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Best Of Hawaii


Our Sunset Experience is the perfect way to cap off a day in paradise. Depart from the Kona International Airport and head north in our comfortable Bell 407 tour helicopter. You’ll see the gorgeous beaches tucked away below lava fields along the Kona and Kohala Coasts. Next, you’ll venture to the far side of the Kohala Mountains, where a secluded and nearly inaccessible series of valleys awaits. Next, crest Mauna Loa, the world’s largest volcano, most recently active just 30 years ago. With the sun now behind the mountain, you’ll be able to better spot the glowing lava, as well as the magma lake within Halema‘uma‘u Crater. You’ll see Punalu‘u black sand beach and Papakōlea green sand beach, two of the most strikingly beautiful and exotic beaches in the world. As you pass over Pu‘uhonua ‘o Hōnaunau, a place of refuge under ancient Hawaiian law, and Kealakekua Bay where Capt. James Cook first came ashore in the 1700’s, the sun begins to set.

This is truly one of nature’s best shows. The sky will turn shades of bright yellow, deep orange, burning red and, occasionally, brilliant purple. The photos you’ve seen will pale in comparison with the real thing, and you’ll understand why even locals pause what they’re doing and turn to the western skies most evenings. If you’re lucky, you’ll see a green flash on the horizon as the sun slips down below. Don’t forget to turn around, as the last rays of light illuminate the clouds behind you. Before dark, the colors will fade to delicate pastel hues, a gentle postscript for nature’s masterwork.


  • Kona and Kohala Coasts
  • Kohala mountains and valleys
  • Numerous waterfalls
  • Mauna Loa, the world’s largest volcano
  • Liquid hot magma
  • Black and Green sand beaches
  • Kealakekua Bay
  • The Sunset
  • The “Green Flash” when conditions are right


  • Approx. 2.25 hours* total air tour flight time in Bell 407 helicopter
  • Two-way communication between you, your pilot, and your group
  • Ground transportation available to and from the Kona Airport between Keauhou and North Kohala


  • Paid parking

Activity level:

  • Easy: Suitable for adults, children and seniors.


  • Availability: Daily
  • Tour Times: Approx. 105 minutes before sunset
  • Duration: 3 hours, including check-in

* total flight time typically varies from 1.9 – 2.35 hours


  • 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, Kona Airport
Address: 73-341 Uu St, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/CpPMk2b9Xpa4iKvZ7

Special Notes:
Please arrive 1 hour prior to your tour time.

Activity Company: Paradise Helicopters

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 3 reviews
March 25, 2019

We spent over two hours on the helicopter and it was mind blowing. The sunset colors really do the job here, it’s not something you see on a daily basis.

March 25, 2019

When they told us that we will see the world largest volcano I was curious but that’s it. Now, when we were flying over it- that was a whole different story. It’s something majestic, I have no words to describe it.

March 25, 2019

All the two hours I couldn’t help it but feel impressed by Hawaiian beauty. The sights, the colors changing with the sunset.. it was something incredible.

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