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Blue Hawaiian Helicopters - Hilo

#7 of 43 Tours in Hilo
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Address: Hilo International Airport, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
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+1 808-961-5600
07:00 - 22:00
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Incredible flight over the volcano!

Having never been on a helicopter before, we were a little apprehensive to book this experience. But choosing Blue Hawaiian was a great first step! They are a very professional... read more

Reviewed 7 July 2015

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8 reviews
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Reviewed 7 July 2015

Having never been on a helicopter before, we were a little apprehensive to book this experience. But choosing Blue Hawaiian was a great first step! They are a very professional and a tightly run outfit. Our pilot Ethan is not only a very experienced pilot who inspired much confidence, but he is also a biologist who was able to give... More 

1 Thank roses3seattle
Budapest, Hungary
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 3 July 2015

The helicopter allowed a fantastic view. The whole nose is clear so you can see around you and the lava flow was very impressive. We were able to see bubbling lava and miles of cooled lava. The pilot was great and answered all our questions. Everyone was very friendly and the pilot addressed us by name.

Thank Weatherornot2
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 July 2015

We saw lava and falls. Our pilot was very friendly and knowledgeable. We got to see some beautiful wonders.

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Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed 1 July 2015 via mobile

We flew with Jeremy who was a great pilot - he gave us lots of information on the area, the helicopter and what he was doing in terms of flying. The views along the coast were wonderful. Unfortunately for us it was raining heavily over the volcano, and our pilot explained that not only was it unsafe to fly because... More 

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 30 June 2015

We drove over to Hilo from Kona, a fun drive between the mountains on Saddle Road. Blue Hawaiian was recommended by Kona Concierge. We had a great meal at Ken’s House of Pancakes and we explored Hilo waiting for the Helicopter tour. We were a little disappointed when it started cloud over. We were greeted at the airport by some... More 

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Reviewed 28 June 2015 via mobile

We were staying in Kailua Kona and was told the almost 2 hour drive was worth it. We did the one hour volcano and waterfall tour. Not many people can say they have seen lava or been in a helicopter. Yes, it was worth the drive for a short tour we did. Just keep in mind the volcano is apart... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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36 reviews
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Reviewed 27 June 2015 via mobile

When we planned our trip to Hawaii with our daughter we suggested a helicopter ride to the volcanoes. She didn't seem too thrilled and opted for other activities. Once we arrived at the island she saw the mountains and lava trails and started to change her mind. Then she heard people talk about it and decided to do it. We... More 

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Forsyth, Illinois
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Reviewed 27 June 2015

Great ride. Pilot gave us great views of the area & what few lava flows were available. He even gave us a 2nd trip through the crater to get a better photo of the available red lava. Smooth liftoff & ride. It felt slow traveling at 110 mph. We had seen most lava area on the ground & now saw... More 

Thank mary s
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Reviewed 26 June 2015 via mobile

We really enjoyed our quick trip to the lava flows. We were lucky to see one pretty large flow which made the whole trip worth it. I loved seeing the entire area from a different perspective. Our pilot was very professional and had a lot of helpful information. If you are interested in seeing the volcano from up above I... More 

Thank Jennifer S
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Reviewed 26 June 2015

We had a nice tour of the volcano even though the flow slowed down to just a few spots. Our tour guide was awesome and made it very enjoyable. We were disappointed to learn that the video of our tour did not record properly and we could not purchase it. They offered us a free video of all of their... More 

Thank Melanie H

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