Blue Hawaiian Helicopter Tours in Hilo, HI

Blue Hawaiian HelicoptersHilo Int'l Airport TerminalHilo, Big Island, HI 96720
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Overview

Blue Hawaiian Hilo Helicopter Tours offer exciting hour-long experiences for guests of many ages. The tours include your choice of an ECO-Star helicopter or an A-Star helicopter, Bose® aviation-grade noise-canceling headsets, a four-camera digital DVD in-flight recording, and views of active lava flows and cascading waterfalls from the world’s most active volcano—Mauna Kea.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Hilo, Big Island Travel Experts
  • Tour routes and sights visited may vary according to wind and weather conditions.
  • Volcanic activity varies hourly.
  • Tour duration: approx. 55 minutes.
  • Two-way communication between you and your expert Blue Hawaiian pilot.
  • Bose® aviation-grade noise-canceling headsets.
  • 4-camera digital DVD in-flight recording available for purchase.

Description

from Blue Hawaiian Hilo Helicopter Tours
Hawaii’s Big Island is twice as large as all the other Hawaiian islands combined. In world-renowned Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, you can witness active lava regions and even lava flows from the world’s most active volcano. Gigantic Mauna Kea is taller (measured from its base) than Mt. Everest, and the majestic Hamakua Coast, and its jewel, the Waipio Valley, boast 2,000-ft. cliffs and 1,200-ft. cascading waterfalls. There’s no way to see all this epic scenery except by air, and only Blue Hawaiian makes sure you don’t miss a thing.

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

The Travel Channel named Blue’s tour of the Big Island’s Hawaii Volcanoes National Park #1 in the “Top Ten World’s Best Helicopter Experiences.”

Blue Hawaiian Helicopter Tours has been the Big Island’s air-tour leader since 1990—with bases in both Waikoloa and at the Hilo International Airport.

In 2001 Blue Hawaiian Tours introduced the 21st-century “quiet-technology” Eco-Star helicopter to Hawaii, featuring first-class seating for every guest, an expansive cockpit, and incomparable panoramic views.

Whether you choose one of our Eco-Stars or sleek, customized A-Stars Helicopters, you’ll enjoy:
  • Bose® aviation-grade noise-canceling headsets

  • 4-camera digital DVD in-flight recording

  • Two-way communication between you and your expert Blue Hawaiian pilot—each of whom is a State of Hawaii Certified Tour Guide


Duration of Flight: Approximately 55 minutes.

Tour Departures:
Morning - 7:00am - 10:30am
Mid-Day - 10:30am - 1:00pm
Afternoon - After 1:00pm
(A Reserve Direct representative will contact you within 48 hours after booking to confirm your actual flight time.)

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Curlynob
Cleethorpes, United Kingdom
"A lovely way to see the island"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 07, 2019 NEW
Smooth ride, commentary was ok but could have done with more content, but perhaps due to the passengers not engaging with pilot. Video of ride very disappointing, a lot of the commentary was distorted and not at all clear.
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RMDean3
Klein, Texas
"From one Pilot to Another - Pilot Julie - Great Job!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 06, 2019 NEW
What a beautiful way to see O'ahu Island. Follow-up with the Bus day trip (ground) tour to really put the island natural beauty in perspective having seen it from the air! To see the Arizona Memorial from the air is "priceless"; especially since you are still not allowed to boat out and walk aboard it (over a year now).
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Susan N
"Awesome way to see the island! "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 09, 2019
While helicopter rides aren’t cheap, I would suggest you do this at least once in your life. This company is very professional and helpful! After you check in, there is a short wait. After viewing a short safety video you are equipped with a personal flotation device. The instructions are clear and simple to follow. Safety is number one with them. You can not take a purse our bag with you but you are provided with a locker. You may take your phone and little camera. We enjoyed our flight and purchased the video of our flight. It is on a thumb drive so you can make as many copies as you like. I think the video is @$60.
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645marlal
Ann Arbor, Michigan
"Great trip!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 30, 2019
Beautiful views! Smooth ride. Great pics. And they have this really fun video you can purchase that takes pic outside and in the cabin. Super cool. We did private do everyone had a great seat. Thanks Julie!!!!
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Jennifer J
Denver, Colorado
"amazing"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 14, 2019
We wanted to see the island and this didn't disappoint us. We were able to get a good view from the ski and see some things we wouldn't have if we were driving. Our pilot was great and very knowledgeable. Great tour
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Frequently Asked Questions about Blue Hawaiian Hilo Helicopter Tours

Do you make a video of our actual tour? How long is it?
Every flight is captured on a high-quality DVD. Each helicopter is equipped with four cameras; three external and one in the cabin. The video recording begins during the boarding process. On the video, you'll most likely first see yourself as you approach the aircraft for boarding. To orchestrate the most interesting video, the pilot chooses between the forward, side or internal camera as the flight progresses. The cabin camera, for example, usually shows you right after lift-off as it is so much fun to capture our guests’ expressions of amazement. The recording is continuous until landing and includes digital quality music chosen to complement the changing scenery, plus all the pilot's narration. The video is available for purchase right after you return from your flight.

What should we wear?
Our helicopters are temperature-controlled so dress comfortably but wear dark clothing to minimize any window reflections. If your flight includes a landing at higher elevations, bring a sweater in case it's chilly. Hats are not allowed to be worn around the helicopters as they can fly up into the rotors and damage the aircraft. We will be happy to hold any hats for you until you return from your tour.

Do you recommend taking anti-motion sickness medication?
If you are particularly prone to motion sickness, taking a precautionary anti-motion sickness medication is a good idea. However, our flights are very smooth and turns are slow and gentle. This is a professional scenic tour, not a thrill ride. Most people do not experience motion sickness and do not need an anti-motion sickness medication.

Will we be the only ones in the helicopter? How is seating arranged?
Unless you charter the complete helicopter you will be sharing the flight with other guests. We try to seat couples and families side-by-side as much as possible. We cannot guarantee particular seating as it is often dictated by our FAA approved “weight and balance” program. However, visibility from every seat is excellent in both our A-Stars and Eco-Stars, since there are no cabin partitions that would block part of the view as is the case on other types of helicopters.

Are we going to see lava?
Odds are good that you will see flowing lava but no particular sight can be guaranteed. Routes and times vary with wind and weather, and volcanic activity changes hourly.