Lava Helicopter Tour


Tour the most geologically active environment on earth which has been continuously erupting since 1983. Tour emphasis is on the most current areas of volcanic activity. View lava flows, tropical rain forests and cascading waterfalls while learning about the history and culture of Hawaii.


*View active lava flows if available
*Black Sand Beaches
*Volcanic vents and devastation from last eruption
*Fly over Hilo town and rainforests

Tour Details:

Kilauea Volcano has been continuously erupting since 1983. The last huge eruption was 2018, destroying many homes in its river of lava. Landscapes are like no other when you see the incredible 8 mile river of frozen lava from Fissure 8 to the ocean forming our newest black sand beaches and enormous craters. Along the way, view one of the largest volcanoes, Mauna Loa, the beauty of lush Puna rainforests and cascading Hilo waterfalls.  Giving narration, pilots will immerse you in the geography, history and culture of  the Most Active Volcanoes in the World.

Tour routes and sights visited may vary according to wind and weather conditions. Volcanic activity varies hourly.

Departure times : Depart from Hilo
Morning 9:00 am - 11:00 Afternoon 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Upon your online reservation we must do a weight and balance check. If the time you selected does not work with weights and balance we will contact you to adjust flight time.

Departure Location:

 Hilo Airport: GPS 2450 Kekuanaoa St, Hilo, HI 96720


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.


Anyone over 250 lbs will be charged a comfort seat charge of half the price of the tour selected.

Helicopter Type:

The helicopter you fly in has a huge impact on the quality of your air-tour experience. Blue Hawaiian Helicopters offers their tours in both the A-Star and the Eco-Star state-of-the-art choppers.

American Eurocopter A-Star (AS350):

Less personal space than the Eco-Star but with a similar open cabin design for 180º views from each seat, this model is utilized by the majority of air tour operators in Hawaii.

American Eurocopter Eco-Star (EC130):

Every seat offers greater personal space, first-class individual seats, and expansive glass for exceptional visibility. This is the worlds newest and most expensive model of touring helicopter, and the first specifically designed for air tours.

More about the Eco-Star

Eco-Stars 23% increase in cabin space over the A-Star affords significantly greater personal space for guests, along with improved visibility with over 65 square feet of glass for 180 degree unobstructed views.

Eco-Star features :superior comfort; individual seats for every passenger, raised rear seating and wrap-around glass cockpit, for significantly improved visibility from every seat.

First helicopter specifically designed for touring, utilizing the latest aircraft and avionics technologies and high-tech, enclosed 'Fenestron,' or 'Fan in Fin,' replaces A-Stars conventional tail rotor. Fenestron is: Safer, Quieter and More efficientusing 25% less engine horsepower, which can now be utilized by the main rotor system. State-of-the-art fuel control automatically optimizes main rotor speed for quietest operations and instant power response. Achieved with a 'Full Authority Digital Electronic Control'

Eco-Star cost is over $2 million - approximately 30% more than a new A-Star.


 259  A-star

 309 Eco -Star

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