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Volcano viewing question

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Volcano viewing question

Hello everyone!

I'm traveling to Hawaii for vacation and would like to see Kilauea by air. The have reservations for 3 nights in Honolulu and then 8 nights in Maui. I'm debating two options to see Kilauea (on the Big Island):

1. On the day of travel from Honolulu to Maui, flying early morning from Honolulu to Hilo, taking a helicopter tour of Kilaueu mid-day and then flying to Maui at night from Hilo.

2. Flying directly from Honolulu to Maui, and during the 8 days on Maui picking a day to take the Volcano Air Tours fixed wing plane from Maui which circles around Kilaueu and lands back on Maui.

Do you have any recommendations as to which option sounds better? Cost is about the same for both. I feel like the highlight of the trip is getting a good view of the volcano, so I think the Helicopter is the better option for that. But the helicopter option takes much for time out of the trip, and I chance taking a whole day out of my trip (and possibly wasting money) if the weather doesn't cooperate. Is it worth the extra time and uncertainty to take the helicopter ride vs. the fixed wing plane?

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1. Re: Volcano viewing question

Sorry, Matt, but this is the wrong Kilauea - you want the BI not Kauai.

Have a great trip!

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Loved this tune as the helicopter wast raking off:


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3. Re: Volcano viewing question

I think one thing you need to take in to consideration is that if you are hoping to see live lava flow - that isn't always predictable. As long as you are okay with that, I would coordinate as you leave from Oahu to Maui - then you get all the travel overwith in one day. OR you could just save the Big Island for your next Hawaiian vacation - it is a fabulous island! :)

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thank you!

Edited: 24 May 2013, 18:12
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5. Re: Volcano viewing question

We spent a week in Kona last year. We took a fixed wing flight from Kona which circled BI. We flew over lava and could see evidence, but could se helicopters below us a lot closer.

Think you would be better to get to Hilo and take helicopter ride

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6. Re: Volcano viewing question

Aloha from Kaua'i!

While some folks have given you ideas....you really should post this on the correct forum, which would be "Hawaii", and not "Kaua'i"......you'll get many more responses over there.

Malama Pono,


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7. Re: Volcano viewing question

Matt, I think you have the Kilauea's confused. This forum is for the town of Kilauea on Kauai. You want info on the volcano Kilauea which is on the island called Hawaii (the real name for the Big Island). So you should ask the question on the Hawaii island forum. I suppose you saw Kilauea and presumed it was for the volcano.

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