Blue Hawaiian Helicopter Tours in Hilo, HI

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


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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"Great way to see Oahu"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 12, 2020
This ride is great, you see sites of Oahu that you cannot drive to. Definitely a must if you come to Oahu.
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Alan B
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
"Jurassic falls"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 22, 2020
50 minute flight over the Island of Kauai,saw the Jurassic falls. What a spectacular flight,pilot was Dave,very experienced, great commentary,you have to see this island fromthe air. Be aware,you can only take a small camera or phone,no tablets allowed,no hats,jackets or bags of any size,no water or food. Highly recommend
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Perth, Australia
"50 minute helicopter eco tour of Kauai"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 09, 2020
The booking was a bit stressful as I had to reschedule booked flights to accommodate the helicopter tour- as I was only in Kauai for a day- but in the end it was so worth it. You really appreciate being alive while on this tour. The sights of Kauai are absolutely beautiful- I wanted to see Jurassic park and I did. The coast is spectacular and Chris the pilot was great. I was a bit worried about helicopter flight after hearing about a terrible accident a month earlier but some things in life you just have to go for no matter what.
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Chicago, Illinois
"Perfect Introduction to Oahu by Air"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 04, 2020
Blue Hawaiian is a class organization, employing excellent, knowledgeable, pilots and operating modern and comfortable helicopters. The Oahu tour is a great introduction to the island, and we used the knowledge we gained for the entire trip - the North Shore, west side, and Pearl Harbor.
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"Blue Hawaiian 45 minute flight from Honolulu Airport"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 29, 2019
My friend and I both considered this the highlight of our trip. It was amazing to see Diamond Head's crater from above, the Dole plantation, Pearl Harbor and other sites from the air. Our pilot was a good guide and the flight was fun and educational.
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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.