Paradise Helicoters Kilauea Volcano from Hilo

Kilauea Volcano helicopter tours from Hilo

Paradise Helicoters Kilauea Volcano from Hilo Pu'u O'o Crater

Pu‘u O‘o Crater erupted non-stop for 30 years!

Paradise Helicoters Kilauea Volcano from Hilo new eruption

This new vent erupted in March, 2011

Paradise Helicoters Kilauea Volcano from Hilo Bell Jet Ranger

Fly in the luxury and comfort of a Bell 407 Tour Helicopter

Paradise Helicoters Kilauea Volcano from Hilo volcano and waterfalls

60 Minute tours include the volcano and waterfalls

Paradise Helicoters Kilauea Volcano from Hilo fresh lava flow

A fresh lava flow carves a path through the rainforest

Paradise Helicoters Kilauea Volcano from Hilo lava pouring into the sea

Lava began pouring out of the crater wall on December 21, 2020!

Paradise Helicoters Kilauea Volcano from Hilo hot lava

A river of molten lava flowing over the stark landscape of ancient flows

Paradise Helicoters Kilauea Volcano from Hilo hot lava

See the lava lake at the Kilauea Summit Caldera from the air!

COVID-19 AVAILABILITY UPDATE: Paradise Helicopters has resumed normal tour operations and normal capacities on their helicopter tours. If you reserve fewer seats than the capacity of the helicopter, the tour operator will likely sell additional seats to guests from another party who will also be on the tour with you. All guests will be required to wear face masks at checkin and during the tour, are subject to temperature screening, and must present proof of negative Covid-19 test taken prior to arrival in Hawaii.
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Kilauea Volcano is the most active volcano in the world and it has been continuously erupting from 1983 to 2018, paused for 2019, and erupted again in December of 2020! The Hilo airport is just minutes away from the devestating flows of 2018 that forever changed the Puna area landscape. An aerial perspective of the volcano will give you an appreciation for how Hawaiian shield volcanoes create and sculpt the land. And with the new eruption at Kilauea’s Summit, once again it is possible to see active lava on these helicopter tours.

Kilauea Lava and Rainforest – 60 min.

Your adventure begins with checkin and a safety briefing at the Hilo Airport general aviation tour area in Terminal 2. Your flight departs from the airport en route to the Kilauea crater and offers views of Hilo Bay, tropical rainforests of Puna, and the world famous Mauna Loa Macademia Nut Farm. You’ll fly on a 6 passenger Bell Ranger, a luxurious climate-controlled aircraft with 5 out of 6 passenger seats along the window (and the one that isn’t along a window has the advantage of an equally good view out of both sides of the helicopter).

Shortly after leaving the Hilo Airport you’ll see recent areas of activity including the devastating flows of 2018 where rivers of new lava flowed into the ocean from new vents that opened in the Puna area. You’ll see Pu‘u O‘o, the volcanic vent that was the focus of nonstop volcanic activity from 1983 to 2018. And with the new eruption at Kilauea’s Summit, the length and range of this flight has been extended by 10 minutes so that you can witness the active vent inside the Halemaumau fire pit at the Summit Caldera area of Volcanoes National Park. On your return to Hilo you’ll see beautiful Rainbow Falls and other cascades of northern Hilo. This is approximately  a 60 minute flight.

Schedule: Daily (every hour starting from 8am to 4pm)

Capacity: One passenger sits in the front seat with the pilot, two passengers sit in the second row facing rearward, and three passengers sit in the third row facing forward.

What to Bring & Wear: Passengers should wear comfortable clothing including a sweater/jacket and long pants.  Dark colored clothing causes less glare on the windows and improves photography.

General Information
Check In: 30 minutes before flight time at Paradise Helicopters office at Terminal 2 of the Hilo Airport

GPS: 1363 Mokuea St, Hilo, HI 96720 Click to view map

Covid-19 Protocol: Weights and heights for each guest are required at the time of check-in. Staff may ask to check your temperature to ensure you are not exhibiting symptoms. Learn about their elevated health & safety protocol to help observe the COVID-related requirements of social distancing and sanitization:

A word about children flying on these tours.  There are no age restrictions at all on the Bell 407. Child policy is the same on this helicopter as it is on a commercial airliner. Children 2 and older will require their own seat and will pay the same fare as an adult. Infants under the age of 2 are seated in the lap of a parent and fly for free. Be aware that if you push your child to do the tour and then they back out at the last minute, you will not get refunded because your child is afraid to do the tour.

Guests are required to wear a protective face mask (covering the nose and mouth) before, during and after the flight. Please let us know if you have a medical condition preventing you from wearing a mask.

Weight Restrictions: Due to spatial and weight limitations of the helicopter, guests who weight between 265 and 300 pounds are charged a $100 “Capacity Surcharge” and guaranteed a window seat/ Guests who weigh over 300 pounds must purchase an additional seat.

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Fly over the amazing Kilauea crater
helicopter tour lava flow
Watch lava flow into the ocean

Chelicopter tours from Hiloruise Ship Passengers

Hilo Cruise ship passengers are able to do any of these helicopter tours from Hilo but availability is very limited when ships are in port and your reservation should be made weeks in advance of your date! A short cab ride of less than 5 minutes is required, or you can ride a rental car shuttle if you are renting a car for use before and after your flight.

Activity Tips

Kevin Ditamore – Owner / Manager

Yes, helicopter tours are expensive. Honestly though, people don’t come to Hawaii to save money. They come in search of the complete Hawaiian experience. The reality is that there is so much beauty in Hawaii that cannot be seen in any other way except from the air, that the high cost of helicopter tours becomes worth it for those who seek the ultimate in their vacation experience. When you consider the thousands of dollars spent on airfare, meals, and accommodations on a Hawaii vacation, it only makes sense to spend a few hundred dollars more and REALLY see the island while you are here.

These helicopter tours depart from the Hilo airport. Hilo is close to the Kilauea Volcano and flights from Hilo are the most affordable way to see the active volcano from the air. If you are staying in the Kona or Waikoloa resort areas, you’ll have a long drive to get to Hilo. The advantage of having your own rental car is that you can also drive up to see the volcano from the ground after doing your helicopter tour. Allow an entire day for the drive to and from this side of the island from the Kona side.

Seating is assigned in the helicopters based upon body weights and the best balance of the aircraft. While it is possible to pay a little extra to guarantee particular seats, we find that the cost is not worth it. If you request a particular seat and you don’t fit the weight and balance profile for that seat on that particular flight, you’ll get moved to another seat anyway (and the upgrade fee will be refunded). If you do fit the weight and balance profile for that seat, the chances are good that’s where you’d end up sitting anyway …without paying extra.

One other little feature that’s nice … all of these helicopters have two-way communication between the pilot and the passengers. You can talk to the pilot … and to each other … during the tour.

Check out our Kona Helicopter Tours too!