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This activity is located on: Big Island

Helicopter with Doors Off - Hilo


Take a thrilling flight above one of the most active volcanoes on the planet!


Doors Open Helicopter Ride: Feel The Heat!

Kilauea volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii has been actively erupting since 1983. While most of the eruptions are not explosive, you will be able to witness a continuous flow of hot magma towards the ocean. Once it reaches the shore, the hot lava meets crashing waves, causing one of the most impressive geological spectacles. Steam and ashes rise as the great pacific starts to boil in the wild encounter of elements.


  • Sights of current volcanic activity on Kilauea
  • Lush rainforest views in Puna
  • A new vantage point on the famous waterfalls of Hilo
  • Two-way communication between all guests and the pilot

Activity Times:

9:30 AM
11:30 AM
1:30 PM
3:30 PM

Activity Duration:

0.75 Hour

Upgrade Options:

Carbon Offset ($6 per person)
Window Seats ($50 per person)

What’s Included?

  • 40 to 50 minute ride in an MD 500 helicopter
  • Narration of facts and legends by an expert guide
  • Mauna Loa’s vistas
  • Tropical rainforests of Puna
  • Waterfalls of North Hilo
  • mesmerizing Hilo waterfalls

Carbon Offset - Helps Plant Trees in Hawaii ($6 Upgrade)

Window Seat - Guarantee the best view for photos ($50 Upgrade)


Helicopter Tour with Doors Off

Lava activity is unpredictable and never guaranteed.


The Hawaiian Islands are a geological hot spot, characterized by strong tectonic activity. Their tall mountain peaks have been created by centuries of volcanic activity. The fiery mountains have brought much destruction, but also countless blessings to Hawaii. With the constant build up of nutrient rich new soil and fertilizing ashes, Hawaii has become a true miracle of eco-systems.

The tall mountains that built up after repeated tectonic activity and eruptions are home to several climate zones, from volcanic desert to tropical rain forest, from azure coast to snowy peaks. A unique multitude of flora and fauna find their niches on these isolated landscapes in the middle of the pacific.

While the other Hawaiian Islands are relatively inactive nowadays, the Big Island volcano national park is very active and sparely populated until today. Here, it is said, is the home of the fire goddess Pele and her Sister Hi’iaka – the goddess of dance and medicine. People have been fascinated with the Big Island for hundreds of years; many legends are told about the unique natural phenomena and geological wonders of this special place.

A ride in our Hughes 500 helicopter will give you more than a front row seat for nature’s most spectacular display. We will take you up 500 feet above open vents and flowing lava of Kilauea. Our helicopter has no doors, so you will be able to smell, hear and feel the volcano in all its frightening power. Even as you fly high above the surface flows, waves of hot air will roll over you. The lava can reach temperatures of 2,000 degrees, so you can be sure to feel the heat of nature’s creative powers.

Image is for illustrative purposes only. Lava activity is unpredictable and never guaranteed.

Kilauea volcano is the star of this show, but there are more world class views on this tour. You will get supreme views of the rich rain forests of Hilo and the colorful rainbows in the mist above Wai’anuenue – the rainbow waterfall. Turquoise shores and a new perspective on the neighboring volcano, Mauna Loa, are included in the tour.

Enjoy the most thrilling island tour; soar above natural wonders on a no-doors helicopter ride! We offer morning and afternoon departures from Hilo Airport.

Image is for illustrative purposes only. Lava activity is unpredictable and never guaranteed.

Know before you book:

  • Bring a warm jacket! The helicopter has no doors, so the flight can get quite cool and windy
  • All cameras including cell phones must have straps
  • No hats permitted on flight
  • The tour is suitable for seniors, adults and children aged 8 and above.
  • Guests over 250 lbs may be charged a weight restriction fee.
  • Please come to Hilo Airport 45 minutes before take-off.
  • For safety and health reasons, no scuba diving before 24 hours prior to the tour date.
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