Circle of Fire plus Waterfalls Volcano Helicopter Tour from Hilo

Rated 4.67 out of 5 based on 6 customer ratings
(6 customer reviews)

From: $309.00

See incredible volcanic activity as you fly over lava flows and steam vents.

Soar Above Big Island Volcanoes and Majestic Waterfalls!

Now this is definitely the way to see paradise! Big Island volcanoes, waterfalls spilling into the ocean, lava flow, and world renowned Hawaiian coast line…all from a helicopter! Seriously, how can it get any better than that?! Come play. The Big Island is waiting!

There is nothing like seeing an active volcano from above. For many visitors, a volcano helicopter tour is the most memorable activity of their time in Hawaii. Do you want to make it yours?

Our volcano helicopter tour departs from Hilo International Airport. This is the closest location to the volcano making it the best value in Big Island helicopter tours. Flying all the way from Kona to the volcano takes much longer and every minute in the air costs about $5 in a helicopter. Most of us don’t want to spend $150 extra just to see more clouds.

When taking off in Hilo, you will immediately have a view of historic Hilo Town and beautiful Hilo Bay. As you head to the volcano the scenery changes to rain forests and coffee and macadamia nut plantations.

Above Hawaii Volcanoes National Park you will see sights that can only be seen by air. Fly over fiery lava vents, lava trees, and lava tubes. Pilots keep themselves informed about where the action is and will take you to the best current volcanic locations.

Most of the time we see lava, but it’s not guaranteed. We can tell you that your chance of seeing lava is better from a helicopter than any other way. Doesn’t it make sense to go with the best possibility of seeing lava?

The focus of the tour is on the volcano, but you will also fly over Hawaii’s tropical rain forests and see impressive waterfalls cascading into lovely emerald ponds.

Most Big Island visitors stay on the Kona side of the island. We recommend that you plan to drive to Hilo and spend a day visiting the volcano by land and air. If you want to really see the volcano you should get both perspectives.

On this 50-minute tour you will see Earth’s creation and destruction. Your pilot is a Hawaii State-certified tour guide and will give you a  professional narration about everything that you are seeing.

You will have a two-way headset so you can ask the pilot questions and talk with the other passengers about the amazing sites you are seeing.

There is no other way to get this once in a lifetime experience. Book your Hawaii Volcano Helicopter tour today.

6 reviews for Circle of Fire plus Waterfalls Volcano Helicopter Tour from Hilo

  1. Rated 5 out of 5


    Let me start by saying the booking process was painless and easy, even when we had to change the date within the month prior. My partner has been wanting to see active lava for years now, and this helicopter tour was such a magical way to do it! We saw the volcanoes/lava flows and the waterfalls.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5


    The door off is the best!  This was my first time to go on a helicopter.  They upgrade is to door off for free and it was wonderful! Our pilot was friendly and calming. The most awesome tour of the island you can get! You’ll be well taken care of from the moment they pick you up! 

  3. Rated 5 out of 5


    Our pilot REALLY did an excellent work of narrating our guided tour though everything from dino-land to the militarybases! And dont miss out on her tips on where the best to go when on the ground again! We were a little nervous at first but her voice was very calming. And also, you got to see the ocean and forest with a very close view. A little bit scared at first, but I promise that you want to ride again!

  4. Rated 4 out of 5

    S Stephens

    The helicopters seat 6, so we had it to ourselves. One of our family
    is a pilot, so the helicopter pilot let us listen to the tower and
    pilot conversations – how they avoid each other with multiple
    helicopters over the volcano at once. Got to see flowing lava in the
    fields and a bird’s eye view into an active volcano. Not something
    we could have seen otherwise.

  5. Rated 4 out of 5


    This excursion was on my wife’s bucket list. Our well informed
    pilot, Ethan, made it an exceptional tour, filled with fun facts
    about the area that included geography, geology, history, plant and
    animal information, and recommendations for further activities
    around the area. The Pacific Ocean is on one side and the live
    volcano in the distance. On a clear day, you will see rivers of
    flowing lava and majestic waterfalls from above.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5


    We did a helitour here, booked through an activity agent in
    honolulu. Allthough you probably can’t go wrong with helitours over
    volcanos and waterfalls, we thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Our pilot explained everything we were flying over or near. Saw a lot of
    the island. Actually saw lava!

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​​Lava flowing is an act of nature, therefore we do not guarantee sighting of lava. Surface lava flows may be present but may not be visible due to environmental conditions or time constraints.

The Federal Aviation Administration requires that each passenger is weighed prior to departure. This weigh-in process is very discreet when you check in. For critical flight planning purposes we need to have the body weight of each passenger included in your order.

Please be as accurate as possible when providing weight information. Any significant variance in the weights provided and actual scale weight could result in flight delays or possible cancellation.

For each guest weighing more than 260 pounds on Eco-Star flights or more than 250 pounds on A-Star flights, an adjacent, empty seat purchase is required. The charge for an adjacent empty seat is 50% off the regular tour price. This open seat ensures comfort for you and all of the other guests on your flight. Please inquire directly with our reservations staff by telephone about the possibility of a comfort seat waiver.

Tour narration by pilots who are State of Hawaii Certified Tour Guides.

Not Included
A high quality, live DVD recording is made of your actual flight and may be purchased after your tour for $25.

A high definition, live Blu-Ray Disc or USB Stick recording is made of your actual flight and may be purchased after your tour for $40.

Transportation to/from Hilo International Airport.

Tour guide/pilot gratuity is not required, but encouraged.

Cancellations on Tours without Airfare:

  • Changes and cancellations are allowed up to 17:00 local time, 3 business days prior to the activity.
  • Any cancellations made after 17:00 local time, 3 business days prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.
  • No Shows are non-refundable.
  • Groups of 8 or more may make changes and cancellations up to 17:00 local time, 7 business days prior to the activity. Cancellations made later are subject to a 100% charge.
  • Changes and cancellations on private tours may be made up to 17:00 local time, 15 business days prior to the activity. Cancellations made later are subject to a 100% charge.