & ensured safety rules were understood.

    Highly recommend Paradise Helicopters!
    Written July 5, 2023
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    Craig H
    Melbourne, Australia79 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Apr 2023
    What a way to see the island. The two hours flew by (sorry for the pun) as we circumnavigated the island seeing magical coastlines, simmering volcano, lava flows and tubes. Then on to waterfalls cascading in to the ocean, then flying through valleys to see more majestic waterfalls. Our pilot (sorry, forget his name) was careful to ensure both sides of the chopper got to see the views an d have loads of photo opportunities. (As an aside, the reflections are quite pronounced so please take the advice of wearing dark clothes). Fortunately the weather was kind to us - I'm not sure what options you have if it isn't so good. No, it isn't cheap but worth every cent you pay.
    All the staff were friendly and attentive with safety being a high priority.
    Written April 13, 2023
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    angela b
    Denver, CO40 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The waterfalls seen on this tour are right out of a postcard!! They came pouring out of the cliffs into the ocean. There had to have been a dozen of them. The scenery surpassed my expectations. We also saw a whale pod of four whales. And the beautiful beaches on the west side. Also learned a lot about the island from the professional guide. Wish I could do it again tomorrow.
    Written March 26, 2023
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    EE1910
    Pacifica, CA8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic experience. Conor did a great job of narrating the flight. Everything smooth and felt really safe. Awesome way to see things that we would have never seen from the ground.
    Written February 15, 2023
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    Laurie P
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2023 • Couples
    I had booked the circle island tour, and weather didn't cooperate, so we were rebooked on the Experience Hawaii tour. As we were heading to the Volcano portion of the tour weather intervened again, and our pilot put safety first and took us to the Kohala Coast. We didn't see lava, but all the rain made the waterfalls spectacular! The staff were great to work with, and the tour exceeded my expectations.
    Written February 2, 2023
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    kevin p
    56 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2023
    The helicopter was comfortable and newer. This is the only way to see the amazing Kohala coast and valleys. And they are amazing!! The volcanoes were erupting and nice to see. I would highly recommend a helicopter tour atleast once on the Big Island. Given headphone set for communication.
    Written January 8, 2023
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    ppgmem
    Decatur, IL2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dec 2022
    The best way to view the landscape that has been shaped by volcanic action. Unfortunately our trip had to be modified due to the weather, but the pilot was very informative and it was a good experience. High on a list of things to do.
    Written January 1, 2023
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