A Thrilling Interisland Day Trip
See the Big Island like never before on our comprehensive tour that seamlessly blends the thrill of aerial views with ground exploration. Start your journey from the airport on either Oahu or Maui and prepare to be whisked away to Hilo on an exciting interisland day trip. Get ready to observe mighty volcanoes, the charming historical town of Hilo, and the mesmerizing beauty of the rainforest waterfalls. The highlight? A breathtaking 45-minute helicopter ride that will give you a panoramic view of the island's stunning landscapes. This excursion is sure to become one of the highlights of your trip.
Big Island Helicopter And Volcano Tour Features
The Helicopter Flight
The climax of the tour is the thrilling 45-minute helicopter flight over the Volcanoes National Park. Witness the island's unique geographical features from an unparalleled vantage point, soaring over towering volcanic craters, lush rainforests, and the ever-changing landscape carved by the unstoppable force of lava flows. The bird's eye view offers an unmatched perspective of the park's vastness and the raw beauty of nature's powerful transformations. This unforgettable flight will leave you with lasting memories and incredible stories from your Big Island adventure.
Historic Hilo Town
Historic Hilo town, nestled on the eastern coastline of the Big Island, is a captivating blend of old-world charm and natural beauty. It plays an integral role in Hawaii's rich cultural and historical tapestry. As you wander through the streets, you'll find beautifully preserved plantation-era buildings that speak volumes about the town's past as a bustling sugar export hub. Enjoy a stroll along the palm-lined Banyan Drive, explore the serene Liliuokalani Gardens, or visit Richardson’s Black Sand Beach. Hilo’s inviting atmosphere, diverse dining options, and vibrant farmers' markets - where you can taste the island's freshest produce - make it a can't-miss destination on your Big Island adventure.
Chain Of Craters Road
Chain of Craters Road is a unique roadway cutting through the dynamic landscape of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. This winding drive takes you through a variety of terrains showcasing the destructive and creative power of the volcanoes. The road stretches 19 miles, descending 3,700 feet towards the sea, and presents an impressive panorama of volcanic craters, hardened lava lakes, and desolate fields of lava from recent eruptions. It's a stark reminder of nature's force and the ongoing drama of creation and devastation. The road's endpoint offers a glimpse of where fresh lava once flowed into the sea, forever altering the coastline.
Big Island Helicopter And Volcano Tour Details
- What’s Included
- Prices & Availability
- Departure & Return
- Pickup & Check In
- Weight Restrictions
- Cancellation Policy
Roundtrip Airfare From Maui or Oahu Included
Experience A 45 Minute Helicopter Flight
Observe An Active Volcano
Explore An Ancient Lava Tube
Drive Down Chain Of Craters Road
Enjoy Numerous Coastal Views And Photo Opportunities
Visit The Historic Town Of Hilo
Marvel At Rainforest Waterfalls
Our full-service Big Island tour begins with a flight from either Honolulu or Kahului to Hilo. Upon arrival, you'll join your expert local guide and embark on a sightseeing tour filled with scenic stops throughout the day. You'll have the opportunity to witness the grandeur of the Big Island’s volcanoes, the historic charm of Hilo town, and the sheer beauty of the rainforest waterfalls.
This tour includes a visit to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, where you'll explore the landscape's fascinating features like volcanic craters, lava tubes, and steam vents. A visit to the Kilauea Visitor Center presents park updates and educational displays, providing context and insight into the 2018 eruption that significantly changed the island’s landscape.
One of the key highlights of the tour is a drive down the scenic Chain of Craters Road. This road section was partially covered during the 2018 eruption, making the drive an unforgettable experience. You'll also get the chance to peer into the depths of Halemaumau Crater, which has doubled in size, and observe steam clouds form as groundwater seeps onto hot volcanic rock at the famous Steam Vents.
From the ground, you'll have access to breathtaking views of Rainbow Falls and Kealakomo Overlook where older lava flows melted into the ocean. Finally, your tour day will be capped off with a 45-minute helicopter flight over Volcanoes National Park. Get ready to see tons of volcanic craters and other features that are not visible from the ground.
- Airport Shuttle From Your Waikiki Hotel Or Location Nearby
- Roundtrip Flights From Honolulu Airport To Hilo Airport
- Hilo Airport Pickup By Small Group Tour Guide
- Entrance To Volcanoes National Park
- 45-Minute Helicopter Flight Over Volcanoes National Park
- Multiple Stopes Throughout The Day On The Ground Tour
- Knowledgeable Local Guides and Pilot Who Point Out The Sights
Prices & Availability
10-Hour Helicopter & Volcano Tour With Flights From Waikiki Hotels
|AdultAge 12 yrs+||$989.00|
|ChildAge 2-11 yrs||$979.00|
10-Hour Helicopter & Volcano Tour With Flights From Maui Airport
|AdultAge 12 yrs+||$1,139.00|
|ChildAge 2-11 yrs||$1,129.00|
Departure & Return
The tour schedule may change based on flight availability and the number of passengers that day.
- 4:30 AM - Pickup in Waikiki
- 6 AM - Flight From Honolulu To Hilo
- 7:15 AM - Pickup By Your Hawaii Island Guide
- 8:00 AM - Helicopter Flight Over Hilo Side & Volcanoes National Park
- 9:00 AM - Explore Hilo To See Waterfalls, Gardens & Black Sand Beach
- 11:00 AM - Stop For Lunch On Your Own
- 12:30 PM - Arrival At Volcanoes National Park
- 1:00 PM - Explore Kilauea Crater Overlooks & Visitor Center
- 1:30 PM - Walk Through The Thurston Lava Tube
- 2:00 PM - Visit Various Crater Overlooks Within The Park
- 3:30 PM - Mauna Loa Mac Nut or Big Island Candies
- 4:00 PM - Sightseeing Around Historic Hilo Town
- 4:45 PM - Return To Hilo Airport For Flight To Honolulu
- 6:00 PM - Flight From Hilo to Honolulu and Maui
- 7:30 PM - Return To Your Accommodation In Waikiki
Pickup & Check In
This tour includes transportation to and from the airport on Oahu from Waikiki. Guests may choose to drive themselves (there is no discount) to the airport for greater flexibility in their schedules. The tour pickup time is about 5 AM at most Waikiki accommodations.
There is an extra charge for pickup outside of the Waikiki area. Please contact us for information and additional costs.
Your tour will be confirmed and pickup times arranged once the flights are secured.
Seating for parties of more than 6, or weighing a combined 1000lbs, will be seated across multiple aircrafts. Please provide accurate body weights as our ability to execute tours depends on this.
Any inter-island tour or Oahu tours originating from the Islands of Maui, Big Island, and Kauai may incur up to $100.00 per person airline change fee (if flights are included in your tour) for any changes to the original booking. Any request for a refund prior to 72 hours will result in a full credit for a future tour and the credit for airline flights is only in reserved names.
Travel Insurance: A cash refund is available on tours with flights when you purchase the travel insurance (available during the booking process) and you have an emergency or had some unforeseen medical issue occur prior to 72 hours to your tour start date. No refunds are issued for any tours canceled or changed (even with insurance) within the 72-hour period, prior to the start of your tour.
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