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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Gurnee, Illinois
"Fantastic view of The Big Island by Helicopter"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 07, 2020
We had a great tour of the Big Island with Blue Hawaiian! Volcanos, waterfalls, mountains, rain forests....spectacular! We even had a couple on our trip that got engaged at the bottom of the waterfall! Our pilot was friendly, knowledgeable, and extremely competent.
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Southlake, Texas
"LOVED Blue Hawaiian!!!! "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 13, 2020
By far the best excursion we’ve ever done. Marco took our family of four on the waterfall tour. It was AMAZING!!!! He was very helpful in pointing out things to see on the island and the service by all the staff was awesome.
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Ted W
Encinitas, California
"Pilot was great for helping us take excellent photos - hints for better photos"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 27, 2020
I've been on Blue Hawaiian Helicopters previously and both times they have been excellent experiences. They start you off with a safety video then put you into seats assigned primarily for the best weight distribution. Matt was our pilot. Everyone was very friendly. This location was 5 minutes from our Hilton resort. It helps if you wear black clothing to cut down on the reflections when taking photos through the windows. Depending on the position of the helicopter you may have to wait for the right shots. Matt was very good about moving the aircraft around so everyone could take photos. They make a video of your flight that you can purchase when you get back (for about $60). It's a good memory. Moving your camera (I used my Samsung S10+ for my camera and it worked great) around near the glass to find a good reflection free shot also helps. I found the closer to the glass I held my camera the better. Matt explains a lot to you and you use the hand held microphones to ask questions and communicate with him (and others) when flying. This is a great adventure. I got some good photos which are now hanging on my wall at home. Highly recommended.
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Melissa K
"Worth the price!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 07, 2020
The pilot was friendly and knowledgeable, the weather was perfect and the views were once-in-a-lifetime gorgeous! The privilege of watching land "born" was something I will never forget! Thank you for an epic end to our Big Island experience!
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Apex, North Carolina
"A Must Do"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 29, 2020
This was very pricey but so worth the experience. 2 hour whole island tour was recommended to us and now I'm recommending it to you. ❤
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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.