50 Minutes
Hilo, Big Island
Available between 9:05AM and 2:25PM
Tour Times

Experience Kilauea and Hawaii Volcano National Park! The massive eruptions of the world’s most active and unpredictable volcano have changed the face of the Big Island in spectacular ways. On the Circle of Fire helicopter tour, you’ll embark on a breathtaking adventure, seeking out the island’s unique rainforest, newly formed landscapes and black-sand beaches, and witnessing the results of Madame Pele’s incredible volcanic activity—scenes of nature’s raw power that you’ll never forget!

Buckle into your ECO-Star chopper and pull on your aviation-grade headset, which opens up a clear line of communication between you and the pilot. Take off and rise high above the streets of as the landscapes of the Hawaii Island open up beneath you.

Soar over miles of lush forests as you head to witness the power of Kilauea. Once you reach the longest continuously erupting volcano in the world, marvel at the billows of smoke and steam rising from the craggy crater. In ideal conditions, you might even get to watch the glowing red lava slowly flow to meld with the waters of the Pacific.


  • Lush Valleys
  • Tropical Rainforests


  • Availability:
    • November-December: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. (Closed Sunday)
    • January-Onward: Daily
  • Tour Times: Available from 9:05 AM – 2:25 PM
  • Duration: 50 Minutes


  • Wear solid dark-colored clothing. Our helicopters are temperature controlled so dress comfortably but wear dark clothing. This will cause less reflection in the windows to allow a clear view of all the sights.
  • If you are particularly prone to motion sickness, taking a precautionary anti-motion sickness medication is a good idea. However, our flights are very smooth and turns are slow and gentle.
  • Bring your camera or cell phone (on airplane mode) to take photos and video of your tour.


  • Hats are not allowed to be worn around the helicopters as they can fly up into the rotors and damage the aircraft. We will be happy to hold any hats for you until you return from your tour.
  • Do not go SCUBA diving within 24 hours or SNUBA 12 hours prior to your tour. You may snorkel or swim prior to your tour and there is no risk in SCUBA or SNUBA after your helicopter tour.
  • FAA regulations require us to weigh all guests and bags at check-in. We do this discreetly for your privacy. Please be accurate as possible when providing weight information.
  • For each guest weighing more than 240 pounds, an adjacent empty seat purchase is required. The charge for an adjacent empty seat is 50% off of the regular tour price. This open seat ensures the comfort for you and all of our guests on your flight.
  • Front Row Seating Policy: Combined front row seat weight must be under 470 lbs for Eco-Star tours and individual passenger weights must be under 240 lbs. Should actual weights during check-in exceed any of these limits guests will be accommodated in other seats and a refund will be made for the premium upgrade fee. Front row passengers must occupy their own seats and must be able to refrain from interfering with the pilot and instrumentation. At least one of the front seat occupants must be 15 years of age or older and capable of performing emergency aircraft egress procedures. Lap children cannot be accommodated in the front row. In the event of an emergency front row passengers must be able to receive instructions in English and be physically capable of operating exit doors.
  • Our chair lifts are able to accommodate passengers up to 250 lbs. and are only able to access the rear row of seats therefore guests requiring a chair lift to board the helicopter cannot be accommodated in the front row.

Location: Blue Hawaiian Helicopters
Address: 2450 Kekuanaoa St, Hilo, HI 96720
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/jeZ8KLZioJ2EjiyT7

Parking: Available for $3.00 for the first hour, and up to $10.00 per day at Hilo International Airport.

Check-in: Please check-in 45 minutes prior to your tour.

Special Notes:
The location and magnitude of lava activity are ever-changing. The only chance of seeing flowing lava is on the Big Island of Hawaii during the portion of your tour that is over Volcanoes National Park. Not all Big Island tours overfly the park. Even if your tour does overfly the park, sight of lava cannot be guaranteed. Routes and times vary with wind and weather, and volcanic activity changes hourly.

Activity Company: Blue Hawaiian Helicopter Tours

Tour Reviews

4.80 based on 5 reviews
May 30, 2018

Would love to find out more details of flights over volcanoes – sounds awesome!

July 6, 2018

Did this tour with my Son 20 years ago. Wouldn’t trust any other Company. They are fabulous in every sense of the word!!!

April 10, 2019

Most of the Helicopter tours in Big Island are quite expensive, even if you are in Kona. We decided to drive all the way to Hilo, since we were a party of 6. By doing that we saved almost $700. We took this tour and boy we are glad we did, we were about to take a similar tour in Kona but the price was more than $100 per person. I love the tour, very complete and the views are fantastic!

April 10, 2019

I loved how this tour was designed to see volcanoes, forests and cascading waterfalls. You get to see a lot of spectacular views in only 50 mins. For the amount that you pay this is the best tour you will find in Hilo.

April 10, 2019

This tour is amazing. It is fun and very educational about the Hawaiian Culture. The views are unique, the pilot was very friendly. I took this tour when there was a lot of Lava movement and I will always remember such view: Lava flow everywhere and the beauty of Nature. Highly recommended for everybody staying in Hilo

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