After making reservations the day before, we drove from Kona to Hilo Airport. The airport is small, and the Blue Hawaiian Helicopter is conveniently located right in the main terminal. We chose the Circle of Fire plus Waterfalls tour, which is a 45-50 minute flight.
Our pilot, Julie, was extremely pleasant and provided lots of general information about the area, in addition to the volcanic activities. The flight begins with a quick look at a small waterfall, but viewing the lava flowing in several areas and then lava spilling into the ocean is well worth the trip. The pilot made several passes over the lava, so that everyone in the helicopter could get great views.
Overall, each member of the Blue Hawaiian Helicopter team worked together to make this a fun activity, while instilling the need to follow safety guidelines. On our flight, there were seven passengers, plus the pilot. The cost of the flight DVD was $25.00.
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