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45-Minute Open-Door Volcanoes Helicopter Flight

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  • Location: Hilo, Hawaii
  • Duration: 50 minutes (approx.)
  • Tour code: 5120_H0004
Feel a Hawaiian volcano’s heat radiate from its crater as you experience live volcanic activity up close, with nothing between you and the lava! An open-door helicopter ride over a Big Island volcano is the adventure of a lifetime. After the lava warms you up, you’ll cool back down with breathtaking views of cascading waterfalls before soaring back to Hilo.

For a guaranteed window seat, make sure to upgrade to the preferred seating option.


  • Enjoy fantastic aerial views
  • Qualified and professional pilot
This 45-minute Big Island helicopter ride from Hilo isn’t your average helicopter tour. You won’t simply stare out of glass windows – this helicopter is open-door, meaning there’s nothing between you and these amazing Hawaiian sights (don’t worry, it’s safe!).

You’ll take off from Hilo International Airport in a four-passenger Hughes 500 Helicopter and spend almost an hour flying over this beautiful island. Soar above an active Hawaiian volcano and watch the lava flow to the ocean. Get up close and personal with volcanic lava, and feel its heat emanating from the crater, with nothing between you but air. This once-in-a-lifetime experience gets you as close as you'll ever want to be to a natural wonder so powerful and magnificent.

In addition to the volcano, you’ll fly over waterfalls and tropical rainforests. Listen to expert narration from your professional pilot on your two-way headset, and see great views of historic downtown Hilo on your return flight to the airport.

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Hilo Heliport located at Hilo Airport
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Tour returns to original departure point

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9:30am Departure
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2:30pm Departure - Preferred
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45-Minute Open-Door Volcanoes Helicopter Flight

45-Minute Open-Door Volcanoes Helicopter Flight

  • Helicopter tour
  • Two-way headset communication with your pilot
  • Live commentary on board
  • Food
  • Gratuities (optional)
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received at the time of booking
  • Your safety is our #1 priority; in order to ensure the safety of all passengers, customers that weigh between 250-300lbs (113 kg-135 kg) must pay a $25 capacity fee at the time of check-in. Guests will be guaranteed a window seat.
  • All guests weighing over 300 lbs (135 kg) will be assessed a capacity fee of 1/2 of 1 fare at regular price. The guest will be guaranteed a window seat.
  • All guests weighing 350 lbs (158 kg) and up are required to buy 2 seats. The guest will be guaranteed a window seat and an empty seat next to them.
  • All pilots and aircraft are FAA-certified
  • If you are staying in Kona, be aware it is an approximate 2.5-hour drive to Hilo
  • Helicopter holds 4 passengers; larger groups may be separated
  • For a guaranteed window seat, make sure to upgrade to the preferred seating option.
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Patricia P, USA, December 2014

The morning started with a short safety session hold at the office in Hilo airport, and review of proper gear and equipment. The team made sure we had warm clothes as we had chosen to do the Open Door Helicopter tour. We then headed to the heliport, where the helicopters were being readied for our trip. It was funny to see the doors removed and put aside! After we were safely secured in the helicopter, we smoothly took us and headed to the most recent lava fields, close to Pahoa. Some of these lava fields started June this year and went through forests and towards town and houses. Though there was no active lava coming through when we flew over, we still managed to see some red spots of lava, thanks to our pilot who was great at spotting these within the fields. The most amazing part of the tour was when we flew over Puʻu ʻŌʻō, the other active volcano within Volcano National Park. Lots of steam vents, giving an amazing contrast of white smoke against the dark black color of lava rocks. Our pilot was great to fly left and right to ensure all sides of the helicopter had equal good views. There again we were able to see some hot red lava spots! This was really an unbelievable view! We returned back to Hilo, checking a couple of waterfalls like the Rainbow Waterfall. I was glad we went for the Open Door experience, as this really gives you an unobscured view all around, and you get a feeling of total access to the scenery. One note though – make sure you are dress warmly – a good fleece, wind jacket, turtleneck and some light gloves really help make a difference! This is a once-in-a-life time experience, and the whole team, both on ground and the pilot, were true professional, very friendly and ensuring we had the best of tour possible. This is a must-do while in Big Island, and I really recommend this tour for a unique feel – how often will you fly with no door?

Reviewed by: Anonymous, USA, December 2014

The experience started with a short safety video and briefing at the Helico company's office inside the Hilo airport terminal. The staff made sure we wore warm clothes (doors off flight!), that all cameras had straps and that each passenger knew its sit number (I was on the righthand rear sit). After that it was off to the Helico tarmac! Shortly after take-off, the flight headed south of Hilo, towards the town of Pahoa which had been threaten by very recent lava flows. There, the pilot took us around lava fields, bordered with still burning forested areas. The pilot pointed at red dots and thin scarlet scars of hot lava. Impressive to see vast areas of the forest split by black streaks of harden rock. The highlight of the tour came right after Pahoa with the flight over the Puʻu ʻŌʻō volcano which was blasting out white and yellow smoke. The pilot did a few back and forth circles around and above the crater to allow all sides of the helicopter to get the good views. We stayed long enough and close enough to see some melted lava areas inside the crater (when the smoke allowed) and to appreciate the forces of nature in action as well as take a good number of video clips and photos. The rest of the flight included a couple of waterfalls north of Hilo. An awesome, highly recommended experience! Note on Doors Off: absolutely a must if you know you won't be scared, however, it got really cold up there specially with the wind chill-factor. I was glad to wear a good number of layers, windbreaker with hood and gloves!
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Tour code: 5120_H0004