Big Island of Hawaii

Kona: Experience Hawai'i Big Island Helicopter Tour

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2 Hour Big Island Helicopter Flight from Kona
  • 2 hours
  • Flight time: 1 hour 40 minutes to 2 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Look down on the varied landscape of the Big Island from the air on a helicopter tour from Kona. This flight is longer than typical heli tours and provides the opportunity to be wowed by Hawaii’s amazing natural features, from waterfalls to volcanoes to rainforests. Fly along the coast and over Waimanu and Waipio valleys, and spot island industry like macadamia nut orchards. Upgrade to guarantee a window seat.
  • Big Island helicopter tour from Kona
  • See the beauty of the largest of the Hawaiian Islands from the air
  • Fly over Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes
  • Soar over tropical waterfalls and the misty peaks of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea
  • Cruise along the 2,000-foot (610-meter) cliffs of Waipio Valley
  • HAI and ISBAO safety certified operator

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Helicopters used on this trip have sliding windows for better picture taking. 

What's Included

  • 100-120 minute helicopter tour
  • Two-way headset communication with your pilot
  • Live commentary on board
  • Parking Fees

Meeting and Pickup

Meeting point

  • 73-341 Uu St, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA

Start time

08:00 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Pass By)

Kilauea (Pass By)

Mauna Loa (Pass By)

Mauna Kea Summit (Pass By)

Waipi'o Valley (Pass By)

Hamakua Coast (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Total weight per passenger: 269 lbs
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 12 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • 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
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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.

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Featured review
Great experience! The best way to see all the beautiful landscapes of the island! Easy to schedule, Park, and fly! Fantastic pictures and amazing sights.


171 reviews
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Great experience! The...
Anonymous, Apr 2024
Great experience! The best way to see all the beautiful landscapes of the island! Easy to schedule, Park, and fly! Fantastic pictures and amazing sights.
Amazing Experience
Monica_B, Mar 2024
What an amazing experience! The views were so cool to see from up above! Checked that off my bucket list!
Justin_K, Feb 2024
Tyler was a fantastic tour guide. We chanced on perfect weather and got to get inside some valleys that aren't available most days. Worth the spend for a fantastic memory and a great view of the island.
A fantastic experience
Lisa_D, Feb 2024
We looked down into the steaming caldera of Kilauea, flew over the lava fields, enjoyed the beautiful coastline and looked down on dozens of mother whales with their calves as we flew over the ocean. Our pilot was a great guide, explaining everything we were seeing and including both the scientific and the mythological explanations. A really memorable and fantastic tour.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
This time of the year is great for spotting whales on your tour tour! We love to hear that your pilot helped make this a memorable and learning experience. Mahalo for choosing us to show you our beautiful island!
Marianne_K, Dec 2023
Realizing how big the island truly is. I did not understand how big the lava flows were until this tour. Great Pilot and company, always communicating with us. They kept us very safe. Loved it and would do it again.
victoria_k, Nov 2023
We had such a fantastic time exploring the Island from above! Our pilot Conner shared so much information about this sacred place. The side of the island with waterfalls is incredible! My son thanked me for picking the tour with the closed cabin, which worked out well when we flew around some precip. Treat yourself to this fantastic experience! Stay well and adventurous. ~ O&V😊
Great staff and unmatched views
Delisa_R, Oct 2023
Truly an amazing experience with breathtaking views! If you've never been in a helicopter before this experience will be a tough one to beat!
Taste of Paradise
Joaquin_T, Sep 2023
Seeing the falls, and Kilauea. Flying along the coast. I had never been around the island before having visited many times before
Up up and away.
Michael_M, Jul 2023
Extremely professional staff who briefed us on all we could expect. Our pilot, Matt, was awesome. And the trip itself was interesting and exhilarating.
A trip to remember
Douglas_A, Jul 2023
It was a fantastic way to see the island and Travis our pilot was great. He was very knowledgeable and made it a memorable experience.
There was lack of...
Bhavesh_J, Jul 2023
There was lack of coordination between heli operator and Viator. We weren’t given the right timings after writting multiple emails. Our flight was 10.30 and we were informed it is at 8.00 am. We were 2 families flying 2 heli and were given wrong timings and hence had to wait 2 hours. Helicopter ride was definitely mesmerizing.
Beautiful smooth flight.
Raelynn_M, Jun 2023
Very laid back but professional company. Great introduction of the expected flight path and good photo opportunities for right and left side passengers. Smooth flight. Would do it again!
Response from Host, Jun 2023
Aloha Raelynn, Thank you very much for your kind review. We are so happy that you enjoyed your flight and the time you spent with our Paradise Ohana. We hope to see you again soon!
The beauty is...
Candie_K, Jun 2023
The beauty is indescribable. I went for the volcano, but experienced far more than I had anticipated. I would do it again in a heartbeat.
So amazing! Views we never would have seen from ground
Louis_D, May 2023
Waterfalls were amazing! All the lava views unbelievable! Seeing the ocean from air were breathtaking
A beautiful experience
Crystal_S, Mar 2023
It was incredible to see parts of the island you can't view any other way. Seeing the lava flows from above and flying by the valleys and waterfalls was a sight I will never forget. It felt like I was in another world. We even saw some humpback whales! Our pilot (I can't remember his name, but I imagine they are all great) did an amazing job keeping the ride steady and safe and giving us interesting facts about the island. Highly recommend this experience!
Wonderful helicopter tour!
Leslie_L, Mar 2023
We got very lucky with the weather on the day of the tour. Weather was very clear and wind and ocean were very calm. The pilot was very knowledgeable and also took us into one of the valley which was beautiful. We had a wonderful time. Highly recommended!
Great Once in a Lifetime Experience.
Doug_A, Feb 2023
Pilot was a great tour guide and safe and friendly. We saw amazing waterfalls and valleys that made the volcano an after thought. I would strongly recommend Paradise tours.
Amazing memort
Connell_T, Jan 2023
The volcanos my husband was sick and couldn’t go. It broke my heart that he missed this. It was a wonderful experience.
Exciting and exhilarating
Larry_W, Jan 2023
This was a bucket list item for me and it was everything I had hoped for!!! The pilot briefing us. The Paradise ground crew so informative and then we took off. Brian was great. He gave us so many facts and descriptions of what we were looking at.
Not worth the money
John_B, Jan 2023
We paid extra for window seats, the only problem was they dido not tell us that all but one seat was window seats anyway. The next problem they have is window seats on the right side of the helicopter and all you could see was the water. The left side had all the views. For the price paid it was really disappointing As far as the pilot, he was excellent as far as his narration and talking with us

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