You won’t forget the first time your eyes lock with the mesmerizing molten rock of Kilauea. It’s a magnificent volcano that has been erupting for decades—making it one of the world’s most active volcanoes. Many come to Hawaii and get told that they can’t miss the sight, and they’re right. So, then the question becomes…what’s the best way to see Kilauea lava?
The answer is simple. What better way to see an erupting volcano than by helicopter?
Imagine soaring high, looking down and seeing an active volcano ooze red, hot lava. When the average person thinks of a helicopter ride, all they see is the potential for a high bill. But you’ll find plenty of inexpensive packages to get memories that last a lifetime.
Just in case you’re not quite convinced, let’s look at what the average trip looks like on foot…
Seeing Kilauea Lava By Road or Bike
You can get to Kilauea Volcano by road, but it requires strenuous hiking and running around. Most people rent a bike and take the mountain journey by road that way. The hike is about nine miles on a hot gravel road to reach the lava and back.
Biking to the volcano is a much faster alternative, but it’s still a bit of a challenge and not the best way to see Kilauea lava for those with physical limitations. However, if you’re not a big fan of soaring high over breathtaking views, biking in lieu of hiking definitely takes the cake.
The downside to taking on this mountain by ground comes when you actually reach the lava. You’re met with several of restrictions like limited visibility due to weather and constantly changing roped-off areas. And reasonably so… after all, this is an active volcano.
Be sure to check updates on Kilauea Lava visibility and weather restrictions before heading out!
Helicopter is the Best Way to See Kilauea Lava
Aside from setting your eyes on some unbeatable views, you’ll also avoid those pesky rules while traveling by air. For those wanting to absorb its majesty, it’s time to book your helicopter ride.
It’s an opportunity of a lifetime.
Millions of travelers stop by Kilauea’s massive site each year. To our disappointment, only a small percentage of those choose this unbelievable ride that quite skips over the crowds of tourists.
Taking a helicopter ride high above the lava feels exhilarating. The lava’s heat radiates from the ground below. Molten rock creeps beneath you. Other perks include avoiding the dangers of a misstep on lava or inhaling toxic fumes, and not having to prepare special hiking equipment and shoes.
And if you really want to take it to the next level…
Doors Off Over the Volcano Helicopter Tour
We know viewing Kilauea lava from air is the most hassle-free way to go. Now it’s just a matter of which tour to choose. Believe it or not, there are several types of tours your can take.
We suggest the Doors Off Over the Volcano tour! You’ll take off in a Hughes 500 chopper. Without any doors obstructing your view, you’ll have a front row seat to the volcano’s heat and incredible activity.
It’s officially titled the “hottest helicopter ride on Earth” with good reason. You can feel the waves of hot air rolling off the surface of the ground below. Ready to get a feel of what 2000 degrees really feels like?
And it doesn’t stop there…
After your luxurious ride around Kilauea Lava, you can cool off during the flight back through the refreshing rain forests of Hilo. It’s a wonderful change and a surprising sight to see both ecosystems so close by.
That’s what makes the Paradise Helicopters: Doors-off Lava & Rainforests Adventure ride worth it. You can book now and save $65 per seat! There’s no bigger thrill than seeing a live volcano from 500 feet above in the air.