10 Hours
Duration
Big Island
Location
Lunch
Meal
Included
Pick Up
Morning
Tour Times

DEPARTS: KONA / DURATION: 10 HOURS / AVAILABILITY: DAILY

Paradise Helicopter’s VOLCANO by Air & Land tour allows you to explore the Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park area in flight and on foot. This adventure departs from the Kona International Airport in an executive style Bell 407 helicopter. En route to the Volcano area, you will overfly the world-famous Kona coffee district and skirt three of Hawai‘i’s towering volcanoes: Hualālai, Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. Upon arrival to Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, your pilot will search out the day’s activity – sometimes a burning forest fire, a stream or lake of glowing lava, or an entry into the ocean – usually only accessible from the air.

After the first part of your “air” experience, you will land in Hilo and meet your expert Hawaii Forest & Trail interpretive guide. Get an up close and personal visit to Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, on the ground, which is listed as both a World Heritage Site and an International Biosphere Preserve. Once at the Park you will see splendid native rainforest, visit a lava tube, discover remarkable volcanic formations and experience an incredible diversity of geography and climates. Through detailed geologic and natural history interpretation, short walks and driving, you explore and learn about the world’s most active volcano. A picnic lunch is served during your adventure before you return to the Hilo Airport to take to the sky again.

Back in the air, you’ll take the leisurely route back to Kona along the eastern and northern coasts. You will venture deep into uninhabited valleys that showcase Hawai‘i’s wild, untamed beauty. Water cascades down dangerously sheer valley walls, and surf pounds rocky cliffs and unreachable beaches. Finally, watch the landscape shift again, as you fly over Pololū Valley, south to Kawaihae and over beautiful white and black sand beaches to make your way down the coastline and return to the Kona Airport in time to enjoy one of Hawai‘i’s famed sunsets.

SIGHTS

  • Explore the Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park area in flight and on foot.
  • Black sand beach
  • Volcanoes: Hualālai, Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa
  • Explore a lava tube
  • Kaʻū Coffee Mill
  • Pololū Valley

DEPARTURE TIME & LOCATION

  • Departure: Early Morning
  • Paradise Helicopters, Kona Airport

INCLUDED IN THIS ADVENTURE

  • Approx. 2 hours* total air tour flight time in Bell 407 helicopter
  • Approx. 7 hour guided walking tour of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, Punalu‘u Black Sand Beach & Ka‘ū Coffee
  • Two-way communication between you, your pilot, and your group
  • Ground transportation available to and from the Kona Airport between Keauhou and North Kohala
  • Short walks under 2 miles – rated easy to moderate
  • Ground transportation to and from Hilo airport and within Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park
  • Park entry fees, walking staffs, rain gear, warm wear, daypacks
  • Deli style lunch with assorted beverages
  • Please make reservations no less than 48 hrs in advance to confirm tour availability

DETAILS

  • Must be able to walk over uneven terrain and short climbs
  • Recommend comfortable walking shoes, long pants, and a light jacket
  • For more ground tour details go to http://www.hawaii-forest.com/index.php/tours/kilauea_ volcano
  • Tour length subject to change
  • Paid parking

DURATION

  • Approx. 10 hours, including check-in

* total flight time typically varies from 1.7 – 2.1 hours

ACTIVITY LEVEL

  • Moderate: Must be able to walk over uneven terrain and short climbs.

PLEASE ARRIVE 1 HOUR PRIOR TO YOUR SCHEDULED TOUR FOR BRIEFING

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