Hilo: Doors-Off Lava & Rainforests Adventure

Tour 01HP


 Please call Reservations to book this tour: 808-371-0432


Tour # 01HP: Hilo, Doors-Off Lava & Rainforests Adventure 

Per Person Charges Special Online Price
Adult $299.00 USD
Child (2 and Over) $299.00 USD
Lap Child (Under 2 Free) $0
Window Seating (Best view for photos) $25.00 USD
Helps plant trees in Hawaii. $6.00 USD


About Your Tour

Operates: Daily,  Morning or Afternoon

Location: Hilo, Big Island, Duration: 40-50 MinDeparts from: Hilo Airport

Features: Narrated, Beach, Waterfall, Volcano, Rainforest, Doors Off

Experience: Feel The Heat! Take a ride in our Hughes 500 helicopter with no doors, and find out for yourself why the Travel Channel calls this the “hottest helicopter ride on Earth!” Kīlauea Volcano has been continuously erupting for 30 years, and even at 500 feet above the flowing lava and open vents, you will feel waves of hot air rolling off the subsurface flows, which can reach temperatures of 2,000 degrees! Along the way, cool off as you soar over Hilo’s lush rain forests, Mauna Loa’s vistas and the plunging Wai‘ānuenue (Rainbow Falls), so named for the rainbows you can see in the mist when the early morning sunshine hits the water.

There’s no better vantage point than a helicopter, and there’s no bigger thrill than leaving the doors behind so there is nothing between you and the sights! 

Sights: Current activity at Kilauea Volcano, Tropical rainforests of Puna, Waterfalls of North Hilo 


Window Seats: $25 per person Guarantee the best view for photos.  


Carbon Offset: + $6 per person Helps plant trees in Hawaii. 

 Route Map: 


Activity Level: Easy: Suitable for adults, children and seniors.

 Tour Notes:

Total flight time typically varies from 40 – 50 minutes.

Warm clothing suggested as flight is cool and windy
All cameras including cell phones must have straps
No hats permitted on flight

FAQ: For answers to common questions

How does the window upgrade work? 

Would you like a guaranteed window seat? For an additional $50.00 per seat on flights departing from Kona and $25.00 per seat on flights departing from Hilo and O‘ahu you will be guaranteed a window seat. Note: guaranteed window seating is included in the capacity surcharge for passengers over 250 lbs.  Preferred seat selections will guarantee you a window seat and but are subject to weight and balance restrictions.

Why Don't We Select A Specific Departure Time?

Paradise Helicopters arranges each flight in order to maximize comfort and ensure that the aircraft is properly weighted and balanced. For this reason, we can provide you with your specific flight time once we receive the passenger information requested in our confirmation e-mail.

What Is the Capacity Surcharge (CS) Policy?

For passengers above 265 lbs., fees are charged during check out or at check-in. The guest will be guaranteed a window seat.

All guests between 265 lbs – 315 lbs (when weighed at check-in), will be assessed a Capacity Surcharge of $25 on our Hughes/MD 500 or $50 on our Bell 407. They will be guaranteed a window seat.

All guests weighing over 315 lbs are required to purchase a second, cabin comfort & safety seat at a discounted price. They will be guaranteed a window seat.

By maintaining proper weight and balance in our aircraft we can provide guests with a safe, smooth and comfortable Experience on Paradise Helicopters.

Please make reservations 48 hrs in advance to confirm tour availability.

Tour departure times, flight durations, route and viewing may vary due to weather, volcanic activity and other uncontrollable events. We have a 24 hour cancellation policy. Late cancels and no shows pay full fare. We reserve the right to refuse service. All prices are subject to applicable taxes and fees. All prices are subject to change.

 Why are your pilots the best in the world?

Our pilots provide you with the best tour, excellent narration and knowledge of the island. We conduct training annually and all pilots must pass an F.A.A. flight check. We also bring outside professional instructors into our company every year to evaluate and train our pilots in the latest techniques and information.


Children under the age of two (2) fly free when seated in the lap of a paying adult – proof of age required for lap children under two (2). Children 24 months and over require an individual full-fare seat.

Do You Offer Transportation From My Hotel to the Helicopter?

Paradise Helicopters will provide free round-trip transportation to guests who purchase Air Adventures that depart from the Kona International Airport. Free transportation is limited and based on availability. Please check the box to request free transportation on the 1st page of the booking process. A Paradise Helicopters rep will confirm availability for your date. Pick up and drop off locations are limited to the Kona Coast including the Hapuna area – North and the Keauhou area South. Exceptions and other restrictions may apply. May not be combined with other offers.

Do You Offer Transportation From My Accommodations to the Helicopter?

  • Free round-trip transportation for tours departing from the Kona International Airport.
  • Free transportation is limited and based on availability.
  • Please reply to your confirmation email with your request and hotel name. A Paradise Helicopters rep will confirm availability for your date.
  • Pick up and drop off locations are limited to the Kona Coast including the Hapuna area – North and the Keahou area South.
  • Exceptions and other restrictions may apply.
  • Free Transportation only applies to Air Adventures purchased directly from Paradise Helicopters. May not be combined with other offers. 
  • Kona: 100% Kona Coffee by Air has a slightly different transportation policy. Check the tour for details.

 What should we wear?

Wear whatever is comfortable for you. If you are going to take pictures, darker colors are better because it reduces the chance of reflections in your photos.

Are there other flight options besides the ones on the website?

We can set up almost any flight you have in mind. If there is something special you want to do (have lunch at a private waterfall, land at a secluded spot), let us know and we will do our best to make it happen. Call Reservations at 808-561-3157.

Should we take anti-motion sickness pills?

If you are prone to motion sickness then I would suggest taking something before you fly. Our helicopters do provide a smooth ride and most people do great!

 What is the seating in the helicopter?

In our McDonnel Douglas 500 (like the helicopter from Magnum P.I.), 3 out of the 4 seats are next to a window. The seat located between the pilot and seat 2, has a view of the spectacular landscape through the windshield.

In our Bell 407, the seating is executive style (like a limousine). There is one passenger in the front with the pilot and five in the back. Two seats face the other 3 seats allowing you to see and talk to the person(s) you are flying with.

Seating is assigned based on weight and balance, which was approved by the FAA so we cannot guarantee seats. However, because of the outstanding helicopters we fly, viewing is great from all of the seats.

Will I see lava?

Your chances are really good! There is almost always lava. We have to remember that it is nature and it can change. Your pilot will do their very best to fly wherever the activity is.

Nobody can get you closer to some of the world’s most active volcanoes than Paradise. Because these are an unpredictable natural phenomenon, we recommend you call ahead to confirm the activity of specific lava flows.

 Do you offer videos of the flight?

We want our pilots to give the best possible tour by narrating and sharing knowledge with the passengers, and not having to focus on making a video. So, we have chosen to have a professional video of the island available that highlights all the beauty you will see on your flight.

What are some common Hawaiian words?

Aloha – hello, goodbye, love
Pau – finished, done
Mahalo – thank you
Puka – hole
Ono – good
Mauka – mountain side (used a lot when referring to directions. Example – on the mauka side of the road)
Makai – ocean side (used a lot when referring to directions)
Paniolo – cowboy
Honu – Green Sea Turtle

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be made 24 hours prior to the day of service and will result in a 10% credit card service charge. Cancellations made in a shorter period of time (less than 24 hours prior to the day of service) will result in a 100% charge being incurred/No refund. No shows will incur full charges/NO REFUND.

Tours and activity prices, departure times, departure locations, descriptions and other information on Hawaii Tour Adventures website are subject to change at any time without prior notice.

Online reservations must be made at least 48 hours prior to tour departure. For reservations within 48 hours please call reservations: (808) 371-0432

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