Things to Do in Hawaii: Big Island Helicopter Tour

The Island of Hawaii is more than 4,000 square miles, populated with National Parks, Forest Reserves, Volcanoes and Beaches. The Island is 75 miles from East Coast to West and 93 miles from the Kohala Coast to the tip of South Point Cliff; the elevation stretches from sea level to 13,803 feet at Mauna Kea. The distinct terrain and geography of Hawaii create an interesting adventure for travelers. The precipitous environment of Hilo, the lava plains of Kona and the arid climate of Kau. A perfect way to tour the diverse landscape is by helicopter. The top companies to tour the Island by Helicopter are Blue Hawaiian, Safari and Paradise Helicopters.

Blue Hawaiian has been named in numerous Top 10 and Best Of lists locally and nationally since 1985. They offer three packages for the Big Island: Circle of Fire plus Waterfalls, Kohala Coast Adventure and the Big Island Spectacular. The Circle of Fire ride tours the Southeast corner of the Island encompassing Hilo, the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Halemaumau Crater as well as area waterfalls. Blue Hawaiian’s Kohala Coast Adventure departs from Waikoloa and journey over the black and red lava fields of the Northern coast of Hawaii. You will discover the lush reserves and tropical waterfalls that define the Kohala Coast. Blue Hawaiian’s longest and most extensive tour is the Big Island Spectacular. This nearly two-hour expedition combines the sights of both the Circle of Fire and the Kohala Coast tours. They also offer helicopter tours on the islands of Maui, Kauai and Oahu.

Safari Helicopter Tours Volcano Safari and Deluxe Volcano Safari. The first ride which departs from Hilo, flies over the most active volcanoes on the Island, with stunning views of the towering peaks of Mauna Loa and Kea. Many of the craters, lava lakes, lava tree forests and ocean cliffs are not reachable on land and can only be experienced by air. The pilots that guide the tours are knowledgeable about the history of the area and the geography that shapes the diverse landscape of Hawaii. The Deluxe Tour includes everything from the standard Volcano Safari as well as a visit to the upper Wailuku River’s scenic waterfalls and the Hilo Bayfront enhancing your Hawaii Helicopter tour experience.

Paradise Helicopters specialize in tours leaving from Kona and Hilo on the Big Island. They do also offer tours on the Island of Oahu. Paradise’s tours differ a little bit from the competition as they include trekking to waterfalls, shopping in town, Kona Coffee historic tour, a guided trail hike through Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and sunset tour that takes you from one end of the Island to the other. You can even add ziplining to your day’s activities.

By land, air or sea, Hawaii will promise a stimulating and exciting vacation experience. Make sure that you do your research ahead of time and make reservations. Mauna Lani Point’s concierge can assist you when you book your accommodations or while you are at the resort.

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