Big Island of Hawaii

Circle of Fire Helicopter Tour

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Circle of Fire Helicopter Tour

From $359.00

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up to 24 hours before the experience starts (local time)

  • 50 minutes
  • Flight time: 50 minutes
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


The best way to see Hawaii’s steaming vents and glowing lava has always been like the birds. You’ll get that feeling on this helicopter tour, soaring above one of the most volcanically active islands on the planet. Getting the pilot’s commentary via headphones, you’ll witness waterfalls, craters, the craggy coastline, and—if Pele has her say—the volcano’s fiery glow.
  • Get views of Kilauea and Mauna Loa not accessible by vehicle
  • Communicate with your pilot via noise-canceling headphones and microphones
  • Both morning and afternoon options available to suit your schedule
  • Limited to 6 travelers, you'll get a more personalized experience

What's Included

  • Pilot Guide who are also State of Hawaii Certified Tour Guides
  • Use of Bose Aviation-grade, electronic noise-cancelling headsets
  • Use of microphones with 2-way communication with pilot
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • USB in-flight video and photo packages available after flight for purchase.
  • Transportation to and from heliport
  • Parking fees at heliport, $10 USD

Meeting and Pickup

Meeting point

  • Blue Hawaiian Helicopters
    Hilo, HI 96720, USA

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

For this Hawaii Volcanoes National Park helicopter tour make your own way to the Hilo Heliport. Once you’re there, board the helicopter type you picked at checkout—either an ECO-Star or A-Star.

The ECO-Star offers a spacious interior, more than 60 square feet of viewing glass and theater-style back row seating for a better view. The A-Star features bench-style seating and 50 square feet of viewing glass. Both are flown by Blue Hawaiian's pilots and maintained by Blue Hawaiian's technicians.

Put on headphones for commentary as you go, and take flight. You’ll soar high above Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to see the active volcanoes, Kilauea and Mauna Loa. Catch sight of Hawaiian waterfalls, Halemaumau Crater, and the Hamakua Coast, too.

At the end of this Hawaii helicopter flight, land back at the heliport, where you can decide what to do next during your stay in the Aloha State.

Hilo (Pass By)

Volcano (Pass By)

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Pass By)

Kilauea Volcano (Pass By)

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
  • Surfaces are 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 45 minutes 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. You will receive confirmation of tour time after booking. Late arrivals will not be accepted and non-refundable. It is the guest responsibility to allow ample travel time to our bases in case of traffic delays.
  • 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.
  • Tour sights vary depending on weather.
  • No scuba diving within 24-hours of tour departure
  • Gratuity is not included and is left to individual discretion.
  • Bags, large cameras, extending selfie sticks are not allowed in the helicopter.
  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
  • 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
Helicopter tour was amazing. Booked for my daughters birthday. The pilot gave her a little shout out, he was very kind, funny, and knowledgeable. Took the time to introduce himself, shake all of our hands, and remember our names throughout the flight. The volcanoes were amazing on their own. We were able to fly around and see from different angles, so everyone was able to get a good look.


41 reviews
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Patti_B, Mar 2024
The land base crew and pilot were great! Very informative narration....and the views were great! Thank you for an excellent adventure!!👍
Fantastic helicopter tour
Tim_R, Mar 2024
My 2 daughters and I had an amazing experience with Blue Hawaii. Our helicopter pilot was professional, had a great sense of humor, and had a great sound track for the 50 min helicopter tour. We can’t thank the pilot enough. This was our first tour on a helicopter and we will never forget the great memories of this trip.
Cheryl_G, Mar 2024
Views you can’t see from anywhere else. Pure awesomeness. Pilot was informative and entertaining. Would definitely do again.
Good flight
Dave_B, Mar 2024
We got lucky as earlier flights was cancelled due to weather. We had some light rain and clouds but were able to see all the volcanoes we flew over, some smoke and some red heat radiating from the ground, though no lava. Amazing seeing the damage the lava flow causes with the large long and wide trails of devastation left behind and the trees to the side that weren’t in the lavas path.
Great experience seeing volcanos.
Joanna_F, Mar 2024
Our pilot took a little extra time to return to volcano after clouds had cleared. His commentary was excellent and he was careful to circle the copter so that everyone could see.
Natasha_S, Mar 2024
10x better than any other heli-tour we’ve been on. Pilot was excellent and very knowledgeable about the history, biology, and geography of the area, was conscientious of his passengers comfort, as well as entertaining.
Once in a life time experience
Darrell_L, Mar 2024
Seeing the volcanos up close it was amazing. Tim our pilot was great very knowledgeable about everything we flew over. Juliana and Miriam were also awesome went above and beyond to get us on our flight.
We loved it! Will definitely book again.
Kimberly_K, Feb 2024
This was a beautiful, smooth, informative and entertaining ride. I can not say enough about the staff! Eric was great and even helped us plan (and gave written and map directions) for sightseeing and reataurants. Wesley will always be our favorite piolet. Cannot say enough about how great it was. Thanks again!
Excellent flight
Mary_B, Feb 2024
Mike did an excellent job explaining what we were seeing, answering questions and piloting. He provided different angles for photos as we hovered over the volcano.
Vindictive Business
Brad_A, Jan 2024
The operator sneakily sprung a hidden fee for heavier passengers on the Viator website's mobile version. Despite our complaint, they reluctantly made an exception. However, upon boarding (with life vests and headsets dawned), they unleashed a theatrical spectacle of inconsistent stories to abruptly cancel the helicopter tour. Initially citing paperwork discrepancies, they swiftly pivoted to a malfunctioning switch, and then, after 20 minutes, claimed the cancellation was due to the pilot needing lunch. Blue Hawaiian's vindictive nature was glaring. They shamelessly blamed the FAA for an "overweight" passenger fee, conveniently ignoring that the FAA doesn't mandate such charges, only emphasizing the need for balance. Crafting deceitful narratives to settle personal scores is a despicable business tactic. It's disheartening that they ruined our 5th wedding anniversary and our best friend's engagement opportunity with their callous cancellation. Start away from this business. At least we got a refund.
Robert_S, Jan 2024
It was a breath taking tour. Tim is a skilled pilot, who is very knowledgeable about the Island’s history. Great Team in place, we all felt very welcomed and safe at all times. Highly recommend!
Worth every penny to see active volcanoes from the sky
Hilary_M, Jan 2024
Stunning views above and around the volcanoes while feeling safe and secure with our pilot Mike in a state of the art helicopter!
Would recommend
George_O, Dec 2023
Our pilot Wesley was exceptional. We had a great time and felt super safe the whole time. 55 minutes was the perfect amount of time to see what we wanted to see.
Best helicopter tour
Haley_S, Dec 2023
Such an amazing experience!! Wesley was hands down the best!! We did the circle of fire and loved it!!
The Best
Karan_K, Nov 2023
Not exactly what I expected. It was better than that. Do take this ride. What a view. I am a little afraid of height but with the closed doors I felt safe.
Thus was my first time in...
Charlene_B, Nov 2023
Thus was my first time in a helicopter, and it qas amazing. I loved Being able to see the volcanos and the lava routes. Looking down at the papaya field's
The pilot was a very good...
Heather_L, Nov 2023
The pilot was a very good guide with many years experience flying and providing tours. The staff were great . Many thanks
Amazing Adventure
Helder_C, Nov 2023
This was a great adventure! Ethan was out pilot and he really kept us all engaged. The meeting location at the Hilo airport is well maintained and has a restroom for those antsy flyers. You can’t be the view of the volcanos.
Don’t Miss This!
Scott_S, Nov 2023
Great tour with our group! Our pilot Ethan was smooth and a had so much knowledge about the Big Island!
A Great Experience
RobertW_C, Nov 2023
My wife and I had love to been to Hawaii many times, however, we never experienced a helicopter ride. She doesn’t dig flying so much. We were recommended the Blue Helicopter tour and it was great. Smooth flight, unbelievable views, and an overall great experience. We would highly recommend.

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