Big Island of Hawaii

Big Island Spectacular Helicopter Tour

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Big Island Spectacular Helicopter Tour
  • 2 hours (approx.)
  • Flight time: 2 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Fly above Hawaii's spectacular peaks, coasts, and valleys on this helicopter tour of the Big Island. Watch lava bubble up out of volcanoes, fly over the lush rain forests of the Hamakua Coast, and complete your trip with views of the waterfalls lining the Kohala Mountains. Only a helicopter tour lets you see so many of Hawaii's charms on a single ride and from an unforgettable perspective.
  • FAA Diamond Award. Every year since 1998, Blue Hawaiian’s superb maintenance technicians have earned the FAA’s Certificate of Excellence Diamond Award.”
  • Helicopter tour over the Big Island
  • See the volcanic badlands, lush rain forests, and Kohalas Mountains
  • Premier helicopters offer wide viewing windows
  • Unforgettable way to see Hawaii's famed natural attractions

What's Included

  • Use of Bose Aviation-grade, electronic noise-cancelling headsets
  • Use of microphones with 2-way communication with pilot
  • Pilot Guide who are also State of Hawaii Certified Tour Guides
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • USB in-flight video and photo packages available after flight for purchase.
  • Transportation to and from heliport

Meeting and Pickup

Meeting point

  • Blue Hawaiian Helicopters
    68-690 Waikoloa Rd, Waikoloa Village, HI 96738, USA

    Check-in is 1-hour prior to tour time for weight check-in, safety briefing and to be seated on the aircraft to ensure an on-time departure. Late arrivals may not be accepted and non-refundable. Please allow ample travel time to your check-in location in case of traffic delays.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Total weight per passenger: 240 lbs
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Heliport and helicopter are wheelchair accessible. A wheelchair lift is available at base to assist boarding.
  • Children 23 months and younger are complimentary and considered a lap child.
  • Check-in is 1-hour prior to tour time. This allows for guest weight check-in, a safety briefing, and to be escorted and seated on the aircraft to ensure an on-time departure. Late arrivals may not be accepted and non-refundable. Please allow ample travel time to your check-in location in case of traffic delays.
  • Tours/Times may vary according to wind and weather conditions
  • No scuba diving within 24 hrs of departure
  • For each guest weighing over 240 pounds (108 kg), an adjacent empty seat is required to safely balance the aircraft. The second seat charge is half off of the regular tour price. Please arrange your additional seat after booking.
  • You should wear dark colored clothing so not to reflect in photos.
  • Hats, Bags, large cameras, extending selfie sticks are not permitted on the helicopter.
  • You should bring a credit card for optional video/photo packages and souvenirs at heliport.
  • Gratuity is not included and is left to individual discretion.
  • 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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This was the most amazing experience! We felt so safe and our pilot Hans was so kind and such a great host! By far our favorite thing we did on the island. The views were absolutely breathtaking! Highly highly recommend!!!!!


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An emotional experience
Susan_C, May 2024
I’m so glad we decided to do this! We’ve been coming to this island for 10 years. Seeing its beauty from the air is a MUST DO! The north side of the island was my favourite. It brought tears to my eye and was an emotional experience. I would highly recommend Blue Hawaii. Our pilot was amazing.
Luke_D, May 2024
I was looking forward to seeing the lava fields and volcanoes. It was a great experience, but when they went to the waterfalls and flying through the valleys, it was awesome. Well worth the price. You see things you will never see from the ground.
Upgrade on the island spectacular!!
Laura_E, Apr 2024
Best experience ever! Would do this a million times! The first class upgrade on the island spectacular is worth it!!
Beautiful but WAY too much chatter from other passengers...
Cathy_R, Apr 2024
This experience was amazing and terrible at the same time. It was the first time I had ever been in a helicopter at the urging of my Army veteran husband. He was sure I would love it. The views and vistas were spectacular, but the helicopter company put us on a flight with parents of two very young children (likely 7 and 4 or so). We were required to wear headsets to hear all pilot instructions and each adult was given a microphone to speak to the pilot. Each of the two parents abdicated their microphone to their children who proceeded to talk the ENTIRE TRIP..."are we there yet, can we land there, where is the other pilot, have you ever crashed, what is this, what is that…”, and other quite inane questions. The pilot had to tell them a few times he needed to talk on the radio so they would stop for a few minutes. He handled it very gracefully, but barely got a word in edgewise for his normal narration. He chose beautiful background music for the flight but we barely heard it as the children's questions and comments were nonstop. My husband and I have 6 children so there is no doubt we absolutely love kids, but there is a time and place for non-stop chatter. This was not a flight with just their family, there were two other people who made a significant financial investment to have this experience. We were so hoping at some point, the parents would tell the children, “hey, there are other people on this flight, let's be quiet for a few minutes and let these other folks ask some questions" or "let's be quiet and enjoy quiet reflection time and enjoy the vast beauty ahead of us”. But no, they let them talk for almost 2 hours non-stop. We could not get out of the helicopter fast enough. We will definitely not EVER do this type of experience again with young children aboard unless they are our grandchildren and it is solely our family aboard. We will also recommend to our children, if they take their kids, to either have a solo family experience or to be mindful of other people aboard if they do not have kids. If there ever is a next time, we will know to ask to have an adult only flight.
The tour was very well...
Helen_T, Mar 2024
The tour was very well organized. The instructions were clear, the waiting area comfortable. The tour started on time. Our guide Shane was fantastic; very knowledgeable and helpful. We saw various beautiful landscapes, many of which are unaccessible from land. I highly recommend this tour.
Joseph_Y, Feb 2024
This was the most amazing experience! We felt so safe and our pilot Hans was so kind and such a great host! By far our favorite thing we did on the island. The views were absolutely breathtaking! Highly highly recommend!!!!!
Steve_M, Feb 2024
Awesome views! Awesome pilot, Shane. We would do it again. We recommend to anyone thinking about it.
Both parts of the trip,...
Danny_A, Feb 2024
Both parts of the trip, the viewing of the volcano area and the coastline experience were incredible!
We had Hans as a pilot he...
Joseph_Z, Jan 2024
We had Hans as a pilot he was smart kind funny and safe. Would recommend to anyone! So beautiful! Thanks for the history.
They were wonderful
Karen_H, Jan 2024
My husband got claustrophobic and didn’t go. I got motion sick but the staff was great and dropped me off at a beautiful garden park. While I waited for my husband to come and pick me up.
Thomas_W, Dec 2023
Our pilot, Shane, was awesome and five stars for him. Family had a great time. Thank you. vddddffffffffffffffff
Dan_B, Dec 2023
Breathtaking views that you cannot see any other way. A must do experience for anyone on the big island.
You will be in awe!
Pamela_D, Nov 2023
See the diversity of the big island! This company is so professional, and the helipad is convenient to Waikoloa. We saw half the island in under two hours. Our pilot was knowledgeable and friendly and definitely a highlight of our trip.
Volcanoes and Valleys
Dortha_H, Oct 2023
Excellent tour over the volcanoes and the valleys on the northeast coast of the big island. Most memorable moments were flying into the valleys and seeing the incredible waterfalls.
Another check off on the bucket list, whilst on another bucket list item! Breathtaking!
nancy_c, Oct 2023
Our pilot Shane was extremely informative. He invited all questions, and he would have had his ear full had I not had laryngitis at the time! Shane's knowledge and love of the island was very palpable and this tour really gives a different perspective of the Big Island. I did have some sinus congestion before boarding, and wound up getting airplane ear which has not resolved in over 24 hours, so I recommend that you hold off on this if you are susceptible to airplane ear or have a cold. We purchased the video which we will use to educate our grandchildren on volcanoes and the history of the Big Island. Thank you Shane!
Fantastic! A must do!
carol_p, Aug 2023
Pilot and his love of the island and showing it to us! The island is beautiful and we saw more than if we had rented a car!
A beautiful way to see the island- Big Island Spectacular
kylee_b, May 2023
Blue Hawaiian helicopter. We did the big island spectacular which goes around almost the entire island (volcanos on south side, cliffs and waterfalls on north side). The northern part was our favorite! There is really no other way to see the incredible cliffs and waterfalls on this side of the island. Incredible! There wasn't active lava flow for the southern part. If there was, I think that would have been very cool. If you are prone to motion sickness on planes, I'd recommend taking motion sickness meds. It's a pretty smooth ride but our trip was 2 hours and that'd be a long time to feel sick! You are not able to pick your spot on the helicopter, they go by weight distribution. No matter where you sit, the views were really spectacular. There are 3 seats in the front (including the pilot) and 4 in the back. Our pilot was very knowledgeable. I asked him a lot of questions and loved learning more about the island. You'll feel like you should take pictures but I recommend not taking too many. They don't do the views justice! And there is some glare out the windows. Blue Hawaiian videotapes the entire ride and you can purchase your video for about $60 afterwards.
Einfach toll
Eduard_S, Mar 2024
Der Pilot hatte eine sehr ruhige und angenehme Art. Er hat darauf geachtet, dass alle Passagiere die selbe Sicht hatten. Das Wetter war sonnig. Die Flugroute hat über die ganze Insel geführt. Insgesamt ein sehr tolles und unvergessliches Erlebnis.
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