Blue Hawaiian Waikoloa Helicopter Tours in Big Island, HI

Blue Hawaiian HelicoptersP.O. Box 384473Waikoloa, Big Island, HI 96738
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Offered by Blue Hawaiian Helicopters, the Blue Hawaiian Waikoloa Helicopter Tours features a scenic tour, filled with views of the still-active Kilauea volcano, black-sand beaches, volcanic badlands, sea cliffs, the Kohala Mountains, cascading waterfalls, lush rainforests, ancient Hawaiian settlements and more. The tour includes aviation-grade noise-canceling headsets and an in-flight recording.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Waikoloa, Big Island Travel Experts
  • Tour routes and sights visited may vary according to wind and weather conditions.
  • Tour duration: approx. 50-120 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.
  • Numerous cascading waterfalls featured on tour.


from Blue Hawaiian Waikoloa Helicopter Tours
Discover both the Big Island's beauty and its volcanic fury. Tour the most geologically active environment on earth-the famous Kilauea volcano, which has been continuously erupting since 1983. View lava flows and black sand beaches. Experience all the awesome spectacle of Madame Pele's lava and volcanic badlands, then explore the lush rainforests of the Hamakua Coast. The towering sea cliffs open into the dramatically deep and meandering valleys of the Kohala Mountains. Beautiful waterfalls cascade thousands of feet into the rainforest below and remnants of ancient Hawaiian settlements are still visible. This is the perfect finish to the ultimate Big Island adventure.

This tour was voted #1 by The Travel Channel as the "World's Best Helicopter Thrill."

Whether you choose one of our Eco-Stars or sleek, customized A-Stars, 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

  • The most honored mechanics and customer service in the industry

Tour Departures:
Morning - 7:00am - 10:30am
Mid-Day - 10:30am - 1:00pm
Afternoon - After 1:00pm
(A Reserve Direct representative will contact you within48 hours after booking to confirm your actual flight time.)

Tripster Customer Reviews

Michael Ricker
Omaha, NE
6 Reviews
Verified Traveler
January 2019
Worth the money to see a different view of the Island. We did the northwest shore of the Big Island - did not realize all the waterfalls we would see.

Little expensive but a bucket list item.
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Tip: Blue Hawaii will seat everyone on the copter for safety. Both sides will get a direct view of the coast - fly up one direction and back the other direction.

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Ryan W
Scranton, Pennsylvania
"Waterfalls of Kohala "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 08, 2019 NEW
Did the Waterfalls of Kohala tour. Marco was our pilot. Once in a lifetime experience! This was our favorite experience over our action packed two week vacation in Hawaii! The combination of the magnificent scenery, Marco’s informative & entertaining commentary, and the thematic music, made this a mind-blowing experience. My wife was crying (good tears) during part of the flight. Definitely recommend that you include a landing at the waterfall for a nice surprise ;-)
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Los Angeles, California
"Experience of a lifetime!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 06, 2019 NEW
PROS: * This is an experience of a lifetime * The only way to truly enjoy the scope and history of the volcanoes of the big island * My highlight was flying into the valley with waterfalls on the side. * Loved the piped-in music to the noise-cancelling headphones in between the pilot's narration. Added tremendously to the experience of viewing God's gorgeous creation. * Appreciated the opportunity to purchase a video of our two-hour experience. Because photos do not do the experience any justice. A great memento to relieve the experience * VERY professional outfit. Proper orientation, safety checks, etc. CON (not really) * Had BAD memories of my motion sickness in my last helicopter ride in Kauai. Armed myself with Ginger candy, Bonine (better reviews than Dramamine), peppermint oil, seabands for wrist, and more. Turns out you can only bring onboard your sunglasses, your phone and a camera. Also paid extra to sit in the front, and didn't have one problem for the entire two-hour flight! So therefore, this isn't really a con at all, except my own con. The Staff was so encouraging and accommodating, finding me a front seat, advising tips to alleviate motion sickness.
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Mililani, Hawaii
"Flight of a Lifetime"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 06, 2019 NEW
I’m a repeat customer to Blue Hawaii. I booked a complete island tour (Oahu), a ride I’ve taken before. The staff is courteous and professional, the aircraft clean and well-maintained, and the pilots skilled and friendly. This trip we had Lauren, who kept us entertained with his Larry-the-Cable-Guy voice (no dirty jokes, tho). I’m a pilot and understand what a job he had - flying, dealing with air traffic control, all while keeping us entertained, informed, and safe. I will be back!
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Mesquite, Nevada
"Incredible Experience - Happy Tears!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 06, 2019 NEW
This 2-hour tour of the Big Island was simply incredible! We flew over craters, macadamia nut farms, the ocean, and waterfalls...lots and lots of waterfalls! The scenery and the music brought me to tears a few times. I felt like I was in a major motion picture. This tour was highly recommended by a friend. Without the personal reference, I probably would not have spent the money. So glad I did it. Worth every penny!
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Alice S
Tempe, Arizona
"Amazing trip and views of the big Island"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 05, 2019 NEW
I was nervous but our pilot Greg was a great pilot and very calming. We did the 90 minute ride and that's all we really had time to do. We came in on the Norwegian and it was the trip on the tenders to shore, then the bustrip to the heliport, the helicopter ride and the bus trip back to the harbor, small window for shopping, henna tatoos and back on the tenders. The time in the air had some beautiful views of 2000 foot waterfalls and we put down at one that was over 400 feet tall with a wave crashing shoreline...had snacks and wine and then it was back in the air for more wonderful lush scenery of the coast. I highly recommend this excursion. Awesome!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Blue Hawaiian Waikoloa 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?
Your only chance of seeing flowing lava is on the Big Island at the Big Island Spectacular tour. 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.