Circle of Fire Helicopter Tour – Hilo

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Fly over active volcanoes and enjoy the Big Island’s rugged terrain and natural beauty from the sky. A Hilo helicopter tour of Volcanoes National Park is the adventure of a lifetime!


Fully narrated 50-minute guided helicopter tour
Fly-over of Volcanoes National Park, including Kilauea’s active crater and the remains of Mauna Loa’s most recent eruption
Use of aviation grade, noise-canceling headsets with two-way microphones

Activity Time

7:30 AM to 3:45 PM

Tour Duration

50 Minutes

What's Included

50-minute guided helicopter tour
Commentary in English
Use of Bose noise canceling headphones
Use of two-way microphone (to communicate with your pilot)
Upgrade to a front seat available for an extra fee


Front Seat Upgrade (240 lbs max) Sit up front with the Pilot (2 seats max): $100 per person
Passengers 241 lbs and over: ($204.50 additional fee)


Perspective is everything - and the only way to fully appreciate the immensity and power of the Big Island’s volcanoes is from the air. Pele’s Volcanoes Adventure is a fifty minute, fully narrated, helicopter tour that will fly you over Volcanoes National Park - home to both Kilauea and Mauna Loa volcanoes.

aerial view from a helicopter tour from hilo

Kilauea is one of the most active volcanoes on Earth. You will be flown over Halema’uma’u Crater, which is located within the main caldera at Kilauea’s summit. (Halema’uma’u is also the legendary home of Pele, the Hawaiian goddess and creator of these volcanic landscapes.) You will also be flown over Iki Crater, which is located just outside the volcano’s main caldera. 

(Witnessing lava flows or steam vents from above these two craters is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but please keep in mind that these sightings can not be guaranteed as conditions in the craters are ever changing).  

aerial view of Volcanoes National Park from a helicopter tour departing from hilo

Mauna Loa is the world’s largest active volcano. It reaches from five miles below the ocean floor to 13,000 feet above sea level at its summit, and it encompasses nearly half of the island of Hawaii. Weather permitting, you’ll be flown over the base of this massive volcano and be shown the remnants of its most recent eruption (November 2022).  

While the volcanoes are the main focus of this tour, you’ll also enjoy a bird’s eye view of Hilo and the Puna district. Puna is largely undeveloped due to the volcanic activity in the area and is known for its rugged terrain, lush rainforests, waterfalls, and black sand beaches. This abundance of natural beauty makes for a stunning backdrop, resulting in a scenic flight that is spectacular from start to finish.     

You’ll be flying in an Airbus EcoStar or A-Star helicopter, which are state-of-the-art helicopters specifically designed for the tourism industry. When passenger comfort and safety are the priorities, the end result is a smooth ride, cozy seats, and doors and windows that are designed so that everyone aboard gets a good view - and doors are left on for added safety. .

helicopter tour from hilo



Know Before You Book

Tours run daily from 7:50 am until 3:45 pm.
Check in for your flight 45 minutes before departure.
Payment is required when making your reservation. A confirmation email will be sent to you and will include a voucher, itinerary, and detailed instructions.
Passengers weighing over 240 lbs. are subject to additional fees.
Lava flows may not be visible on the day of your flight due to environmental conditions.

Getting There

Located at Hilo Airport Terminal
Blue Hawaiian Helicopters
2450 Kekuanaoa St. Hilo, Hawaii 96720

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.



Full Refunds are given up 24 hours prior to tour time.

Any cancellations or changes made within 24 hours of tour will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.

No Shows are non-refundable.

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Tour FAQs

  • 50-minute guided helicopter tour
  • Commentary in English
  • Use of Bose noise canceling headphones
  • Use of two-way microphone (to communicate with your pilot)
  • Upgrade to a front seat available for an extra fee

The helicopter tour begins and ends at Hilo International Airport and travels in a wide circle around the Puna region, which is known for its volcanic activity, rainforests, and rugged terrain. The typical flight path includes a flyover of Volcanoes National Park (including Kilauea’s active crater and Mauna Loa’s recent lava flows), as well as traveling along the easternmost coast of Hawaii. Please keep in mind that your pilot may need to adjust the intended flight plan if conditions necessitate.

You can guarantee one of the two available front seats by selecting that option at checkout and paying the additional fee. Otherwise, general seating is assigned based on the weight and balance of the group.

Tours may be rescheduled or canceled due to inclement weather. If the tour cannot be rescheduled you will be given a full refund.

Full refunds are given for any cancellations received with at least 24 hours’ notice. Cancellations made within 24 hours of the scheduled tour will be subject to a 100% charge. ‘No Shows’ are non-refundable.

Helicopter tours are subject to cancellations due to weather. You will be notified as soon as possible of any changes or cancellations; however, a pilot can make a weather call up to 15 minutes prior to the flight. Cancellations made by the tour operator that cannot be rescheduled will be fully refunded.

Lava sightings are not guaranteed. Eruptions are unpredictable and volcanic conditions are always changing. Weather conditions such as fog or rain may also obscure lava sightings even when present. Please check the USGS’s Volcano Updates site for the most current information.

Dress comfortably and for the elements. Passing showers are common and it can get chilly onboard once the helicopter reaches altitude. Dark clothing can reduce glare and make for better quality photos.

A valid government-issued photo ID and your camera or smartphone.

Yes. Children under 2 can be seated on their parents lap for no charge. Children under 2 cannot be seated in the front row and all children aged 2-14 yrs. sitting in the front row must be seated with an adult.