15.5 Hours
Duration
Oahu (HNL Airport) to Big Island
Location
5:30AM
Tour Times

UPDATED 2021: Description of activity subject to change without notice due to new limitations and updated capacities. Thank you.

Schedule:

  • Availability: Wednesday and Friday
  • Tour Time: 5:30 AM
  • Duration: 15 Hours 30 Minutes

Fly from Oahu to Hilo for a volcano adventure where you’ll view dormant and active volcanoes, craters, steam vents and miles of lava beds! You’ll enjoy live narration by your expert driver guide on the land tour portion. The recently updated itinerary includes a visit to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, a breakfast buffet (on your own) at the historic Volcano House Restaurant; offering local and traditional cuisine and a visit to the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory. After your helicopter tour, rejoin the land tour and experience Rainbow Falls where rainbows magically form in the mist and a drive through Hilo Town and famous Banyan Drive.

Tour Highlights:

  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park*
  • Volcano House Restaurant* – breakfast buffet (on own)
  • Halema’uma’u Crater* – viewed from Volcano House; remarkably changed since June 2018
  • Kilauea Visitor Center* – park updates & educational displays
  • Steam Vents* – ground water seeps down to hot volcanic rocks forming steam clouds
  • Kilauea Iki Overlook* – smaller pit crater next to main Kilauea caldera
  • Chain of Craters Road – scenic drive; sections covered by lava in 2018 Kilauea eruption
  • Kealakomo Overlook* – sweeping coastal views, expansive view of lava fields
  • Devastation Trail – stroll down a paved path to see the evidence of the 1959 Kilauea eruption
  • Thurston Lava Tube*
  • Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory* (brief stop, option to purchase snacks)
  • Helicopter Tour* | 3:30 / 4:00 PM departure
    • 45-minute tour
    • Aerial views of the remarkable recent transformation of Kilauea
    • Cascading waterfalls
    • Largest rainforest in the United States
  • Rainbow Falls* – waterfall cascades to a pool below, rainbows magically form in the mist
  • Hilo Town
    • Banyan Drive
    • Richardson’s Black Sand Beach
    • Liliuokalani Gardens
  • Return from Hilo, Hawaii to Oahu

*Denotes tour stops

Recommendations:

  • Guests are advised to NOT bring large or heavy bags on the flight.
  • For best picture-taking and views during the helicopter ride, wear darker colors to reduce window reflection.

Restrictions/Requirements:

  • In order to be in compliance with FAA regulations, we require the full names of all persons on tour with air transportation. International visitors must have a valid passport to fly interisland on these tours and all U.S. citizens must have a current government ID. This name must be exactly as it appears on your valid, government-issued photo identification. Air carriers will deny boarding if the passenger name, as shown does not match name on air ticket. If a passenger is denied boarding due to non-compliance with this requirement there will be no refund.
  • All passengers will be weighed during check-in at the heliport, in compliance with FAA requirements which ensures the accurate aircraft weight and balance. Passengers over 250 pounds will be allotted two seats and will be responsible for the additional cost of 50% for a second seat. This open seat ensures comfort for you and all of our guests on your flight. Amount due for an extra seat will be confirmed at booking.
  • In the event the helicopter tour must be canceled for any reason, guests will be refunded for the helicopter tour and welcomed on an extended sightseeing land tour which includes a drive-through of Hilo town and a stop at Akaka Falls. If guests wish to return to Honolulu earlier than their scheduled flight and/or decide not to continue on the land tour, a refund of the helicopter portion (only) will be provided and additional taxi, airline change fees, or other expenses will be the responsibility of the guest.
  • The guest is responsible for transportation to and from the airport on their departure island.
  • There is no Polynesian Adventure representative at the airport of your departure island. Please proceed to check-in and board your flight. You will meet your tour guide at your destination.
    Upon arrival to the destination, please exit baggage and meet the Polynesian Adventure vehicle in the Tour Bus pick area.

Location: HONOLULU AIRPORT (DEPARTURES), Hawaiian Airlines ticket counter.
Address: 300 Rodgers Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96819
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/19bU9sSmU7JjFj6e8

  • Please proceed to the Hawaiian Airlines ticket counter to check in for your flight to Hilo. Check-in at 5:30 AM at the Honolulu Airport (Hawaiian Airlines counter). The approximate return from Hilo to Oahu is about 9:00 PM.

Special Notes:

  • Volcanic activity changes hourly, viewing of lava is not guaranteed due to external factors outside our control.
  • Flight confirmation will be emailed to you approx 1 week before your departure date.
  • If you require any special accommodations due to disability, please include them under the special requirements at the time of booking. 72 hours notice required prior to the date and time of service.

There is a NO CANCELLATION & NO REFUND on all ONE-DAY FLYAWAY Tours. No name or date changes will be honored once booking is confirmed.

Activity Company: Polynesian Adventure Tours