Big Island of Hawaii

Kona: Volcano and Kohala Valleys Tour with Exclusive Landing

Badge of ExcellenceBig Island of Hawaii, USA
Volcano Helicopter Tour and Private Paradise Landing
  • 3 hours
  • Flight time: 1 hour 40 minutes to 2 hours
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Soar over the rugged coastline, active volcanoes and cascading waterfalls of the Big Island on this unforgettable helicopter tour. Listen to expert narration from your pilot while soaking up incredible aerial views of smoking Kilauea Volcano and the magnificent mountains and sea cliffs of the Kohala Coast. Touch down on a lush and remote part of the island that most visitors never get to see, and enjoy your own private slice of paradise before taking to the skies again.
  • Helicopter adventure with a landing in a remote valley
  • Get amazing views of the Big Island of Hawaii
  • Soar over the active Kilauea volcano and look for flowing lava
  • See the lush Kohala Coast from the air
  • Land at a private landing site and enjoy free time in a remote tropical setting
  • Listen to descriptive narration from your professional pilot
  • HAI and ISBAO safety certified operator

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Take a helicopter ride to part of the Kohala Coast that most tourists don't get to see.

What's Included

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

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Kona International Airport
    73-200 Kupipi St, Kalaoa, HI 96740, USA

    Departure Point: Heliport at Kona International Airport Address: 73-341 Uu St, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

Start time

10:30 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Experience the spectacular scenery of Hawaii’s Big Island the way it was meant to be seen—from the air. Your adventure begins at Kona International Airport, where you’ll meet your expert pilot and climb aboard a luxury, 6-passenger Bell 407 helicopter. Slip on a two-way headset to communicate with your pilot throughout the flight and listen to narration about the sights below.

Soar over Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and its most famous feature, Kilauea Volcano. See evidence of the most recent eruption of Kilauea, which ranks among the most active volcanoes in the world. You might even see puffs of smoke and molten lava spewing from its crater. Gain a new perspective on the dramatic cliffs and waterfalls of the Kohala Coast, as well as lush inland mountains and valleys.

Touch down on a remote, rarely visited section of the island and enjoy free time to explore this secluded tropical paradise. After strolling and relaxing among your private slice of island heaven, climb back aboard the helicopter to continue your airborne tour of Hawaii’s highlights.

The tour concludes back at the Kona airport, where you can pose for pictures with your pilot and helicopter if you like.

Kilauea (Pass By)

Kohala (Pass By)

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Pass By)

Kohala 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
  • Due to weather, flights may be 100 to 120 minutes in length
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult. Children 8 yrs and older must sit in the front middle seat. Children 12 yrs and older may sit by an open door.
  • All pilots and aircraft are FAA-certified
  • Helicopter holds 6 passengers; larger groups may be separated
  • 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.
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Front seat guests CAN NOT EXCEED 330lbs combined weight.
  • 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.

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Steven_S
I can’t describe in words how beautiful/breathtaking this tour/trip was. The pictures and view that i got to see no money could buy. Absolutely amazing! The ride around the mountains was very smooth and relaxing. The operator guide was awesome, very knowledgeable about the nature, weather, and also the island and everything it has to offer. There’s a secluded area on top of the mountain we landed and had a snack, coffee, soda. You can also bring your on food for a short lunch on top of a mountain overlooking the coast. I highly recommend this tour if you want to have unforgettable experiences in your life.

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Incredible Family Experience
Michael_L, Mar 2024
We had an incredible experience! Our pilot was great- very knowledgeable - we learned a lot about this amazing island. The views were incredible- I highly recommend this tour and crew!
Unforgettable moments
Steven_S, Jul 2023
I can’t describe in words how beautiful/breathtaking this tour/trip was. The pictures and view that i got to see no money could buy. Absolutely amazing! The ride around the mountains was very smooth and relaxing. The operator guide was awesome, very knowledgeable about the nature, weather, and also the island and everything it has to offer. There’s a secluded area on top of the mountain we landed and had a snack, coffee, soda. You can also bring your on food for a short lunch on top of a mountain overlooking the coast. I highly recommend this tour if you want to have unforgettable experiences in your life.
Amazing views
Jeff_E, Mar 2023
Amazing views you cannot get any other way. Paige did a great job narrating what we were seeing and adding local color.
Disappointing experience
janicepinterics, Mar 2023
We were told to come 45 minutes early. However, the tour started 30 minutes late so we were sitting around for over an hour only to find out they couldn’t fly over the volcanoes. I think they knew they couldn’t fly that morning and I think they should’ve let us know earlier. We could have made other plans if we had known earlier. We were actually able to spot whales, which was very exciting. However, the pilot said we would see more and only stayed over them for about 45 seconds. We never saw anymore, so I was really disappointed that he didn’t hover around the whales longer because it was the most exciting part of the trip. It was pretty but not what we hoped it would be.
Great experience
Shirleymtz44, Aug 2022
Landing in the valley was beautiful couldn’t ask for a better view. We saw parts of the big island you couldn’t see any other way
Nice viewsKnowledgeable staff, pricy , unfair to sell the middle seat
Leila_G, Jan 2022
The ride is nice only if you sitting by the window There is one middle seat in each flight that is not really fun, you can’t see well There is extra charge if you want the best seat which is the front seat beside the pilot , I think they also should reduce the price of the middle seat or stop offering it overall as whoever wants to travel the helicopter and pay this price , doing it to see the nice views so sitting at middle makes the experience really non fun
Incredible sights from above
Todd_W, Dec 2021
Awesome experience. Page, our helicopter pilot was very knowledgeable and did a great job flying over the active volcano and turning around several times so both sides of the helicopter could see the lava. The Big Island is breathtaking and can’t be accessed by car in a lot of areas. You really can’t appreciate the island until you get into a helicopter to see it for yourself. Highly recommended this tour and company.
A Must If You Want To Really Experience the Island!
Keith_L, Oct 2021
Taking this helicopter tour was one of the best decisions I've made in a very long time. I love experiencing as much as I can about new destinations I travel to, their culture, history, geography, etc. With the helicopter tour you see the island in ways you can't see with ground tours or trekking on your own. With a knowledgeable and easy-going pilot makes the experience better. It allows for an excursion that is unequal and memorable that will stay with you. I was able to see the lava bursts which is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I'll never forget. Then add the jaw dropping views of the coast makes this excursion a must for travelers to the island. I've already told my friends about it.
Highly recommended. Worth the price...
Ajitha S, Mar 2018
Highly recommended. Worth the price. To be in between valleys and have waterfalls on both sides, landing on a no-man place, seeing volcano drain into ocean is one of kind experience.
Awesome tour but did not know I...
Krystyna L, Feb 2018
Awesome tour but did not know I would be sick in the air. But I really did enjoy the scenery and the company.
Great way to see the island...
Michael W, Nov 2016
Great way to see the island. Weather can affect flight and caused cancellation of our first scheduled flight. Flowing lava into the sea is very impressive view. Note that there are restrictions on how close helicopters can approach the eruptions in Volcano National Park. Facing backwards was not the best seat for viewing or photography. Mountains on north end of the island extremely impressive. Brief landing was plus for trip.
What a great experience! Our pilot...
Gary H, Sep 2016
What a great experience! Our pilot, Troy was exceptional in telling the story of the Big Island. He took us up close and personal with the volcano and its amazing history. The flight into the green caverns was amazing. Absolutely the best way to start your stay on the Big Island.
Had a great trip. Well worth time and...
kathleen g, Aug 2016
Had a great trip. Well worth time and money. Lots of fun, interesting, and beautiful sights.
Ryan our pilot was AWESOME!! This...
Rose M, Jun 2016
Ryan our pilot was AWESOME!! This was our first time in a helicopter and have to admit we were a little nervous! No reason to be nervous at all! Such a smooth ride! Got to see so much of the island from a totally different view which was breathtaking! I think this was our favorite thing that we did all week and we did a lot! If you can do this one while you are there... DO IT!
We all enjoyed the guided tour and...
anita_h, May 2016
We all enjoyed the guided tour and of course the view was excellent. We were lucky with a very clear day. My husband 85 had this on his bucket list. Well worth the cost. Thank you.
Friendly staff, smooth ride, and...
Samantha B, Apr 2016
Friendly staff, smooth ride, and gorgeous views. What more could we ask?
SPECTACULAR!! AMAZING!! SUPERB!! Add...
Michael J A, Nov 2015
SPECTACULAR!! AMAZING!! SUPERB!! Add about 30 more adjectives and you will get an idea of how fun this was. Our pilot, CHRIS, was a Marine helicopter pilot for a couple of decades, and took us up close and personal into the narrowest of canyons, with 4 waterfalls each a few hundred feet high flowing heavily, and we were right next to them. He landed us in the remote valley where King Kamehameha was hidden when he was a child from the rulers who were trying to kill him before he could claim the throne. We spent an hour having a picnic and hiking around. We made alot of memories on this flight, and cannot thank Chris and Paradise Helicopters enough. I would absolutely recommend everyone do this. There is a point where you are looking at the cost and going Thats a helluva lotta money for three hours but trust me, just do it. The money will come and go but the memories from this ride will last forever. A note of caution, this is a weather dependent thing - the island has almost daily rain on one side, and I would really recommend getting a clear understanding how it will work if you need to reschedule. We drew very lucky, huge rains the day before and after our ride, but spectacular clear skies were what we got. Sometimes you just get lucky, as I said. Also, my wife experienced nausea because she got the seat facing backwards in the copter. If anyone in your party is prone to sea/air sickness or motion sickness, let them know so they can do their best to minimize anything in that regard.
Had a great trip we did the 3 hour...
Gregory H, Aug 2015
Had a great trip we did the 3 hour trip around the Big Island our pilot was professional and informed. Fortunately we had fairly good weather and the windward side we got to see great water falls and valleys. The landing in the outback was a minor disappointment we were high on a ridge and had great views but it was a clear cut area and hunting/ work camp. We did hike to the camp cabin was nice but not great. I would recommend this.
The pilot could of been more...
C M S, Jul 2015
The pilot could of been more knowledgeable and informative
The helicopter tour was absolutely...
LeRoy C, Jun 2015
The helicopter tour was absolutely fantastic. The staff was excellent and professional - very helpful from start to finish. Our pilot gave us great information, made us feel safe and gave us a smooth, beautiful ride. This was certainly the most exciting and memorable experience of our trip to Hawaii.

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