Viator VIP: The Sunset Experience Helicopter Tour From Kona

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See the breathtaking landscapes of the Big Island of Hawaii like a VIP on this unforgettable helicopter tour from Kona. Home to some of the most biologically diverse and dramatic natural features on the planet (volcanoes, beaches, rainforest, lava fields, waterfalls… need we go on?), the Big Island was made for helicopter tours, and this one is particularly wonderful, as it includes a Champagne toast, is perfectly timed with the sunset and is a whopping two hours long. Circle the whole island, from the Hamakua Coast to Kilauea, enjoying the amazing aerial views. This exclusive Viator experience can’t be booked anywhere else!

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After hotel pickup, head to the Kona airport to begin your VIP helicopter tour over the Big Island. When you arrive, enjoy a traditional lei greeting and glass of Champagne to mark the occasion. Then board your comfortable Bell 407 helicopter and take off, heading north to fly over the secluded beaches and lava fields along the Kona, Kohala and Hamakua coasts. Throughout the tour, listen to commentary from your pilot, who you can communicate with via your two-way headset.

Next, fly to the far side of the Kohala Mountains to look down on a series of lush hidden valleys, and then cruise down to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to hover over Mauna Loa, the largest volcano on Earth, and Kilauea, the most active of the Big Islands volcanoes. By this time, the sun will have fallen behind the mountains, allowing you to spot the glowing lava more easily and admire the magma lake in Halema'uma'u Crater.

Continue to the southern tip of the Big Island, passing over the black-sand beach of Punaluu and the green-sand beach of Papakolea, two of Hawaiis most striking stretches of coastline. Round the tip of the island and head back north along the west coast, flying over Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historic Park, which once served as a refuge for ancient Hawaiians who broke a law. As you fly from the park to Kealakekua Bay, a couple of miles north, the sun begins to set, creating quite a show.

Watch the sky turn shades of yellow, orange, red and purple, and keep your eyes peeled for the rare flash of green that appears on the horizon when the conditions are just right. When the sky finally turns dark, return to the airport, from where youll be transferred back to your hotel.

Flight time is approximately two hours; total duration is approximately three hours including the check-in and pre-departure process.

Inclusions for Viator VIP: The Sunset Experience Helicopter Tour From Kona

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from select hotels ONLY
  • 2-hour helicopter flight
  • Champagne toast
  • Lei greeting

Exclusions for Viator VIP: The Sunset Experience Helicopter Tour From Kona

  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities (optional)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 7 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Adult pricing applies to all travelers

Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund

Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund

Wheelchair accessible - if assistance is required, passenger must provide their own caregiver

All passenger weights MUST be advised at time of booking

Capacity Surcharge: All guests weighing between 265 and 315 lbs will be assessed a Capacity Surcharge of $50.  The guest will be guaranteed a window seat. 

Guests weighing above 315 lbs. at check-in will be charged for an extra seat for weight and balance purposes. The rate of the extra seat will be determined by the specific tour that they are booked on. This cost is calculated by adding an additional seat to the one that has already been purchased.

A maximum of 6 people per booking

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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4 Traveler Reviews

  • Jamie met us and took us to a private room where we sipped champagne and received a flower lei. Jorg, our pilot, gave us a safety talk.
    The Big Island has some beautiful scenery. I especially enjoyed flying over the waterfalls, volcanoes, whales and macadamia nut plantation.
    The Vog, volcanic smog, was quite thick and kept us from seeing some things clearly. I did get a good shot of the lava flowing into the ocean.
    This tour was a birthday gift from one of my son's. Jamie and Kay, staff members for Paradise Tours, were very accommodating and made me feel special, giving me a birthday card at the end of the tour along with another glass of champagne.
    The process of setting up the tour was easy and we were contacted several times, to reconfirm and answer questions.
    A 6 seat helicopter is problematic as two of the seats face backward and the seats opposite are very close. The middle seat facing forward is not the best for taking pictures. These are my reasons for not giving them a five rating. Anyone with claustrophobic tendencies would not do well.

  • Saw many waterfalls, and lava.

  • This tour was the highlight of our trip! Great experience. Would highly te come d this experience!

  • A very good tour, incredible views. Highly recommend. The birds eye view of the current lava flow and the cone of the volcano was awesome.

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