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See All Activities See All Activities By Vendor Big Island of Hawaii Fixed Wing and Airplane Air Tours - The only place on the planet that you can consistently see an active volcano has been on the Big Island of Hawaii.

There are 2 tours in this category with adult prices that range in price from $296.00 to $349.90.

"The Big Island" of Hawaii Air Tours (Airplane / Fixed Wing)

The Big Island of Hawaii is big indeed, larger in fact than all the other islands put together.


Taking an airplane air tour on a fixed wing aircraft is a great way to see the Big Island of Hawaii in a short amount of time, and at a lesser expense than in a Air Plane.


The air tours over the Live Volcanoes on the Big Island of Hawaii are among the most spectacular and this Hawaii activity is among the most popular.


Air tours on the Big Island of Hawaii fly over the volcanoes of Kilauea, Mauna Loa, Mauna Kea and the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.


Air tours are considered by many to be the single most spectacular tour available in all of Hawaii and should not be missed.


Air tours in Hawaii to see mount Kilauea and the active volcanoes of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park depart from both Hilo and Waikoloa.


Most visitors visiting the Big Island will stay on the Kona or Waikoloa coast and since there are tours leaving from there this is often they're first choice of departure points.


For years the magma under Kilauea has been pushing to the earth's surface through "pu'u" or vents and has been making its way through a series of lava tubes to the seacoast.


Here the hot lava pours into the sea at such enormous temperatures that vast plumes of steam and mist are formed and often ascend hundreds of feet into the air.


Vast areas of the Big Island of Hawaii have been burned and paved over as a result, and the destruction and raw power of the earth's creative force is one of the most spectacular sites to ever be seen.


This spectacle of nature is often much too dangerous to be viewed up close and visitors are prohibited to go close to the most spectacular fiery displays.


Therefore, the only way to realistically see the Active Volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii is an air tour.


It should be remembered however that the reason the Big Island is called the "Big Island" is that it is very, very big (it is a fact that the total land area of all the other islands combined would fit within the confines of the island of Hawaii) and as a result the tours that leave from Kona to view the volcano are generally over two hours in length and are respectively fairly expensive.


Many people as a result choose to drive the 2 or 3 hours or so from Kona to Hilo and depart from there as the fixed wing air tour to see Kilauea is only 45 or 50 minutes in length and considerably less expensive.


The longer fixed wing air tours and small plane tours do have their merit however as they visit the slopes of both Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa as well as the spectacular Kohala Coastline.


So if money is not an object please enjoy the longer fixed wing airplane tours on the Big Island of Hawaii.


If you haven't seen the Big Island of Hawaii by air tour, you haven't seen the Big Island of Hawaii.


With regard to photography, many Big Island of Hawaii air tour companies equip their aircraft with special video recorders mounted in the nose and along the sides of the aircraft.


Some even have camera lenses mounted in the cockpit.


As the pilot flies along he directs the taping, selecting the camera offering the best view.


The result: at the end of your Big Island of Hawaii air tour you're presented with a video tape of your actual flight to take home and enjoy over and over.


Pride of America Cruise Ship:

Big Island Air Tours do not pick up at the Cruise Ship Dock either in Hilo or in Kona. It is often simplest to arrange for a taxi to pick you up at the cruise dock. Another option is to have Tom Barefoot's Tours arrange to have you picked up by a Rental Car at the dock and you can drive to the departure location for your Big Island fixed wing air tour.

Look for this symbol in the tour descriptions below to indicate if it is Pride of America compatible.

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Big Island Air

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Cessna Grand Caravan EX

Big Island Air offers three different tours on their air conditioned Cessna Grand Caravan EX, which is the only turbine-engine, jet prop tour airplane in the State of Hawaii. Turbine engines are superior to piston or reciprocating engines in terms of safety, reliability and performance. The added power of a turbine allows us to show many places/things a conventional engine will not allow while operating well within the aircraft's normal range limits.
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The Big Island of Hawaii is an amazing place to do an air tour. When we're speaking of air tours here in this category, what we're talking about is fixed wing aircraft, like this, not helicopters. Obviously they're both aerial tours, but we have a separate category for helicopters that you can see under our section of helicopters in the Big Island. This is strictly going to be referring to the fixed wing aircraft. I think a lot of people just don't realize that we have an availability for fixed wing aircraft that take you over and sight see the big island. They think of it exclusively as helicopters. We do have the helicopters. The helicopters are great, but in many ways you might want to consider actually using a fixed wing aircraft for visiting and flying over, sight seeing the Big Island.

One, the big thing about helicopters that really make them really worthy as a sight seeing aircraft is the fact that they can hover. They can actually get over an area, into a valley, kind of get into maybe a tight spot and then really see what's going on. Up to a waterfall, that kind of thing. They're just remarkable machines for those purposes. In areas like many places that we have on the Big Island, particularly the volcanic area which is kind of the spots that everybody wants to see. You're looking from a distance, whether you're in a helicopter or you're in a fixed wing aircraft, down at the surface of the earth.

You're not in any tight spaces, so the hovering aspect of the helicopter in those areas is not as important as in some other areas. The same viewpoint, identical in fact, can be seen from a sightseeing aircraft, where you're just going at really slow speed over the rift zone and the volcanic activity and the lava coming down and looking in the Pu'u O'os, the vents and seeing all that. You can see it just as well from that vantage point from the fixed wing aircraft. They actually crisscross that area many times so you can see it all really, really well and everybody gets a chance to see everything on this, whatever is happening that particular day.

The other advantage that you have with a fixed wing aircraft is cost. It's considerably less costly to fly and do a sight seeing flight of the Big Island in a fixed wing aircraft than it is in a helicopter. These are simply less expensive to fly. You might want to consider using one of these aircraft. Generally these are going to be going from Kona, the Kona side, though not exclusively, and they change over time, but the main tour that we have ... Let me pull up a ... The main tour that we have is going to be leaving from Kona and doing a complete circle island or almost a complete circle island and seeing so much of the island. This is going to be probably close to a two hour flight. When you compare the prices of this two hour flight to a two hour flight in a helicopter, you'll see that there is a big difference.

They'll be going from the Kona area and heading across, usually across the saddle, it's referred to, between these two giant, Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, the two giant mountains that we have. They go up about 13,000 feet plus. You go between the two on your way over to the active volcanic area which is in Kilauea here. Here you're going to be able to just crisscross this area, see all the activity that's happening on the particular day you're showing up. It does vary from year to year and month to month as to what's happening. You may be able to look right down into the vents and see lava coming up, coming down in lava tubes down toward the ocean. Maybe it's actually going into the ocean, then you're having these huge plumes of gasses and steam that are rising up. You're always able to see something at some point.

Then they're going to continue on over to Hilo and then along the Aumakua coastline, which is one of the most beautiful ones we have in Hawaii, and up into the Kahala forest and so on in these areas, back down around towards Waikoloa and then all the beautiful beaches that we have and the resorts and so on that you'll be able to overlook. Then land back in Kona.

That is an opportunity. This is an opportunity for you to maybe save a little money, really see a larger chunk of the Big Island, get a little bit more of a bang for your buck. It works really well on the Big Island simply because of the geology of it here where you've got those areas that are more spread out. Give it a consideration. Air tours on the Big Island.

If you have any questions about tours or activities in Hawaii, just give us a call or check out tombarefoot.com. We're here to help.

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