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Big Island Air Tour by Cessna Plane

  • 105-minute sightseeing flight over Hawaii, from Kona
  • Enjoy aerial views of two of the world’s most active volcanoes, Kilauea and Mauna Loa, over Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
  • Get great photo ops of waterfalls, lush valleys, rainforest, volcanoes, beaches, cliffs and the coast
Big Island Air Tour by Cessna Plane
From US$399.00
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Soar above the Big Island’s volcanic steam vents, rainforests and rugged coastline on an air tour by Cessna Plane. Enjoy almost two hours of flying time as you explore Hawaii’s most iconic island, and explore a dynamic landscape of simmering volcanos, crashing surf and lava flows. Take in commentary from your pilot as you bank above Hawaii Volcanos National Park and get extraordinary aerial views of Kilauea and Mauna Loa, then watch for migrating whales as you glide over the coast’s beaches, farms and renowned surf breaks. 
What to Expect
Meet your expert pilot after making your own way to Kona International Airport. After a short briefing, get comfortable in your guaranteed window seat and put on the provided headset, which allows you to hear your pilots narrative throughout the flight. Enjoy extra legroom on your Cessna Caravan plane, which seats a maximum of nine passengers.

Take in the sights as your pilot flies to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Preserve. From the air, enjoy an excellent perspective on the enormous park, which includes two volcanoes: Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, and Mauna Loa, the world's largest subaerial volcano. Learn fascinating facts about each as you look for fresh lava flows, and marvel at stunning views of steaming calderas and lava fields. You can take amazing photos and see areas of the volcanic field that are not readily accessible by land.

Continuing over the Big Island, gaze at green valleys lush with rainforests and waterfalls, black-sand and white-sand beaches, macadamia nut and Kona coffee farms, ancient Hawaiian settlements and hundreds of mile of coastline. You might even spot migrating whales. Throughout your flight, your pilot shares detailed information about Hawaii’s geography, history, legends and other interesting facts.

Your pilot makes sure to circle the sights so that both sides of the plane get great views and photo ops. You also get more time in the air than most flights, which means that you see more and cover more territory before touching down at the airport, where your air tour ends.
Reviews (24)
1 - 5 of 21 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
A Remarkable View of the Orchid Isle!

While visiting the Big Island, do not pass up the opportunity to see and experience the island from an entirely different perspective. Big Island Air offers first class air tours allowing a view of the island that is only available from the air. Each passenger...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Archie M
Reviewed 6 October 2018
Not quite as advertised

This is a lovely way to see all around the island, with a flight that mostly hugs the coastline. The plane is spacious and comfortable and the headset means it is quiet and you can hear the pilot's commentary. We took the sunset tour, which...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Sarob
Reviewed 4 October 2018
Must Do!! Beautiful Views!!

After much research I found an actual plane that did tours around the Big Island. I am so happy we went with the plane vs helicopter. 8 people plus the pilot. Everyone had a window seat & a/c. Our Pilot was awesome! He knew so...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank April D
Reviewed 26 August 2018
Great views at less cost than helicopters

We took the "Circle Island" tour, which showed us everything we wanted to see from the air, especially the volcano stuff including an incredible view of the Pu'u O'o vent, the fresh lava flows, and the lava running into the ocean. The Cessna Caravan had...More

Date of experience: August 2018
3  Thank frequent-traveler777
Reviewed 10 July 2018
Amazing views of Big Island, including lava!

A big thank you to our pilot, Steve, and Big Island Air for a wonderful tour of the Big Island. Very nice plane with great views. Steve was very knowledgeable about the island and made every effort to ensure that all of us were able...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank kathleendC990BX
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1 July 2018|
Response from PhyllisY61 |
Is there an easy way to take a plane ride over the volcano on Hawaii from Oahu w/o the hassle of going to HNL, then to Kona via commercial plane and then catch your tour? Is there a flight from Honolulu that goes over the... More
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