Big Island of Hawaii

Big Island Volcano Deluxe Helicopter Tour

Big Island of Hawaii, USA
Big Island Volcano Deluxe
  • 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Flight time: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


See the steam vents and fiery lava streams of Kilauea during a Big Island aerial tour by six-passenger helicopter. View Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa while soaring over Hawaii Volcanoes National Park; hover above waterfalls cascading from the cliffs of Kohala; and marvel at the rain forest of the Hamakua coast. You’ll get a comprehensive look at Hawaii in a short time.
  • Big Island deluxe helicopter tour of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
  • View Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa, and active Kilauea from above
  • Pilot whisks you through the Kohala mountains and Hamakua coast
  • Souvenir photos and HD flight video on USB, available to purchase

What's Included

  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Professional guide
  • HD video of actual flight on USB (available to purchase)
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort
    62-100 Kaunaʻoa Dr, Waimea, HI 96743, USA

    Meet at heliport on property. Go to guard shack for a map

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Sunshine Helicopters Big Island

Admission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Total weight per passenger: 290 lbs
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Weight Restriction: It is important that we have accurate body weight from every passenger. FAA regulations require all passengers to be weighed at time of check-in. Any passenger weighing 290 lbs. or more will require a comfort seat. Call reservations for more information.
  • Scuba Diving: No scuba diving 24 hours prior to helicopter tour departure time.
  • Children: A child 23 months or younger may fly at no charge and must sit on adult’s lap. Please provide child’s weight at time of booking. Children 2 yrs. and older must occupy a seat with seat belt on and are charged full fare.
  • Check-in: Check-in is minimum 45 minutes prior to your tour departure time. For your safety and comfort, hats and over sized bags are not permitted on the flight line or in the helicopter. Please leave these items in your automobile. Bring picture I.D.
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • All Flights Include: Ground safety briefing, pilot personal narration and choreographed music recorded on the live digital video, Stereo aviator headsets with individual volume control, custom built digital recording system, polarized bubble windows, air-conditioned climate control, custom interiors and much more!
  • Routes & Flight Time: Sunshine does not fly any specific routes but has many sights within the area of a described tour that we intend to visit during a tour. Sights may vary due to weather. Flight times are estimates and may vary a few minutes.
  • Actual Flight Video: A high-definition video of your actual flight narrated and orchestrated by your pilot is available on USB for purchase.
  • Photography: Bring camera and wear a dark colored shirt to reduce glare on the plexiglass windows.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • 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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Great experience, stunning views, awesome team. Everything went smooth and on time. Pilot and ground crew were very professional.


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Only way to see crater and coast in such magnificent way.
Nemanja_J, Apr 2024
Great experience, stunning views, awesome team. Everything went smooth and on time. Pilot and ground crew were very professional.
Helicopter flight over volcanos and coastline
EJane_M, Feb 2024
Sunshine’s service was excellent and our pilot was as knowledgeable and helpful. Ww had to reschedule because of cloud one day but were able to go the next day. Perfect day and trip!
M_T, Feb 2024
Disappointed that we did not fly over any of the volcanoes. Too much lava field and desert line. Shoreline and whale watching was nice.
Exactly what we wanted
Cindy_S, Jan 2024
Ryan was an excellent pilot. The equipment was great. Located right next to our Westin resort. Fabulous!
Good experience
Doyin_S, Jan 2024
Overall this was a good experience but it isn’t advertised accurately. I was under the assumption that we would be picked up from the hotel and was disappointed to hear that we wouldn’t be because they were low on staff. This should have been communicated beforehand and we should have been compensated for the lack of transport. We had to find a rental car last minute and struggled to find the heliport when we arrived at the resort, as the signs are not big and clear. After we got there the experience was fun and Maria (our pilot) was great. The helicopter ride itself truly was a great experience, I was disappointed at not being informed in a timely manner about the lack of transport to the heliport; as this was an additional cost and I felt the tour itself was already expensive so it’s rather misleading. I would have probably booked a cheaper experience if I was aware about this but it was too late to cancel. My partner and I did enjoy the tour but I would advise others to get clarity on all the details prior to booking, so as not to be surprised by unexpected costs.
Great time worth the $$
Heather_J, Dec 2023
Awesome pilot Maria! Great experience and very knowledgeable. Beautiful trip. We had a great time. Would highly recommend!
Sarah_M, Dec 2023
I was terrified- to be honest. No fault of the pilot- she was amazing. I did this solely for my boyfriend. When she rounded the corner and we saw the waterfalls- it brought tears to my eyes (truly). It was the most majestic thing I have ever seen- hands down. When we finished I would've paid double for the experience. I'm glad I did it once- I'll never do it again- it did scare me (I do not like flying generally or heights.)
Best helicopter tour!
Mellissa_B, Nov 2023
The whole trip around the Big Island with volcanoes to waterfalls was fabulous. From the greeting by the staff to our pilot Eric- Knowledgeable, funny, engaging and great play list for the trip. We looked at several options and this one is hands down the best. Check out Sunshine Helicopters. You will be glad you did.
Danette_B, Nov 2023
Eric, our pilot was fun-loving, informative, and attentive. It was an amazing AMAZING experience! We felt very safe, and he made sure that both sides of the helicopter had good views.
Fly the other guy
Timothy_H, Nov 2023
Our pilot had the personality of a sea slug. His voice is monotone and puts you to sleep. If I heard the name of one more park, I was preparing to jump. How is it possible to be board flying over an active volcano??
25th Anniversary
RobertJ_K, Nov 2023
From the time we took off our Pilot Spencer was professional and knowledgeable about our flight. Our tour of the five Volcano, Ocean banks and Water falls was a memory of a lifetime. Thank you Sunshine Helicopters from Robert and Olga Kenneson.
Awesome tour
TIM_G, Oct 2023
Seeing the volcano and the magnificent valleys The staff was very friendly and accommodating Seeing an active volcano was truly a once in a lifetime experience
Excellent experience!!!
Edwanda_C, Oct 2023
This was a truly an experience we will never forget!!! If you have the time, definitely consider booking this tour, you will not regret it!
Exceptional tour!
David_S, Oct 2023
The views of the coast were magnificent and the experience seeing the active volcano was fascinating. The pilot provided almost non-stop information and what we were seeing, as well as history, culture, botanical information. Above all, the entire team from ground crew to pilot was focused on your safety. Would highly recommend this tour!
Awesome Experience
Elena_T, Oct 2023
This tour was an awesome experience. It was mine and my husband’s 5th anniversary, so we flew out to Hawaii and wanted to do a helicopter tour together. The guide was very knowledgeable and informative about the island’s agriculture, he made sure the whole group had opportunities to see the volcanoes, waterfalls, and other cool areas on the island. The only reason I’m giving 3 stars is because the location given on Viator isn’t the meetup site. It takes you to the hotel, but the meetup location is actually up the road. Should be listed on Viators main page. Lastly, when you wear bright colors (seen in one of my photos) it obscures your views and makes it difficult for others to snap pictures of the landscape when colors reflect off the glass. It is recommended to wear dark colors to prevent ruining someone’s experience. The tourist should have been placed in the middle row, not the edge to prevent that. Otherwise, I’d recommend and would do it again.
If you want to see the Big Island do this tour!
Ryan_W, Oct 2023
So many volcanos and lava fields! Pilots voice very soothing. Be sure to book your trip early in your stay just in case the weather forces a reschedule.
An amazing experience!...
michelle_g, Oct 2023
An amazing experience! The ride was very smooth and the pilot was very knowledgeable. It was amazing seeing the island from such a different perspective. We went for the volcanoes but the highlight ended up being the waterfalls. Stunning!
This tour is a game changer!
Kerry_L, Sep 2023
We've always been to cheap to do the more expensive adventures on vacation, but decided it was necessary rhis time to see Kilauea and the island. I am so glad we did, and moving forward we will be doing helicopter tours wherever the landscape would be better viewed from above. Sunshine was a great company; we felt safe the entire time and Maria was very knowledgeable and a great guide. A must do!
Brilliant helicopter tour.
Jonathan_B, Sep 2023
This is a superb outfit, running a fantastic tour of Hawaii big island. We thoroughly recommend it. Safe, exciting, informative, enjoyable. Really good people and a great time.
Rachael_V, Aug 2023
Even thou we couldn’t go to the volcano they still made the trip exciting. They made sure that we were happy

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