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.)

Reserve Hawaii Customer Reviews

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Wayne R
Grand Blanc, Michigan
"Very fun flight...despite..."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 18, 2019 NEW
Overall this was a great experience and definitely worth the money. From pick up to drop off all the staff and crew are excellent. Our pilot was fun and knowledgeable. We even saw a pod of whales and circled them a while to watch them play. Great trip! I was very disappointed with my seating. I am a pilot and specifically asked to sit in the front. Booked directly with the company and they said they would request this. I was assigned to the back middle with less than stellar views. I have read several one star reviews and responses from the company. The standard answer is that this is FAA regulated weight and balance that creates assigned seating. This is bunk! All pilots learn to do weight and balance before their first flight. Anybody of reasonably normal size can be put in any seat. They chose to ignore my specific request. For the money you pay I would like to see them be more responsive. Regardless, I had a blast and would do it again!!
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Laura B
Denver, CO
"Helicopter out of Ko’Olina"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 18, 2019 NEW
What a great way to end my vacation in Hawaii by seeing all of Oahu by air! My daughter who had never been in a helicopter and a couple fron Nebraska took off with our pilot, Josh, who was absolutely fantastic. He just happened to be from Oklahoma as I am myself so already a good start. First flight jitters for the bride and bit of serious wind caused the pilot to find less windy conditions which made everyone happy! Josh had lots of information about the island to share with us. Flew over Pearl Harbor, the north shore, Waikiki and pretty much the whole island. Oh and we did see a whale come up and flap his tail for us! Highly recommend Blue Hawaiian Helicopters for a breathtaking ride filled with ooohs and ahhs.
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AlexandraO1079
"Helicopter tour over Oahu"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 16, 2019 NEW
What an amazing experience, from the moment we were picked up at hotel till drop off, thank you Loren for making our helicopter experience so pleasant👍👍
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Monika E
"Amazing!!!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 15, 2019 NEW
This was by far the best thing we did in Hawaii!!! The views were breathtaking and our pilot was super informative. The whole flight felt surreal. Totally worth the money.
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Colin-James C
Surrey BC, Canada
"Amazing experience!!!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 15, 2019 NEW
I loved the experience and the piot Paul was amazing and awesome too. The views and the photos the experience from check in to check out
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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.