Helicopter Volcano Combo Tour 7hr 45min
Easy to moderate hike
Take this journey off your bucket list!
From the sky to the land - volcano, lava flow and rainforests galore!
In combination with our Wild Orchid Volcano tour, you will experience both the lay of the land by our professional driver and the sky with Paradise Helicopters. Starting off your journey from above with an exploration up close to the volcano– your tour begins on the right note.
Paradise Helicopters elevates your viewing of Hawai’i to another level. You have many options to gaze upon the landscapes of this island, from the mountains to the volcanoes, rainforests, and coastlines. The active lava flows of Madame Pele and subtropical rainforest sights remain the most popular destination.
Your customized flight takes you with a professional pilot who has a true passion and knowledge of Hawai’i. Your fully narrated helicopter tour will heighten your flight above cascading waterfalls and active volcanic craters and peaks – this living dream will be an adventure you will never forget!
After your flight, your personal tour guide greets you at the Hilo Airport and welcomes you to Hawaii’s Volcanoes National Park. Most people allow far too little time for their visit to this worthwhile natural attraction: a World Heritage Site. Passing the gates of the National Park we enter a protected native Hawaiian forest at a refreshingly brisk 4000-foot elevation.
There is so much to see with more than 150 miles of trails within the park itself. The famous road to the Kilauea Crater also takes us to the dramatic Steam Vents, followed by the most sought after encounter; the Volcano’s Goddess herself - Madam Pele, at the Halema’uma’u Crater.
Next, we continue on to the Kilauea Iki Overlook where it’s deep crater was once a molten lake of lava with the last occurrence in 1959. Nowadays this view is more similar to that of a foreign landscape like the moon - full of mystery and splendor. We carry on by walking an enchanted hike into a protected virgin Rain Forest, a sanctuary of native birds.
Leaving the park we travel to the eastern-most part of the Big Island: where the rising sun first kisses the Hawaiian Islands. We begin this tour driving through the old Paniolo (cowboy) Pahoa town stopping at the historic landscape of the Kaimu beach and seeing the re-creating of the town of Kalapana with no electricity nor water. This is your chance to meet the creation of life itself on this island. In awe, we view the brave residents who have returned to their former habitat to build new off-the-grid homes on the baked lava landscape.
The panoramic views of untouched, pure Pacific Blue takes us along the Old Red Road. A journey through the umbrellas of ironwood trees, laced with the ubiquitous noni trees rapidly unveils geology in motion! Coming now into the devastation zone the road points to Madame Pele's recent flow in September 2018 adding hundreds of new acres of land. The final big STOP was created with over 40-foot tall black lava wall at the end of Isaac Hale Beach Park where She also deposited new black sand at Pohoiki.
After a long, unforgettable day of adventure, we return to the calm beauty of Hilo. Wild Orchid Tours escorts you back to your return home flight with ease.
Details for Helicopter tour:
Approx. 45-minute tour in MD500 (four passengers) or Bell 407 helicopter (six passengers)
Two-way communication between you, your pilot, and your group
All cameras and sunglasses must have straps
No hats permitted on the flight
Duration: Approx. 1hr 45 minutes, including check-in
*Please make a reservation no less than 48hrs in advance to confirm availability.
Shorter booking is possible but not guaranteed.
Highlights for the ground tour:
Hilo Bay area
Kilauea Caldera hallmark
Kilauea Iki Overlook
Leilani Estates dive by - most recent eruption Kalapana village-Uncle Robert’s
Kaimu Black sand beach
The old red dirt road
Devastation Zone 2018
Isaac Hale State Beach Park
-newest black sand beach in the world
•100% Private Eco tour in Tesla electric car or 7-passenger SUV. We reserve each for only one party of family or friends.
•Door to door transportation from Hilo area, Airport, Harbor or your accommodations within 10 miles of Hilo or Pahoa.
•Your personal certificated tour guide
•Commentary in English or French
Know Before You Book:
Pickup is flexible since our tour is private, anytime between 8 am till 12 noon. (You will receive confirmation of your exact pickup time once booking is received.)
Our tours run rain or shine.
Children 1 years old or younger are complimentary.
Please take walking shoes.
We support sustainable tourism and we encourage eating at the local eateries.
There will be opportunities for snack stops, restroom breaks and gift choices.
We adjust tempo of our excursion to your group.
Our itinerary can change due to weather conditions.
A credit card is required to reserve all tours. The said credit card will be charged the full amount at the time of booking. Cancellations made 48 hours prior to scheduled activity will be charged a $120 non-refundable booking fee.