Hilo: Lava & Rainforests Adventure

Tour 02HP


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


Tour # 02HP: Hilo: Lava & Rainforests Adventure 

Per Person Charges Special Online Price
Adult $255.00 USD
Child (2 and Over) $255.00 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: The Lava & Rainforests Adventure air adventure showcases the how the story of Hawai‘i is inextricably linked to the elements. You will fly over Kīlauea, the most active volcano on earth, and search out glowing red lava, evidence that this fiery hot spot is constantly cycling through both creation and destruction. However, the windward side also catches enough rain to make Hilo the wettest city in the United States.

All this water fills tunnels that once flowed with lava, creating incredible rivers, pools and waterfalls all over East Hawai‘i. 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. Choose the Hilo [get_tour_title style="product-tour-description"] air adventure to see volcanic activity and waterfalls inaccessible by any other means! 

Although eruption activity is very high at this time, we are unable to guarantee that you will see "red" lava on your flight. 

While we are flying all of our regular tours and charters, please understand that what you will see on our flights is highly dependent upon 1) the eruption, 2) the weather, and 3) the temporary flight restrictions in place. All of these vary from day to day and even hour to hour.

Please be assured that our pilots will do their best to navigate all conditions to deliver to you the safest and best viewing experience possible.

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.

 Privacy Policy

Paradise Helicopters is concerned about your right to privacy. When you visit the Paradise Helicopters website, you can be assured that any information you provide to us will be handled carefully. We will never sell or rent your information to any third party.

Your credit card information, date of birth, physical address, e-mail address, and phone number(s) will not be shared with any third parties except:

  • Under legal subpoena
  • To verify billing information with the Customer’s financial institution
  • For credit card fraud detection
  • To complete a transaction when a Customer purchases service from a travel service provider (i.e. hotel, show, ground tour, etc.) that is accessible through Paradisecopters.com.

 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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