55 Minutes
Hilo, Big Island
1:25PM, 10:10AM, 2:35 PM, 11:20AM, 3:45PM, 9:00AM
Tour Times

Pele, the Hawaiian volcano deity is said to embody the lava and natural forces of the volcano. She has made her home on Hawaii Island (the Big Island) and continues to make her majesty known from mountain to sea. Embark on a breathtaking adventure seeking out the island’s unique and newly formed landscapes.

Get your camera ready as you come upon Kilauea’s Iki Crater and Hale Ma’uma’u Volcano Crater. As one of the most active volcanoes on earth, and considered to still be active, view several steam vents and the ever-changing landscape. Next, as weather permits, we tour over to the Mauna Loa eruption that began in late November 2022. View the latest fissure openings and lava flows before returning to Hilo.


  • Lava Flows


  • Availability: Daily 
  • Tour Times:  9:00 AM, 10:10 AM, 11:20 AM, 1:25 PM, 2:35 PM, 3:45 PM
  • Duration: 55 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. (Parking rates are subject to change without notice.)

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

Special Notes:
Lava sightings are subject to change and not guaranteed. Mauna Loa viewing is subject to weather. If unable to view Mauna Loa, extra tour time will be at Kilauea volcano. All tour routes subject to weather.

Activity Company: Blue Hawaiian Helicopter Tours

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