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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Kempsey, Australia
"Well worth it"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 20, 2019 NEW
Although like most Helicopters tours are pricey this is a must do. We have been on several tours and this you have to see to believe. Loren the pilot was hilarious.
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Auckland, New Zealand
"Helicopter over Waikiki"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 19, 2019 NEW
We did this for my husbands 60th birthday in November 2018 with our 4x Kids who are all in their 20yrs. We Experienced the phenomenal scenery of this island's hidden rain forests, lush valley and beaches. You glide over the vivid turquoise coral reefs of Waikiki, look down into the extinct volcano of Diamond Head. View crescent-shaped Hanauma Bay, the white sand Waimanalo Beach, Chinaman's Hat and the beautiful coral formation in Kaneohe Bay. We soared over the cliffs of the Nuuanu Valley rainforest, then fly along the breathtaking coastline to Sacred Falls and the Panoramic Dole Pineapple Plantations. We also fly over Pearl Harbour, the Arizona Memorial and the Battleship Missouri which was sad in one way thinking about the memory of what happened there but an amazing experience. Our Pilot was brilliant and the music inside the Helicopter was absolutely outstanding as it coordinated to each adventure we fly over playing the Music theme that rated to the scene at that time. Totally recommend this company and trip. Was glad it was only 45/50 mins as that was enough for me, as I started to feel a little airsick towards the last 15 mins!! The rest of my family were absolutely fine and loved it. Make sure you wear dark coloured shirts on this trip so you can take great photos. White shirts reflects back on the windows and spoils your photo shots. This company also picked us up from our Hotel and dropped us back which was great.
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Tokyo, Japan
"A couple with a parent/in-law"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 06, 2019 NEW
Trip advisor(you only have a “family with young children or family with teenagers check box on your check list. May we ask why you don’t have a check box for a family treating their elder(s)?) Incidentally, we treated our mom/M.I.L. to a wonderful 1-hour-excursion of an Oahu helicopter tour. Mom was seated next to our pilot Brandon(as she deserved to be). We were seated with another couple in the back(another lady sat upfront next to mom. Breathtaking views of the entire island including the spots where Jurassic park and other movie sets were filmed. The music footage on our earphones was tastefully played and communication from our pilot was consistent yet not over-done. The only negative was the shuttle pick up/drop off: the ride was unimaginably bumpy because of an under maintained van.
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Vonnie J
Greenville, North Carolina
"Amazing 360 View"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 18, 2019
This was my first helicopter ride. I was a bit skeptical, but after take-off and seeing outside, my fears were gone. The views were awesome! Everything was so clear. We even saw several rainbows! And the outlay of Oahu is magnificent! We flew through some rain showers, and it did not diminish the view from the helicopter. Our pilot, Julie, did an excellent job flying and providing us with excellent opportunities to see the locations we flew past. She was a very knowledgeable tour guide, also. And it was her birthday! Kudos, Julie, for making my first helicopter flight such a memorable experience. Blue Hawaiian is the way to go.
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"Awesome tour with Josh!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 12, 2019
My family and I enjoyed and absolutely breathtaking tour of Oahu with Josh as our pilot. My father and I are both commercial pilots, and we were thrilled with the flight, attention to safety, and overall tour quality here at Blue Hawaiian Helicopters. The sights are obviously amazing, but what isn’t guaranteed is tour quality. Josh narrated a wonderful tour, and he answered all of our questions on top of providing extremely interesting historical and geological facts about the island. We were fortunate enough to see a pair of humpbacks, as well as a few turtles! This trip is an absolute MUST!
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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.