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Hilo - Lava & Rainforests Adventure Doors Off - Paradise Helicopters

Starting at: $266.90

This Hilo Lava & Rainforests Adventure Doors Off tour enables you to feel the heat! Kilauea Volcano has been continuously erupting for 30 years, and even at 500 feet above the flowing lava and open vents, you will feel waves of hot air rolling off the subsurface flows, which can reach temperatures of 2,000 degrees! Along the way, cool off as you soar over Hilo's lush rain forests, Mauna Loa's vistas and the plunging Rainbow Falls, so named for the rainbows you can see in the mist when the early morning sunshine hits the water. There's no better vantage point than a helicopter, and there's no bigger thrill than having the doors off !
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Departure Point: Heliport at Hilo International Airport located at 2450 Kekuanaoa St, Hilo, HI 96720 Please check in for your flight 45 minutes prior to departure.
Duration: 45 minutes.
Equipment: MD500/Hughes 500 With doors off
Capacity: 4 passengers.
Inclusions: Large sliding windows for better pictures and two-way communication allowing you to speak directly with the pilot.
Exclusions: Upgrade to window seat $25 per person. Passengers weighing between 265 to 315 lbs incur a $25 capacity surcharge. Those over 315 lbs. incur an extra seat charge.
Foreign Language Translation: There is no foreign language translation available.
Handicapped Accessible: This tour is not suitable for handicapped individuals.
Required Certifications: The participant is not required to have any certification or special license in order to participate.
Serves Alcohol: There is not any alcohol available during the activity.
What to Bring: It is recommended that you bring a camera with you. We suggest bringing your camera in a ziplock bag in case you need to protect it from the elements. Everyone must bring identification. We recommend that you bring a light sweater or jacket. We recommend that everyone in your group brings sunglasses.
Restrictions: People who have gone SCUBA diving within twenty-four hours of the scheduled check in time are not permitted on this activity. We recommend not wearing a white or light colored top to minimize reflections on the insides of the windows in your pictures. There is the possibility of motion sickness on this activity.
Warm clothing suggested as flight is cool and windy All cameras including cell phones must have straps No hats permitted on doors off flight. The flight pattern and specific sights are subject to weather conditions. No children under 8 years old allowed. Guests will be weighed at check in. Passengers weighing 265 to 315 lbs will be charged a capacity surcharge. Guests over 315 lbs will be required to purchase a full additional seat. They will be guaranteed a window seat and an empty seat next to them, subject to weight and balance restrictions. You will be weighed at check in. Guests whose weight is substantially different than the weight provided at the time of their reservation may get bumped from the flight. No refund will be given and the guest will still have to pay for the seat.
This tour has a 48 hour cancellation policy. This means that once you're within 48 hours of the start time, the tour is non refundable. If you choose to cancel before this time, the standard 3% cancellation fee will apply. If the vendor needs to cancel your tour because of weather, a mechanical issue or any other reason you will receive a 100% refund of the price you paid. Late cancels and no shows are charged full fare.
Pride of America Cruise Ship: Paradise Helicopters will not pick up directly at the Cruise Ship Dock in Hilo. You will need to take a 10 minute taxi cab to reach the heliport. This Big Island Helicopter Flight can be organized for the Tuesday of your cruise ship schedule departing from the Hilo Heliport. It is important to make these helicopter tour reservations well in advance.

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Warm clothing suggested as flight is cool and windy All cameras including cell phones must have straps No hats permitted on doors off flight. The flight pattern and specific sights are subject to weather conditions. No children under 8 years old allowed. Guests will be weighed at check in. Passengers weighing 265 to 315 lbs will be charged a capacity surcharge. Guests over 315 lbs will be required to purchase a full additional seat. They will be guaranteed a window seat and an empty seat next to them, subject to weight and balance restrictions. You will be weighed at check in. Guests whose weight is substantially different than the weight provided at the time of their reservation may get bumped from the flight. No refund will be given and the guest will still have to pay for the seat.
This tour has a 48 hour cancellation policy. This means that once you're within 48 hours of the start time, the tour is non refundable. If you choose to cancel before this time, the standard 3% cancellation fee will apply. If the vendor needs to cancel your tour because of weather, a mechanical issue or any other reason you will receive a 100% refund of the price you paid. Late cancels and no shows are charged full fare.
Pride of America Cruise Ship: Paradise Helicopters will not pick up directly at the Cruise Ship Dock in Hilo. You will need to take a 10 minute taxi cab to reach the heliport. This Big Island Helicopter Flight can be organized for the Tuesday of your cruise ship schedule departing from the Hilo Heliport. It is important to make these helicopter tour reservations well in advance.


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There have been 19 reviews written about the Hilo - Lava & Rainforests Adventure Doors Off with Paradise Helicopters.

Average Product Rating: 4.8 / 5

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Kausik Kayal
Too expensive for that short a trip. Also, the doors off experience is not that great in compare to the doors on ones. Also, barely much of the lava flowing is visible when you take the trip, thus making it just a regular helicopter ride.



Connie Harrison
The trip was very exciting and every moment was a thrill. Pete our pilot was amazing. This was something that won't be forgotten. Highly recommend



Annette De Carle
Absolutely brilliant, best experience ever!!

Loved every minute.



Julie Emerald
What a way to start my day. Although a little expensive when converted into AUD I have to say that York, Grant and the Paradise team created an amazing experience. Small chopper, doors off, good views of lava, excellent photos all made for a memorable experience. Thanks



Sarah Vickery
Doors Off Hilo heli trip was amazing! Very good pics from this experience. Pilot York was great, he made some witty comments throughout the flight and was informative (we compared with the other half of our party who were in a different helicopter, and we had more factoids/tidbits to share, also we flew over Rainbow falls and they didn't though we had the same flight time...). Overall very neat. Super easy check-in and located conveniently near the airport parking.



Mary Kelley
Fantastic! Loved every second of this experience and it got 2 thumbs up from my 15 year old daughter. The process was efficient and the people were very friendly.



Jose Martinez
Ecellent trip! We tried doors off, and it was the best way to "feel" the volcanoes experience. The pilot was excellent, even with strong winds, he rode the helicopter smoothly. He also explained every detail along the trip.



Sean Ishimoto
This was my third volcano helicopter tour and "doors-off" is totally the way to go. Our pilot Joyce was highly professional and provided a very smooth flight. Thanks to Tom's for an easy and seamless (and less expensive) experience!



Ayn Faubert
Wonderful experience!



Ian McCormick
Great experience to fly with no doors on. Everyone at Paradise were welcomingand great customer service provided. The smaller helicopter is more manoeuvrableand seems to provide a faster ride. Our pilot, Colin was great and was alwayslooking for something interesting for us to see and made sure everyone got agood view and ample time to take photos. Due to the unpredictability of Thevolcano you might not always see lava flow but the flight is worth it even ifyou don't. Dress warmly because it is cold up there without the doors on! A mustdo experience!



LeoAnd Marie
"The most enjoyable and memorable experiences of our Hawaii trip! The ultimateway to see the volcano and much more!!"

Tom's was very helpful in finding us the option to fly with just the 2 of us sowe could have great views. Doors Off!!

This was our first helicopter experience together and, prior to choosingParadise, we extensively researched helicopter companies and found them to haveterrific reviews. Also, there was plenty of other information on multiples sitesto include: state of the art equipment (with the latest in safety measures),people having fun and, more importantly, an engaging staff.

We recommend using a go-pro, so you're not distracted with handheld cameras orcell phones so you can truly enjoy every moment of this mind-blowing sensoryexperience through one of the most beautiful places on earth.

We also recommend doing it with the doors OFF!! It was wonderful!!

We can't say enough good things about the staff. Throughout the wholeexperience, we always felt we could enjoy the soaring adventure because thestaff made us feel they were in total control, highly professional and skilled,even when they were making us laugh (which was often!!) The team, led by Joyce(the pilot), was a big part of what made the experience so enjoyable.

Mahalo,
Leo and Marie
Visited November 2016




Richard Turnbull
Tom's had a bargain deal, and this was a must see for us on our trip, so we tookadvantage of it, and opted for the doors off extreme ride.

The pictures advertising this attraction show what SOME events (from years past)with lava flowing left me a little disappointed, as our trip wasn't nearly thatspectacular, and the pilot spent less than two minutes over the main area ofrelease, it left me hoping for less time viewing waterfalls near the town, anddesiring more time at the volcano site. I can understand limiting the timenear the main "crater", as our helicopter did encounter a brief but sudden heatburst, and on my side, I felt the instant warmth from the lava, which my wifecould see from her seat. After viewing my videos, I could see tongues offlame appear in the vent holes, so that was pretty nifty. The pilot was veryknowledgeable about the history of the area, so that was nice. We were able tosee the flows as they entered the ocean, which is amazing.

The ride is noisy, and a jacket is definitely needed, or the ride will getchilly. Best seat is up front, just opposite the pilot, although the doors offis great viewing for all

We also had to get our flight rescheduled, the manager (Carlos?) did aphenomenal job tracking down a pilot and helicopter for us on shortnotice, as the cruise ship only allows for one day visits, and the original ridehad a malfunction with the equipment.

Big Mahalos for Tom's, and the crew for scheduling this for us, Kai wasespecially helpful, and responses to our questions were met with thoroughanswers and suggestions.



Jason Karuza
Summary: The extreme volcano tour (doors off) is the way to go. It is VERY coldand windy, so bring REALLY warm clothes. You will have to have straps foranything that you bring with you (i.e. cameras, cell phones). You can by strapsfor your phone at the counter for $2. The pilots are excellent, and the groundcrew are great. A very smooth and amazing ride. Views of the island andvolcanoes are very cool. Lots of fun and worth the cost. About 45 minuteflight.



Bob Schoenburg
It was great. Lots of wonderful sights. However, there was no lava flow. Wouldhave been nice to know that beforehand.



Colleen Schaab
Really enjoyed our helicopter ride Joyce, our pilot was very informativeand gave us a smooth ride. Seeing the volcano with the lava from the air was agreat experience. Loved seeing it flow into the ocean. Waterfall views were alittle weak but all in all a great experience and would recommend it to anyone.One of the most expensive things we did but don't regret it one bit.



Mary Elderkin
Professionally handled. Sean was a great pilot with good commentary. Notas spectacular as pictured but we certainly saw lava. Great photo opportunities.It was a bucket list event for sure.



Judy Tully
Definite must do. Great company, took time to answer all questions before andafter trip. Wonderful pilot and crew, would definitely do again.



Rita Fuja
Two dads and two sons in our group went on this excursion. They all saidit was amazing! They could feel the heat and smell the volcano. Theywere lucky to be able to see lava activity in the crater as well as a break-outflow. What is exceptionally amazing is that one of our sons wrote somenotes on the comment card to the pilot saying he was interested in learning tofly helicopters and the pilot emailed us back offering to give advice and answerany questions. That was above and beyond anything that was expected!



Jerry Beale
Paradise Helicopters provided us a wonderful experience...and Kilauea Volcanomore than met our expectations! Watching lava flow down the mountainside intothe ocean followed by hovering over a crater of bubbling, red hot lava so closewe could feel the heat, was magnificent. The pilot was very informative andensured all had a great view of the volcano and some waterfalls on the returnleg of our flight. The ground crew were professional and made us feel likefamily, not just clients. It was an exciting adventure...our best yet duringmultiple visits to the Hawaiian Islands. GO if you ever have the opportunity!



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