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Big Island Sunset Flight from Kona provided by Big Island Air

Big Island Sunset Flight from Kona

Big Island Sunset Flight from Kona
4.5
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
2h
Group size:
4
Near public transportation
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    2h
  • Group size:
    4
  • Near public transportation
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Capture the beauty of Hawaii from above on a 1 hour and 15 minutes sunset flight over the Big Island from Kona. Aboard a Cessna skymaster with two engine realibility for your safety. Pressurized for your comfort, soar over volcanoes, waterfalls, mountains and valleys along the Hamakua coast while enjoying narration from your expert pilot. Gaze at the fiery eruption of Kilauea Volcano, one of the most active volcanoes on earth, and watch the sun dip behind Mauna Loa, considered the largest volcano on earth. Every seat is a window seat, so you won’t miss a beat.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
  • Make your way to Kona International Airport in the early evening to meet your pilot and hop aboard a sate-of-the-art Cessna 208 Jet-Prop Caravan plane. Savor the excitement as you take to the skies above the Big Island. View cascading waterfalls, lush green valleys and towering mountains along the Hamakua coast. Fly over fiery Kilauea Volcano, where, at dusk, the red-hot lava flows can best be viewed. Look west to Mauna Loa, considered the largest volcano on Earth, to enjoy a beautiful Hawaiian sunset. Your pilot offers narration about the sights, history and topography of Hawaii as you fly. Every seat is a window seat, so you’ll be treated to great views throughout your whole flight, which lasts 2 hours, before arriving back in Kona.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
  • Make your way to Kona International Airport in the early evening to meet your pilot and hop aboard a sate-of-the-art Cessna 208 Jet-Prop Caravan plane. Savor the excitement as you take to the skies above the Big Island. View cascading waterfalls, lush green valleys and towering mountains along the Hamakua coast. Fly over fiery Kilauea Volcano, where, at dusk, the red-hot lava flows can best be viewed. Look west to Mauna Loa, considered the largest volcano on Earth, to enjoy a beautiful Hawaiian sunset. Your pilot offers narration about the sights, history and topography of Hawaii as you fly. Every seat is a window seat, so you’ll be treated to great views throughout your whole flight, which lasts 2 hours, before arriving back in Kona.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 6865SUNSETAIR
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
  • Live commentary on board
  • Landing fee and fuel surcharge
  • Local taxes
  • Headsets to hear pilot commentary
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
Duration
2h
Departure details
  • Kona International Airport, 73-200 Kupipi St, Kalaoa, HI 96740, USA Kona International Airport 73-200 Kupipi St Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Maximum weight per person is 220 lbs
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • 23 months infant weight combination with the adult must not exceed to 220 lbs
  • Exceeding 220 lbs can purchase 2 seats.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • 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 4 travelers
Inclusions
  • Live commentary on board
  • Landing fee and fuel surcharge
  • Local taxes
  • Headsets to hear pilot commentary
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • Kona International Airport, 73-200 Kupipi St, Kalaoa, HI 96740, USA Kona International Airport 73-200 Kupipi St Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
Duration
2h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Maximum weight per person is 220 lbs
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • 23 months infant weight combination with the adult must not exceed to 220 lbs
  • Exceeding 220 lbs can purchase 2 seats.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • 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 4 travelers
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4.5
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CharlieBobwife
Dadeville, AL8 contributions
Our pilot, Donald, was very knowledgeable about the sights we were seeing from the air and did every maneuver he could to ensure we got the best views/photos. The plane was VERY nice and comfortable. I highly recommend!
Written November 10, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hilda L
Mahalo for flying with us here at Big Island Air. Thank you so much for these kinds words. We really appreciate people like you guys.
Written November 13, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

annwoodward
Perth, Australia217 contributions
May 2019 • Friends
We had a great scenic flight with Michael and enjoyed every minute.
We were a group of 6 ladies.
We got sucked into adding on the sunset to see the red hot molten lava promised in the website and of course there is none right now. The marketing needs updated !
Also our original set off time would have meant landing before sunset.
We could have saved $600 all up and the company weren’t prepared to do anything about it.
Written May 7, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Juraj Plavcan
Villeneuve-Loubet, France8 contributions
Mar 2019 • Couples
Etienne was our pilot and he's very skilled, friendly, welcoming, relaxed and we had a lot of fun. He made our flight very comfortable despite that day's obvious rough weather and strong winds. He showed us from up close the damage caused by recent lava flows, but also the green beauty of Waipio and other valleys. He shared with us historical facts, stories and I found his commentaries a great addition to the spectacular views of the island. He's an amazing pilot and the Big Island Air is providing a great service that is really worth every cent. It is really cheaper than helicopter tours and we were up in the air a bit over 1h45m. Everybody leaving the plane had a big smile.
Being a recreational pilot myself I enjoyed listing Etienne talking to hawaiian ATC too.
Written March 16, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

sharon s
Eden Prairie, MN195 contributions
In past years I have seen Oahu and Big Island with Blue Hawaiian Helicopters - and not that this tour with the company was bad, they are both good in their own right. However, with Big Island Air, every one gets a window and the pilot makes sure that both sides of the plane gets the same views and spends much more time explaining and giving history of the sites.
I, along with my Dad & husband thought the 2 hour sunset was outstanding! A must do!!
Written March 15, 2019
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Denny C
Huntsville, AL10 contributions
Jan 2019 • Couples
So much scenery and history packed into the flight. I was not really sure what to expect but got so much more. It’s called a sunset tour, but in reality you land as the sun is setting, but you do get a tour of the entire big island. Etienne Handman was our pilot and did a great job explaining what would go on and was a great tour guide. He pointed out so many fabulous landmarks and gave recommendations for what to do on the island. Although there is not any surface lava flowing, we were able to see the still smoking fresh lava and the power of the volcano. Fantastic. I have taken a helicopter tour and the airplane tour was so much better. Comfortable seats, air conditioning, and large windows. Was a great tour.
Written January 22, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

stanpercy16
Midlands, UK52 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
We booked this flight before the recent activity started - I had wanted to do an air tour of the island but was really a little too nervous about getting in a helicopter. Once I read about Big Island Air here on TA that settled it.

The day before we were due to fly with them the weather changed and the clear skies we had became very voggy across the island and we were really convinced we wouldn't see much of anything. Steve, our pilot, made it clear before we took off he would do the best he could to show us something but the rain and the vog were not on our side.

Our trip up the west coast was very hazy, not clearing until we got right to the northern tip. Once we headed down the east side it started to rain, so we stayed off the coast and could just about see waterfalls and valleys. Luckily by the time we made it further south Steve announced that there was a hole in the rain clouds just above the lava river. We made 4 loops around it so that everyone could get loads of photos and a really good view of both the lava and ocean entry. It was amazing to see, but very distressing to see how close it was to several homes, and to think how many may be under it.

I would totally recommend this as a great alternative for those who don't want to go in a helicopter (like me!). It is also cheaper, and goes from Kona so saves you a trip across the island to Hilo if you weren't headed that way anyway. Steve was great; patient, funny and knowledgeable and we really enjoyed the flight.
Written June 25, 2018
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WorldTravelGuy74
Miami, FL43 contributions
WOW! Forget the helicopters – those don’t guarantee a window seat and they are NOT permitted to hover over the lava and fissure 8. This plane is new, clean, and EVERYONE had a perfect view because all the comfy leather seats are window seats! The company is owned by Steve and his wife Hilda; Steve knows every inch of the island and made sure EVERYTHING we saw was seen on both side of the plane – he was so concerned that WE were satisfied. He gave a us thorough briefing on what we would see (using a color map) before we even boarded the plane! When we arrived at the eruption site, he passed by at least 4 times on each side – we got the most amazing pics above the lava river and at the ocean entry points. But the cliffs on the north side, horse country, the waterfalls, all the sites on the west side – WE SAW EVERYTHING! And the sunset on the return was equally awesome. I love small business owners who know how to do business with the customer always as their #1 focus! We debated whether to do a helicopter or this plane – SOOO glad we did the plane. Steve is retired military and has been flying for many years. I’d recommend this plane tour in a heartbeat and if I could give it 10 stars I would!!! Wow! Thanks Steve and Thanks Hilda! Just be sure to call in advance – weeks and months in advance and if you waited to the last minute call to see if they have last minute cancellation – this company rocks! Thank you thank you thank you!
Written June 19, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank you so much for your wonderful review. It was our pleasure to show you around our beautiful island. Each and everyone of our passengers are very important to us. We know you are on vacation. Our goal for all is a great time with memories that you will always cherish. We appreciate you choosing us and sharing pictures of your experience. Once again Mahalo and "A hui hou".
Written June 21, 2018
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Carrie C
Indianapolis, IN152 contributions
Nov 2017 • Couples
We loved our experience with Big Island Air! We were able to see so much of the island that were weren't able to drive to. It was also really neat to see the hotels we stayed at from the air! Highlights were seeing the waterfalls on the cliffs along the coast and flying over the volcano and seeing the lava. Our pilot had so much information about the history of the island and stories about the areas we were flying over. He made it a very enjoyable trip. The sunset part wasn't as exciting as I thought it would be, we landed shortly before sunset. It was beautiful but not worth the excitement of a special sunset tour.
Written January 1, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

gertief320
Gosford, Australia19 contributions
Nov 2017 • Couples
So glad we chose this flight as I think it's the only one that does a twilight flight over the island and volcano. Our pilot Darryl was excellent and provided relevant info without talking non stop. Great views of the whole island and volcano and Darryl was as excited as the rest of us when we saw lava. Good views from the plane and Darryl went to a lot of trouble to do a sweep of the highlights from both sides of the plane so that everyone got good views and photos. Saw volcanoes, lava flows, waterfalls, coastline, farms. Highly recommend this flight. We followed it up the next day with a trip with Scott from Volcano Van and the 2 experiences combined were highlights of our 3 weeks in Hawaii.
Written November 24, 2017
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AlfieDoe83
Lahaina, HI35 contributions
Mar 2017 • Couples
WOW! What a wonderful experience it was to be a part of Big Island Air’s VIP Tour. We were warmly greeted by their Representative Maile in the Kapalua Airport and had a safety briefing with our Pilot Darryl. Darryl was fantastic and gave us a great play-by-play commentary with so many amazing fun facts along the tour. We saw dozens of waterfalls, breathtaking views of valleys and the islands, and of course active LAVA. WOW! After our flight we touched down in Kona for a Pilot swap with Rex. He too was very knowledgeable about aircraft, the islands, and an outstanding pilot. He even reached out to receive permission to a rare a unique opportunity to fly over Haleakala!! In closing, if you really want to have a memorable experience, Big Island Air is the way to go. The staff carries a lot of pride in what they do and care about guest experience. Outstanding Big Island Air, you all should be very proud! Mahalo for the opportunity and experience!!
Written March 12, 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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By: Big Island Air
GaryO46
GaryO46
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Great Flight - Decent Value
We took the sunset trip, and our pilot Wade did a great job of showing us much of the island. we were particularly
stewartm69
stewartm69
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One of a kind adventure and view!
My wife and I had the pleasure of having Captain Wade as our pilot on our Circle Island Tour. What a great experien
MRCXTC
MRCXTC
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Fabulous experience
Our pilots were great. They were very charming and knowledgeable about the area. The plane was pressurized and so
vishwaas26
vishwaas26
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Overall good (VIP Air Adventure)
Initially, due to uncontrollable, major traffic jam elsewhere, it was not clear if we could make it. Tom Barefoot's
293carolem
293carolem
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A Great Experience
This was our second time with Big Island Air. A fantastic trip that covers the whole island and offers wonderful vi
albertmI6162YW
albertmI6162YW
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Great views
felt very safe competent pilot great narrations the views are unbeatable best way to get a tour of the island and
bronwynf862
bronwynf862
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Excellent sightseeing trip
Steve was an excellent Pilot, who gave us an amazing experience flying over the Big Island. He narrated with knowl
Linda3002
Linda3002
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Great air tour experience / trustworthy pilot / fantastic views
We had a wonderful and fun ride with Big Island Air. Steve was very knowledgeable and did a great job explaining wh
Paul S
Paul S
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Best way to see the Big Island
After doing this, I feel it’s the best way to see the island. Do it on the first day and you’ll know what areas you
Lindsey C
Lindsey C
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Big Island Tour
Terrific experience! Easy to book, super friendly staff, slick little plane with A/C and two way communication. Bes
893ronalds
893ronalds
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Amazing and breathtaking flight with Steve
We absolutely enjoyed the adventure round trip flight from Maui to big island and back. Steve picked us up in Maui
karent574
karent574
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Best way to see BIG Island
We were recommended by friends to book Big Island Air in advance for the 2 hour airplane tour around the island and
Kk4hoos
Kk4hoos
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Disappointed
Well, I never had a chance to go on the Circle Island Tour. My wife was injured on Maui, there in lies the problem.
phoenix1958
phoenix1958
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Nice flight
My wife and I went on the Maui Big Island tour in April '19 as part of our anniversary week. We stayed in Maui and
kevinpams
kevinpams
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Best tour I have been on
We have been to the big Island twice. This is a must do in my opinion. The pilot, I don't how to spell his name but
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