1.5 Hours
Big Island
Between 7:30am and 3:30pm
Tour Times
Best Of Hawaii


FEEL THE HEAT! Take a ride in our Hughes 500 helicopter with no doors, and find out for yourself why the Travel Channel calls this the “hottest helicopter ride on Earth!” Kīlauea Volcano has been continuously erupting for 30 years, and even at 500 feet above the flowing lava and open vents, you will feel waves of hot air rolling off the subsurface flows, which can reach temperatures of 2,000 degrees! Along the way, cool off as you soar over Hilo’s lush rain forests, Mauna Loa’s vistas and the plunging Wai‘ānuenue (Rainbow Falls), so named for the rainbows you can see in the mist when the early morning sunshine hits the water. 

There’s no better vantage point than a helicopter, and there’s no bigger thrill than leaving the doors behind so there is nothing between you and the sights! 


  • Current activity at Kilauea Volcano
  • Tropical rainforests of Puna
  • Waterfalls of North Hilo 


  • Approx. 45 minutes* total air tour flight time in MD500 helicopter 
  • Two-way communication between you, your pilot, and your group 
  • Doors-off experience 


  • Warm clothing suggested as flight is cool and windy • All cameras and sunglasses must have straps
  • No hats permitted on flight
  • Closed-toe shoes required 
  • Paid parking

Activity Level:

  • Easy: Suitable for adults, children and seniors.


  • Availability: Daily
  • Tour Times: Hourly
  • Duration: Approx. 1.5 hours, including check-in

*Total flight time typically varies from 40-50 minutes 


  • For passengers above 265 lbs., fees are charged during check out or at check-in. The guest will be guaranteed a window seat. All guests between 265 lbs – 300 lbs (when weighed at check-in), will be assessed a Capacity Surcharge of $50 on our Hughes/MD 500 or $100 on our Bell 407. They will be guaranteed a window seat. All guests weighing over 300 lbs are required to purchase a second, cabin comfort & safety seat at a discounted price. They will be guaranteed a window seat. Accurate weights at the time of booking are essential to ensure comfort and safety of all guests. If a passenger is unable to fly due to an inaccurate weight provided at the time of booking, no refund will be made. By maintaining proper weight and balance in our aircraft we can provide guests with a safe, smooth and comfortable Experience on Paradise Helicopters.
  • Children under the age of two (2) fly free when seated in the lap of a paying adult – proof of age required for lap children under two (2). Children 24 months and over require an individual full-fare seat.

Location: Paradise Helicopters, Hilo Airport
Address: 2450 Kekuanaoa St, Hilo, HI 96720
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/JXWG497EEeRA2AFd8

Special Notes:
Please check in for your flight 30 minutes prior to departure.

Activity Company: Paradise Helicopters

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 3 reviews
April 8, 2019

Doors off is always more fun. Make sure you select this option so you can have a more panoramical view. The feeling is way different with doors off. I always take helicopter tours wherever I go and I can tell you by far this has been the best tour I have ever taken.

April 8, 2019

I took this tour as a birthday gift. I always wanted to explore the beauty of the Kīlauea Volcano. I did the tour with my brother back when there was a lot of volcanic activity. Boy, it was such a view, we were able to see the lava flow. The helicopter is very comfortable too.

April 8, 2019

Take this tour as early as you can in the morning, trust me you are not going to regret! The tour offers a spectacular view. The Rainbow Falls are just wow!

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