With tours departing from Hilo and Kona, Tropical Helicopters provides both doors-on and doors-off flights over Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes. Tours departing from Hilo include a 35-minute flight to and around Kilauea, and a 45-minute flight that also includes a trip to Hilo’s 80-foot Rainbow Falls. The two-hour Hawaii Experience tour departs from Kona and covers the Kohala coast and the Waipio and Waimanu Valleys, in addition to the volcano and waterfall. Tours are narrated and set to music, and all passengers are outfitted with two-way radios and headphones. Custom charters are also available.
The first flights of the day tend to yield better photo ops since the skies are not yet littered with other helicopter tours.