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Helicopter tours in Big Island, Hawaii – prices, duration, what to expect


The Big Island is the largest island in Hawaii. It has many natural attractions such as green-colored Papakolea beach, black-colored Punalu’u beach, lush rainforests, and active volcanoes like Kilauea and Mauna Loa. 

Since most of these sites are best seen from the air, helicopter tours of Big Island are popular with tourists. 

These helicopter tours come in many flavors and take off from Kailua-Kona, Hilo, and Waimea.

This article shares everything you must know before booking a helicopter tour of Big Island, Hawaii.

Helicopter tours from Kona

Kailua-Kona is a town on the west coast of the Big Island, also known as Hawaii Island.

Since it offers better weather, beaches, snorkeling, the latest resorts, and more nightlife, most tourists prefer to stay in Kailua-Kona. 

As a result, some of the best helicopter tours in Big Island take off from the Kona Airport. 

We list them below – 

The Big Island Experience

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You get treated like a VIP on this tour because it is a private 4-passenger helicopter tour of the Big Island from Kona.

If you want to take your Hawaii vacation to the sky, this is the perfect experience.

Your pilot explains the terrain below, including valleys, waterfalls, coastline, and—of course—an active volcano. 

You will head straight to Kilauea via the saddle running between Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, Hawaii’s tallest mountains.

Duration in the air: Two hours

Cost of the tour: US$671 per person

Kona Coast Helicopter Tour

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This trip is the best helicopter tour to explore Kona Coast from the air.

You will fly from Kona Airport (Southbound) past Honokohau Bay, Kona Town, Keauhou to the famous Captain Cook or (Northbound) to the famous Kua Bay, Kiholo Bay, Hapuna Beach, and Kawaihae. 

This heli tour gets even more popular during the whale season because you get to spot whales from the top. 

Duration in the air: 30 minutes

Cost of the tour: US$241 per person

Volcano and Kohala Landing Helicopter Tour

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Experience the breathtaking scenery of Hawaii’s Big Island from the air, the way it was designed to be seen.

On this fantastic helicopter trip, soar over the Big Island’s rocky coastline, active volcanoes, and gushing waterfalls.

While soaking up stunning airborne views of the smoldering Kilauea Volcano and the magnificent mountains and sea cliffs of the Kohala Coast, listen to expert narration from your pilot.

Land on a remote rarely visited section of the island and explore the quiet tropical paradise.

After you have had your fill, climb back aboard the helicopter to continue your flying tour of Hawaii’s natural landmarks. 

Duration in the air: Three hours

Cost of the tour: US$962 per person

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Helicopter tours from Hilo

Located on the northeastern side of the island of Hawaii, Hilo offers breathtaking natural beauty.

Lots of helicopter tours take off from Hilo International Airport, out of which we recommend two of the best below.

Lava and Rainforests Adventure by Helicopter 

This Big Island helicopter flight from Hilo is a must-do for adrenaline junkies.

On this aerial adventure, you fly over the island’s volcanic landscape and peer into craters, and spot lava. 

During the tour, you also enjoy stunning waterfalls and other natural features of the Big Island.

Duration in the air: 55 minutes to 1 hour 

Cost of the tour: US$493 per person

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Helicopter tours from Waimea

Waimea is known for its lush green hills, its proximity to the impressive Waipi’o Valley, and the beautiful white sand beaches on the north Kona and Kohala coast.

Many helicopter tours of Hawaii’s Big Island take off from the Waimea Kohala Airport, and we recommend a few below. 

Big Island’s Volcano Helicopter Tour

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This experience is the ideal heli tour to explore Hawaii in a short time.

You will see the steam vents and fiery lava streams of Kilauea and marvel at the Hamakua Coast’s rain forest. 

View Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa while soaring over Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and hover above waterfalls cascading from the cliffs of Kohala.

After the tour is over, you can purchase souvenir photos and HD flight videos on USB. 

Duration in the air: 1 hour 45 minutes

Cost of the tour: US$639 per person

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Doors-Off Tour of Kohala Valleys and Waterfalls

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This open-door helicopter tour of the Big Island takes you deep into the heart of Kohala.

The 4-seater doors-off helicopter takes you over Kohala’s valleys and waterfalls and puts you up close to towering cliffs along the coast.

It is the best way to see the lush grandeur of the island’s valleys and waterfalls.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to feel the scorching heat of volcanic lava.

A two-way headset provides live commentary, guaranteeing that you don’t miss a thing.

Duration in the air: 30-35 minutes

Cost of the tour: US$399 per person

Kohala and Hamakua Coast Flight

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On a helicopter flight along the Big Island’s east coast, see the island from a fresh perspective. 

This experience is an excellent aerial tour of valleys and waterfalls along the Kohala/Hamakua Coast.

View the island’s wide valleys, sheer ocean cliffs, old mountains, and magnificent waterfalls from a bird’s eye perspective. 

Duration in the air: 40 45 minutes

Cost of the tour: US$324 per person

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Cancellation policy

You can cancel your helicopter tour of Big Island, Hawaii, up to 24 hours before the experience for a full refund. 

All air tours over Hawaii require good weather. 

If it is canceled due to poor weather (heavy rain, low cloud ceilings, lightning, or extreme winds), you will be offered a different date or a full refund. 

Failure to show up for your appointment without notice will result in the cancellation of your tour without a refund.

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